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December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012

Academic Council (approved February 5, 2013)

Present:  Aguinaga, Barrios, Dowdy, Hinkle, McDougall, McGowan, Randolph (for Bruns), Rogers-Adkinson, Ruediger, Starrett, Timlin, and Weller-Stilson  

Guests:   Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Wayne Bowen, Shelba Branscum, Dalton Curtis  

A.  MINUTES: Upon a motion by McGowan; seconded by Randolph, the minutes of November 6, 2012, were unanimously approved.  


1.  BS in Human Environmental Studies: Child Development – Curriculum Revisions
Randolph moved approval of curriculum revisions to the Bachelor of Studies in Human Environmental Studies: Child Development option; seconded by Aguinaga.  Branscum explained that a major revision had been done to the Child Development option.  She noted that they had found that students did not want to go into teaching, so they revised the option to have two tracks, an Administrative Track and a Children and Youth Services Track.  She noted the program was still 120 hours, and that there were six new courses that would replace courses that will be eliminated over 3-4 semesters. In response to a question from Rogers-Adkinson on how eliminated courses would affect the Early Childhood program, Branscum and Ambery explained that they have met with Education faculty and advisors and they are aware of the changes and there is no effect on the program. The revisions to the option will require no new faculty or resources. Starrett pointed out that EN100 was missing from the Core General Education courses; the addition of EN100 will bring the hours for the General Education core up to 51, and reduce the hours for electives to 6. Hinkle pointed out that CF233 has not been completely through the approval process. Motion, with addition of EN100 to Core General Education courses and reduction of elective hours to 6, passed unanimously.  

2.  Department of Military Science – New Department
Randolph moved approval of a new Department of Military Science within the College of Health and Human Services; seconded by Barrios. The new department will provide an academic home for the faculty and students in the Show Me Gold program, and will operate similar to other ROTC-type programs. Randolph explained that Captain Tyson Mele has been hired as an adjunct faculty member, paid by the Missouri National Guard. Motion passed unanimously.  

3.  BA in Social Science – New Program
Barrios moved approval of the new Bachelor of Arts in Social Science; seconded by Weller-Stilson. Bowen explained that there were five reasons for the proposal for the new program: 1) external market demand; 2) internal demand from polling current students; 3) being entirely online (the first for the College of Liberal Arts); 4) there is support from all departments involved; and 5) no new resources are needed to offer the program.  In answer to Hinkle’s question, Bowen stated that no minor is required for the program. McDougall advised that with revisions that are being made to the BSBA program, the QM257 Business Statistics course would be an option for the statistics course for the BA in Social Science.  McGowan expressed concern about the student enrollment projections; Bowen explained that the projections are conservative and based on no recruitment efforts, and they prefer to keep the projections as they are.  Discussion followed; Curtis will make sure Jen Smith has correct version of proposal.  Motion was passed unanimously.      

4.  BSBA Core Requirement Revisions (moved to an Action Item)
McDougall explained that the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program core requirements are being revised. Specifically, they are 1) eliminating MA139, Applied Calculus as a required lower division course; 2) uncoupling QM352 and QM358, as QM352 is no longer a prerequisite for QM358; and 3) creating a second lower division course in statistics, QM258, with the existing QM257 as a prerequisite. McGowan expressed concern for the new statistics course replacing a math course, and not being taught by math faculty. McGowan made a motion to move the discussion item to an action item for approval; seconded by Randolph. Motion passed, with one abstention. McGowan moved approval of the revisions to the BSBA core requirements; seconded by Randolph. Motion passed unanimously. 


1.  Statement for Spring 2013 Syllabi Starrett explained that he was presenting this to the Council in Rosati’s place. The Syllabus Q2 Committee developed the statement, “Questions, comments or requests regarding this course or program should be taken to your instructor. Unanswered questions or unresolved issues involving this class may be taken to (supervisor name here).” to be included in all syllabi for the Spring 2013 semester. McGowan expressed Lilly’s concerns of such statements in syllabi and hopes that a template will be available soon; Starrett noted that the Syllabus Q2 Committee is working on a template and hope to have it finalized by the end of the spring semester.  

2.  Secondary Social Studies Education Revisions Rogers-Adkinson asked Cwick to explain revisions to the Secondary Social Studies Education program. Cwick explained that there were three minor changes to the program: 1) added UI508 for students to have more selection; 2) the Psychology Department recommended dropping PY101 as a choice, but requiring PY102; and 3) the History Department is renumbering WH105 to WH305.  


1.  Hinkle announced that final grades are due on December 17th. Grades can be submitted through GradeA, Self Service, and Moodle.

2.  Starrett announced that SLO’s are due to him by January 18th.  

Meeting adjourned.



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