The following notes were presented and discussed by Acting Dean Bare at the CFR All-College Faculty Meeting. Additional details may be found at this link. Complete minutes from the meeting are also available.
2. Presentation of undergraduate curriculum proposal - Bradley
3. Discussion of proposal - Bare
4. Voting - Bare
Future of the College
Our vision is to be preeminent.
We must emphasize quality of the educational experience. We must strive for excellence.
We face challenges: deanship; budget; purpose.
We have opportunities to design our future.
We must clearly articulate our vision, our central focus and how we interact with other campus units.
We are embarking on a transformation of the College and our journey begins today.
The vision for the College is to use the concepts of environmental and resource sustainability to re-focus our efforts.
This will require a shift in our thinking of how we package and deliver educational material to our clients.
We must think more holistically; adopt a more integrated view; recognize competing demands of society; deal with ways to resolve resource conflicts; and think of educational outcomes.
We initiate this process today by restructuring our undergraduate curriculum.
Subsequently, we must reevaluate our graduate offerings, our College administrative structure, our name and our relationship to other campus units.
Our College Advisory Board will be modified to reflect our new vision.
Our development efforts are being designed to complement this vision as well.
Sustainability must permeate all College programs; sustainable urban environments, sustainable forestry and sustainable enterprises.
The basic paradigms of science, management and design must be reflected in all three areas (as appropriate) to fulfill our ambition of sustainability.
In October, I suggested that we consider the development of a curriculum model consisting of these elements: a common lower division core followed by additional upper division core classes, restricted electives in a limited number of concentration areas and free electives. A capstone experience for all students completes the curriculum.
We should consider a one or two curriculum model for the entire College which focus on expected educational outcomes, flexibility, efficiency, cost effectiveness and appeal.
The CPC and the EFC were asked to facilitate discussions of this proposal. They have done their work and are here today to present their proposal for your consideration.
Presentation of undergraduate curriculum proposal
Professor Gordon Bradley made a presentation of the rationale and purpose for the design of the new College curriculum.
Discussion of proposal
Following a discussion among the faculty, two ammendents were accepted to the original proposal as represented in the following statement:
1. Consolidate seven curricula into two:
a) Environmental Science, Design, and Management
b) Paper Science and Engineering
2. Designate a representative faculty group to develop a detailed curriculum proposal for consideration and adoption by the faculty. The curriculum proposal will include "core" requirements and "context" pathways, options, or interest areas.
3.Deliberations should also include the exploration of further consolidation, focusing on the level and nature of integration between PSE and the new Environmental Science, Design, and Management curriculum.
The vote among the eligible faculty in attendance was as follows:
Eligible faculty in College: 55
Eligible faculty present: 39 or 71%
Results of vote: Yes: 37 No: 1 (one member took ballot for later submisssion)
95% Yes of those voting.