I am going to respond to these questions about the minors. I want to address two overarching questions one which is related to the comment “At least six credits must be at the 3000 level or above” and the other which is the transition plan.


The “3000 level or above” is a statement that CCI requested us to include in all of our minors. Apparently it is an Arts and Sciences (ASC) requirement and my understanding is that for a minor to be approved by ASC it must include the statement. We had to revise all our minors to include this statement and in some cases we had to revise our minor requirements to accommodate the statement. I did question the policy and was told for the minor to be approved it had to be included and implemented. Our intention was for all our minors to be approved for ASC students. Under quarters all of our minors are approved except for the Leadership minor. Under semesters it appears ASC did not approve both the Leadership minor and the Outreach Education minor for ASC students but did approve the two minors for other students. I will talk more about the Outreach Education minor in its own spot where you asked several questions. My responses are in RED in each category.


Transition Plan: CFAES will provide intentional, purposeful advising for students to complete the minor. We are committed to the “Pledge to Students” to ensure students are not harmed in their progress as long as they are holding up their responsibility of the pledge. Since 90% of the CFAES students are required to complete a minor we are invested in meeting the minor requirement and or the “spirit of the minor as we make the transition. Many of our minors are just converted but where they are re-envisioned flexibility will be provided when necessary for progress. We are about ready to put all of our minors on our website so that students are well aware of the requirements and expectations. Students understand that minors are required from the start and we encourage students to declare their minors early so they do not leave the requirements until the end.



Food Processing Undergraduate Minor


  1. On pages 9 and 10, the microbiology course numbers are listed differently. The numbers and credit hours listed on page 10 are correct, but not on page 9. Can you revise the document accordingly?

I am not sure what your pages 9 and 10 are but the copy I have that was submitted last to CCI has Micro 4000 (4) or 4100 (5). That means the top section is 12-13 hours and the bottom section is an additional 3 credits which makes 15-16 credits.


  1. According to this proposal, it seems that students could potentially complete the minor program with 14 credits, which would meet the University minimum requirement. Can you explain the rationale for requiring 15 credit hours to complete the minor?


See #1 above


Horticulture Undergraduate Minor


  1. Under quarters, this minor had study abroad as an elective…can you explain why you chose to eliminate that elective option under semesters?


The minor does include the two study abroad programs that relate to Horticulture, HCS 3797.04, 3707.05


Outreach Education Undergraduate Minor

I have asked the department to take another look at this minor. We will respond within the next few days


  1. As you may know, A&S CCI rejected this minor proposal on the grounds that the name did not adequately reflect the content. They felt, in particular, that the minor should be renamed “Agricultural Outreach Education.” Do you have an objection to this


  1. What is the rationale for “outreach” vs “agricultural outreach?” Can you explain a bit more about the course content, or perhaps how this minor fits into a larger discipline that can help us understand your rationale?


  1. Have you consulted with other units who might like to collaborate on this minor such as Allied Medicine, EHE, or Social Work?


  1. It would seem that service learning courses would be relevant to this minor and they are not listed or required—can you explain why?


  1. You state that ““At least six (6) credits must be at the 3000 level or above.” But, since two of the required courses are listed at the 3000 level, this seems like an unnecessary statement for students and potentially confusing. Can you explain why you included this language?


  1. Please revise the transition policy statement to indicate clearly that “students will not be harmed” in the process of transitioning to semesters, and clarify the statement so that it is unique to students in this specific program rather than FAES more generally.


Farm Management Minor:

  1. You state that ““At least six (6) credits must be at the 3000 level or above.” But, since two of the required courses are listed at the 3000 level, this seems like an unnecessary statement for students and potentially confusing. Can you explain why you included this language? See earlier response

  1. You also state that students should select 3 to 6 additional hours. But the minor only requires 12 and there are 9 already from required courses. So, why 3 to 6? If you want students to take more than one elective, they should simply state it that way, rather than by credit hours. This minor was revised several times while it was with CCI. The version we are using has 12 hours as the minimum and the electives indicates the student must meet a minimum of 12 hours total. We have listed a minimum of 12 hours for the minor with nine required and three additional hours.


  1. Please revise the transition policy statement to indicate clearly that “students will not be harmed” in the process of transitioning to semesters. See transition plan listed at the top.


Agribusiness Minor:


  1. You state that ““At least six (6) credits must be at the 3000 level or above.” But, since two of the required courses are listed at the 3000 level, this seems like an unnecessary statement for students and potentially confusing. Can you explain why you included this language? See earlier response

  1. For the electives, you state that no more than 2 courses can be non-AED Econ. But is this requirement even necessary, given the list of possible courses? We have listed a minimum of 12 hours for the minor with nine required and three additional hours. The statement related to two courses is necessary should a student choose to take Bus Fin 3500 and then take Econ 2002 to reach the minimum of three hours. If your copy has Econ 2001(201) at the bottom it should be Econ 2002 (201).


  1. Please revise the transition policy statement to indicate clearly that “students will not be harmed” in the process of transitioning to semesters. See transition plan listed at the top.




International Economic Development Minor:

  1. You state that ““At least six (6) credits must be at the 3000 level or above.” But, since two of the required courses are listed at the 3000 level, this seems like an unnecessary statement for students and potentially confusing. Can you explain why you included this language? See earlier response


  1. In addition, you state that 6 hours are required, leaving 6 more to reach the stated minimum of 12. However you also indicate that 6 to 9 credits of electives are needed. All the courses listed are 3 credit hours, so if you simply asked a student to select two courses, that would take care of the minimum. Why say 6 to 9? This language seems unnecessarily confusing for students We have listed a minimum of 12 hours for the minor with six required and six additional hours.


  1. Please revise the transition policy statement to indicate clearly that “students will not be harmed” in the process of transitioning to semesters. See transition plan listed at the top

Environmental Economics Minor:

  1. You state that ““At least six (6) credits must be at the 3000 level or above.” But, since two of the required courses are listed at the 3000 level, this seems like an unnecessary statement for students and potentially confusing. Can you explain why you included this language? See earlier response

  1. In this minor, you state that there are 6 to 9 hours required from the electives list. However, there are two 4 credit courses listed, so a student could take both of those and have 8, for a grand total of 14 credits. So, either the requirement should be to select two courses or it ought to state 6 to 8 credits. Please correct so that the students will not be confused. We have listed a minimum of 12 hours for the minor with six required and six additional hours.



  1. Please revise the transition policy statement to indicate clearly that “students will not be harmed” in the process of transitioning to semesters. See transition plan listed at the top.