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November 3, 2009

November 3, 2009

Academic Council (approved December 1, 2009)

Present: Athinarayanan, Baker, Barrios, Dickson, Hinkle, Janzow, Kraemer, McDougall, McGowan, Miller, Noe, Parker, Prater, Ray, Ruediger, Shaw, Stephens, and Ustinova

Guests: Nancy Aguinaga, William Bratberg, Simin Cwick, Deepak Gupta, Steven Hoffman, Paula King, Debbie Lo, Joe Pujol, Rhonda Weller-Stilson, and Ron Williams

Upon a motion by McGowan; seconded by McDougall, the minutes of October 6, 2009 were unanimously approved.


1.  Substance Abuse Prevention – New Minor
Prater moved approval of the proposed new minor, Substance Abuse Prevention; seconded by Janzow and Parker.  Ron Williams explained that the new minor will require two new courses, which are both on thirty day review. He also stated that the minor will help prepare students for state certification. Discussion followed. Motion passed unanimously.

2.  Family Economics and Management Minor – Curriculum Changes
Prater moved approval of the curriculum changes in the Family Economics and Management minor; seconded by Baker. Paula King stated that she’d spoken to Rebecca Summary, in the Department of Economics and Finance, about the addition of EC101 and FI351 to the minor; Summary approved.  Discussion followed. Motion passed unanimously.

3.  BSED Middle School Education: Science Concentration – Curriculum Changes
 Noe moved approval of the curriculum changes in the BSED Middle School Education: Science Concentration; seconded by Barrios. Noe explained that the College of Education is preparing for an accreditation visit in 2010 and has been doing an internal program review.  Based on that review, and the shortage of middle school science teachers, there was a need for minor curriculum changes. William Bratberg explained that the proposal is to drop PH120, which is more math-based; keep PH106 in place; and add PH109. These changes results in the required hours going from 22 to 23 hours. Discussion followed, including the following issues: 1) PH109 is offered primarily online; 2) the double ** statement at the bottom of the option page should be removed; and 3) the concentration isn’t currently, but should be listed both online and in the undergraduate bulletin, which Stephens asked be addressed. Motion passed unanimously.

4.  Master of Arts in Public History – New Program
 Barrios moved approval of the Master of Arts in Public History as a new program; seconded by Janzow. Steven Hoffman explained that this new program will primarily be marketed to the local region, including teachers needing graduates studies, and Historic Preservation graduates. Discussion followed, including the question as to whether the new program would place the current MA in History in jeopardy; Hoffman explained that the department feels the new program will be marketable and popular and will attract more students, rather than take away from other degrees. It was decided that the word “option” would be used rather than “emphasis.” McDougall raised a question about the differing enrollment projections in the proposal; Hoffman will look at the numbers with Bowen. It was also pointed out that the Financial Projections form is missing from the proposal, as well as the need for the Program Change form to delete the two options from the MA in History. The Council approved tabling the proposal until December to make the necessary revisions and bring forward all needed forms.

5. Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Noe moved approval of the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders; seconded by Shaw. Noe stated that the University received funds for autism curriculum and this certificate was a result of that. Nancy Aguinaga explained that we are currently offering the introductory courses and anticipate that that program will continue to grow. Noe also explained that this is an internal certificate, not a state certificate. McGowan asked if all courses currently exist; three are taught now, the others are on thirty-day review. Hinkle asked if, since this is an internal certificate, it needs to be transcripted; per Noe, not at this point. McDougall questioned who could take courses for the certificate, based on the wording in the proposal. Aguinaga stated that typically those pursuing the certificate would be students with Masters degrees, para-professionals, and teachers. Further discussion followed and the Council decided against changing the wording in the proposal, as the requirements for students taking 500-level courses will apply. Motion passed unanimously.

