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December 1, 2009

December 1, 2009

Academic Council (approved February 2, 2010)

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

Guests: Michael Aide, Simin Cwick, Wendy Cooper, Beth Easter, Kenneth Heischmidt, Steven Hoffman, Dan Mauk, Missy Nieveen-Phegley, Verl Pope, David Powell, Joe Pujol, Jan Ward, and Joe Werne

Upon a motion by McGowan; seconded by McDougall, the minutes of November 3, 2009 were unanimously approved.


1.  Sport Management Program Admissions Policy
Prater moved approval of the proposed Sport Management program admissions policy; seconded by McGowan. Pujol explained that the proposal is part of preparation for accreditation. Easter explained the proposal. Discussion followed, including concerns about the GPA requirements. The Council decided that it would strengthen the proposal by making the GPA requirements consistent, and making all a 2.5. Motion, with stated revision, passed unanimously.

2.  Master of Arts in Public History - Revisions
 Hoffman explained that at the November meeting, the Council had several suggestions for revisions to the initial program proposal. Those suggestions have been addressed and brought back for the Council’s review. The revisions include: changing the wording from “emphasis” to “option”; addition of Secondary Education courses as an elective to the Heritage Education option; addition of Form FP (Financial Projections) to the proposal; corrected the enrollment projections on Forms SE and PG; and the addition of Form PC (Program Change) to delete the Historic Preservation and Social Studies options from the MA in History. McGowan moved to place the proposal back on the table for approval, with the stated additions/revisions; seconded by McDougall. Discussion followed. Stephens pointed out that she still feels that the addition of this program will jeopardize the current MA in History. Motion passed unanimously.

3. Master of Arts in Career Counseling – New Program
Noe moved approval of the Master of Arts in Career Counseling; seconded by Janzow/Barrios. Noe stated that the new program meets regional and community needs. Pope explained that the department currently has two MA degrees in place and both are sound, with minimal cost. The new degree will require two new courses. Shaw asked why they hadn’t proposed one MA degree with three options. Pope stated that they couldn’t do so because of issues with accreditation standards and licensing/certifications, as well as issues with DESE standards. McDougall questioned whether a student can get two MA degrees, as there is such extensive overlap of the degrees’ curriculums; Pope said no, that is something they don’t allow. Further discussion followed, including suggestions by the Council for revisions to the proposal. Revisions included: 1) rewording the statement on page four; 2) changing the faculty cost on Form FP to cover two part time faculty in order to offer CP626 every year; and 3) change proposal to reflect offering CP626 every year. Motion, with stated revisions, passed unanimously.

4. Master of Science in Organizational Management – New Program
McDougall moved approval of the Master of Science in Organizational Management; seconded by Janzow. McDougall explained that this is a strategic initiative to tap into a market we’re not currently serving. The program will be for non-business majors; as opposed to the MBA, where a non-business major would have to complete 56-58 hours, the new program is 36 hours. Non-business majors from 1994-2004 within a 90-mile radius were surveyed, with results being that 90% of those that responded are currently employed and half of those were interested in this type of program. McDougall stated that the program would not be implemented in Fall 2010, but when resources were available. Janzow explained that he supports the proposal but he’s concerned about the exclusion of access; he doesn’t feel it should exclude business majors. McDougall said that the new program is not designed as a default to business majors who can’t meet MBA admissions requirements; someone with a business degree has more benefit pursuing the MBA but that giving business majors access to the program could be acceptable and handled through advising. Further discussion followed regarding allowing business majors to pursue the new program. Stephens questioned the wording on Form PG about “appropriate” work experience; Heischmidt explained that using a qualifier such as supervisory would not work, as individuals can have the appropriate work experience for the program without having supervisory experience. Stephens stated that she had a concern with approving the program now and not implementing until a later date; the proposal should be tabled until a later date. McGowan moved approval to defer the proposal to a future Council meeting when the Provost agrees to bring it back; seconded by Baker. Motion passed, with three opposed.

5. Bachelor of Science in Commercial Photography – New Program
Shaw moved approval of the Bachelor of Science in Commercial Photography, contingent on new courses passing thirty day review; seconded by Baker. Athinarayanan explained that a minor in commercial photography is already offered, as well as an option in Computer and Multimedia Graphics within the BS Technology Management program. The new program will target students in the growing market of entrepreneurs. Three new courses from the department are on thirty day review; three courses each from the Departments of Art, Mass Media, and Marketing and Management will also be used, and letters of support from chairpersons are part of the proposal. The new program also meets ATMAE accreditation standards. Discussion followed, including courses and number of credit hour corrections to Form PS. Motion, with revisions, passed unanimously.

6. Bachelor of Science in Education in Agricultural Education
Shaw, for he and Noe, moved approval of the Bachelor of Science in Education in Agricultural Education; seconded by McGowan. Aide explained that there’s a clear need for the program for the region. There are three new courses, two currently on thirty day review, and one still in the approval process. Cwick stated that no new faculty will be needed. Starrett pointed out that the Living Systems course listed is incorrect; should be changed to a BI or BS Living Systems course. Hinkle brought up that the number of hours doesn’t add up. Discussion followed. Council agreed to approve the proposal up to 127 hours. Motion, with revisions, passed unanimously.

7.  Graduate Certificate in Facilities Management – New Certificate
 Shaw moved approval of the Graduate Certificate in Facilities Management; seconded by Janzow. Shaw explained that there is a need for such a program, as shown by a survey done with the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) in St. Louis. Of the respondents, 63% showed support for such a program. Discussion followed. Motion passed unanimously.

8.  EN099/EN100 Proposal
 Due to time constraint, Stephens tabled this item to the next Council meeting in February.




McGowan congratulated Stephens on her retirement at the end of the month.


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