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Committee Name: Curriculum and Instruction Policy
Meeting Date: 12/10/2021 12:00:00 AM
Karen Alexander
Ava Connelly
Cynthia Deutsch
Michael Farris
Jason Ferguson
Marci Gale
Hailey Hermosa
Jessy Hogan
Brent Lester
Shannon McDermott
Kris Ogden
Patti Saffioti
Cindy Wallin
Jeff Laub
Michael Babcock
Karen Alexander called the meeting to order. The committee reviewed the minutes from the November 11, 2021, meeting. Cindy Wallin made a motion to approve the minutes. Cynthia Deutsch seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.
 
There was no old business to discuss.
Arts & Sciences:
 
Cindy Wallin and Shannon McDermott presented proposed changes to the Science (General), Science (Life Science Specialization), and Science (Physical Science Specialization) AA&S degrees. Changes to the General Studies pathway through TransferVA prompted changes to these pathways and are being made to align with the General Studies Degree and UCSG (Uniform Certificate of General Studies) requirements.

AA&S in Science (General)
Program Changes:
  • Change in name from General Education Certificate to Uniform Certificate of General Studies and removed number of credits.
  • Reordered courses to align with the General Studies degree and UCGS requirements, except when would interfere with degree completion.
  • Changed “Humanities Elective” to “Humanities or Fine Arts” Elective.
  • Second Humanities elective was also renamed to become “Humanities or Fine Arts or Literature Elective.”
  • Changed Social Science elective name to “Social/Behavioral Science Elective.”
  • Second History elective was replaced with a “Transfer Elective” (both 3 credits).
  • Edited footnote 2 to reflect new course numbers.
  • Added superscripts 3 and 4 with the corresponding footnotes from the updated General Studies pathway.
  • Revised credit number superscript to become number 5.
Shannon stated that regarding the second bullet, she was not able to match up the General Studies with the science program exactly, and that is because the nature of the science program requires more science and math in that first year than the UCGS requires.

Cindy added that she felt students who sign up for the science degree have determined that they want this degree, whereas students who sign up for the General Studies degree have not decided on a major or where they want to transfer. The degree has been designed so that students can complete the science degree in two years, and in the first year, it is critical that they get both the two sciences and two mathematics.

Kris asked if the line where the UCGS is indicated in the degree is more than the credits the USCG degree requires. Cindy said it was. She talked with Karen about this, and they decided to remove the 32 credits from where the USCG Completion banner is listed because it was misleading. Shannon said that students in the science degree need to complete those courses in that sequence to finish in four semesters.

AA&S in Science (Life Science)
Program Changes:
  • Change in name from General Education Certificate to Uniform Certificate of General Studies and removed number of credits.
  • Reordered courses to align with the General Studies degree and UCGS requirements, except when would interfere with degree completion.
  • Changed “Humanities Elective” to “Humanities or Fine Arts” Elective.
  • Second Humanities elective was also renamed to become “Humanities or Fine Arts or Literature Elective.”
  • Changed Social Science elective name to “Social/Behavioral Science Elective.”
  • Second History elective was replaced with a “Transfer Elective” (both 3 credits).
  • Edited footnote 2 to reflect new course numbers.
  • Added superscripts 3 and 4 with the corresponding footnotes from the updated General Studies pathway.
  • Revised credit number superscript to become number 5.
Shannon said that this specialization is very similar to the General Science degree, except that this is for students intending to be biology majors. The science with lab has been predetermined to be biology courses, so the first science with lab is specifically General Biology I.  As in the General Science degree, the UCGS is later in the pathway, and that is to maintain progress throughout so that students are able to finish in four semesters. It is basically the same program as the General Science, except instead of a basic science lab elective it is now specifically General Biology I and II in the first year and then College Chemistry I and II in the second year.

Patti asked where it indicates that this is for biology majors. Shannon said that it was indicated at the top – Life Science Specialization.

Patti asked if there is a footnote so that students understand that this is intended for a biology transfer major in case they are registering themselves. Cindy asked Karen if that is emphasized in the college catalog or on the web page. Karen said that it would be indicated in the Purpose for the program and the description in the printed catalog and on the website.

AA&S in Science (Physical Science Specialization)
Program Changes:
  • Change in name from General Education Certificate to Uniform Certificate of General Studies and removed the credit requirement.
  • Reordered courses to align with the General Studies degree and UCGS requirements, except when would interfere with degree completion.
  • Changed “Humanities Elective” to “Humanities or Fine Arts” Elective.
  • Second Humanities elective was also renamed to become “Humanities or Fine Arts or Literature Elective.”
  • Changed Social Science elective name to “Social/Behavioral Science Elective.”
  • Second History elective was replaced with a “Transfer Elective” (both 3 credits).
  • Added superscripts 3 and 4 with the corresponding footnotes from the updated General Studies pathway.
  • Revised credit number superscript to become number 5.
Shannon stated that this pathway was more complicated than the first two. Physical Science students who are going to be chemistry or physics majors will be required to take an advanced science (physics or chemistry) class that has an advanced math prerequisite, so the Precalculus I and Precalculus II that were in the first year for the previous two programs is not going to be enough for the students to stay on track. They need a higher-level math in the first year. The first math will be Precalculus with Trig, which is a five-credit math course and that will allow them to take MTH 263 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, so this is still, like the other pathways, keeping two mathematics in the first year. They are more advanced math courses that will allow them to take PHY 241 or organic chemistry in their second year, which has the MTH 263 as a prerequisite. The UCGS Completion appears lower in this pathway because the math credits increased from six to nine credits in the first year of the program.

Kris said that the UCGS is designed to be an award when no other award would be completed. The work that Shannon and Cindy have done, allows us to recognize that students will receive that award plus ultimately the associates degree, where we may not otherwise be looking for them to finish, even though it will take them a little bit longer to get the UCGS status.

Cindy asked for recommendations on how to denote the UCGS courses.

Cynthia said if you add the asterisk as was suggested and the asterisk has the footnote with the language of what the UCGS is in terms of credits complete, that could possibly be used consistently across all of these programs.

Jessy made a style suggestion of using a superscripted letter “U” instead of the asterisk.

Michael suggested embedding a link into the verbiage Uniform Certificate General Studies which would take students to a page with the requirements for UCGS.

Kris recommended tabling the coding for now. She said to keep this in mind and then try to be consistent with all of the transfer programs and courses and find a common way to do it.

There was discussion about the effective date for these programs. Karen explained some of the catalog and advising issues created when using a summer effective date as opposed to fall.  After discussion, Cindy said the effective date for these programs will be Fall 2022.

Karen asked for a motion for approval of the General Science pathway as presented, with an effective date of Fall 2022. Patti made a motion to approve the General Science pathway. Cynthia seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

Karen asked for a motion to approve the Life Science Specialization, effective Fall 2022. Kris made a motion to approve the Life Science Specialization. Jessy seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

Karen asked for a motion to approve the Physical Science Specialization, effective Fall 2022. Cynthia made a motion to approve the Physical Science Specialization.  Hailey seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

The next scheduled meeting will be January 13. The meeting was adjourned.
 
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