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Meeting Minutes for 05 - 06 Academic Year

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April 20, 2006
April 6, 2006
March 30, 2006
March 23, 2006
March 2, 2006
February 23, 2006
February 16, 2006
February 9, 2006
February 1, 2006
January 25, 2006
December 1, 2005
November 17, 2005
November 3, 2005
October 27, 2005
October 13, 2005
October 6, 2005
September 21, 2005
September 15, 2005
September 6, 2005
April 20, 2006  
Date: 4/20/2006
Time: 8:05 AM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Susan Floyd, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack


  • Discussed elections of next year's officers
    • Decided current officers will stay until next academic year
    • Current Chair will call first meeting before the beginning of classes to elect officers
  • Discussed changes and revisions in policy and scope
  • Discussed changes and revisions in submission standards

Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 AM

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April 6, 2006  

Date: 4/6/2006
Time: 8:05 AM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack, Randy Schmitz


  • Reviewed Computer Assistant Certificate
    • Passed, no discussion
  • Reviewed Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures Lab
    • Noted Grammatical errors
    • Noted confusion on whether or not the course was submitted purposefully for 2 credits or mistakenly so.
    • Passed pending changes
  • Reviewed Metal Fabrication Technology Certificate
    • Noted that bullet 2 on the cover sheet did not answer the question
    • Asked that the policy reference be included as documentation
    • Would like changes highlighted in both current and proposed plans of study.
    • Passed pending changes
  • Reviewed Certificate Name Changes
    • Noted some grammatical errors
    • Passed pending changes
  • Reviewed Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing Psych 101 change
    • Noticed grammatical errors on delete CTHO 103 form
    • Passed pending changes
  • Reviewed Business changes
    • Requested an overall summary of all changes which should include
      • A brief rationale for the changes
      • An overview of the changes made for each program
      • In one document
    • Justification for reduction in credits for 132, 232 – 133 is not strong enough to explain the loss of three credits.
      • Please reword reductions in credits to account for this loss of credits (eliminating redundancy, etc.)
    • CTBU 115 has no lab component, but both the classes it replaces does have a lab component.
    • CTBU 111 has a description nearly identical to CTBU 115.  Would be nice to differentiate these two courses better.
      • Clarify that this course is remedial and does not affect a student’s requirements for graduation.
    • Returned documents for revisions.

Meeting Adjourned 9:00 AM


         All revisions must be submitted to the Curriculum committee chair prior to noon Friday, 4/7, if they wish to make it onto the last UCC meeting agenda.  I must have the signed documents.

         Applied Supervision will be examined electronically as there was no meeting time to review it.  It will be voted on electronically.

         The business changes will be examined electronically, and if received in time, will be voted on electronically.

         The committee has decided that when citing a policy to simply attach a copy of that policy as cut & paste, or as a separate document, for referential documentation.

            Curriculum Committee Final Meeting of Spring 2006 is 4/20/2006 at 8:05 AM.

Current Agenda:

         Review policies and procedures for curriculum committee.

         Publish said policies and procedures.

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March 30, 2006  

Date: 3/30/2006
Time: 8:05 AM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack


  • Reviewed CST Networking Certificate Changes
    • Reviewed correction on CST Networking Certificate
    • Voted to move curriculum forward
  • Reviewed CST Networking changes
    • No issues
    • Voted to move curriculum forward
  • Reviewed CST Computer Application Development Changes (no vote)
    • No Issues
    • Voted to move curriculum forward
  • Examined HR and Applied Supervision changes
    • Memorandum format is not summary of changes, an example will be provided
    • 181 has no lecture hours listed on the left side of the form
    • Plan of study changes cannot be made without a change program form and a rationale
      • Proposed plan has different classes and credits than current.
    • Curriculum returned for revision
  • Preliminary Review of Business changes
    • When stating that other programs are affected, please be specific.  If all programs affected are in the submitting faculty’s department simply say so, thus negating the need for discussing the changes with other departments.  However, if the affected programs are in another department please list the departments, and the contact with whom you discussed these changes.
    • For changes in credits, please provide more detailed justification for why a course can change in credits but still have an identical course description (i.e. why there shouldn’t be a new course created?).
    • Changes must be noted on both current and proposed plans of study.
    • When listing variable credits, provide the minimum credit totals for degree
    • Noted various grammatical errors

Meeting Adjourned 9:00 AM

            The next meeting will be April 6th at 8:05 am.

            Current Agenda Items are:

         Computer Assistant Certificate Deletion

Note: There will only be two more meetings for the curriculum committee April 6th and April 20th.  UCC’s last meeting is April 19th, curriculum received by that committee after April 12th will not be placed on the agenda.

