IMPAC South Area Meeting for Business Administration November 15, 2003 The Sutton Place Hotel, Newport Beach Meeting Notes Introduction of Participants: Thomas Apke, CSU Fullerton – Professor; David Candelaria, Mt. San Jacinto College – Faculty; Patricia Dintrone, CSU San Diego - Assistant Dean; Gary Grudnitski, CSU San Diego – Professor; Carol Grutzmacher, CSU Long Beach – Faculty; Kathleen Harcharik, CSU Pomona - Director, Academic Program/Services; Rodney Murray, Compton College – Professor; Richard Parry, CSU Fullerton- Professor; Gary Patterson, CSU San Bernardino - Associate Professor; Lamin Sanneh, Compton College - Faculty; John Tarjan, CSU Bakersfield – Professor; Anthony Zambelli, Cuyamaca College - Lead Faculty Overview of IMPAC IMPAC (Intersegmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum) project brings together faculties from the three higher education systems to meet regionally to discuss things that make it difficult for students to transfer. It was created to ensure that students transferring from the community colleges to UC and CSU are prepared for work in their chosen major, be able to avoid unnecessary course work prior to transfer, take all required courses before transfer, and not have to repeat courses taken at the community college once they have transferred. IMPAC is coordinated by ICAS (Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates) which consists of representatives from the Academic Senates of the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges. It is the goal of IMPAC that through intersegmental faculty collaboration, curriculum will be aligned, academic rigor will be enhanced, and trust among faculty of the three segments will increase — all to better serve students whose education is a shared mission of both the sending and receiving institutions. Overview of IBAC Established by ICAS, IBAC (Intersegmental Business Articulation Council) is a faculty group that will develop a target lower division business transfer curriculum for consideration by individual California State University faculty. Members were selected from faculty across business disciplines from the UCs, CSUs, and community colleges from throughout the state. With a target core curriculum, our students will be better served by eliminating the number of inconsistent and unclear major preparation requirements. Student will save time and money as well as avoid frustration and limiting of options. Conflicting and/or confusing requirements delay transfer and graduation, wasting precious faculty and state resources. IBAC will be conducting substantive review of descriptors of courses that will be included in the common core curriculum prior to the descriptors being submitted to the CAN process for approval. Discussion of Transfer Core Curriculum IBAC has adopted a tentative lower division transfer core that consists of the following courses: Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Microeconomics Macroeconomics Statistics Finite Mathematics or Business Calculus Business Law or Legal Environment of Business Computer Productivity Tools Proficiency (by course or exam) Two other courses were discussed for inclusion in the target core but no consensus was reached. As a part of the IBAC process, descriptions for these courses may also be developed: Introduction to Business Business Communications Accounting/Economics: There was general agreement that the common core curriculum should include accounting and economics. Statistics: Statistics is an upper division class at Cal State Fullerton. It is offered by community colleges and is a lower division class at most other CSUs. This may present a problem for students who take the class at a community college or at the lower division at another CSU and transfer to Fullerton. Students may take a test at Fullerton to avoid taking the class. There is a question concerning coverage of regression that has yet to be resolved regarding this course. At many CSUs, regression is covered in lower division Statistics, at others, including SDSU, it is covered in upper division. Additionally, the high school advanced placement statistic course doesn’t cover regression at all. The course currently being proposed by IBAC does not cover regression, leaving that topic for upper division. What needs to be determined is whether regression a topic that should be covered at lower division. Finite Mathematics or Business Calculus: There is also an issue concerning that particular math skills student entering the upper division should have. Both SDSU and Cal State Fullerton require Business Calculus. Most other CSUs require some form of Finite Mathematics. SDSU and Fullerton feel strongly that the appropriate course is Business Calculus and won’t accept any other course in meeting the lower division mathematics requirement. It was agreed that some sort of hybrid course be developed that includes topics from Finite Mathematics and Business Calculus. Legal Environment/Business Law: The CSUs are split concerning which lower division law class should be taken before moving to the upper division. Some CSUs require students to take Business Law, while others require the Legal Environment of Business. An important difference between the two courses is the amount of in depth coverage is given to Contracts — Business Law spends much more time on that topic. By spending less time on Contracts, the Legal Environment of Business has more time to cover additional topics such as international law, employment law, environmental law, and regulatory law. There appears to be strong feelings on both sides of the issue. The supporters of Business Law emphasize the value of the critical thinking skills developed when working with contract law. The supporters of Legal Environment believe the broad topic coverage in that course better prepares students for upper division work. They also believe that contracts may need a higher level of thinking than available to students at the lower division level. Cal State San Bernardino offers both classes, Business Law at lower division, Legal Environment at upper division. Perhaps the two courses could be swapped, with the Legal Environment offered at the lower division and Business Law at the upper division. Cal State Fullerton switched from Business Law to the Legal Environment of Business in response to a push from the AACSB. It was agreed to attempt to find a middle ground for the two classes. Given that CAN course descriptors should only cover only 80 percent of a course’s content, perhaps a hybrid law class could be developed to accommodate the Business Law/Legal Environment dichotomy Introduction to Business: Although everyone thought the class is an excellent gateway into a business program, most CSUs cannot add the class to their lower division requirements without eliminating another lower division class. The only option is to see if the class could receive Area E credit for General Education. It was agreed that it would be unlikely to get General Education credit for the class. Business Communications: The course is offered at the lower division level at some CSUs and at the upper division at others. Additional CSUs may be moving to the upper division level in order to use the class to meet a system- wide upper division writing requirement. If that happens, community colleges may still want to consider offering it as a way to prepare business majors for a challenge exam. University Perspectives/Issues CSUs often don’t want to articulate courses partly because of territorial concerns and loss of students. There is also concern about whether transfer students are being properly prepared. There may also be resistance to changing lower division requirements because of inertia, a reluctance to change what has always been done. Meetings with Other Disciplines? CIS/CS: There is a push to divide the introductory computing class into two parts. The literacy portions would remain at the lower division level, while topics concerning how a business operates an IS department would be pushed to upper division. The lower division course has already been accepted by the CAN process. It is CAN BUS 6.
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