Senate Document Number 8307S
Date of Senate Approval 05/03/07
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
FWDC 11: Proposal to Revise the Faculty ILS Oversight Committee
(Revises SD0703F, SD0304F and SD0105F; Faculty Handbook 10.3.8)
Delete from Faculty Handbook Under Section 10.3.8
The entire text beginning with “Structure”.
Add the following:
The Faculty ILS committee will be composed of:
One voting member will be chosen as chair of the committee at the first meeting of the academic year.
Each member of the Oversight Committee will be responsible for coordinating a particular area of the ILS.
The ILS Oversight Committee will determine whether courses and clusters
proposed by faculty members to fulfill ILS requirements conform to the charge
for the relevant component(s), as approved by the Faculty Senate.
all component areas, ILSOC has both a formative and an evaluative function. If
proposals are not satisfactory, ILSOC and/or the Intensive Subcommittee must
explain its decision and provide guidance to faculty on ways to bring the
proposed course in line with the charge for that area. Decisions may be
appealed to the
a) ILS Topical Clusters: Faculty members propose a cluster of courses to the committee. One faculty member is indicated as coordinator of the cluster. The proposal must (1) describe the topic of the cluster, (2) indicate the faculty member who will coordinate the cluster, and (3) clearly articulate the ways in which each course is appropriate for the proposed cluster.
The ILS Oversight Committee determines whether the connections among these courses are sufficient to justify designation as a cluster for the ILS program and whether the proposed cluster meets the criteria established for ILS clusters. ILSOC also determines whether cluster courses proposed for ILSN, ILSS, or ILSA designation satisfy their criteria.
Proposals to modify clusters by addition or deletion of courses must also be presented to the ILS Oversight committee with explanation. Course additions must be justified using the same criteria as the creation of new clusters. A complete description of cluster requirements may be found in the ILS Implementation Document which provides the charge for ILS topical clusters.
b) Intensive Courses: Faculty members apply for D, W, Q, or I designation for their courses by providing a sample syllabus of their course with attached explanation to the appropriate subcommittee. A course may carry no more than two intensive designations. The subcommittee will review each application and issue a recommendation to ILSOC. Based on their recommendation, the ILS Oversight Committee determines whether the course fulfills the requirements of the relevant Intensive category.
c) Colloquia: The ILS Colloquia Coordinator is responsible for receiving and reviewing LSIC colloquium proposals and for ensuring that each section meets relevant colloquium requirements. This faculty member will work with the DUP in securing sufficient numbers of sections of Colloquia as well as on faculty and content development. While the LSSC is in development, the DUP will oversee this component of the program.
d) Learning Foundations: Faculty who wish to propose additional courses for fulfilling the Writing, Natural Science Lab or Foreign Language requirements may make a proposal to ILSOC, which will, in consultation with appropriate departments, determine whether the course fulfills the criteria established for these courses.
e) Arts: Faculty members who wish for one of their courses to receive ILSA designation for a studio/workshop course or a topical cluster course must provide a sample syllabus of their course with attached explanation to the Arts and Ideas Program Director (aka ILS Arts Coordinator). This individual evaluates these proposals and provides a list of approved courses to ILSOC, which determines whether this list of courses fulfills ILSA requirements.
f) Humanities Cluster: Faculty development and participation in the Humanities cluster is administered by the Director of the Humanities Program, who will inform and consult with the DUP and ILSOC in the event of significant proposed changes to the program.
The ILSOC will receive annual reports from the Arts and Ideas and the
Humanities Program Directors which detail any changes in course offerings, core
content, and areas of concern. ILSOC will use this information in constructing
its annual report to
The Chair of the ILS Oversight Committee will report to
The revisions proposed herein will result in greater flexibility, more efficiency and better lines of communication as the Integrative Liberal Studies Program moves into a more mature phase of development. The essential changes embedded in the document below are as follows. It: