Curriculum Committee Meeting Minutes

Monday, September 19, 2005

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Room HH 116



Meeting called to order at 3:12 p.m.


Members Present: Maria Ramirez, Chris Warden, Lesley Buehler, Deb Parziale, Janice Jones, Rachel Sherman, Bill Parks, Kathy Sparling, Mark Barnby, Chieko Honma, Jon Degallier


Management Present: Dr. Jim Wright, Michael Bowman, Mikelyn Stacey, Walt Birkedahl


Other’s Present: Heidi Barkow (minutes)


Call meeting to order:


Ø      Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve the May 2, 2005: Deb Parziale/second/Janice Jones. Motion carried.


Chair’s Report: (I)

Ø      Introduction of new and returning committee members

Ø      Congrats to Transfer degrees:

- Business Administration

- Exercise Science option AT

- English

Ø      CAPAC Process

a.      Chair’s responsibilities – overview of the chair’s responsibilities. CAPAC is a subcommittee of Faculty Senate. We deal with the first five areas of Title 5. CAPAC is a full-functioning committee. We will be involved with program review. Chris Warden and Barbara Tull will be in communication on the process of program review. The first Curriculum meeting of the month will be an issues meeting the second meeting will be screening new and major revision courses. Curriculum Committee members will be the mentors within their own departments/divisions. Mike Bowman and Heidi Barkow will be heading up CurricUNET training – individually and group trainings. Every other Friday, Heidi will be in the FacultyTechnologyCenter on the 4th floor from 2-4 for drop in CurricUNET assistance.


b.      Member’s responsibilities – overview of Curriculum Committee’s responsibilities. The Curriculum Committee will be inviting groups in to talk about their program review. It is important for everyone to be at the first meeting of the month.


c.      Minor vs. Major revisions – Discussion on Major vs. Minor revision handout. Changing or adding units should be a major revision and a rationale should be included as to why the unit value is being changed. Deb Parziale – Major vs. Minor revisions has been incorporated into CurricUNET. All prerequisite/corequisite changes/additions should have a separate motion at the Curriculum Committee meetings. Outcomes updating should be reduced to 10 or less. Minor revision, formatting, etc. faculty should check for accuracy. The subcommittees are to look at quality control for example Distance Learning makes sure the courses contact hours meet the distance learning guidelines. All the new courses need to be approved by the Curriculum Committee before they can be reviewed for additional approvals, i.e. Distance Learning, GE, Cultural Diversity, and Information Competency. The subcommittees make recommendations and the Curriculum Committee has the final approval.


d.      CurricUNET – If you want to make changes in courses and work with another faculty member, the course originator can add the additional faculty member as a co-contributor.


Ø      Dr. Norton Grubbs – Deb Parziale: Dr. Norton Grubbs talked about the Cycle Inquiry of Student Learning. The PowerPoint Presentations are located on the CAPAC website http://www.ohlone.edu/org/capac/ under Tools to Write an Effective Course Outline


Ø      Dr. Wright encourages everyone to go to the statewide faculty senate website. There are eleven areas the faculty is expected to take care of and two are an active faculty senate and curriculum committee. A half or more are responsibilities of the curriculum committee. We are aligning with the accreditation standards. Curriculum Committee will not do program review, the departments are responsible for that. The core value we teach the students is critical thinking. We need to practice what we preach. We need to model critical thinking in teaching and in learning. This should bring awareness across the college on collaborative teaching. We are to get faculty engaged in curriculum.


Ø      Data Mart – How it can be used. This program is user friendly and is located at http://www.cccco.edu/divisions/tris/mis/reports.htm. Rob Smedfjeld has release time as the campus researcher.


Ø      Curriculum Institute update – What it was all about? At the Curriculum Institute this summer things that were covered were issues, changes, software programs, student learning outcomes and legal state regulations. There is a big push on student learning outcomes and the difference between objectives vs. goals.



Ø      CAPAC Goals for the 2005 – 2006 academic year.


Course and Program Approval Committee


Goals 2005-2006


  1. Continue to promote course outlines with student learning outcomes and assessment as the focus. CAPAC members will serve as mentors to other division faculty in the process.


