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UCC Minutes

Northern Illinois University

Undergraduate Coordinating Council

172nd Meeting

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Altgeld Hall 203

MINUTES

Approved

Present:           A. Azad (EET), W. Goldenberg (VPA), B. Hart (VPA), B. Henry (HHS), M. Kostic (EET), C. T. Lin (LAS), K. Mantzke (BUS), S. Morris (HHS), O. Najjar (LAS),  G. Nicolosi (BUS), G. Schlabach (EDU), C. Snow (LIB), K. Wiemer (LAS)

Absent:            B. Broughton (Student/LAS), A. Doederlein (LAS), J. Flynn (EDU), J. Isabel (HHS), C. Jones (LAS), D. Matousek (Student/SA), E. Seaver (Vice Provost), P. Stoddard (LAS)

Guest:              D. Smith, Catalog Editor/Curriculum Coordinator

I.          Adoption of Agenda

            Serving as chair for this meeting, C. Snow called the meeting to order.

A motion was made by K. Mantzke, seconded by G. Nicolosi, to approve the agenda.  The motion carried.

II.         Announcements

A.     Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the February 4, 2010, UCC meeting were electronically approved.

B.      New Committee Member

C. Snow announced that Joe Flynn, Department of Teaching and Learning, will be serving as the College of Education UCC representative for Sheryl Honig for the spring 2010 semester.

III.       Reports/Minutes from Standing Committees

A.     Admissions Policies and Academic Standards Committee

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There was no report.

B.  Committee on the Improvement of Undergraduate Education

               

K. Mantzke reported that the October 12, 2009, CIUE meeting was devoted to the review and revision of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Instruction Award nomination forms and the process to be used for evaluating and rating the nominations.

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K. Mantzke made a motion, seconded by S. Morris, to receive the October 12, 2009, minutes of the Committee on the Improvement of Undergraduate Education meeting.  The motion carried.

C.  Committee on the Undergraduate Academic Environment

C. Snow reviewed the November10, 2009, CUAE minutes noting that the committee received an update on the Baccalaureate Review process from Greg Long.  The update included information explaining how the review process began and how information was gathered from the campus community regarding the perception of what NIU’s baccalaureate goals should be.  Focus groups and an online survey were the main two methods used to obtain feedback.  Data from the feedback was summarized, and three reports were developed, all of which are available online.

O. Najjar questioned whether the surveys relating to activity involvement were taking into account the commuter students and/or students who are only attending classes on the Tuesday/Thursday time frame as it is difficult for those students to get involved.  B. Henry said the committee has talked about the fact that, as they are looking at ways to keep students engaged while they are coming from multiple places at different stages of life, there has to be more effort put in that direction.  O. Najjar indicated that she would like to suggest that the university pay more attention to this situation, because, if activities don’t fit on the Tuesday/Thursday schedule, students won’t participate.  B. Henry agreed that it is difficult for students who are traveling to campus to squeeze in other activities when they already feel the pressure of time obligations for curricular things, and many students also have jobs.  C. Snow commented that part of the responsibility should lie on the students as well.  He pointed out that students who really want to continue with their education will manage to make it work. 

K. Mantzke asked if freshmen or new transfer students are provided with any insight into the expectations of learners.  She said that it is her belief that learning is a cooperative event between students and faculty.  B. Henry pointed out that, through the strategic planning process, the Foundations of Excellence initiative task force has already begun to look at some of these things as it evaluates the first-year experience through the work of its nine learning dimensions. 

After further discussion, B. Henry said she will share the thoughts expressed and this discussion with the CUAE committee.

C. Snow made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the November 10, 2009, minutes of the Committee on the Undergraduate Academic Environment meeting.  The motion carried.

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D.  Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum

G. Schlabach reported on the February 11, 2010, CUC meeting.  She said that the committee discussed at length the new Non-Governmental Organizational Leadership and Development Center and a new major (Community Leadership and Civic Engagement) and the placement of both in the catalog.  The committee approved that both should be placed in the catalog listed with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The committee also was provided with a presentation of the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

G. Schlabach made a motion, seconded by S. Morris, to receive the February 11, 2010, minutes of the Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum meeting.  The motion carried.

E.  General Education Committee

K. Wiemer reported that at the January 21, 2010, GEC meeting.  The committee heard a Baccalaureate Review update from Greg Long.  K. Wiemer noted that the task force, after evaluating feedback from the campus community, replaced the goal of context with the goal of creativity.  Work groups for each goal have been coordinated, and work to develop measurable outcomes is beginning.  The committee also received results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

K. Wiemer made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the January 21, 2010, minutes of the General Education Committee meeting.  The motion carried.

            F.  Honors Committee

           

C. Snow reported that at the November 6, 2009, University Honors Committee meeting, the group heard reports from the directors and coordinators, discussed fund raising, the financial situation of the Honors Program and the status of their grants.  He noted that Honors Program is trying now to do much more targeted fund raising. 

C. Snow made a motion, seconded by S. Morris, to receive the November 6, 2009, minutes of the University Honors Committee meeting.  The motion carried.

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IV.       Other Reports

A.  University Assessment Panel

           

S. Morris gave an overview of the December 4, 2009, University Assessment Panel meeting.  The group heard an update on the Baccalaureate Review process and reviewed a funding request from the Department of Anthropology.

S. Morris made a motion, seconded by G. Schlabach, to receive the December 4, 2009, notes of the University Assessment Panel meeting.  The motion carried.

S. Morris also reported on the February 5, 2010, meeting of the University Assessment Panel.  Status reports from the Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR) and Recreation Services discussed.  It was also announced that the annual Assessment Expo will be held on March 19, 2010. 

S. Morris made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the February 5, 2010, notes of the University Assessment Panel meeting.  The motion carried.

V.         Old Business

            There was no old business.

VI.       New Business

            There was no new business.

VII.      Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 p.m. 

The next UCC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 1, 2010, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 203.

Respectfully submitted,

Mollie Montgomery