2004 – 2005 Academic Year



COMMITTEE:  University Curriculum Committee



1.       Membership (include ex-officio members).

·        Ellen Arnold   [catalog secretary]

·        Cheryl Estes  [vice chair]

·        Ron Graziani 

·        Tim Hudson               [chair]

·        Arunas Juska

·        Linda Kean

·        David Long

·        Ron Mitchelson

·        Rita Reaves

·        Michael Schinasi

·        Elizabeth Smith                    


Diane Coltraine attended all of the 2004 – 2005 UCC meetings as a guest. She also worked extensively to review the materials considered at each meeting


            No student representative regularly attended our meetings for the entire year.


 2.      Meeting Dates (include members present*).

·        9 Sept 2004      [organizational meeting – no regular business]

·        23 Sept 2004

·        14 Oct 2004

·        28 Oct 2004

·        11 Nov 2004

·        9 Dec 2004

·        13 Jan 2005

·        27 Jan 2005

·        10 Feb 2005

·        24 Feb 2005

·        10 Mar 2005

·        24 Mar 2005


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

No official subcommittees established. However, various members carried out committee work per request of committee chair. In particular, each committee member individually worked to prepare for the “big meeting” of 24 February 2005. This meeting lasted nearly five hours, and the catalog minutes for this meeting ran to about 200 pages.


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 every college/school at ECU. Formed concise criteria for the justification, course objectives, etc. that we used to judge new and revised courses.

·        Implemented a liaison system that involved a representative from each college (department in the College of Arts & Sciences) identified to assist each unit with pushing their changes through the curricular revision process. We held an informational seminar at the beginning of the 2004 Fall Semester for the liaisons. The Committee on Committees approved our implementation of this model for the 2004 – 2005 year, and offered to revist the matter (and possibly modify the UCC charge) during the 2005 – 2006 year, if necessary. The committee members feel that our liaison system worked well and is a good model to keep for the future.

·        Vice-Chancellor Rita Reaves secured laptop computers for the UCC chair and secretary. This greatly assisted the functioning of the committee and saved an enormous amount of paper.


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


Date of Report to FS       Business Presented                              FS Resolution #

       10/12/2004                     minutes of 9/9/04                                             04 – 26

                                           minutes of 9/23/04

       11/9/2004                       minutes of 10/14/04                                         04 – 31

                                                minutes of 10/28/04

       12/07/2004                     minutes of 11/11/04                                         04 – 33

         1/25/2005                     minutes of 12/9/04                                           05 – 01

                                                            minutes of 1/13/05

         2/22/2005                     minutes of 1/27/05                                           05 – 06

                                                minutes of 2/10/05

         3/22/2005                     minutes of 2/24/05                                           05 – 14

                                                minutes of 3/10/05

         4/19/2005                     minutes of 3/24/05                                           05 – xx 

[minutes not yet posted]


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

·        Maintain the liaison model used during the 2004 – 2005 academic year. Organize informational seminar for the liaisons and UCC members as early in the 2005 – 2006 academic year as possible (certainly prior to the first UCC meeting). It is important to hold this early, before units begin work on curricular revisions.

·        Determine requirements for Undergraduate Certificates. We have published criteria for graduate certificates, but none exist for undergraduate ones.


7.         Evaluation of the committee (include anything that hindered or assisted the committee's work during the year).

A.                 Charge:                      adequate

B.        Personnel:                  exceptional – all faculty members were conscientious and

            dedicated to in the best interests of the university. The student representative did not attend any meeting after October 2004.

C.        Attendance:               all members were prompt in attendance and all attended most

meetings; only absences were due to legitimate conflicts

D.        Responsibilities:       extreme; this is a very busy and demanding committee on

                                                which to serve; our revision of the submission forms and

                                                website instructions will hopefully smooth the process for

                                                next year

            E.        Activities:                   normal


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

·        In order to maintain the online agendas that the committee has used for the past few years to disseminate the curricular details to the committee membership and the wider university community, we believe that the committee needs regular secretarial assistance between September and March for each academic year, or else a teaching release for the UCC chair (one course per fall & spring semesters).


9.       Does the Committee’s organizational meeting next year need to be earlier than the date set this year? 




                                                             Chairperson Tim Hudson


                                                                                    Secretary  Ellen Arnold