2008-2009 Academic Year


COMMITTEE:  University Curriculum Committee


1.       Membership (include ex-officio members).



Ralph Scott (catalog secretary)

Janice Neil (Chair)

Paul Schwager (Vice-Chair)

Jane Manner

Greg Lapicki

David Batts

Jonathan Reid

Ex-officio members:

Ron Mitchelson

Linner Griffin

Kathryn Hashimoto

Donna Lillian

Wintre Clark


Kimberly Nicholson attended meetings of the 2008-2009 UCC meetings as a guest beginning in January. Kevin Snyder attended the meetings through November. Diane Coltraine attended meetings first semester. The three  worked extensively to review the materials considered at each meeting.


2.       Meeting Dates (include members present*).

September 11, 2008


Present: David Batts, Gregory Lapicki, Jane Manner, Janice Neil, Jonathan Reid, Paul Schwager, Ralph Scott, Wintre Clark (SGA), Linner Griffin, Kathryn Hashimoto, Donna Lillian, Ron Mitchelson.


September 25, 2008 -           No business- meeting cancelled


October 9, 2008

Present: Gregory Lapicki, Jane Manner, Janice Neil, Jonathan Reid, Ralph Scott.

Linner Griffin, Kathryn Hashimoto, Donna Lillian, Ron Mitchelson


          Excused: David Batts, Paul Schwager

          Absent: Wintre Clark


October 23, 2008

Present: D Batts, G. Lapicki, J. Manner, J. Neil, P. Schwager, R. Scott,

L. Griffin, K. Hashimoto, D. Lillian, R. Mitchelson

          Absent: W. Clark


November 13, 2008

Present: D Batts, G Lapicki, J Manner, J Neil, J Reid, P Schwager, W Clark, L Griffin, D Lillian, R Mitchelson

Excused: Ralph Scott

          Absent: Kathryn Hashimoto



January 22, 2009

Present: D Batts, G Lapicki, J Manner, J Neil, J Reid, P Schwager, R Scott, L Griffin, K Hashimoto, D Lillian.

Excused: R Mitchelson (excused)

          Absent: W. Clark


February 12, 2009

Present: J.Neil, P. Schwager, R Scott, G. Lapicki, D. Batts, J. Reid, L Griffin, R Mitchelson, K. Hashimoto

          Excused: J. Manner

          Absent: W. Clark


February 26, 2008

Present: D. Batts, G. Lapicki, P Schwager, L. Griffin, K. Hashimoto, D Lillian & R Mitchelson

Excused: J Manner, R Scott

         Absent: W. Clark, G. Lapicki


March 26, 2009

Present: D Batts, J Manner, J Neil, J Reid, P Schwager, R Scott,  L Griffin, D Lillian, R. Mitchelson

          Excused: K Hashimoto

          Absent: W. Clark, G. Lapicki


April 9, 2009

Present: D. Batts, J Manner, J Neil, J Reid, P Schwager, R Scott, L. Griffin, D. Lillians,         R. Michelson, K. Hashimoto, G. Lapicki

          Absent: W. Clark


April 23, 2009

Present:, J Manner, J Neil, J Reid, P Schwager, R Scott, L. Griffin, D. Lillians,           G. Lapicki

          Excused: D. Batts, K. Hashimoto, R. Michelson

          Absent: W. Clark


3.      Subcommittees established during the year (include progress and/or completion of work).  



4.      Accomplishments during the year, especially as addressed through committee goals.  Please include recommendations made to any University agency other than the Faculty Senate that will be noted under #5.

·       Approved numerous curricular changes from all colleges/schools at ECU. 

·        Maintained and refined the liaison system instituted three years ago, including updating the Undergraduate Curriculum and Program and Development Manual and conducting a Fall 2008 informational seminar for liaisons from each unit.  The liaison system is working very well, vastly streamlining, improving the quality of proposals and reducing the workload of both faculty and the committee by helping to insure that course proposals and curricular revisions are complete, consistent, and organized before reaching the committee.

·        Continued a 1-week time frame for submission of infrequent minor revisions to curricular proposals. Thus, the standard guideline is that individuals presenting curricular proposals should submit all revisions requested by the committee within one week of the UCC meeting at which such revisions were requested.

