Major Biology Panel Meeting Summary for March 2017


To Facilitate Interinstitutional Transfer
Illinois Board of Higher Education
431, East Adams, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1418
tel: 217/557-7355
fax: 217/782-8548
Illinois Community College Board
401, East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
tel: 217/524-5503
fax: 217/785-0090
Meeting Summary for Major Biology Panel Meeting
Conference Call - see details below Friday, March 3, 2017
Members present: :

No members

Members present virtually: Malinda Aiello(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Jon Althaus(Lake Land College), Deb Bielser(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Catherine Carlson(Parkland College), Francesca Catalano(Kankakee Community College), Carol Dunn(Danville Area Community College), Lakshmi Gollapudi(College of Lake County), Erin Grey-Avis(Governors State University), Sue Hum-Musser(Western Illinois University), Elizabeth Kozak(Lewis University), Katie Rushing-Anderson(Black Hawk College), Gordon Tucker(Eastern Illinois University), Krista Winters(Spoon River College)
Members Absent: Kelly Barna(McHenry County College), Paul Brunkow(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Lindsay Eickhorst(Heartland Community College), Katherine Hollis(Harper College), Mitrick Johns(Northern Illinois University), Margaret Jonah(Dominican University), Kenneth Mager(Kankakee Community College), Kelly McConnaughay(Bradley University), Greg Reid(MacCormac College), Sedonia Sipes(Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Richard Stillwell(iTransfer System ), Neil Voss(Roosevelt University), Bob Weck(Southwestern Illinois College)


1. Introductions & Technology, Welcome New Members

  • ​Welcome Jon Althaus to the panel and explanation of the CAO membership role.


2. Training, Orientation & Updates

  • ​Due to the ongoing budget impasse, major panel meetings with low number of courses to review will continue to meet via conference calls.  We do recognize this isn't the most ideal situation and hope that we will be able to reconvene meeting in person in the future.  Thanks to everyone for their continued patience during this difficult operational time.


3. Course Review

  • ​MacMurray College course sequence - Not Enough Information
  • Wilbur Wright College (CCC) course sequence - Approved
  • Illinois State University course sequence - Not Enough Information
  • Triton College course sequence - Not Enough Information


4. Course Approval Criteria and Submission Process - Review materials 

  • Given the number of courses that were sent back for lab information, panel members recommended highlighting the section about submitting the required lab information as listed on the panel's Checklist for BIO 910 Submissions document.  Malinda will make changes as appropriate / possible.
  • Panel members will also work on creating an example of a good sample syllabus that submitters may use as a tool for future submissions.

5. Items from Panel Members

  • Discussion regarding the courses that GECC Life Sciences ended (such as A & P) and if the Bio major panel should work on adding them as new descriptors.  The GECC Life Panel previously determined these courses no longer qualified as a general education courses due to the major-specific content typically covered in these types of courses.  A Google doc has been distributed to all Bio major panel members to get feedback on writing new descriptors for A & P and Micro Biology.  This work and discussion will be ongoing for some time as the panel may ultimately decide that there are too many caveats associated with these two courses and therefore it is not possible to add them as new descriptors.  To Be Continued!

6. Dates for Next Meetings – 

  • ​Fall '17 = Friday, October 6
  • 2018 Spring and Fall meeting dates will be set during the Oct. 6 meeting

Files associated with this meeting

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