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April 6, 2010

April 6, 2010

Academic Council (approved May 4, 2010)

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

Guests: Pamela Gershuny and Mary Johnson

Upon a motion by McDougall; seconded by Noe, the minutes of March 2, 2010 were unanimously approved.

Rosati announced that all proposals that were taken to the March 25th Board of Regents meeting passed; he congratulated those who brought the proposals forward. He also announced that the MA in Teacher Leadership had been revised and sent back to CBHE for approval.


1.  Business Law – New Minor
McDougall moved approval of the new minor in Business Law; seconded by Noe. He asked P. Gershuny and M. Johnson to address the Council and answer any questions. Prater asked if the Criminal Justice department had an input on the proposal; Gershuny and Johnson said they had. Starrett pointed out that policy is that only one UI300-400 level course can be taken in the department of major; students may have to take an additional UI300-400 outside of the major. Shaw pointed out that the number of hours in the third paragraph of the memo should ready “9 hours” instead of “6 hours.” Noe advised that the College of Education recently developed a UI300 level that could be considered. Hinkle questioned why PL120 is listed as an Honors section; discussion followed; Council agreed that Gershuny and Johnson should check with H. Hill about intent of students taking an Honors section. All revisions should be sent to J. Smith. Motion passed unanimously.


1.  Board Retreat Budget Action Plan
Rosati explained that at the last Budget Review Committee meeting, it was decided to form a subcommittee of Academic Council to address directives from the Board of Regents. By 2015, we need to come up with $20 million either by increasing revenue or cutting expenditures; Academic Affairs has to come up with $5-8 million of that. A couple of ways that Academic Affairs is doing that is through Program Review, and Course Redesign. Rosati explained that there will be significant changes in the way we do business.

Rosati passed out three handouts. The first was a description of the Course Redesign Task Force, with purpose, items to address, goals, process, etc. The second and third were about The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT); Rosati explained that NCAT is the leading organization in redesigning learning environments. Their models have increased student outcomes and reduced costs.

Rosati also explained that he was leading a team that is going to the AASCU/Educause Conference in July. The leadership group consists of six people.

Rosati stated that he wants the Council to make nominations for members of the Course Redesign Task Force, and send those to J. Smith.

The Council further discussed the Task Force, including questioning the term/charge with #4 under “Subcommittee Goals,” and membership of the Task Force. The suggestion was made to change the term on #4 of the Subcommittee Goals from “maintain” to “consider.” The suggestion was also made that there should be a faculty representative from each college/school/unit, as each would need representation that is knowledgeable about their particular college/school/unit. The point was also made that representatives on the Task Force should not have the “protective/turf” mentality. Rosati stated that the Task Force will require a lot of involvement. He will consider expanding the membership for the Task Force.


1. McDougall – MBA Online Program
Over the last ten days, three students from Missouri State asking if they can take courses at Southeast because there are no summer offerings at Missouri State. Noe commented that her college is hearing the same.

Motion to adjourn was made by McGowan; seconded by Shaw. Meeting adjourned.


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