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March 23, 2006  

Date: 3/23/2006
Time: 8:05 AM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Tammi Miller, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack 


  • Reviewed CST Networking Certificate Changes
    • Noted minor grammatical errors
    • Voted to move forward pending changes
  • Reviewed CST Networking changes
    • Noted several grammatical and wording errors
    • Need Help Desk course as stated in rational to clearly explain that this is an existing course
    • Returned curriculum to department for changes
  • Previewed CST Computer Application Development Changes (no vote)
    • Noted the absence of two forms
    • Noted numerous grammatical errors
    • Need to clarify electives
    • Should remove reference to all CST programs
  • Examined HR changes
    • Need to have both current and old plans of study
    • Please calculate total credits by semester in plans of study
    • Remove any reference to fast Track
    • Need to have summary for all changes
    • Returned for revisions
  • Discussed Curriculum Committee Website
    • Decided on format for minutes
    • Will add checklist, procedures, purpose, and scope documents
  • Began review of proposed business changes

Meeting Adjourned 9:00 AM

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March 2, 2006  

Date: 3/2/2006
Time: 8:05 AM start

Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Tammi Miller, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack


  • Reviewed changes to Auto body
    • Changes passed pending the correction of a misspelling
  • Continued discussion about committee Scope and Policy
    • Scope
      • Impact across programs
        • Curriculum must be checked for impact on other programs and when impact occurs the other departments must be consulted
        • Documentation of consultations
      • Question Financing
        • Must be from the person dealing with the accounts
        • Must be addressed and have requisite documentation
      • Grammar and Spelling
        • Curriculum must have proper grammar and spelling
      • Continuity and Clarity
        • Curriculum must have consistent and logical flow
          • Examples and Models will be provided
        • Curriculum must be clear in meaning, rationale, and purpose.  If confusion arises, it must be addressed
      • Formatting
        • Must use proper forms and follow guidelines to be provided
          • Examples and models will be provided
      • Justification
        • All curriculum must be submitted with logical and defendable justification
    • Once a document is created for the curriculum committee
      • A checklist will be developed for all new curriculum
      • The committee will institute a process of archival and accountability for tracking the curriculum passed through the committee
    • The committee will request from management
      • Professional Development hours for committee work
      • Budgetary allotments for departments to cover increased printing costs


Meeting Adjourned 9:00 AM

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February 23, 2006  

Date: 2/23/2006
Time: 8:05 AM start
Attendees: Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack, Michael Spangler


  Reviewed Diesel changes
       Passed Diesel changes pending reprinting of documents on correct paper.
       Diesel changes signed and handed off to the dean’s office.

  Reviewed Auto-body changes
       Noted the need for Headings on accompanying pages to better explain the content
       Since the change is prompted through general education requirement changes N/A is not an acceptable comment in the ‘which other programs will be affected by this change’ question.  The committee would like to see a brief statement that Barb was consulted and that she understands and agrees with the change.
       curriculum returned without vote.

  Reviewed proposed HR changes
       Noted some misspellings, need for a summary for the course changes, and some other wording changes
       Documents returned to HR.

  Reviewed CST changes
       Some notes have been gathered and will be disseminated to the CST department

  Further discussion about policies and procedures
       the committee needs to develop a method to track changes to curriculum online
       We need to have explanations of forms for faculty to streamline the process
       All pages should have headers and/or titles explaining their purpose.

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February 16, 2006  

Date: 2/16/2006
Time: 8:05 AM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Tammi Miller, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack, Michael Spangler, Vern Gagnon 


  Reviewed Diesel Program Revisions
        Cover sheets only should have colored paper
        We need clear plans of study (both current and proposed) with all changes highlighted
        Diesel Certificate needs separate paperwork
        Vote to be held upon receipt of revised and signed paperwork

  Review of Automotive Program Modifications
        Found one typo in the AAS
        Needed to change Math 101 title in plan of study, and to address why Math 101 is needed in the rationale
        Passed pending changes

  Review of Design 248
o        Noted a discrepancy in the listed pre-requisites and those from the catalog.  Asked faculty to make this change.
        Passed pending changes

  Discussion of proposed CST changes
        Noted that rationales need to offer a stronger reason for the offering of the course
o        Noted incorrect grammar on CST 267 description
o        Noted the need for a clearer wording in the cover letter for why two courses are being removed from the program

