Major Biology Panel Meeting Summary for October 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
ISU's Alumni Center, Kasten Conference room (by the main entrance), Normal, IL Friday, October 6, 2017
Members present: : Malinda Aiello(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Jon Althaus(Lake Land College), Cindy Carlson(Kennedy-King College (CCC)), Catherine Carlson(Parkland College), Jonathon Cohen(Kankakee Community College), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System ), Sean Jensen(Elgin Community College), Elizabeth Kozak(Lewis University)
Members present virtually: Deb Bielser(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Dave Cox(Lincoln Land Community College), Lakshmi Gollapudi(College of Lake County), Erin Grey-Avis(Governors State University), Sue Hum-Musser(Western Illinois University), Kalpa Patel(Oakton Community College), Gordon Tucker(Eastern Illinois University), Neil Voss(Roosevelt University), Krista Winters(Spoon River College)
Members Absent: Kelly Barna(McHenry County College), Ashley Becker(Illinois Community College Board), Paul Brunkow(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Emily Buhnerkempe(Illinois Community College Board), Francesca Catalano(Kankakee Community College), Mitrick Johns(Northern Illinois University), Margaret Jonah(Dominican University), Janice Leuchtenberg(iTransfer System ), Kelly McConnaughay(Bradley University), Mike Muller(University of Illinois at Chicago), Greg Reid(MacCormac College), Katie Rushing-Anderson(Black Hawk College), Sedonia Sipes(Southern Illinois University Carbondale)


1. Introductions & Technology, Welcome New Members

2. Training, Orientation & Updates

Discussed the panel process and management change.  This was done to ensure consistency and help across the panels.  It is important to have Board representation at all the panels.  In person meetings for major panels this season to allow members to meet and see each other.  Was difficult with budget impasse and lack of in-person meetings often seemed to impact approval ratios.  Approval ratios are one indicator of panel functionality and can be an expression of panel over reach. 

3. Course Review

Discussed the possible decisions the panel could make on courses. – Approved, Conditionally Approved (co-chairs make final approval), Needs More Information, and Returned.  When and why to use them was explained.

 New Courses - 3 course(s)
Resubmitted New Courses - 0 course(s)
Ongoing Review Courses - 3 course(s)
Resubmitted Ongoing Review Courses - 4 course(s)

New Courses - 3 course(s)

Eastern Illinois University – BIO 1500 – General Biology I – BIO910 – Approved

Eastern Illinois University – BIO 1550G – General Biology II – BIO910 – Approved

Danville Area Community College – BIOL 102 – Principles of Biology – BIO910 – Approved

Resubmitted New Courses - 0 course(s)

Ongoing Review Courses - 3 course(s)

Lincoln College – BIO 102 - General Biology – BIO910 – Needs More Information

Lincoln College – BIO 103 - General Zoology – BIO910 – Needs More Information

Lincoln College – BIO 104 - General Botany – BIO910 – Needs More Information

Resubmitted Ongoing Review Courses - 4 course(s)

MacMurray College – BIO 121 - General Biology I – BIO910 – Needs More Information

MacMurray College – BIO 122 – General Biology II – BIO910 – Needs More Information

Triton College - BIS 151 – Principles of Biology II - BIO910 – Approved

Triton College – BIS 150 – Principles of Biology I – BIO910 – Approved

4. Course Approval Criteria and Submission Process - Review materials 

No changes needed.     

5. Items from Panel Members

Discussion about the inclusion of “and/or” in the course description:

  • Anatomy and physiology of plants and/or animals

Liz Kozak will email the panel to start a discussion on this concern.  Some feel it should be “and” only without the option for “or.”

6. Dates for Next Meetings –
Spring 2018 meeting – Friday, March 2, 2018, conference call at 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Fall 2018 meeting – Friday, October 5, 2018, in-person, 10:00 am, Normal, IL

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