Major Biology Panel Meeting Summary for April 2012


To Facilitate Interinstitutional Transfer
Illinois Board of Higher Education
431, East Adams, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1418
tel: 217/557-7356
fax: 217/782-8548
Illinois Community College Board
401, East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
tel: 217/524-5502
fax: 217/785-0090
Minutes for Major Biology Panel Meeting
ISU Alumni Center, Room 119 in Normal, IL Friday, April 20, 2012
Members present: : David Breen(Sauk Valley Community College), Peggy Goetsch(Lincoln Land Community College), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System), Mitrick Johns(Northern Illinois University), Elizabeth Kozak(Lewis University), Bryan Krall(Parkland College), Mark Kuhlman(McHenry County College), Janice Leuchtenberg(iTransfer System), Shawn Meagher(Western Illinois University), Dheeraj Vatti(iTransfer System), Kelly Wentz-Hunter(Roosevelt University)
Members present virtually: Lakshmi Gollapudi(College of Lake County), Kelly McConnaughay(Bradley University), Gordon Tucker(Eastern Illinois University)
Members Absent: Malinda Aiello(Illinois Community College Board), Bob Blankenberger(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Joel Brown(University of Illinois at Chicago), Paul Brunkow(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Mark Coykendall(College of Lake County), Abhilasha Gupta(iTransfer System), Margaret Jonah(Dominican University), Marian Kelly(Prairie State College), David Knopp(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Carey Krajewski(Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Bradley Mehrtens(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Greg Reid(MacCormac College), Randy Schietzelt(Harper College), Sedonia Sipes(Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Bob Weck(Southwestern Illinois College)


  1.  Introductions and make sure technology is working.


  1. Course Review:



Courses for Five year review

8 courses



BIO910: Introductory Sequence for Biological Sciences Majors


College of DuPage

BIOLO 1151: Principles of Biological Science

Final Decision : Accepted




College of DuPage

BIOLO 1152: Principles of Biological Science

Final Decision : Accepted



Illinois Valley Community College

BIO 1003: Principles of Biology

Final Decision : Returned



Illinois Valley Community College

BIO 1004: Biological Diversity

Final Decision : Returned



Moraine Valley Community College

BIO 111: General Biology I

Final Decision : Marked Conditionally Approved



Moraine Valley Community College

BIO 112: General Biology II

Final Decision : Marked Conditionally Approved



University of Illinois at Chicago

BIOS 100: Biology of Cells & Organisms

Final Decision : Marked Incomplete



University of Illinois at Chicago

BIOS 101: Biology of Population & Communities

Final Decision : Marked Incomplete




New Courses

1 courses



Southern Illinois University Carbondale

PLB 200: General Plant Biology

Final Decision : Marked Incomplete





Resubmitted Courses:


Resubmitted Courses for Five year review

9 courses



Illinois Central College

BIOL 160: Bio Principles I

Final Decision : Accepted



Illinois Central College

BIOL 161: Bio Principles II

Final Decision : Accepted



Lincoln Trail College (IECC)

LSC 1101: General Biology I

Final Decision : Returned



Lincoln Trail College (IECC)

LSC 1102: General Biology II

Final Decision : Returned



Oakton Community College

BIO 121: General College Biology I

Final Decision : Returned



Oakton Community College

BIO 122: General College Biology II

Final Decision : Returned



Rock Valley College

BIO 205: Principles of Biology

Final Decision : Returned



Rock Valley College

BIO 211: General Botany

Final Decision : Returned


Rock Valley College

BIO 221: General Zoology

Final Decision : Returned




Resubmitted Original Courses

0 courses


  1. Other Items:
    1. IAI Retreat
      1. The IAI Retreat planned by ICCB, IBHE, and IAI staff for GECC and IAI Majors co-chairs in conjunction with the administrative panels for IAI (IAI Steering Panel and IAI Advisory Committee) occurred on Friday, February 17th, at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center. 
      2. During the meeting, the attendees discussed the course submission and review processes as well as other important IAI related items. 
      3. Some parts of the process should be reviewed and streamlined to simplify submission for our participating institutions and the review/approval process for the panel members.
      4. One exercise during the day included modifying a recent statement from J.C. Penney’s to reflect where we all want IAI to be:
    2. IAI Items
      1. Legislation movement is potentially coming.  SB0059 is now gone, but there is a new similar bill being discussed.
      2. Krista asked the panel to look at course criteria and checklist.  Please have proposed changes back to the sub-committee by Friday, March 30.  Then the sub-committee will “meet” with Krista.  Krista will take proposed changed to the Steering Panel meeting May 4.
    3. Bryan & Shawn – discuss the development of a rubric that panel members could use to evaluate courses
      1. After attending the retreat, wanted to come up with a simple way to show submitters what we want from them.
      2. Document with possible edits to descriptor and checklist panel members could use while reviewing courses
      3. Try it for Fall review, see what folks think.


