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February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013

Academic Council (approved March 5, 2013)

Present:          Aguinaga, Bruns, Dowdy, Eddleman, Fluegge-Woolf, Gathman, Hinkle, Lilly, McDougall, McGowan, Rogers-Adkinson, Timlin, and Weller-Stilson  

Guests:            Bradley Deken, Deepak Gupta, John Kraemer, Tyson Mele, Steve Nickell, Jian Peng, and Joe Pujol  

A.  MINUTES: Upon a motion by Gathman; seconded by McGowan, the minutes of December 4, 2012, were unanimously approved.  


1.      Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) – Conversion of Degree from BS
Bruns moved approval of the conversion of the BS in Athletic Training degree to a BSAT Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training; seconded by Gathman. Pujol explained that the proposal stems from changes from their accrediting body, CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). Nickell further explained that in 2009, CAATE made the requirement that by 2014, all accredited institutions who have any stand-alone programs (i.e., BSN, BSBA, etc.), must have a stand-alone Athletic Training program (he noted that the only institutions that would’ve been exempt were those that had no stand-alone programs). Pujol added that the curriculum changes were minor: a) EN140 has always been part of the curriculum, but based on accreditation changes, now listing it in the Additional Requirements; b) in order to move to Spring commencement, an additional practicum course, TX482 was added; and c) TX303 was added to the curriculum, based on CAATE’s suggestion for an additional medicine research course. Motion passed unanimously.  

2.      Military Science – New Minor
Bruns moved approval of a new minor in Military Science in the Department of Military Science; seconded by Rogers-Adkinson. Bruns explained that with the approval of the new Military Science Department, they were now seeking approval of a minor. Mele further explained that the Missouri National Guard has partnered with Southeast to offer the Show Me Gold program, which is much like ROTC, but is National Guard specific. The minor will be for Show Me Gold program students, but will also be available for the general student body. The overall curriculum of the minor is to build on leadership. McGowan questioned there being more courses created for the minor than  needed; Mele explained this was done to offer flexibility to the Show Me Gold program students, no matter what point they entered the program. Motion passed unanimously.  

3.      Geographic Information Systems – New Minor
McGowan moved approval of a new minor in Geographic Information Systems in the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture; seconded by Lilly. McGowan explained that this was a multidisciplinary effort that involved several departments. Kraemer further explained that the Departments of Agriculture and Physics and Engineering Physics, and the Environmental Science program all worked on the proposal. The minor is truly multidisciplinary, as it provides students with the skills to apply geographic information system technologies to numerous academic career paths. Motion passed unanimously.      

4.      MS Technology Management – Addition of 3D Animation and Gaming Option and Cybersecurity Option; Offering Program Online; Curriculum Revisions
McGowan moved approval of the addition of a 3D Animation and Gaming Option and a Cybersecurity Option to the MS in Technology Management; offering the MS Technology Management program online; and curriculum revisions including a reduction of hours on two tracks and the addition of a graduate paper as a third track to the program; seconded by Gathman. Gupta explained that in the past, the majority of students in the program were from a manufacturing background, but at this point, the majority of students are from other technology fields, and the addition of the 3D Animation and Gaming option and the Cybersecurity options are to meet the needs of those students. Curriculum revisions include: 1) reducing the number of hours in the thesis and applied project tracks to offer those students doing research more time to complete; 2) adding a graduate paper as a third track for those students who are not able to do a research project, but can do this as an experiential learning or independent study with their company; 3) IM691 is replacing GR691 so as to have a research course that is specific to technology management; 4) IM605 is being revised to add a cost component; 5) FM504 is being revised to add a sustainability component; 6) IM600 is replacing IM601so as to be applicable to all industry types, rather than focusing solely on manufacturing; and 7) the format for GR698 is moving from a written comprehensive exam to an oral examination/presentation. The department began offering courses online in Fall 2011 and has seen growth; with the changes to the curriculum, the MS Technology Management can now be offered online (though not all options are available online at this point). Hinkle questioned whether the options were true options or advising tracks; Smith found after the meeting that they are true options. Motion passed unanimously.  


1.      BS Engineering Physics – Curriculum Revisions (Moved from an Action Item)
McGowan explained that during the ABET review process, the accrediting body advised the addition of EP380 to the BS Engineering Physics curriculum. Students in their senior year have been taking EP480 and UI450, and not successfully completing. The addition of EP380 in the junior year will help the students prepare and successfully complete EP480 and UI450. The addition adds one hour to the curriculum. Peng reiterated McGowan’s comments.    



Upon a motion by McGowan, the meeting adjourned.


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