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    2017-18 Academic Year

    The following is a summary of the major votes, decisions and proposals of the ICCC during the 2017-18 AY. For details, please click the meeting date to download approved meeting minutes from that meeting.

    August 28, 2017:

    • Voted (10/0/0) to approve minor changes to four Core grading rubrics. Changes proposed by the Director of Assessment in collaboration with members of the ICCC. Changes were made to the rubrics for Foundational Writing, Integrated Writing, Additional Writing in the Major, and Engaging the Global Community.
    • Established a plan to convene assessment coordinators in each division in order to establish learning goals for the Distribution Courses by October 15.
    • Established an ad hoc subcommittee to study the question (raised during the Core revision process last spring) of “double dipping” in the Core.
    • Approved (9/0/1) four Biology courses to carry Capstone designation (BL 410, BL 415, BL 447, BL 424).

    September 11, 2017:

    • Established consistent annual deadlines of April 5 and November 5 for all applications for Core Course Designations. (November 5 = deadline for designation proposals for courses to be offered the following fall; April 5 = deadline for courses for the following spring as well the summer term beyond that.)
    • Approved (10/0/0) one History course (HS 281, Contemporary East Asian History) to carry EGC designation.
    • Established an ad hoc subcommittee to study the question of moving to a sampling process for Core assessment procedures.
    • Reviewed and made corrections to an updated document “Faculty Guidelines for the Core Curriculum,” to be published and distributed to faculty soon.

    September 18, 2017:

    • Updates and discussion on various projects underway, including establishment of Distribution Course goals and a preliminary report of findings from the “double dipping” subcommittee. No decisions made at this meeting.

    October 2, 2017:

    • Approved (8/0/3) HS 397, Women in the Catholic Church, to carry EGC designation
    • Approved (9/0/1) 6-year Core designation and final payment of course development grant to 3 linked course pairs (HS 3XX/PS3XX, History and Memory; EN 299/PS 2XX, Trauma in Psychology & Literature; PO 215/TRS 349, Islam and Politics
    • Approved (7/0/3) 6-year Core designation and final payment of course development grant to 4 linked course pairs (PH 117/COMM 250, Science & Policy of Climate Change; CH 174/IC 209, Chemistry of Food & the Global Table; BL 140/EN 299, Biology & Literature of Consciousness; PO 213/CH 172, Forensics of Wrongful Convictions)
    • Approved (8/0/2) 6-year Core designation and final payment of course development grant to 2 linked course pairs (COMM 420/SC 355, Race & Ethnicity in Theatre; COMM 335/EN 277, American Writing & Film)
    • Approved (8/0/2) 6-year Core designation and final payment of course development grant to 3 EGC courses (HS 245, US Foreign Relations; PO 332, African Politics; CL 302, Power & Identity in the Roman Republic)

    October 9, 2017:

    • Approved (10/0/0) a series of 14 capstone courses for the Biology department (BL 406, 417, 419, 420, 423, 426, 435, 444, 454, 459, 465, 470, 471, 475), including AW and OP designations for some (see approved courses link for more designation details)
    • Approved (8/0/2) HS 397/IC 399, Japan Study Tour, for EGC credit, effective Spring 2018
    • Discussed three proposals to bring to dept. chairs for preliminary discussion: 1) moving to a course-based, rather than instructor-based, system of assigning Core course designations; 2) including new majors (such as EAP and DATA) in the lists of approved departments to offer Distribution courses; and 3) instituting a set of criteria that could be used to establish a ‘first year appropriate’ designation for particular courses
    • Decided to put out a Call for Proposals for Course Development Grants for Fall 2018 classes to focus on linked courses only, as that is the area most in need of course development at present. Deadlines for grant applications set for Nov. 5 (Summer/Fall 2019) and Apr. 5 (Spring 2019). Decided that all grant requests will be considered together (and approved requests will be funded) in April-May 2018.