·        Discussed a draft version of the policies and procedures for undergraduate certificate programs. This will continue in the fall.

·        Discussed and adopted editorial changes to the curriculum proposal form that will seek clarification about budgetary and resource concerns related to proposals.


5.  Reports to the Faculty Senate (include dates and resolution numbers).


Date of Report to FS

Business Presented

FS Resolution #


Minutes of 9/11/08

Minutes of 10/9/08



Minutes of 10/23/08

Minutes of 11/13/08



Minutes of 1/22/09

Minutes of 2/12/09




Minutes of 2/26/09



Minutes of 3/26/09

Minutes of 4/09/09



6.       Business carried over to next year (list in priority order).

·    Maintain the liaison model used during the last five years.  Organize information seminar for liaisons and UCC members as early as possible in the fall semester. To prevent potential problems within the liaison system, emphasize that the liaison’s role is as a facilitator who works to see that proposals are properly prepared according to the program development guidelines and that they are complete before they reach the UCC; the liaison role is not intended to be an additional approval step.

·    Schedule additional meetings of the committee as needed.  Since the official catalog is now the online catalog and will be updated more frequently, proposals are considered throughout spring semester.  The final meeting of the year is exclusively for UCC business.

·    Continue to refine the curriculum development process to streamline where appropriate and eliminate confusion for faculty developing curriculum proposals.

·    Continue to support the Office of Academic Program’s workshops on curriculum development.

·    Continue to look for ways the ECU & UNC-System initiatives can be better reflected in curriculum development.

·    Monitor slippage in deadlines for submission of documentation & notification of affected units.

·    Develop policies and procedures for undergraduate certificate programs.

7.       Evaluation of the committee (include anything that hindered or assisted the

          committee's work during the year).

          A.      Charge: 

·           Reinforcement of: Proposed Revisions to Part V, Section III of the ECU Faculty Manual including:

o       The charge of the UCC should remain the same. The proposed changes could eliminate the committee responsibilities related to Section 4, items C and D.

o       The committee agreed that the UCC should be a part of the Request to Establish in the Baccalaureate Degree Program Campus Approval Process Checklist. We will ask that a new entry #f be inserted under #3, indicating that the UCC reviews a new program and its courses before it is presented to the EPPC.

o       On the EPPC report, Section C, Number 1, New Degree Programs, Step III, we will request that the parenthetical included with the eighth bullet be deleted and a new bullet inserted that indicates that the UCC reviews the request to establish a bachelor’s program.

o       On the EPPC report, Section C, Number 2, New Minors…, we will request that the parenthetical included with bullet six be deleted, as the UCC does want to see requests for title changes and moving or discontinuing programs as outlined in our charge.


          B.      Personnel:

          Exceptional – all faculty members were conscientious and dedicated to in the best interests of the university. There was limited student representation on the committee: The  SGA representative only attended two meetings

          A public communication specialist from the Office of Academic Affairs continues to assist the process by supporting the work of the committee.


          C.      Attendance:

All members were prompt in attendance and all attended most meetings


          D.      Responsibilities:

                    The workload of this committee, especially for the officers, is very demanding and continues to grow as the University expands, new programs are created, and old programs are revised to meet rapidly changing needs.  However, the success of the liaison system, the support of the Office Academic Programs and the Faculty Senate office greatly facilitated the workload.  The continued polishing and streamlining of the liaison system and the support from the Office Academic Programs in preparing meeting agendas and master marked catalog copy documents prior to meetings should continue to improve the situation.


          E.      Activities:  Normal


8.       Suggestion(s) to the Chair of the Faculty and/or Faculty Senate for improving the effectiveness of the committee.

          The committee is in unanimous agreement that the liaison system and the support of the Office of Academic Programs in agenda and catalog copy preparation are essential in enabling this committee to operate in a timely and efficient manner.


        The committee reviewed several proposals that appeared to have significant duplication of content with other units. Additional guidance on what level of duplication and justification of duplication are appropriate would be helpful.


9.       Does the Committee’s organizational meeting next year need to be earlier than the date set this year?           No

                    Signed:  Chairs ___Janice A. Neil, RN, PhD_______________________

                              Secretary   _Ralph Scott, Professor, Curator of Printed Books & Maps ___