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Graduate Program Council

September 23, 2013


Present: Faith Loven, Diane Raushenfels, Ken Gilbertson, Alexandra Luong, Melanie Shepard, Fay Maas (ex officio)

Discussion of who will chair the committee this year.  Noted that under the new governance structure chairs of collegiate curriculum committees will sit on the UMD Curriculum Committee.  Fay agreed to take minutes at the meetings.  Fay will investigate whether the length of the term and the frequency of meetings has yet been determined.  The decision was deferred until more information is shared.

Important Dates to share with departments (all can be viewed at: http://www.d.umn.edu/cehsp/administrative/gp_council/index.html

New 2014 Spring courses must be submitted to VCAA by October 1st, 2013.    Any revisions suggested by the committee at the Sept 23rd meeting must be submitted to Fay for final approval before Oct. 1st.

New 2014 Summer courses and special topics courses must be submitted to VCAA by October 4th, 2013.  Any revisions suggested by the committee at the Sept 23rd meeting must be submitted to Fay for final approval before Oct. 1st.

New 2014 Fall courses must be submitted to VCAA on Dec. 1, 2013. Departments must submit new course proposals or course change proposals to Fay’s office no later than Nov. 18th for review at the Nov. 25th GPC meeting.

Reminder that all of the original proposals that were sent in for review have been formatted and tweaked by Lynn Velander and then sent out to the committee for review. Note that all electronic proposals that members receive end with Lynn’s initials.  (for example, CSD5011_lmv.doc).  As committee members give feedback on proposals please send the lmv version of the proposal to the course sponsor to ensure that the most current version of the course proposal form is used as they revise and resubmit any changes that are required.

We reviewed 3 new course proposals and 6 course change proposals

CSD 5010

Course change was approved with the following minor changes:

  • Please answer #1 & #2 since course title is changing to Portfolio Development I.

 

CSD 5011

New course was approved without reservation

CSD5097  New Course

Course change was approved with the following minor changes:

  • #26 provide more specific information about assessment methods (for example, who is doing the assessment, in what setting, what are the standards for assessing the quality of the demonstration)

 

CSD8597, 8697, 8797, 8897

Course changes were approved with the following minor changes:

  • Verify CSD5205 listed as a pre-requisite for 8697 and 8797.  Is 5205 the correct number?

 

EnEd 5325 course change

Course Changes tabled pending further departmental discussion

  • The group discussed the possibility of offering a one credit course that would be required for students but would be non-transferable to the grad program. That way the total CH for the faculty sponsor could remain at 3CH.

 

EnEd5800 New summer session course

Course approved with the following minor changes:

  • #15; add “or” before hash mark
  • Elaborate on #26; perhaps increase number of outcomes to include more about pedagogy specific to sustainability; examine outcomes to ensure that they are graduate level. Go beyond simply “describing” or “defining” concepts.
  • Replace “effect” with “affect” in #25 item VIII