    October 23, 2017:

    • Approved (9/0/1) 6-year Core designation and final payment of course development grant to one linked course pair (EN/HS)
    • Voted to approve three sets of Distribution course goals as identified by the Social Science (11/0/1), Natural Science (11/0/1), and Humanities (12/0/0) assessment coordinators
    • Updates and discussion on various other projects underway; no decisions on these projects made at this meeting.

     

    October 30, 2017:

    • No Core meeting was held this day. A virtual vote was proposed on the linked course TRS 342/BL 137, Islam and Environmental Science. Virtual vote completed 10/31/2017. Vote tally 7/0/6 to approve the linked course.

     

    November 6, 2017:

    • Approved (9/0/1) FR 302 to carry AW designation. Approved (9/0/1) EN 250 and SC 352 to carry OP designation. Gave conditional approval and approval final course development grant payment for the link PS 455/SC 442 (course numbers will change).
    • Discussed (without final decisions) changes to: core budget, assessment plans, approval of distribution classes (HUM/SOC/SCI), further data on ‘double-dipping’ in light of majors with heavy credit burdens.

     

    January 22, 2018

    • The committee voted to approve monies for enrichment grants to be used in classes.
    • Discussion about phasing out subcommittees.

     

    February 5, 2018

    • Discussion on the need for Linked Courses for Fall of 2018
    • Established a process of Distribution Rubrics for those courses with a distribution designation.

     

    February 19, 2018

    • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Administrative Structure of the Core Curriculum.
    • Reviewed Additions to Core Language Policy by CMLC; voted in favor that Students who have learned a language for which there is no placement exam at JCU can demonstrate proficiency in that language by taking a nationally-validated proficiency exam approved by the chair of the language department. The student will bear the cost of taking the exam. Demonstration of proficiency at or above the intermediate-mid level in at least two skills (oral proficiency as well as writing or reading) will qualify the student for a waiver of the language requirement. This waiver only exempts the student from the language requirement; it does not grant the student academic credit.

     

    March 12, 2018

    • Committee was updated on meeting that was held with the Provost about moving the Core under that position.  This motion is still on hold until new President is brought in.
    • The committee reviewed and voted to approved numerous courses with the HUM, SOC, and SCI designation.

    March 26, 2018

    •  Reviewed and voted to pass the wording change on CMLC Foreign Language requirement:  "International Students – who are citizens of OR who have lived for at least ten years in another country whose primary language is not English-are exempt from the language requirement.” To “International Students-those who are citizens of AND have lived for at least ten years in another country whose primary language is not English-are exempt from the language requirement."
    • Reviewed and voted to approve a list of courses with the HUM designation.
    • Reviewed and voted on the following courses for the following Core designations:  
      • MHR 113 for ISJ Designation
      • ES 435 for AW Designation

     

    April 9, 2018

    • The Committee discussed the possibilities of editing the Core Assessment Survey.
    • Reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for the following Core designations:
      • AW for EN 407:  Writing Health: Mortality
      • C, OP, AW for MT 469:  History of Mathematics
      • C for PO 412: Urban Politics
    • Discussed rubrics for the Distribution Designations to make sure they are uniform going forward.

     

    April 23, 2018

    • The rubrics for Distribution Committees were revised based on recommendations from committee members in the previous committee meeting.  Each of the Distribution committee members agreed with changes that were discussed previously and thus are adopted.
    • The Committee reviewed, voted and approved requests for course development grants for HS 225 & EN 282; MKT 125 & CS 125; HS 278 & SC 259.
    • The Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for Core Designations:
      • C for CH 399:  Undergraduate Research
      • C & AW for IT 410:  Capstone
      • C & OP for BL 440:  Behavior
      • C for PO 458: Topics in Political Dev.
      • AW for EPA 232: Research Methods
      • OP & AW for FR 370:  From Versailles to French Revolution in Lit and Film
      • C for PS 435 Capstone
      • EGC for IC 205:  Global Fairytales 
      • C for HS 490: Senior Seminar
      • ISJ for EN 276: Equality, Justice and You
      • ISJ for GR 212: Germany Divided and Reunified
    2018-2019 Academic Year

    August 28, 2018

    • Biggest change for the 2018-2019 is the transition of core applications from subcommittee to full committee; applications when completed will go right to full committee for review and vote.  
    • Vote on Enrichment Funds request by TRS 352
    • Reviewed Assessment Day results
    • Discussion on what the Core Committee can do to help with HLC visit this academic year.
    • There is a need for more Linked Pairs to advance the Core; message to departments to encourage more!

