I.3 L&S CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
Information about the L&S Curriculum Committee and various curricular processes can be found in the Administrative Gateway.
Updated 12/13/2011 by emk
Meetings and Membership
The committee meets regularly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Professor Diane Gooding (Psychology) will chair the committee in 2011-2012. Faculty and academic staff members serve three year terms and are chosen to represent the various academic areas of the College; a departmental undergraduate adviser and two student representatives also serve as members of the committee. The Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs assigns two L&S Student Academic Affairs staff members who serve as ex officio members of the committee. Nancy Westphal-Johnson, Associate Dean Undergraduate Education and Academic Administration, also serves in an ex officio capacity, as does Assistant Dean Elaine M. Klein, Director of L&S Academic Planning, Program Review, and Assessment of Student Learning. Assistant Dean Klein also assists the chair and serves as a consultant to the committee.
To be determined: Faculty members from the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences, Department-based Advisor
In addition to conducting its ordinary business with respect to courses and academic programs, Dean Sandefur will ask the committee to consider curricular initiatives related to enhancing the undergraduate student experience, as part of the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. In addition, the committee will be asked to advise the dean as to how the college can approach the challenge of assessing student learning on a college-wide scale, to gauge the extent to which L&S students are achieving the liberal education learning outcomes expressed in the BABS 07 degree requirements, and as part of the Wisconsin Experience at UW-Madison.
The Curriculum Committee reviews all proposals to add, change or delete L&S courses. Proposals are sent to the L&S Curriculum Committee approximately four (4) weeks prior to the Divisional Executive Committee meeting at which departments would like them considered. L&S administrative staff and the committee chair review all proposals prior to consideration by the Curriculum Committee, so technical questions can be resolved before they go to the full committee. Once approved, notice of approval is sent to the department and to the Divisional Executive Committee Office.
Course Proposal forms are available online at http://www.secfac.wisc.edu/divcomm/courses/CourseProposals.htm.
Proposals may be sent electronically (pdf files preferred) to email@example.com. If submitting hard copies, please send three (3) copies of each proposal to the L&S Curriculum Committee (307 South Hall).
Course proposals must be accompanied by a letter from the department chair indicating that the department has approved the proposal. This memorandum should explain why the changes are being sought. It is useful to note whether changes are requested as a result of efforts to assess and improve student learning (see Chapter V.6, "Academic Assessment" for more information on that subject). If several proposals are being submitted, each packet of proposals may be accompanied by one letter; there is no need to attach the cover letter to each proposal if one letter can address all changes sought.
The committee will consider proposals after all technical and substantive questions (if any) are addressed, and the proposal is revised to reflect those changes. After the L&S CC approves the course, the department is notified and asked to send 20 copies of the approved version to the Divisional Executive Committee Office (134 Bascom). Please do not send the 20 copies until they are requested.
In addition to reviewing L&S course proposals, the committee reviews on request courses offered by other Schools and Colleges to consider whether L&S students may count non-L&S courses for degree credit. Courses that may be counted are expected to meet the committee's "Criteria for Liberal Arts and Science Courses".
This aspect of the curriculum changed substantially with the implementation of the 2007 L&S BABS degree requirements. Under the old curriculum, approved non-L&S courses were known as "T" or "C" courses, and L&S undergraduate students were allowed to count up to 20 credits of "T" courses toward an L&S degree, and could count "C" courses just as they would count credits earned in L&S courses. Under the rules that went into effect in Summer 2007, the "T" course rule will be eliminated, and L&S undergraduates admitted after May 21, 2007, or who elect to "opt in" to the new curriculum, must earn at least 108 credits of "Liberal Arts and Science" courses; they will also be allowed to count for degree credit up to 12 credits in any other credit-bearing UW-Madison courses.
The L&S Curriculum Committee will review departments' requests to consider courses that meet its criteria for Liberal Arts and Science Courses. Requests to review non-L&S courses may be forwarded to the L&S Curriculum Committee by the Divisional Executive Committee office or by the department.
Requests for LAS designation should include the following information:
Please contact the committee chair or Assistant Dean for Academic Planning for more information.
Changes in the Major
The L&S Curriculum Committee reviews proposals to change undergraduate major requirements (including requirements for admission to the major) for all L&S degree and certificate programs. Proposals must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for review before they can be implemented; when approval is granted, Departments are given an implementation date after which they may admit students under the new requirements. Departments and Programs are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and consult the Committee's Guidelines for Curricular Change (which includes a discussion of time to implementation) before undertaking any changes. As part of this process, we encourage Departments to consider the impact of their proposed changes on programs closely related to their own, such as School of Education programs for which L&S departments provide content instruction. Departments may wish to consult School of Education Academic Services for assistance in considering the impact of proposed revisions on School of Education programs.
Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org; hard copies may be addressed to the Curriculum Committee c/o 307 South Hall.
Consultation on Curricular and Policy Matters
The L&S Curriculum Committee serves as the primary vehicle for the consideration of new curricular initiatives such as Freshman Seminars, and advising the Dean and L&S Student Academic Affairs on the interpretation of L&S curricular policy as the need arises. As part of this responsibility, the Curriculum Committee completed a multi-year assessment of the L&S BA/BS requirements. That assessment led to changes to the L&S baccalaureate degree requirements that were approved by the L&S Senate in April 2005, and which have since been the focus of much of the committee's work. As questions arise, the committee continues to consider issues related to the implementation of those changes in the L&S degree requirements (a.k.a. BABS07).
The Committee has issued recommendations related to the following topics:
In accordance with the administrative guidelines for the L&S Interdisciplinary subject listing, the L&S Curriculum Committee serves as the faculty body that approves whether courses may be listed in that timetable. For procedures on how to list a course in this area, please contact Associate Dean Nancy Westphal Johnson (email@example.com), who serves as the Chair of this "virtual department".
Last revised: May 24, 2011 (emk).
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