February 4, 2013

UK Core Education Committee (UKCEC)
Date of Meeting: 
Monday, February 4, 2013
Location of Meeting: 
Keeneland Room, WT Young Library, 2:00-4:00 pm
Members Present Ex-Officio Present Guests Present
Ruth Beattie Debbie Sharp Leah Simpson
Heather Bush Mike Shanks Chris Thuringer
Patty Cook    
Amy Gaffney    
Nancy Jones    
Juliana McDonald    
Jenny Rice    



1.     CIS/WRD repeat option

Question presented to UKCEC regarding CIS 110/WRD 110 and CIS 111/WRD 111 repeat option.  Can a student use the CIS course as a repeat option if they first took the WRD course (or vice versa)?  Members decided since WRD and CIS are using the same Core outcomes, the courses should be comparable even if the coursework varies a little.  The courses should be considered as equivalent for purposes of the repeat option (CIS 110 can be repeated for WRD 110, CIS 111 can be repeated for WRD 111, etc.).


Ruth will send recommendation to Dr. Withers.


2.     Course Approvals

GWS 201 (Humanities) – approved

MCL 200 (Humanities) – approved

PHI 310 (Humanities) – approved



3.     Senate Rules updates for UK Core

Chris Thuringer had sent updates to the Senate Rules regarding UK Core and the UKCEC to Davy Jones, Chair of the Senate Rules and Elections Committee.  His edits and recommendations were sent back to the UKCEC for review.  These comments were accepted and approved, except the recommendation to remove #4 under UKCEC Functions as it appears to be similar to function #5.  Function #4 states that the UKCEC should maintain the centrality and visibility of the UK Core program, while function #5 discusses the UKCEC’s ability to develop and change the program.  The suggestion was made to expand function #4 to include the UKCEC’s desire to participate in University-wide planning and policy-making processes. 


The UKCEC also questioned the recommendation under Requirements for Graduation (SR 5.4.3) to include the current Senate Rule  The committee will communicate with Davy Jones to ask for clarification on this recommendation.


Chris Thuringer will make the approved edits and send the revised document to UKCEC members for review.


4.     Follow-up on UK Core Instructor Sessions

Sessions were held on Friday, February 1st to receive feedback from instructors who have taught UK Core courses and been involved in the assessment process.  Inclement weather prevented full attendance, but still sufficient feedback was received in each session.  These responses will be sent to UKCEC Area Experts, and follow-up sessions will be planned for spring.


Members discusses the current orientation/training process for instructors of UK Core courses (currently Program Directors/Chairs are responsible for coordinating).  Possibility of moving to University-wide orientation sessions before classes start each semester to train these instructors.


5.     Meeting adjourned at 3:00 pm.


Prepared by Joanie Ett-Mims on February 5, 2013.

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