At the IAI BIOLOGY majors panel meeting on 18nov11, the panel discussed the possibility of adding a "content checklist" to the online course articulation voting form.  I (S. Meagher, panel co-chair representing 4-yr schools) agreed to provide MY list of content, to provide a starting point for discussion about the common content we should all be looking for. 


What follows:

I. current IAI BIO 910 course description and objectives

II. S. Meagher's distillation of BOTH of these into a list of content that should be contained in any 910 sequence.

III. REVISED 910 description and objectives to make ALL 3 (list, description, objectives) consistent and parallel (same info, same order…)


I. CURRENT IAI BIO 910 description/objectives (from web 21nov11)


IAI Major Course Description - BIO910 : Introductory Sequence for Biological Sciences Majors

(8-10 semester credits)

(A two or three-course sequence)

This combination of courses covers all the essential topics in an introductory biology sequence, including Organismal Biology, Ecology, Evolution, and Cellular and Molecular Biology. Course objectives include: an introduction to structure and function of major groups of microorganisms, fungi, animals, and plants; an emphasis on evolutionary relationships and ecological principles, and an introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function, and processes.

Laboratory required in all courses in the sequence.

To guarantee easy transfer of credit, students must complete the entire course sequence at the same school before transfer.


The student who completes this core should be able to:

     •Differentiate between the major taxonomic groups.

     •Explain the major concepts of ecology.

•Demonstrate an understanding of biological evolution.

     •Analyze the functions and interrelationships of various organismal systems.

     •Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of cell structure and function.

     •Explain the major concepts of molecular biology and genetics.

     •Demonstrate an understanding of the biochemistry and metabolism of organisms.

     •Demonstrate an understanding of matter, energy, and organization in living systems.

     •Utilize the methods of science to identify and investigate questions relevant to biology.

•Demonstrate the ability to use current techniques and instruments that enable the study of organisms on the biochemical, microscopic, and macroscopic levels.


II. Meagher's checklist (evol as unifying theme, then small to large in organizational hierarchy)




     Chemistry (part of biochemistry??)

     Cell structure/function (membranes, organelles…)

     Cell processes: metabolism (respiration AND/OR? photosynthesis??)

     Cell processes: division

     Genetics: molecular

     Genetics: transmission

     Diversity: micro-organisms (virus, prokaryote, eukaryote)

     Diversity: plants

     Diversity: fungi

     Diversity: animals

     Organismal systems (I interpret: gas exchange, movement, digestion… plant AND/OR animal ok?)

     Ecology (no more explicit than this?)



Bio Majors Course Review Rubric

Rough draft


Syllabus (4pts needed from this section in order to meet approval criteria)


                a.             Includes the amount of time spent on each topic.

0              1

                b.             An instructor’s syllabus has been submitted.

0              1

                c.             The syllabus contains the textbook information and course requirements.

0              1

                d.             Includes the contact time for lecture and lab.

0              1


Lecture Content  (Xpts needed from this section in order to pass)


  1. Some lecture time is spent on each core subject as listed on the IAI Bio Majors Webpage (as each pertains to lecture).  [IAI Bio Majors Requirements]


0              1

                b.             There is some indication as to the amount of time spent on each subject.

0              1


0              1


0              1


Lab Content (Xpts needed from this section in order to pass)


a.             Some lab time is spent on each core subject as listed on the IAI Bio Majors Webpage (as each pertains to labs).  [IAI Bio Majors Requirements]

0              1

b.             This course teaches instrumentation skills for at least 3 different types of equipment commonly used in a BIO majors course.

0              1

c.             No more than 4 labs are computer simulations.

0              1

                d.             There is evidence that the instrumentation used in the course is current and modern.

0              1

e.             There is a brief explanation of each lab.

0              1












A Breath of Fresh Air


To our students and institutions:


This year, we turn 15.  We’re fine with growing older.  We’re not fine with growing stale.  So, to celebrate, we’re going to throw open the windows and let in some fresh air.


          We’re rethinking and reimagining, and if we find that we’ve picked

          up any bad habits over the years, we’re going to leave them far



We’re simply going to treat students, institutions and their representatives as we’d like to be treated ourselves, fair and square.


To help students transfer, we won’t make institutions jump through hoops to go through the submission process by having their courses receive a fair review.  We won’t burden the transfer process with endless requests for more information.  We’ll have clear rationales and consistent standards. We will publish clear and objective criteria for review and let institutions know up front what we want and why.  And it won’t stop there.


          We’ll keep improving communication with all panels, committees and participating institutions, dreaming up new ways to make you love IAI again.  We’ll strive to make the process simpler and more effective for the benefit of students’ education.


We do this because we are the best transfer mechanism in Illinois.


We want to be your favorite transfer system. We want to be the solution, not the problem.  We want Illinois to be the national leader in articulation.



  1. Next meeting will be held Friday, October 12, 2012 at ISU Alumni Center, Room 119.

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