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Committee Name: Curriculum and Instruction Policy
Meeting Date: 11/12/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Cindy Wallin
  • Hailey Hermosa
  • Cynthia Deutsch
  • Kris Ogden
  • Jessica Hogan
  • Michael Farris
  • Jeff Laub
  • Marci Gale
  • Patti Saffioti
  • Michael Babcock
  • Karen Alexander
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Brent Lester
  • Ava Connelly
Approval of minutes from October meeting
Motion to approve:
  • Motion: Hailey Hermosa
  • Second: Jessica Hogan
  • Unanimously Approved
Karen: Committee member Jim Tuite has been replaced with Jeff Laub
Curriculum Development and Modification Procedure
Kris: This policy outlines the steps we take as an institution. Originally from 2016 and maps to SACSCOC and VCCS policy. Changed deans to AVP. Made sure appropriate standards are referenced. Currently on its original format on communique. Bringing this before the committee today so the new standards can be referenced.
Marci: How can I delete the Framatome course?
Kris: Yes, that is covered in this policy.
Marci: Do I need to go to Framatome first and then bring it before the committee?
Kris: Yes, that program was designed for them, so they need to approve any changes first.
Motion to approve:
  • Motion: Jason Ferguson
  • Second: Cynthia Deutsch
  • Unanimously Approved
Career & Professional Studies Division
HVAC Certificate
Previously we mapped out to be as inclusive as possible. As we have put the CSC in effect in this Fall, I figured out that this would be a 2-year cohort. So, we went back and modified as a Level I and Level II only so new cohorts can start each academic year.
Kris: Has this gone to the advisory board?
Jason: No, the board has not met yet, but Mike was in an accident and so the meeting hasn’t taken place yet.
Cindy: Is this something that could be brought back in later or is this a more permanent move?
Jason: It hasn’t gone past this committee. Neither have been implemented yet.
Kris: We have approved the Level I and II CSC and they have been implemented this Fall.
Jason: We approved all levels. We are teaching Level I currently.
Kris: So, what you are asking today is to revise the fundamentals (Level I) since there is no change for Level II? The certificate is only 9 credits beyond Level II.
Jason: Many of our students don’t complete the certificate.
Kris: Have we been granted a waiver for G3 for this program?
Jason: No
Karen: To clarify, the second level should be HVAC CSC.
Cindy: As a math person, shouldn’t those math skills be introduced sooner? Since they will need those math skills in their other courses.
Jason: Some of the courses have math embedded in the course. Specific to the course. They only want to take AIR classes, not MTH or ENG. They only want the certification type classes. They might complete Level I and then go get a job. It’s a little different with the trades.
Jason: G3 requires 3 levels, two levels and then the terminal credential.
Jessica: Would it been smarter to have two different curricula for the early college students and the night students?
Jason: In a perfect world yes, but FTE needs to be considered also.
Marci: There are rumblings in the industry that an 8 a.m. course is ideal for people coming off 3rd shift.
Karen: What is the timeline for implementation?
Jason: Summer 2022/Fall 2022
Cynthia: How will G3 be tracked? Is the fact that many of these students will not complete the later part a potential problem down the road?
Jason: They expect that and instead are looking for quick credential and maybe they will take the gen ed courses down the road.
Marci: Is this tracking part of what Jason Clark is tracking?
Jason: Yes, for our purposes, VCCS will also be doing some tracking.
Marci: Will that also include employment tracking after graduation.
Jason: Yes, WIOA is tracking this long-term also. The VCCS will also be tracking based on the federal mandate.
Motion to approve CSC HVAC Fundamentals with the credits being changed from 20 to 17:
  • Motion: Kris Ogden (only needs local and admin approval)
  • Second: Jessica Hogan
  • Unanimously Approved
 Motion to approve the revised HVAC CSC: (This will need admin approval and beyond – to VCCS and SCHEV)
  • Motion: Jeff Laub
  • Second: Patti Saffioti
  • Unanimously Approved
Hospitality Management CSC
Moved from 27 to 18 credits so this now aligns more with the culinary certificate. Hope to get the enrollment up in this area.
Michael F.: Why is the enrollment down?
Jason: You would be surprised the number of people who did not know we have a culinary program. This is so specific to tourist/hotel industry it is a limited field in our area. Only 6 more credits after earning the Culinary CSC.
Michael F.: Would it help to promote it?
Jason: We are trying but it’s a challenge.
Cynthia: I believe this is a substantive change. The new policy states a decrease by 25% or more or decrease completion by more than one term.
Kris: I can’t speak to the policy without seeing the policy details, but I would not consider this a substantive change. Does that policy apply to the CSC?
Cynthia: I don’t know, I’ll look into it a little bit more.
Kris: What are implications for our veterans?
Michael F.: Going from 27 to 18 and on the ECAR side we would just go in and revise the number of credits. I don’t see any issues there. It’s a matter of notifying SCHEV. The substantive change part isn’t material to the aid piece. Does this map into the associate degree?