  Began discussions on further documenting policies for the Curriculum Committee
o   Determined that a standardized format for Plans of Study would be desirable
o   Determined that first readings of curriculum should be open to only committee members
            Allows for freer discussion
         Does not waste faculty time
         Allows the committee to form a coherent opinion
   Determined that producing examples and models of exemplary Curriculum would greatly help faculty in creating curriculum
            Said examples would be posted on a web site for all to access
            Said examples would have comments by members to further explain needs, wants, and formats
            A curriculum committee web site will be created for dissemination of relevant policies, examples, members
   Committee members will begin trying to define the scope of the committee over the next couple meetings
   Determined that a proposal should be made to the Dean or the Union to allow hours spent working on Curriculum Committee count towards professional development or something similar

 Meeting Adjourned: 9:00 AM

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February 9, 2006  

Date: 2/9/2006
Time: 8:10 AM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Tammi Miller, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack, Craig McKenzie, Michael Spangler, Katherine Pfau


  Reviewed Diesel Program Modifications
   Discussed minor concerns in wording and clarifications with Mike Spangler
   Returned suggested wording to Mike for revision
   Voting on the revised version of the diesel program modifications will be held at the next meeting

  Engaged in a discussion about whether or not to enforce a policy of regulating the listing of pre-requisites
  Began discussion about policies for the curriculum committee and the many issues therein.
  Susan Baack moved to leave the decision of how pre-requisites will be listed to the individual departments
  Karen Womack seconded the motion
  The motion passed

  Review of Automotive Program Modifications
  Discussed minor clarifications and wording concerns
  Returned suggested wording to Katherine for revision
  Discussed issues pertaining to the use of General Ed class, in particular MATH 085
  Voting on the revised version of the automotive program modifications will be held at the next meeting

 Meeting Adjourned: 9:00 AM

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February 1, 2006  

Date: 2/1/2006
Time: 3:05 PM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack, Amy Beatty, John Culbertson, Craig McKenzie, Michael Spangler


   Voted to move forward CMP 105 title and description change

   Voted to move forward medical pre-requisite semester program changes pending minor grammatical corrections

   Discussed and voted to move forward the Carpentry program pending minor grammatical corrections

  Briefly discussed the Diesel program.  The curriculum will be further discussed at the next meeting

  Changed meeting times to Thursday mornings at 8:00 AM.

 Meeting Adjourned: 3:45 PM

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January 25, 2006  

Date: 1/25/2006
Time: 3:05 PM start
Attendees: Susan Baack, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Rich Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Karen Womack, Amy Beatty, John Culbertson 


  Set meeting time for curriculum committee
        To be Wednesday, 3:05 PM to 4:00 PM as needed
        Next Meeting February 1st.

  Reviewed CMP 105 title and description change
        Tabled until next meeting after Victor has informed departments of the upcoming change.

  Reviewed Carpentry program
        A list of grammatical and wording corrections were given to John
        A vote will be held on the corrected documents next week

 Meeting Adjourned: 4:30 PM

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December 1, 2005  

Curriculum Committee Meeting
Date: 12/1/2005
Start: 11:00 AM
Attendees:, Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Tammi Miller, Richard Pierce, Trisha Biggs, Karen Womack, John Culbertson, Amy Beatty, Craig McKenzie


 The Carpentry program was reviewed and the following list of corrections compiled.  No vote was made, but once these corrections have been made and returned to the committee, a vote will be held.

o Corrections and Concerns:
 The Committee wished to see the letter of agreement between the Career Center and the COT.
 John Culbertson produced the letter and satisfied the committee.
 The Committee wished to learn if the program had the right to use the NCCER designation in their program descriptions prior to accreditation by that body.
  Craig Mckenzie answered that after a discussion the previous day the program does have such authority.  This answer satisfied the committee.
  CARP 150 has TRID 162 as a pre-requisite on the Syllabus, but not on the New Course form.
  CARP 250 has the same problem as above.
  CARP 250, it was suggested that the last sentenced be reworded for better clarity.
  TRID 145 has total lab hours and lecture hours equivalent of 4 credits, but is listed as three credits.
  New Program Form 2.1: it was suggested that the discussion of local company involvement in the program be more generalized and moved to bullet 
  New Program  Form 3.1.3: question was asked if the position was tenured?  This should be clarified in the form, as should the status of the time instructor.
  New Program Form 3.1.5 and Clarify these statements to show that a instructor will be hired.
  New Program Form 3.1.7: clarify last statement to something like: supporting classes may be taught by existing faculty
  3.2.2. Remove the words Montana and Certificate.

Meeting adjourned 12:20 PM.

