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May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

Academic Council (approved September 6, 2011)

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

Guests:   Tammy Baldwin, Andrew Fulkerson, Susan Gonders Golike, Sharon Gunn, Bruce Mims, Joe Pujol, Janice Ward (for Don Jung), and Judy Wiles    

Upon a motion by McGowan; seconded by McDougall, the minutes of April 5, 2011 were unanimously approved.  


1.  Health Management Entrepreneurship – New Minor
McDougall moved approval of the new minor in Health Management Entrepreneurship; seconded by Prater. McDougall explained that the minor follows the model of other Entrepreneurship minors that have been approved. Athinarayanan questioned the number of pre-requisites for HL331; Pujol explained that the minor is designed for Health Management majors, and they would have all of those classes. McDougall stated that there is a generic 15 hour minor in Entrepreneurship for other students that may not have those required pre-requisites. Discussion followed. Motion passed unanimously.  

2.   Fashion Entrepreneurship – New Minor
McDougall moved approval of the new minor in Fashion Entrepreneurship; seconded by Prater. McDougall explained that the minor follows the model of other Entrepreneurship minors that have been approved. Discussion followed, including adding “CT (Clothing and Textiles)” to the Electives Courses statement, to read “Select six hours of directed CT (Clothing and Textiles) electives approved by an advisor in major (6).” Motion passed unanimously.  

3.   BSBA Organizational Administration – Program Revisions/Title Change to BSBA Business  Administration
McDougall moved approval of the program revisions to, and the title change of the BSBA Organizational Administration program to BSBA Business Administration/ seconded by McMillan/Noe. Wiles explained that the revisions allow for more flexibility, as students want some level of customization. She also noted that there are restrictions, as students can’t double count BSBA core courses with any major courses, and they can’t double count the BSBA Business Administration major with a second business major.  Motion passed unanimously.  

4.  MA Elementary Education – Combination of Mathematics and Science Emphases
Noe moved approval of the revisions to the MA Elementary Education program to combine the Mathematics and Science emphases; seconded by McGowan. Noe explained that this revision is to address concerns about completers from MDHE, as well as addressing the needs of the region. Ray explained that when reviewing the degree, they developed a common core of courses. She noted that the Reading emphasis is the largest because students receive a DESE certificate upon completion; however, the Early Childhood and Math/Science emphases allow more in-depth study and are different from the undergraduate programs. McGowan pointed out that the proposal doesn’t go to CBHE for approval as the degree has emphases, not options. Shaw questioned how courses would be handled with so few students in the Math/Science emphasis; Ray said these are handled through independent studies and substitutions. Noe noted that a recommendation has been made for a Math certificate but nothing has been finalized. McDougall reiterated that the emphases are not transcripted; the curriculum/emphases are an internal marketing strategy. Noe pointed out that this is a hot topic for collaboration in the state, and the revisions are a response to competition. Ray stated that the revisions allow the program to be more student friendly, with less worry of classes being cancelled due to low enrollment. Discussion followed, and the Council agreed that a follow-up should be brought forward in Fall 2011. Motion passed unanimously.  

5.  MA Exceptional Child Education – Addition of Emphases: Autism; Early Childhood Special Education; Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical     
Noe moved approval of the revisions to the MA Exceptional Child Education program  to add the emphases: Autism; Early Childhood Special Education; and Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical; seconded by Prater. Noe explained that this program had low completers, despite a shortage in teachers. The addition of emphases will strengthen the program. She also noted that the program will go online, and will possibly be a collaboration in the state. S. Gunn and J. Ray explained the content of the three emphases, noting that the Autism and Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical emphases are designed to be and are already offered online. Further discussion followed. There was a question as to whether there has to be a percentage of upper division courses; Hinkle stated there should be 18 hours of 600-level courses. There was a recommendation to make EX545 a 600-level course. Janzow moved approval to table the motion; seconded by McDougall. Motion to table passed unanimously.  

6.   MS Criminal Justice – Split of Internship or Capstone Seminar Option; Program Revisions      
Prater moved approval of the program revisions to the MS in Criminal Justice, including the split of the Internship or Capstone Seminar option; seconded by Noe. A. Fulkerson explained that the split of the Internship or Capstone Seminar option was due to modifying the Internship to increase the required hours to 6 and increase the field experience hours to 240. He also noted that there is a change in the pre-requisites for admission to the program. These changes are to require CJ100, CJ220, and a GPA of 2.75 overall or 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Further discussion followed. There was a friendly amendment to the motion to change the “Non-Capstone” option to “Comprehensive Examination” and to change “GR699” under that option to “GR698.”  Motion passed unanimously.  

