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From: Nevil Speer, Chair, University College Curriculum Committee

52096 (Leadership Studies)
DATE: December 8, 2009

Type of Item

Description of Item


Proposal to Create a New Course

Item: ACMS 175 Academy Seminar Experience

Contact: Tim Gott / Christopher “Pokey” Bowen /

Phone: 745-3605 / 745-6565

Proposal Date: November 15, 2009

University College

Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky

Proposal to Create a New Course

(Action Item)
Contact Person: Tim Gott, 270-745-3605, Dr. Christopher “Pokey” Bowen 270-745-6565
1. Identification of proposed course:

    1. Course prefix (subject area) and number: ACMS 175

    2. Course title: Academy Seminar Experience Subtitles: Seminar 1, Seminar 2, Seminar 3

    3. Abbreviated course title: Academy Seminar

    4. Credit hours and contact hours: 1 credit hour, repeatable up to three credits. Meeting for one hour weekly for three semesters.

    5. Type of course: S- Seminar

    6. Prerequisites/corequisites: none

    7. Course catalog listing: Restricted to Gatton Academy students. Taken during the first three semesters for Gatton Academy students. Addresses study skills, leadership, social & emotional intelligence, & critical thinking skills.

2. Rationale:

    1. Reason for developing the proposed course: Through a holistic approach over three semesters, we intend to address study skills, critical thinking skills, social & emotional intelligence theories, and leadership skill development. We have developed a weekly seminar program that enables the students to engage in a learning environment to promote these skills. There are 3 main reasons for establishing this as an official course: 1) While the content is comparable in some instances with the University Experience courses 175 and 176, there is a need to have a three semester course to meet the unique needs of this student population (1 credit each semester) 2) Creating a credit-earning University course follows the model set by WKU and the University Experience Office and places a level of authentication for students so that they will value the process 3) As successfully modeled by the Texas & Missouri Academies who host similar type students, a three semester approach is needed to address the specific needs for our non-traditional students who include academically gifted minors age 14 and up.

    2. Projected enrollment in the proposed course: 60 students each offering

Subtitle Seminar I & Seminar III in the Fall, & Subtitle Seminar II in the Spring

    1. Relationship of the proposed course to courses now offered by the department: This course was first offered as a year-long, two-hour, University Experience course in the 2008-09 academic year that was left ungraded (in progress) until the end of the spring semester 2009. For the fall and spring 2009/2010 semester, it was approved as a Temporary Course under the similar title and format as this proposal.

    2. Relationship of the proposed course to courses offered in other departments:

The content of this course is most closely comparable to the UC 175 and 176--University Experience courses. Some material will parallel courses from the LEAD program.

In 2008-09, the Gatton Academy used a two-hour UC 175 section (for example, UC 175-100 in the fall 2008 semester which enrolled 119 students) to enroll all of the Gatton Academy students. This University Experience section was restricted only to Gatton Academy students. Actual instruction within this course was broken down by students’ level (first-year students vs. second-year students) to deliver material most effectively.

While this offering worked well from a teaching standpoint, the process was problematic administratively. For example, because the course was delivered over the format of a full year and students registered for the two hour UC 175 section during the fall semester, they were issued an In Progress (IP) in December that remained on their transcript until May. This created a logistical issue that required substantial paperwork. In addition, we found that a three semester University Experience system is necessary when trying to best serve the Gatton Academy population, which is not currently offered through University Experience. In collaboration with the University Experience Office, we have created a course that is tailored to meet the specific needs of high school minors that are enrolled and live at the Western Kentucky University Campus.

This course proposal will include all of the subject matter for the Gatton Academy’s seminar that will be taught in weekly one-hour seminars for the first three semesters for Gatton Academy students.

    1. Relationship of the proposed course to courses offered in other institutions:

Northwest Missouri State University, which houses the Missouri Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Computing, offers Academy and University experience courses that are exclusive to Missouri Academy first-year students that cover these same topics. Likewise, the Texas Academy of Math and Science require a similar seminar program for four semesters.
3. Discussion of proposed course:

    1. Course objectives: The students will be able to:

  • Enhance their study skills

  • Further develop their leadership skills

  • Explore and develop critical thinking skills

  • Learn and understand theories of social & emotional intelligence

  • Implement effective life skills such as conflict management, listening skills, and stress management

  • Understand and apply the basics of relationship development

    1. Content outline:

  • Introducing students to the Western Kentucky University community

  • How the brain learns

  • Learning and Metacognitive Styles

  • Reading/Thinking Strategies

  • Process Skills in the Content Areas: Problem Solving, Scientific Method, Literary Analysis, Historical Analysis, etc.

  • Time Management

  • Analyzing Assignments

  • Personal and relationship development

  • Leadership development

  • Emotional intelligence theory

  • Social intelligence theory

  • Personal and relationship development

  • Leadership principles and theory

  • Self Actualization and Awareness

  • Implementation of social and emotional intelligence theories

  • Critical thinking skill development

  • Safety, Security, & Self Responsibility

  • Resume and essay writing

  • MMTH-Library/Research Training

    1. Student expectations and requirements: Students will be expected to attend weekly (1) hour classes and participate in whole and small group discussions. Students will keep a working portfolio of generated artifacts and personal reflections from each session. Students will be asked to submit a final paper at the end of each semester assessing what each student learned and gained from the seminar. Students must pass with a C or better in order to remain at the Academy.

    2. Tentative texts and course materials:

Adair, J. (2009) Leadership and Motivation. Philadelphia, PA: Kogan Page.

Nist, S.L., & Holschuh, J.P. (2003). College Success Strategies. New York: Longman Publishers.

Other materials will be pulled from the following authors: David Sousa, Eric Jensen, Daniel Goleman, Janet Allen, Daniel Pink, Stephen Covey, etc.
4. Resources:

    1. Library resources: Adequate

    2. Computer resources: Adequate

5. Budget implications:

    1. Proposed method of staffing: Course will be taught by Gatton Academy staff.

    2. Special equipment needed: None

    3. Expendable materials needed: None

    4. Laboratory materials needed: None

6. Proposed term for implementation: Fall 2010
7. Dates of prior committee approvals:

Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science: _______11/15/09
University College Curriculum Committee 12/7/09
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee ___________________
University Senate ___________________

Attachment: Library Resources Form, Course Inventory Form

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