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Agenda: November 12, 2015

1. Approve minutes from October 29, 2015 meeting.

2. Current Postings

AFST Major Requirements (Program Change)

AFST Major and Minor Requirements (Program Change)

MLLI – Minor in Japanese Language and Culture (Program Change)

MUSC 250 – Music in Wartime (New)

PHED 107 – Ultimate Frisbee (New)

ART 327 – Contemporary Directions in Photography (Change: Description)

ART 366 Documentary Photography – (Change: Repeatable, Max. Total Credits & Description)

ART 365 – Sequence and Time: Photography in Multi-Media Environments (Change: Formal Title, Transcript Title & Description)

ART 367 – Alternative Processes (Change: Repeatable, Max Total Credits & Description)

ART 368 – Digital Alternatives (Change: Repeatable, Max. Total Credits & Description)

ART 461 – Advance Photographic Compositing (New)

ART462 – Entrepreneurial Practices in Photography (New)

VART – Photography Concentration BA (Program Change)

VART – Photography Concentration BFA (Program Change)

3. Revised Postings Received from Departments

ANCS 305 – Warfare in the Ancient World (New) – Revised

ANCS 375 – Ancient Medicine (New) – Revised

4. Policy and Procedural Updates

Proposed Arbitrary and Capricious Grading Procedures and Detailed Comparison Chart (this topic has already gained the support of the ASAC, ASEC, UPDs and the CODs and is scheduled as follow-up informational item on the Nov 2nd COD agenda. Also, Faculty Senate has been consulted throughout the process).

Proposed Honors Eligibility Requirements (this topic has been supported by the ASAC, ASEC, UPDs and is scheduled to be presented at the Nov 2nd COD meeting to determine next steps)

Also, some background reading related to a Credit Hour Policy:

SAMPLE Credit Hour Policy – From Loyola University

COMAR regulation

MSCHE Credit Hour Policy

MSCHE Degree and Credit Guidelines

5. Tabled Postings waiting on responses from Departments

ARCH 330 – Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece (Change: Course Number, Formal Title, Transcript Title & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because the course number is not available for use. The department can use 309 or 311.

PHIL 399 – Topics in Philosophy (Change: Prerequisite & Description)

PHIL 399b – Topics in Philosophy (Change: Course Number, Prerequisite & Description) – The tabled the course because PHIL 398 is not available for use because it has been less than ten years since your department offered a course with that number, and courses cannot be retired until ten years has elapsed. Also, the UGC would like a clearer rationale for the department’s preference for having two special topics designations at the 300 and 400 level. The department also needs to specify a maximum number of credits for repeatability.

PHIL 420 – Advanced Topics in 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description)

PHIL 452 – Advanced Topics in Ethics (Change: Recommended Course Preparation & Description)

PHIL 454 – Animals and the Environment: Moral Theory and its Application (Change: Course Number, Formal Title, Prerequisite & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because the description is too long and confusing. The committee was particularly concerned with the lack of parallel structure in the descriptions of the various topics that the course covers and would appreciate a clearer course description.

PHIL 471 – Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility (Change: Formal Title, Recommended Course Preparation & Prerequisite)

PHIL 472 – Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Science (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because in the catalogue description, please add a comma between “physics” and “or” in the first sentence. The committee did not understand what the department meant to convey in the recommended course preparation “a background in some particular science.” It would be clearer to list some recommended courses in departments who might offer helpful training for the students taking PHIL 472. The course description needs a final period to end the sentence. Finally, please indicate the maximum number of credits of PHIL 472 that students can take.

PHIL 481 – Ancient Philosophy (Change: Title, Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) The UGC would like for you to indicate the maximum number of credits

PHIL 498 – Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because the prerequisites call for any PHIL course while the recommended course are 300- levels. The committee would like to know if this was the department’s intention? That a student could take this class after only a lower level PHIL class, but it would be better if they had more upper-level exposure?

PHIL 499 – Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description)

POLI 372 – Understanding Transitioning Nations: Study Abroad in Poland (New) – The UGC requested that the Department updated the course proposal and received support from the Study Aboard Program.

POLI 468 – Disaster Politics (New) – Revised – The UGC tabled the course because there is no breakdown of how the assignments are weighted. The department mentions a “heavy emphasis on discussion,” but provide no sense of how you will measure and assess that participation. The UGC would like for the department to add a section to the syllabus that explains the various components of the students’ grades and how they will be weighted and assessed. Also, it is our understanding that every 400-level POLI class should have a significant writing component, but you mention only a midterm and final. How will you incorporate the writing?

POLI 476 – State and Societal Transition in Post-Communist Europe: Study Abroad in Poland (New)