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May 6, 1997

May 6, 1997

Corrected and Approved September 9, 1997 


    Brown, Caskey, Farmer, Frazier, Holt (presiding), Jones, Kogge, Nahikian-Nelms, Roeder, Skelton, Stennis-Williams, and Tibbs.
    Snider, Hart, Ballard, Maud
A.     Minutes of April 1, 1997.  Approved. 

B.     Action Items 

  1. FNP Track in M.S.N. Program.  Louise Hart presented a proposal to add a Family Nurse Practitioner track to the M.S.N, adding it to the already existing Family Rural Health track.  The core has been redesigned so that it constitutes the preponderance of courses in each track.  The track will not require additional resources.  Frazier moved and Caskey seconded approval.  The motion passed unanimously.

  3. Social Studies Emphasis on the M.A. in Secondary Education.  Caskey explained that a teaching emphasis within the M.A. in History is already available, but there is a demand from teachers for a special emphasis in social studies.  Such an emphasis would more directly address the needs of teachers in the schools.  The emphasis can be delivered through a repackaging of existing courses, and will require no additional resources.  Frazier moved and Roeder seconded approval.  The motion passed unanimously.

  5. Degree in Sports Management.  The proposal for a B.S. in Sports Management was tabled at the prior meeting of  Academic Council, and is brought to the Council for reconsideration.  Maud addressed each of the questions raised at the earlier meeting, including language related to preparation for admission to graduate school, assessment and evaluation, and distribution of hours.  The motion was passed unanimously.

  7. Task Force on Placement and Developmental Courses.  Fred Snider presented the report of the Task Force on Placement and Developmental Courses.  There was broad discussion of recommendations related to English, mathematics, and reading.  Several members of the Council agreed that the implicit requirement for most students to take EN100 should be made explicit.  There was also interest in the proposed restructuring of reading placement requirements and elimination of developmental reading courses.  The Council concluded that not enough information is currently available to act on particular recommendations.  Holt will schedule a summer meeting of the Council in June to further address the issues raised in this report.

  9. Master of Science in Administration--Health Fitness Administration Option.  Mark Langenfeld presented a proposal for a Health Fitness Administration option within the Master of Science in Administration.  Langenfeld explained that ‘there is a need for administrative personnel that have skills in program evaluation, budgeting, and personnel management, as well as a knowledge of the fields of exercise science and health promotion.”  The program can be offered using existing resources.  Frazier moved and Nahikian-Nelms seconded approval.  The motion passed unanimously.


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