6. BS Industrial Technology to BS Technology Management – Degree Title Change
Shaw moved approval of changing the degree title from BS Industrial Technology to BS Technology Management; seconded by Noe. Athinarayanan explained that the primary purpose of the title change is to better communicate the intent of the degree. He stated that the “Industrial” qualifier give the wrong implication about the type of options that are offered. He also explained that the accrediting agency – formerly National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) – has recently changed its name to The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), removing the word “Industrial” as well. Stephens questioned the change of CIP code in the proposal; Athinarayanan explained that the existing CIP code no longer exists and the new code was chosen from the 2010 NCES listing. Motion passed unanimously.

7. BS Industrial Technology: Facilities Management - Delete option / BS Technology Management: Sustainable Energy Systems Management option – Add option
Shaw moved approval of changing the BS Industrial Technology: Facilities Management option to BS Technology Management: Sustainable Energy Systems Management option; seconded by McGowan. Shaw explained that the option still have the facilities management foundation but brings the energy sustainability into the curriculum. Athinarayanan told the Council that the Industrial and Engineering Technology department has received funding from the Department of Labor through the WIRED Grant. The WIRED Grant is working toward developing workforce in Southeast Missouri for a green economy and sustainable energy. He stated that rather than develop a new program, they expanded on the Facilities Management curriculum, taking it from the current commercial facilities focus to encompass all facilities management. Five new courses, modeled on national certifications, are being developed; two are on thirty-day review and three are scheduled for Graduate Council. Ten CM (Construction Management) courses are being replaced with new courses and three existing courses, and two courses from Environmental Science. McDougall suggested that rather than propose this as an option title change, it should be an option deletion/option addition. Athinarayanan said they felt facilities management was still at the core of the option, but that it was moving with continual development. Discussion followed and the Council agreed that the motion be changed to “approval of deleting the BS Industrial Technology: Facilities Management option, and adding the BS Technology Management: Sustainable Energy Systems Management option, contingent upon approval of new courses.” Motion passed unanimously.

8. BS Education: Speech and Theatre – Deletion of Program
Barrios moved approval of deleting the BS Education: Speech and Theatre program; seconded by Miller. Rhonda Weller-Stilson explained that the Department of Theatre and Dance is in the process of seeking accreditation, had a consultant visit last year, and is scheduled for a team visit in Fall 2011. She said they stepped up recruiting and have gone from 17 to 140+ majors. With regard to the BS Education: Speech and Theatre program, NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre) recommends adding 35 hours to the degree and an education faculty member to the department in order to bring the program to standard. Shaw questioned, if the program is deleted, where Speech and Theatre teachers will come from; Noe explained that Education has a certificate, but there’s currently no critical shortage or demand for these teachers. She also said that speech teachers can possibly come through the English department. Also, while there are currently students in the program, the College of Education must still complete reports for that program.


1. Diversity Training – January 21, 2010
McGowan announced to the Council that normally every year after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner, a diversity session is held. This next year, on January 21, from 1:00-4:00 pm, Phyllis Braxton will be speaking on the topic. All deans, chairs, and directors will be required to attend.

2. EN099/EN100 Review Committee membership and charge
Barrios announced that the committee, which is he, Allen Gathman, Missy Phegley, and Elizabeth Fleitz, have met and are working on distinguishing the differences between EN099 and EN100. He said they will have a report to present to the Council for the December meeting. Stephens pointed out that this review is important to us for both the writing exam, and with any agreement that may be made with TRCC on the community college issues. Hinkle will provide Barrios with information from TRCC on ACT practices.
Hinkle will provide McGowan with TRCC math information.
Stephens said the Council will be kept informed on the community college issues.

3. Graduate Programs
Stephens stated that she feels there is a need to address Graduate Programs, as she feels they may be in danger. She and Janzow feel that the programs need to be reviewed by a group of people that don’t have such ownership of the programs; there’s a need to take some creative, less defensive measures. The group would need to consist of at least coordinators of the programs, Graduate Council members, and Academic Council would need some part in it. Janzow said that there’s become a trend of eliminating options and making “new” degrees; he feels these programs could be in jeopardy if there’s another Program Review process; need more single degrees with options. Discussion followed. Janzow has been working on a report that he may bring to the December meeting.

4.  Provost Search Update
Shaw announced that the Provost Search is going well; the committee feels they have good candidates. Airport interviews will be conducted later in the week.



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