September 9, 2013

UK Core Education Committe (UKCEC)
Date of Meeting: 
Monday, September 9, 2013
Location of Meeting: 
Room 107 Breckinridge Hall, 2:00-4:00 pm
Members Present Ex-Officio Present Guests Present
Jonathan Allison Mike Shanks Leah Simpson
Ruth Beattie Debbie Sharp Chris Thuringer
Russell Brown    
Heather Bush    
Tracy Campbell    
Bill Endres    
Amy Gaffney    
Nancy Jones    
Juliana McDonald    
Ben Withers    


  1. Approval of minutes from August 26, 2013 meeting

                  Approved by consensus.

  1. Review course approval process

New Course or Course Change proposals in eCATS:

  • Courses submitted for UK Core will route to the appropriate Area Expert’s workflow inbox in eCATS
  • AEs should contact Joanie to have course added to the course tracking table
  • AEs perform initial review of course and can contact the proposer for revisions, if necessary
  • AEs will send Course Review form and syllabus to two outside reviewers and ask for comments to be returned within a 1-2 week period
  • AEs should send completed reviews to Joanie and Ben
  • Course will be added to consent agenda for the next UKCEC meeting; if the next meeting is less than one week away, course will be added to the next agenda after that to allow other members sufficient time to review

                  Identifying outside reviewers:

  • UKCEC should develop standard language that can be used by AEs when contacting potential reviewers
  • AEs can use contacts in their area who have taught a UK Core course before – consider contacting potential reviewers early in the semester to request their help if needed in the future
  • Their review should take relatively little time (20-30 minutes) – they are looking for evidence in the syllabus that the course supports the learning outcomes
  • Letter from Associate Provost will be sent to recognize reviewers for their effort


  1. UKC course review

Course review process:

  • Experimental courses, may not exactly fit the learning outcomes – UKCEC should still communicate with the proposer to alert them to potential deficiencies so that the course can be approved for UK Core later
  • The UKC Course Submission form, Course Review form, and syllabus will be circulated to UKCEC members via email (UKC courses are processed outside of eCATS)
  • Members will have 48 hours to review and reply with comments
  • Associate Provost will make final decision after reviewing member comments

                  New UKC course proposal: “Why Do We Love Facebook?”

  • Proposed for Humanities, spring 2014
  • Revisions to be requested:
  • Expand writing requirement – currently only one 3-page group report
  • Studying Facebook provides no historical component – explain how this outcome will be addressed
  • All work is group work – add individual work, or assign individual grades within group work
  • UKCEC will conduct another review when the syllabus has been revised


  1.  Information Literacy requirement on Course Review forms
  • Overview of what each Course Review form currently states regarding information literacy component
  • A brief definition of information literacy should be included on each form
  • Debbie Sharp will provide
  • Members should suggest modifications to the current information literacy component on each form
  1. UK Core Summit agenda

State of the Core:

  • Introduce UKCEC members
  • Senate Rules update
  • SACS feedback
  • Course approvals totals by area
  • Core enrollment

                  Assessment update:

  • Schedule
  • C&C assessment update
  • Citizenship assessment update

                  Innovation in the Core

                  Past investments in the Core

                  Financial model and the Core

  • Melody Flowers will attend
  • UKCEC members to weigh in on concerns and how the Core may be affected
  1. Meeting adjourned at 3:50 pm.

Prepared by Joanie Ett-Mims on September 11, 2013

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