September 28, 1993

 CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary)


 

    M I N U T E S

    COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Special Faculty Meeting to Discuss the Undergraduate Curriculum Tuesday, September 28, 1993 @ 12:30 PM Friday Building, Room 17

    Dr. Rafik Makki opened the meeting at 12:34 PM. The following signed the attendance sheet:

    COLLEGE OF ENGR: R. Snyder. COMPUTER SCIENCE: G. Revesz, R. Lejk, K. Chen, G. Epstein, J. Frazier, M. Hadzikadic, J. Maitan, Z. Michalewicz, T. Mostafavi, Z. Ras, H. Razavi, J. Schell, R. Shaw, K. Subramanian, B. Wilkinson, J. Xiao. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: E. Braun, F. Auchey, B. Barry, J. Carter, J. Chaffin, M. Kocak, C. Liu, R. Lollar, T. Owen, J. Patten, R. Priebe, D. Smith, E. Willis. CIVIL ENGINEERING: L. King, D. Bayer, J. Evett, J. Graham, H. Hilger, R. Janardhanam, G. Murgel, I. Runge, J. Wu, D. Young. MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: I. Bodur, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, Y. Hari, J. Hill, R. Hocken, R. Keanini, W. Milheim, G. Mohanty, E. Munday, J. Raja, R. Wilhelm. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: F. Tranjan, S. Bobbio, R. Coleman, K. Daneshvar, A. Edward's, E. Giess, R. Greene. Y. Kakad, F. Kiamilev, V. Lukic, R. Makki, M. Miri, E. Nicollian, S. Simanapalli, W. Smith, R. Tsu, D. Zhou. CAMERON A.R.C.: H. Leamy, T. Rufty. ENGR RES & IND DEVMT: J. Roblin. COMPUTING SVCS & LABS: J. Grant.

    I. The minutes of the August 18th faculty meeting and the September 7th faculty meeting were approved without changes.

    II. Opening remarks by Dean Snyder.

    • Bryan Cooke, a senior in Electrical Engineering, was recently killed in an automobile accident. The faculty unanimously recommended that he be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree posthumously.
    • Parent's Weekend and International Weekend activities will be held this Friday through Sunday. Be prepared for people to drop into classes to observe.
    • Security of the Smith building. (1) Students can get a pass card, (2) doors have been found propped open by faculty and/or staff. Please help maintain the security system by disallowing this practice.
    • Mosaic Fee. No refunds are available to students who do not take advantage of it. It is a general resource similar to the library and parking. All are encouraged to make more use of the system, particularly for communications.
    • Office of Career Services. Students currently must pay for a $30 software package in order to make use of their service. The dean is trying to resolve the issue of duplicate fees, since the students already pay a computing fee. He is looking into having the software placed on the Mosaic system.
    • Bond Referendum. UNCC has a stake in the upcoming bond referendum. Dr. Snyder asked that faculty use their influence with family, friends, students, etc., to encourage voting for the issue. Loss of the bond issue may result in an enrollment cap.
    • Faculty involvement in undergraduate education. Dr. Snyder published his remarks on the subject in a memorandum dated September 29th.
    • SUCCEED Curriculum-21 template has been sent to all faculty, another will be forthcoming.
    • National Exam. Dr. Snyder referred to May 1993 issue of Prism magazine, article "Changes in the Wind" where reference is made to work being done by the National Council of Engineering Examiners to develop a national exam for engineering graduates.
    • Changes in the curriculum must be defined and in place by September, 1995 for inclusion in the catalog by Fall, 1995.
    • Internal Projects. Remarks by Dr. Harry Chernotski, for Harold Josephson.
    • Initiative is in place to deal with integration of humanities, social sciences and international cultures into the curriculum. The activity is organized in two phases, providing an integrated international curriculum package of coursework and experience which the students can select without adding or detracting from degree requirements.
    • Phase-1. Focus on general degree program as it exists, developing an integrated package of courses that would give a broad introduction to international or global experience; develop new courses for students who opt into the program. Basic components of the program should be available by the end of the year.
    • Phase-2. Develop industrial placements and overseas industrial experiences for students. Currently, trips to France are planned, and trips to other countries are being investigated. Work on this phase is just getting underway.
    • English 1101, 1102, and 2116 currently contain, and will contain more international context with selected sections having an international emphasis.
    • Eventually a large percentage of COE students will be able to opt into a program with an interdisciplinary, international perspective. Then, there may be a possibility of students moving to Phase-2 to study abroad, co-op abroad, etc. Development is taking place for a mechanism for use of the Summer semester to focus on cultural immersion in order to prepare students for such an experience.

      III. The Role of SUCCEED, Bob Coleman. Dr. Coleman distributed an outline describing his discussion on the Freshman Task Force, recommendations and activities, and SUCCEED: Curriculum 21.

      At 1:55PM a motion was made to table remaining agenda items. Seconded, PASSED.

      A motion was made to adjourn.