  1. Promote the use of CurricUNET to construct new courses and programs and to review/revise existing courses and programs.


  1. Work with faculty and staff to develop an assessment committee including program review.


  1. Finalize and approve general education outcomes and assessment strategies.


  1. Work with the Faculty Senate’s Student Learning Outcomes Professional Enthusiasts (SLOPE) to develop a learning community of deans and faculty from departments under review for the 2004 – 2005 and 2005 – 2006 academic years.


  1. Complete course review for:


- Fall 05 (96 courses) -Spring 06 (98 courses)

    1. English Second language (ESL) a. Business Administration
    2. Foreign Language b. Chicano Studies
    3. History c. Education
    4. Interdisciplinary Studies d. English
    5. Personal Development e. Philosophy
    6. Political Science f. Real Estate
    7. Psychology
    8. Sociology
    9. Women’s Studies


  1. Continue the emphasis on the development of transfer degrees.


  1. Continue the focus of accepting more Advanced Placement credit at OhloneCollege.


Ø      CurricUNET – Members to mentors.

- Our CAPAC members are the perfect resource for the different disciplines.


Ø      Program Review – CAPAC expanding.


Ø      Name change – represent a more encompassing group. Discussion on changing the name of CAPAC to Curriculum Committee. Deb Parziale says this is long overdue and likes the idea. Motion to approve CAPAC’s name change to Curriculum Committee: Janice Jones/second/Bill Parks. Motion carried.


Ø      Screening – Signups confirmed – sign up sheet passed around. Need 4-8 members per screening, depending on the number of courses.


Ø      Change to Speech & Communication Studies Certificates – Tabled until October 3, 2006 Curriculum meeting.


Ø      CAN System – Michael Bowman – CAN was shut down in June 2005. The CAN numbers will be in affect for this year and could go as long as 2009. The impact could be devastating or insignificant, we will have to start all over again sending CAN’d courses to all the CSU’s for articulation. All the CSU’s will have to agree on what a course should look like. New LDTP numbers (Lower Division Transfer Program) will be one of several ways to get into a CSU.

Ø      Subcommittee announcements

a.      General Education – Brenda Ahntholz – Need to incorporate GE requirements if students took anyone of the first 3. Last year the main focus for GE were the outcomes. We are waiting for two divisions to get back to us with approval of their outcomes. How are you going to assess the outcomes. Courses must meet all the outcomes listed for that area.

b.      Cultural Diversity – Carmen Madden

c.      Informational Competency – K.G. Greenstein/Kathy Sparling – There are currently 3 courses listed for Information Competency or test out. Nursing and PTA have embedded Word and spreadsheets within their programs. Kathy says they need 2-3 members, was advised to contact Kay Harrison the contact person for Committees on Committees.

d.      Distance Learning – Marilena Tamburello (CHRIS NEED COPY OF GOALS)


Minor Revisions:

BIOT-111 Biotechnology Lab II

Name change to Advanced Biotechnology Lab; delete from Prerequisites “formerly BIOT 100C) with grade of; minor revision to catalog description and class schedule description; minor revision to student learning outcomes; minor revision to course outline.


CHEM-109 Biochemistry for Allied Health Sciences and Biotechnology

Name change to Biochemistry for Health Sciences and Biotechnology;

Requisites: None; minor catalog and class schedule descriptions; minor revision to student learning outcomes; reformatting course outline; minor revision to writing assignments and projects; minor revision to methods of evaluation; and updated textbook


New Course Approval (A)

TD-121B Dance Rehearsals and Performance 3.00 units

TD-121C Dance Rehearsals and Performance 4.00 units

TD-121L Dance Rehearsals and Performance Lab 0.00 units

TD-142CL Advanced Jazz Dance Performance Attendance Lab 0.00 units

TD-143CL Advanced Tap Dance Performance Attendance Lab 0.00 units


Adjournment:4:48 p.m. Motion to adjourn: Janice Jones/second/Kathy Sparling. Motion carried.