Jason: All but 6 credits map into the culinary arts degree. This was approved by the advisory board. They felt like this may entice folks in hospitality to get this credential since it takes less time. This has already been approved by the curriculum advisory board.
Michael F.: Anecdotally, this could work but is there any data (surveys) to back this up? We haven’t gone to any lengths to promote this. We don’t want this to be a secret.
Jason: No
Karen: Ready to vote or any further discussion?
Motion to approve:
  • Motion: Cindy Wallin
  • Second: Jeff Laub
  • Unanimously Approved
Machine Tool
BWXT wants the CMM in their program. They are requesting we remove WEL 120 and replace it with MAC 253 CMM. Simple modification to swap out these classes.
Karen: Lynn and I spoke about this, too. I don't know if you have additional change here for the other program but changing just one class between machine tool and machine tool and quality would make them fundamentally 25% difference for students could earn both as well.
Motion to approve:
  • Motion: Cindy Wallin
  • Second: Marci Gale
  • Unanimously Approved
 Arts and Sciences
Uniform Certificate of General Studies Course Roster
Cindy: Transfer Virginia has done significant work over the last three-four years. What has come out of Transfer Virginia is two things 1.) the Passport and 2.) the UCGS. The Passport is nested within the UCGS.
The UCGS certificate will replace what we have currently as the General Education Certificate (30 credit). This is a one-year 32-credit program. This was a General Assembly mandate.
Some Highlights of UCGS:
These are all the courses that are approved by the four-year and two-year institutions jointly.
  • Block one is written communication, so they would do English 111 and 112 but we probably will not offer 113 per our English department.
  • Block two, is the humanities, art, and literature. Out of this block, students will be required to complete two of three categories, so they could complete either art and humanities art and literature, humanities, and literature, or any two of the three.
  • Block three is the social and behavioral sciences, which does not include history.
  • Two additional courses will be designated by the individual college.
  • This is all effective for fall of 2022.
  • This has been approved by SCHEV and VCCS and has been adopted. October 1, 2021, was the deadline for all of the 4-year colleges to sign-off on this.
  • So, if a student completes this degree, when they transfer that will satisfy the gen ed requirements at the 4-year school, some of the private schools are coming onboard with this as well.
    • Marci: asked about the differences in ENG courses that were included.
    • Cindy: ENG 131 was not included because it is not a transferable course. It is only subbed in for applied degrees.
Cindy: Showed the current General Education Certificate requirements. The first 30 credits are gen ed courses. I would like to point out the changes:
  • There will be a change in the name – to UCGS
  • Change in credits from 32 to 30.
  • ENG 111 and ENG 112 are both required.
  • One of the math classes has been bumped down, one of the sciences has been bumped down.
  • Course number three is a humanities or fine arts elective and then course number 11 says humanities, fine arts, or literature elective.
  • UCGS says they must choose two courses from the three options.
  • Because the literature requires completion of ENG 112 they would not be able to take a literature course in their first year typically unless they were to do ENG 111 and 112 as eight-week courses.
  • Gives students the option of a humanities or a fine arts elective.
  • Students would not be able to do a literature course until after they had completed ENG 112 and the other two courses mentioned from blocks seven.
  • They are looking now at curriculum pathways. By the end of this calendar year, they will have education, engineering, computer science, and business.
  • Once we get this General Studies pathway identified, then we will need to go in and look at all of each of those pathways.
  • Early College will not change significantly because of the high school requirements.
  • This will impact the Health Sciences pathway. Jason and Cindy will get together to sort that out.
  • Michael: Is this a substantive change?
  • Cindy: I don’t think so.

Kris: We will retain the SCHEV approved General Studies program with the same program code that we currently have. This is basically just a reorganization of courses. We will work on the mapping for other programs. This will allow us to adopt those without having to go through this lengthy process of creating new programs.
Jason: The plan for ITE is for ITE 152 will take the place of 115 the 119 starting in Fall 2022. BUS 226 will be kept for applied degrees.
Cindy: We need to think about the name of this program. Some colleges call it “College Transfer”. For now, we are just looking at the sequencing changes, but in the future, we will need to address a name change.

Motion to approve:

  • Motion: Jeff Laub
  • Second: Marci Gale
  • Unanimously Approved
The next meeting will be on December 9, 2021.
Meeting adjourned at 2:22 p.m.
Hailey Hermosa
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