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November 17, 2005  

Curriculum Committee Meeting 11/17/2005
Meeting start: 11:00 AM
Conference Room
Attendees: Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Rich Pierce, Tim Urbaniak, Victor Valgenti, Amy Beatty, John Culbertson, Craig McKenzie

Meeting Points

 HR modification of Program to allow variable credit for field experience
 Passed pending some minor grammatical changes and removal of variable 1-9 credits as listed in the program of study.

 Discussion about the Carpentry degree
  Course Descriptions
         The course descriptions use, by and large, passive sentence structures and somewhat confusing grammar.  They should be reworded for a clearer picture of the course.
         In particular CARP 131

o What facilities will be used for this program?
         This has yet to be addressed sufficiently.
         Written documentation is desired

o Contention with the title
         There was much discussion about the title of the program
         No conclusion about the title was reached

o  The lab classes need to have any references to internships removed.

o  The lab classes use the words “Controlled Construction Site”.  This was explained to mean a supervised setting, not an internship setting.

o  CARP 221 needs to remove CARP 220 from pre-requisites

o  Further discussion included program and course content in particular:
         Too much concrete in the program?
         The electrical courses and are they needed?
         No conclusion was reached, no alternatives offered.

 Meeting Adjourned 12:20 PM.

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November 3, 2005  

The Curriculum Committee Minutes for Thursday 11/3/2005.
Meeting start: 11:00 AM
Location: B057
Attendees: Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Richard Pierce, Victor Valgenti, Amy Beatty, John Culbertson, Craig McKenzie

 Agenda Discussed:

 HR 284 Expansion of credits for Field experience
        Approved pending some minor wording/grammatical fixes.

 CMP 105 Title and Description change
        Tabled pending discussion with other departments in the building.

 Construction Programming
        Topics discussed:
          What facilities will be used?
         Possible redundancy in new classes
         Suggested some wordings that will help eliminate some questions
o        No Vote yet
        The committee will review the curriculum and attempt to get remarks and questions to John Culbertson or Amy Beatty as soon as possible so that changes may be made and the curriculum returned to the committee in a prompt fashion.

Meeting adjourned: 12:00 PM

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October 27, 2005  

Curriculum Committee meeting
Meeting start: 11:00 AM
Attendees: Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Tammi Miller, Richard Pierce, Tim Urbaniak, Victor Valgenti, Amy Beatty, John Culbertson, Craig McKenzie

Topics Covered:

 Reviewed changes to HR 284
        Suggested some editing and rewording. 
        To be resubmitted for a vote at the next meeting.

 Reviewed Preliminary changes to CMP 105 title and description
        Noted some minor corrections
        Will submit for vote at the next meeting

 Reviewed Preliminary changes to CMP 135 description
        Noted some questions about access to software
        Due to some issues that have arisen since the meeting yesterday, these changes will be put on hold pending further research by the originating faculty member

 Reviewed the new program for Construction Technology-Carpentry
        A variety of questions about the program were fielded
        The curriculum was returned to the originating faculty for revisions
        Revisions will be reviewed next week

Meeting adjourned 12:00 pm

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October 13, 2005  

Minutes for the Curriculum Committee
Attendees: Susan Floyd, Richard Pierce, Tim Urbaniak, Victor Valgenti
Start 11:00 AM

  • Topics Covered
    • Changes to the medical degree were reviewed.
      • It was noted that there was some apprehension to starting a degree with a 200 level course.  However, this is done across the state.  It could, in the future pose an accreditation problem.
        • Curriculum was passed, signed, and forwarded.
    • Construction curriculum changes are filtering through, no vote was made, but current opinion is
      • Carpentry 210 might state that it builds off a previous class explicitly, as other courses have stated.
      • Otherwise, it was noted that the quality of the submitted curriculum was quite high.
    • Computer Application Development changes
      • Passed pending two typographical changes.
    • Curriculum Procedures
      • Passed with some minor modifications.  Will be emailed to the entire building in the next few days.
    • Curriculum Web Site
      • It was voted that we should attempt to get a web page on the COT website to hold the necessary information for the committee.
    • Tammi Miller wishes to attend meetings and is now extended an invitation to attend our meetings as an ad-hoc representative from staff (non voting position).

