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March 1, 2005

March 1, 2005


Present:  Athinarayanan, Bertrand, Buis, Cron, Curtis, Ferguson, Hathaway, Hinkle, Janzow, Jones, McDougall, McGowan, Prater, Redmond, Shepard, Starrett, Stephens and Syler.
Guests:   Bob Buchanan, Anthony Duben, Beth Easter, Bob Hamblin, Mike Hogan, Carol McDowell, Gale McMahan, Gary Miller, Steve Overmann, Joe Pujol, and David Reinheimer.
A.        Minutes of February 1, 2005.  Upon a motion by McGowan and seconded by Syler, minutes were unanimously approved.
B.        Action Items
Because some of the items from the last meeting listed as Information Items were brought back to this meeting as Action Items, Stephens explained if the Phase II curriculum revisions do not raise issues with another college but are truly internal, they would be considered Information Items; however, if they impacted another College, they would be considered an Action Item and put on the agenda for voting/discussion purposes.
1. Revisions in Sport Management Curriculum. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.)  Pujol explained that the revisions were minor and internal to the College. Upon a motion by Prater; seconded by Jones, the changes to the Sport Management Curriculum were approved.
2. Revisions in Elementary, Early and Special Education – B.S. in Elementary Education; B.S. in Exceptional Child Education; and B.S. in Early Childhood Education. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.)  Shepard explained that the revisions lowered the hours required for program completion but remained within the certification requirements for elementary teachers.  Jones introduced McDowell from the Department of Music.  She strongly opposed the deletion of MU356 as a pre-requisite for ED255.  She explained that elementary teachers needed this breadth for music in elementary school curricula.  Stephens questioned whether a one-hour in the pre-requisite provided breadth and also inquired about the concern of the other colleges since DESE certification requirements did not include this music class.  Others supported Dean Jones’ position against the deletion of the pre-requisite.  There was a request to split the motion into 2 parts; deletion of MU356 and the programmatic revision.  McGowan moved and McDougall seconded the motion that the pre-requisite be retained.  The motion passed.  After much discussion regarding the concerns of deleting MU 356, Shepard withdrew the second part of the motion for revisions from the table.
3. Revisions in Middle and Secondary Education – Secondary Teacher Education and Middle Level Teacher Education. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.) McMahan explained that these revisions had approval of the effected departments.  After discussion and upon a motion by Shepard; seconded by McGowan, revisions were approved.
4. Title Change: B.S. in Applied Computer Science to B.S. in Computer Information Systems. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.)  McGowan moved for approval of the name change. McDougall seconded. Anthony Duben explained that the name change was for accreditation purposes and that there are no degree requirement changes.  The motion passed.
5. New Options in B.S. in Environmental Science – Biology; Business; Chemistry; Environmental Health; Geoprocessing and Soils; and Information Systems. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.)  McGowan explained that this action was to convert “concentrations” into “options” to match with the earlier approved definition of an “option.”  Steve Overmann was on hand to answer questions.  McGowan moved to approve the changes; McDougall seconded. Motion passed.
6. Revision in Master of Arts in Elementary Education; Exceptional Child Education; and School Counseling.  (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.)  Janzow explained that the revisions had Graduate Council approval.  McMahan discussed the need for the revisions and noted that DESE requirements were met. Discussion arose about admission standard requirements to the program.  It was agreed that it was a separate issue. Janzow moved and Buis seconded the revision. The motion passed with one dissenting vote.
The Master of Arts in School Counseling was discussed.  Changes have been made in order for community counselors to become certified as school counselors according to DESE requirements.  Upon a motion by Janzow; seconded by McDougall, the motion passed.
7. New Program:  Specialist in Educational Leadership Development.  (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.)  Janzow stated that the new program had received Graduate Council approval.  There was discussion as to whether this was a new option under the Specialist Program or whether this is a new degree.  Buchanan explained that the new degree is in response to market demand because most teachers now have a Master’s degree and want to be able to advance in the salary scale but not to be a principal or superintendent.  Buchanan noted that the forms listing the delivery sites would be changed from “Three Rivers Community College” to “Poplar Bluff.”  He presented a handout with the numbers of certificated staff in 42 school districts.  Buchanan said the current admission standards would apply and every class would be offered at all sites on a 3-year rotation. Upon a motion by Jones; seconded by McGowan, the new program was approved.
Academic Council Minutes                            March 1, 2005                                            Page Three
C.        Discussion Items
1. EN100 Requirements.  Jones introduced Hamblin, Hogan and Reinheimer to lead the discussion concerning the EN 100 English requirements.  Reinheimer distributed three handouts.  A flowchart showing the process of composition and writing assessment and placement statistics were discussed.  Due to the length of the meeting and hour of the day, Stephens asked that the discussion be continued at April 5th Academic Council meeting and asked the guests to return for further discussion.


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