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March 1, 2011

March 1, 2011

Academic Council (approved April 5, 2011)

Present: Athinarayanan, Barrios, Hinkle, Janzow, Jung, Lilly, McDougall, McGowan, McMillan, Noe, Prater, Ray, Roeder, Rosati, Ruediger, Shaw, Starrett, and Ustinova

Guests: Tamela Hanebrink

Upon a motion by Prater; seconded by McMillan, the minutes of February 1, 2011 and February 15, 2011 were unanimously approved.


1.  MA050 Basic Math Skills – New Course
McGowan moved approval of the new course; seconded by Noe.  Hanebrink explained that the target group for this course is non-traditional students without ACT scores.  She further explained that some students don’t have basic math functions, however, are accepted at the university based on their verbal skills.  Discussion followed regarding success rates and retention.  Rosati requested that the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee perform an analysis of the retention of students who have completed MA101 and MA102 at the freshman and sophomore levels, taking into consideration the retention rate of those with or without an ACT score.  Hinkle referred to a discrepancy on page two of the handout.  Hanebrink amended the “Suggested ACT Math Sub-Score” column on page two:  ACT Math Sub-Score 0-14 need a COMPASS Test & Required Score on the Pre-algebra test 1-40, 41-100; ACT Math Sub-Score 15-20 need a COMPASS Test & Required Score on the Algebra Test 0-65, 66-100.  Further discussion followed.  Motion passed unanimously.

2.   Program Title Change – Industrial Management Program
Shaw moved approval of the Program Title Change, Industrial Management Program; seconded by McGowan.  Shaw stated that the title change and change in curriculum puts more focus on industry and safety.  Athinarayanan explained three existing courses were replaced to offer a more comprehensive treatment of topics in occupational safety for students enrolled in the program.  Hinkle pointed out that the Option does not meet the requirement of 60% of the courses being at the upper division.  Following discussion, Shaw withdrew the motion.

3.   New Program Proposal – Certificate of Healthcare Facilities Operations
Shaw moved approval of the new Certificate of Healthcare Facilities Operations; seconded by Janzow.  Shaw stated this certificate is at the upper division.  Athinarayanan addressed the group saying this proposal is timely as there is a demand for citizens with the skills offered by completion of this certificate.  The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), as well as Southeast Health sent letters of support.  If approved, the program would be offered on-line beginning with the fall, 2011 semester.  Discussion followed.  Motion passed unanimously.


 New Summer Schedule
 Rosati distributed information concerning modifications to the summer session calendar.  The consensus was that the changes were long overdue, will serve area teachers well, and will permit growth of summer school enrollment.


1.  Winter Intersession
 General discussion that winter intercession is expanding to 15-20 sections next winter.  Grading for winter intercession is considered part of the regular spring semester, resulting in grades being posted at the end of the spring semester.

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


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