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Skidmore College
Honors Forum

HFC MINUTES  -- March 1, 1999


Michael Arnush, Phil Boshoff, Katie Cella, Fran Hoffmann, Emily Levy, Chris McGrath, Rory McVeigh, Jon Ramsey, Amelia Rauser, Anita Steigerwald.

The Meeting began at 9:00 am, Faculty/Staff Club.

The Minutes were read, corrected and approved by the Council.

1. Curriculum Committee:

Curriculum Committee has made the following decisions:

AM232H, ED200+HF200, EN105H - approved

Problem Solving in Mathematics (12 courses) =1 Course

Will be offered at all three levels, (Students in one group) students can take this course as Honors or Non-Honors.

FS203 - will not be offered for the Fall; Paty Rubio will consider resubmitting in September '99.

BI190 - denied

Policy on 4+1 courses

    •  Concerns were voiced over possible unforeseen problems with the 4+1 courses -
      • - the difference between a regular 4th hour and an honors 4th hour. Honors component will come in the written work.

      • - another hour of faculty time

      • - what will happen to reconfiguration

Michael has proposed a joint meeting with Curriculum Committee, Dean's Office, CEPP's Expectations & Standards SubCommittee, Registrar's Office & Honors Council to discuss the policy on 4+1 courses & enrollment caps. Phil also suggests that we contact Linda Simon about recommendations for enrollment caps for courses.

Fall '99 courses Approved by Curriculum Committee:

Discussion on the list of courses approved for Fall' 99.

    • - Six courses with 1-credit add-ons.  We have received permission from the Dean of the Faculty to reimburse the faculty teaching 1-credit add-on for the coming semester.  The same amount we gave last year, $500.00, as long as reconfigurations does not occur.

    • - EC104 (Baum) FL263A (Anzalone, SO101 (McVeigh) will not be offered has Honors this coming Fall.

    • - We have a total of 19 courses for Fall '99; once again the lion's share of courses are in the Humanities. The areas we need to explore are the Arts, Psychology and Business.

2. Induction of New Honors Forum members.

  • - February 24. Delightful success. Thanks to Emily and Katie for their contributions to the evening's event.

3. Independent Study Presentations:

We are set for these presentations from Andrew Cencini and Kerim Odekon.  First presentation March 11, 6:45 - 8:00 pm at the Faculty/Staff Club.

    • - Andrew's project entitled "Compiler Design for the VPC Platform"

    • - Kerim's project entitled "Suburbia in the Next Millenium".

Completed final projects presentations are scheduled for April 21.

4. Academic Festival - Chris McGrath

  • - Chris reported that all the rooms are reserved for displays.

  • - deadline for entries is March 11.

5.  Advising: Overseas study

  • - We have thirty sophomores in the program who will be selecting their courses for the fall of their junior year, which brings us to the first time that HF students will be going overseas. They need to know what their options are:

    • - Independent Study

    • - Identify a course with honors component

Jon Ramsey will be working on registration and overseas materials to distribute to students and faculty.

Future policy issues:

Michael will be working on an operating code, Jon on the mission statement, Fran on the relationship between Honors and non-Honors courses and Emily on typical Honors courses.

6. Budgetary Issues:

Summer Workshop: costs at approx. $400

The Compensation for faculty teaching HF courses in the Fall will amount to $3,000.00

    • - Furniture

    • - 1999/2000 Speakers

 Discussion on what kind of events the Council would like to

 Schedule for next year and to encourage the Student Committees to propose what kind of events they want the HF to sponsor.

    • - guidelines for monies to sponsor the events.

Michael also mentioned that he maybe on sabbatical for Spring'00 and Phil has graciously volunteered to fill in as Chair for that semester.

7. 300-level courses for Spring '00 and 2000/2001

  • - Discussion on 300-level courses and the issue of capstones:

  • - Having honors 300-level experiences

  • - Capstone issue

  • - Honors project at the 300-level, how is it different from a regular project

  • - who will assess final projects for Honor-level credits.

Michael requested that we continue this discussion at the next meeting after the break.

Respectfully submitted,

Amelia Clarke