     

    September 10, 2018

    • Maria Marsilli is the Humanities Director for the Fall Semester, 2018.
    • Reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for Core Designations:
      • C,AW, OP for MT 491: Senior Capstone
    • Committee reviewed, voted and approved course enrichment grant for TRS 322 & HS 240
    • Committee discussed the possibility of having rotating link courses; Chemistry has a course that could be linked with many departments and is not having any success in finding a department to commit to developing a course to link with it. The core director offered to speak to departments to see if there is any interest out there.  Committee also noted that absent the request for funding the issue could be resolved if Chemistry creates a series of linked courses with other departments that would use a slower cycle.  Chemistry could offer their version every semester or year, and partners could rotate every semester or year.
    • Committee reviewed the issue of whether a second English foundational course is necessary (EN 126).  What is the need and what kind of data would be needed to make decision?  Some committee members suggested that helping current faculty who teach EN 125 on coarse goals and what students take away from the course could make a difference and eliminate a need for secondary course.
    • The core director asked for more Leadership courses as it is an important part of the Core. Leadership and Collaboration are the eighth academic goal in the core document.

     

    September 24, 2018

    • The Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for Core Designations:
      • EGC for LP 350: Global Leadership
      • C for COM 497: Capstone
      • Link for BL 140: Biology of Creativity and AH 210: Art and Scientific Inquiry
      • ISJ for PJHR 350:  Identity and Social Research
      • HUM for HS 217: Prophecy and Order
    • Committee reviewed, voted and approved a course enrichment grant for COM 240.
    • What tactics for academic excellence would the committee like to tackle for the current academic year: 
      • discussion on moving the core under new Provost; discussion for this is put on hold.
      • staff enough core classes to ensure on time degree completion; there will always be a need for certain core designated courses; how to encourage the creation of new ones and to reapply when designations expire
      • eliminate sub-committees - already done
      • implement assessment of both Distribution and major requirement core elements; waiting on some assessment results that will be coming from Spring 2019 capstone courses.
      • some other tactics that members of the committee came up with related to EGC and whether EGC leaders need to be compensated; EGC for study abroad - what counts for study abroad and what does not; EGC Learning Communities; overabundance of HUM courses.
    • What tactics are most important to work on this academic year - committee thought the following:
      • expiration of core designations and how to renew them
      • further integrate EGC learning objectives and study abroad courses/programs
      • the need for more team taught EGC courses
      • the need to reignite learning communities and create best practices

     

    October 8, 2018

    • Committee reviewed, voted to approved the following course for Core Designation:
      • ISJ for EN 276: Social Justice in Film and Lit
    • Reviewed and approved tactics to work on for academic year.
    • Discussion of Linked Class Policy for failure, withdrawal or other options:  current policy is if a student withdraws, fails or drops one of the linked pairs they would have to enroll in another linked pair and get permission of instructors.  The core director and Catherine Sherman will meet to review policy and data to find out how many times this is happening; committee members would like a set policy for advisers and students. 

     

    November 5, 2018

    • Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for Core Designation:
      • AW for PS 301/L:  Experimental Design Analysis
      • ISJ for SP 329:  Migrant Voices
      • C for FR 370:  Versailles and French Revolution
      • SCI for BL 116:  Biology, Race and Gender
      • EPS/SPS 232 are the same course and should carry the same designation
      • ED 253:  School and Society at one time carried a temporary ISJ designation; should it have full time designation - committee voted it should
    • Discussion on Double Majors and Core Requirement
      • Should double majors be required to fulfill core requirements in each major?  Different majors require different audiences, therefore it makes sense for the student to complete both sets of requirements; it was agreed that a panel of the committee members be put in place to look at this and report to back to the whole committee.
    • Double Designations: courses cannot have double designations
    • Discussion on how the core is working with those students who transfer into JCU with 45+ credits

     

    November 19, 2018

    • Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for Core Designation:
      • OP for CS 270: Software Engineering Practices
      • OP, AW, C for DATA 470:  Data Science Project
    • Update on EGC Meetings:  the director meet with Global Education to discuss response papers; Committee feels there needs to be an academic professor(s) to review these response papers; committee also discussed the updates on the learning communities
    • Update on the AW website for Faculty 

     

    December 3, 2018

    • Update on the number of CAPA courses offered;
    • Continued discussion on getting EGC credit for studying abroad
    • An update on the upcoming bulletin - references to "old core" will be removed
    • Discussion on the policy on students who fail or withdraw from a linked pair of courses and what JCU policy is.  The committee voted:  Policy on repeating a Linked Pair due to failure or withdrawal: A student may retake the same linked pair and the final grades from the second attempt would replace the prior grades of the same courses and would be final.


    January 14, 2019

    • Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following course for Core Designation:
      • PO 401 for Capstone
    • Committee reviewed and voted to approve an enrichment grant for the linked pair of TRS 366 and EN 276.
    • Committee clarified the Linked Pair Policy:
      • Students who withdraw from one of the linked course: written permission is needed from both instructors.
      • Students who finish both courses with C‐ or lower: may take another linked pair; they may petition to repeat the
        pair.
      • Students who withdraw or fail one course and pass the other with a C or better: if they retake the same link,
        both final grades will count.
    • Committee discussed the Double Major Policy as to whether a student would need to take C,AW, and OP for each of their majors.
    • Discussion on the upcoming HLC meeting in February

     

    January 28, 2019

    • Discussion on AP implications for Core and Honor's Students and what transfer credits counts towards core.   Some core committee members will work on a policy for transfer credits.
    • Core reviewed and voted to approve the following course for Core Designation:
      • ISJ for IC 370: Hispanic Women Writers
    • EGC Policy Updates:  The committee reviewed and voted to approve the policy on how to receive EGC credit while studying abroad
    • Discussion and voting on prompt for EGC Study Abroad Reflective Essay
    • Review Course Enrichment Grants and voted to approve both
    • Core Director reviewed with the committee the number of Linked Pairs and iterated that there is a need for Linked Pairs to be developed and taught.

     

    February 26, 2019

    • Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following course for Core Designation:
      • CAPA credit for 
        • FA 158: World Music
        • FA 151: Gregorian Chant
        • FA 115:  Class Piano
      • AW credit for: DATA 470: Data Science Project
      • SOC credit for SC 202: Social Change
      • HUM credit for FR 320:  French Women
    • Writing Across the Curriculum at JCU was reviewed and T. Pace will be working the Writing Center to get this implemented.
    • Portfolium: the Core Director reviewed the Portfolium as software that will help with the assessment portion of the Core.

     

    March 11, 2019

    • The Committee reviewed course enrichment grant requests and voted to approve them for:
      • TRS 237
      • SC 111 and PO 242
    • Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for Core Designation:
      • HUM for AH 321:  Gothic Cathedrals
      • EGC for HS 278 and SC 259: Cuba: Past and Present
    • T. Bruce reviewed Assessment Day for the 2019 and that it will be held on May 15.
    • T. Pace reviewed the website for Writing Across the Curriculum
    • B.Brossmann and C. Sherman reviewed the Core Advising Guide that they are working on.  This will be used by Advisers and give them an overview of the Core.

     

    April 1, 2019

    • The Committee reviewed and voted to approve the following courses for Core Designation:
      • AW/OP for TRS 400:  Scripture and Revelation
      • HUM for HS 305:  Rome: City of Emperors, Popes and Saints
    • Discussion on Wheeling Jesuit University - all students will be welcome and the Core Committee will honor Wheeling Jesuit's Core Requirements for any students that transfer into JCU.
    • A Core advising session for faculty will be held on 4/3/19