Meeting end: 11:45 AM

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October 6, 2005  

Curriculum Committee Minutes
10/6/2005 11:00 AM in the Conference room
Attendees: Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Rich Pierce, Tim Urbaniak, Victor Valgenti

  • Reviewed requests to Delete the programs
    • AA in Business Data Processing
    • AA in Word Processing
    • The forms were conditionally passed based upon a clarification on whether or not the programs contain any classes that are unique to the above programs.  Upon reception of this information, the forms will be passed.  If however, unique courses to these programs exist, delete course forms for those courses are required before forwarding the program deletion request.
    • The committee noted the irregularity of John Cech’s signature on the submitted documents prior to their official acceptance by the committee.  The committee would like to reiterate that procedures are in place for a purpose and would ask that everyone follow the stated procedures.  To clarify this process, the committee is working on standardized submission guidelines to create a more efficient process.
  • Reviewed change of credits for HR Field Experience course
    • The committee returns this course for further clarification concerning the impact of this credit change.
      • Question was asked if the program has a limit of 60 credits (an AS) then making this course variable credits could cause the required credits to exceed that limit.
      • Why increase the credits for this course rather than just create a seminar to handle occasions where more credits are needed.
      • Ultimately, more information is needed to understand this change.
    • Note: The colored pages are only for the cover sheet, not for subsequent sheets.
  • Reviewed the new course and change of plan of study for CST Program
    • Changes were reviewed last Spring and passed on to UCC.  However, at UCC the College of Business had some issues so the curriculum was pulled back.  The College of Business has now been contacted and the changes are being pushed forward again.
    • The forms were passed.
  • 2nd preliminary review of Computer Application Development proposed changes.
    • Explained the results of the meeting with the College of business last week.
    • No issues were found with the Computer Application Development curriculum changes.
    • The curriculum will be submitted for official review at next week’s meeting.
  • Reviewed the Curriculum Submission Procedures
    • Procedures need to include
      • A deadline for submissions to make the agenda for a meeting
      • A change in some of the language
    • Will email the procedure to all faculty and staff when complete
    • Will post them on a central server
  • Created a Preliminary schedule of meetings for Curriculum Committee for the remainder of this semester.
    • Meetings to be held:
      • 10/13
      • 10/27
      • 11/17
      • 12/8
    • If the amount of submitted curriculum warrants extra meetings, additional meetings will be schedule to accommodate.

Meeting adjourned 12:00 pm

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September 21, 2005  

Curriculum Committee Meeting Minutes
9/21/2005 11:00 AM
Attendees: Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Richard Pierce, Tim Urbaniak, Victor Valgenti

  1. Reviewed Proposed Curriculum Procedure changes
    1. We agreed to add naming conventions to the document.
    2. We will seek Administrative support to handle the management of the documents
    3. We will look into creating threaded discussions for various proposed curriculum
  2. Reviewed Proposed Computer Application Development changes
    1. Need to clarify that tech prep students are available to attend CST 115
    2. Need to delete replaced courses
    3. Need to more clearly justify hour and credit changes
  3. Reviewed Medical Coding and Insurance Billing Degree
    1. The degree was passed provisionally hinging upon a clarification about the plan of study included with the documentation.
              i.      The current plan of study is confusing as it seems to cover two plans of study.        This is only a single program and needs a single plan of study.
    1. Tim mentioned that we need to begin to consider the future funding models for programs.  After all, new programs created under appropriations that do not meet certain student levels will likely find themselves without money when appropriations dry up.  Further, current tragedies will likely see much money diverted from education to cover disaster aid.

Meeting adjourned 12:00PM

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September 15, 2005  

The Minutes for the Curriculum Committee Meeting
Meeting start 11:00 AM
Attendees: Al Bummer, Susan Floyd, Jane Hansen, Rich Pierce, Lonnie Schrag, Liz Tooley, Victor Valgenti


  • Medical Coding and Insurance Billing program was reviewed.  Questions were asked of Liz and Lonnie.  All questions were satisfactorily answered.
    • The Program documentation was returned to Lonnie for editing and resubmission.
  • Review of new rules for submitting documents to the Curriculum Committee.
    • These rules will be supplied to everyone in the building once they have been finalized.
    • A new draft will be reviewed at the next meeting.

 Meeting closed 12:00 noon.

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September 6, 2005  

1st Curriculum Committee Meeting of 2005-2006 school year
9/6/2005 2:00 PM
Attendees: Al, Bummer, Susan Floyd, Richard Pierce, Tim Urbaniak, Victor Valgenti

  • First order of business: Victor Valgenti was elected as Chair.
  • The meeting then proceeded to discuss ways to improve efficiency:
    • Documents will be submitted electronically prior to official submission to allow easier review and quicker correction.
    • Documents will be stored on a central server to allow all members direct access.
  • Then, a discussion proceeded on the roles of the Curriculum Committee.  This discussion was shelved for further research and consideration and will be addressed in future meetings.
  • Scheduling:
    • Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 11:00AM to 12:00 PM during weeks where Curriculum for review is present.

Meeting Adjourned: 2:45 PM.

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