7.   English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Undergraduate Certificate – New Program      
Barrios moved approval of the new English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) undergraduate certificate; seconded by Noe/Ustinova. Barrios explained that this new certificate is available as an add-on to an undergraduate degree or for non-degree seeking students. One new course, EN315, is required for the new certificate, and is needed for an articulation agreement between Southeast and Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University. Ustinova explained that there is a strong demand for this new program, with a major demand in latino speaking. The certificate prepares students to teach overseas. Noe stated that the College of Education supports the proposal; however, she suggested increasing the number of hours to 15. Noe moved to make an amendment to the motion to increase the number of hours from 12 to 15, with the addition of TG425 or TL530; seconded by Janzow.  Motion to make the amendment passed unanimously. Further discussion followed. Motion, with           amendment, passed unanimously.    

8.   BA Mass Communication – Program Deletion      
      BS Mass Communication – Addition of Multimedia Journalism option; Deletion of Radio option; Revisions to Program      
Barrios moved approval of the deletion of the BA in Mass Communications, as well as the      program revisions to the BS in Mass Communications, including the addition of the Multimedia Journalism option and the deletion of the Radio option; seconded by McDougall. Barrios explained   that the Department of Mass Media recently went through an accreditation visit with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The accreditation team recommended significant curriculum changes. Barrios thanked T. Baldwin, B. Mims, and S. Gonders for their efforts in making the changes. T. Baldwin explained that the driving forces for the curriculum changes were the recommendations from the accreditation team, and enrollment management. Further discussion followed. Regarding the new courses that are on 30 Day Review, T. Baldwin has worked with J. Wiles and is working with R. Athinarayanan to resolve questions/issues. Motion passed unanimously.  

9.   Information Systems Minor – Program Revisions      
McGowan moved approval of the revisions to the Information Systems minor; seconded by Shaw.  McGowan explained that with the addition of the new Cybersecurity program, IS245 has now been added to the minor. The minor only has one required course, IS175; students choose 6 hours from lower-level IS courses and 6 hours from 300-500 level IS courses. Motion passed unanimously.  

10.  Graduate Certificate of Professional Advancement – New Program      
McGowan moved approval of the new Graduate Certificate of Professional Advancement      program; seconded by McDougall. McGowan explained that this came to Graduate Council at the urging of McDougall. The program allows for an open-ended certificate program. Rosati expressed concern for approving an open-ended program that would eliminate Graduate Council and Academic Council as approving bodies. Athinarayanan asked how the certificate would be transcripted. Shaw expressed concern that the certificate is too open-ended, and would leave too much opportunity for abuse. McMillan and Athinarayanan suggested requiring a form that is approved by a faculty advisor, department chair, and Graduate Council. Janzow questioned whether a student who starts a master’s program and has enough hours but decides not to complete the masters, can apply for the certificate; McGowan stated that, if approved, a student could do so. Rosati stated that the proposal needed more campus input. McDougall moved to table the motion; seconded by McGowan. Motion to table passed unanimously.  

11.  BS Technology Management: Industrial Management Option – Option Curriculum Revisions/Title Change to BS Technology Management: Industrial and Safety Management Shaw moved approval to bring the proposal back to the table from the March 2011 meeting; seconded by McGowan. Motion passed unanimously. In the initial motion in March 2011, Shaw moved approval of the curriculum revisions and option title change from BS Technology Management: Industrial Management to BS Technology Management: Industrial and Safety Management; seconded by McGowan. Shaw stated that the title change and change in curriculum put 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 questioned the option not meeting the requirement of 60% of the courses being at the upper division. Shaw explained that after investigation, he found that the 60% rule was eliminated; the current requirement is a minimum of 15 hours in the major must be at the upper level (300 and above). Hinkle questioned whether General Education courses are required as part of the major; Shaw responded yes. Motion passed unanimously.        


1.   GR604, Brief Seminar on College Teaching      
McGowan explained that GR604 will be taught at the same time as GR603, which is currently required for GA’s who teach. GR603 is taught two weeks before classes start. The College of Business asked for GR604, which does not add 3 hours to the student’s program and the student does not pay for it. The course is zero credit hours, and generates no revenue.    


Dr. Rosati thanked everyone for a good year. Meeting adjourned.


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