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March 4, 2014

March 4, 2014

Academic Council (approved April 1, 2014)

Present:  Aguinaga, Barnes, Barrios, Daly, Eddleman, Fluegge Woolf, Gathman, Hinkle, Jenkins, Jung, McAllister, McDougall, McGowan, Rogers-Adkinson, and Weller-Stilson  

Guests: Brooke Clubbs, Gloria Green, Heather McMillan, Susan Swartwout, and Glen Williams  

A.  MINUTES: Upon a motion by Gathman; seconded by McGowan, the minutes of November 5, 2013, were unanimously approved.
Upon a motion by Gathman; seconded by McGowan, the minutes of February 4, 2014, were unanimously approved.  


1. BA History – Curriculum Revisions – Changes to Math/Statistics Option of the Foreign Language/Math Requirement
Barrios moved approval of the curriculum revisions to the BA in History, math/statistics option of the foreign language/math requirement; seconded by Gathman. The changes give students the option to take any MA prefixed course at or above MA123, rather than choosing between MA134 and MA223 only. The changes accommodate requirements by the Missouri Completion Academy. Motion passed unanimously.

2. Writing Minor – Curriculum Revisions
Barrios moved approval of the curriculum revisions to the Writing Minor; seconded by Jenkins. Swartwout explained that the changes were to clean up the minor, and were partially due to growth in the minor, especially Mass Media majors. She explained that there were changes in prefix, from LI to EN; and removing the choice between “expository writing” and “creative writing” and allowing students more flexibility in choosing courses. Motion passed unanimously.

3. BS Health Communication – New Program
Barrios moved approval of a new Bachelor of Science in Health Communication program; seconded by McGowan. McMillan explained that as part of a growing health care field and bringing Southeast’s health programs together, the BS in Health Communication was a new program that is being proposed. Williams further explained that the new program will serve the region and beyond and will help in retaining students who aren’t successful in the nursing or pre-med programs. Clubbs added that in addition to enhancing retention for those students who need a different path, this program will serve those students that are wanting to go into health care but are not interested in nursing or medicine. She explained there are a lot of new careers in this field, and with Cape Girardeau being a medical hub, it is a great source for internships and opportunities for our students. Hinkle questioned some of the courses in the proposal – SC333 should be SC335; MK585 will be developed; and HL4XX will be developed. McGowan mentioned that the student enrollment projections will be reviewed closely; Eddleman added that all new programs are only provisionally approved by CBHE, and are reviewed after five years, and projected enrollments will be looked at closely for whether to keep the program or not. Motion passed unanimously.

4. Communication for Health Professionals – New Minor
Barrios moved approval of a new Communication for Health Professionals minor; seconded by McGowan. Williams explained that the new minor will parallel their current Communication for Legal Professionals minor. Clubbs explained that the new minor will be attractive for students in allied programs, and will allow students to better navigate social interactions in health care settings. Motion passed unanimously.

5. BS Health Sciences – New Program
Jenkins moved approval of a new Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program, with options in Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy and General Health Sciences; seconded by Rogers-Adkinson/Gathman. Barnes explained that Joe Pujol had been the primary developer of the proposal. This program will also serve the need for those students who need another path if nursing/pre-med do not work out. It will also serve students who are looking for pre-physical or occupational therapy. This type of program is a growing trend in higher education. Eddleman again added that all new programs are only provisionally approved by CBHE, and are reviewed after five years, and projected enrollments will be looked at very closely. Gathman questioned the program structure, and whether the core should be at least 50% of the courses; Hinkle agreed. Hinkle suggested moving CH186, CH187, FN530, PH120, and PH121 to the core to address the issue, since all those courses were listed for both options. Rogers-Adkinson moved approval of an amended proposal, with those courses as part of the core; seconded by McDougall. Motion passed unanimously.

6. BSN, RN-BSN Programs – Increasing Minimum GPA Requirement for Application to 2.8
Jenkins moved approval of increasing the minimum GPA requirement for application to the BSN and RN-BSN programs to 2.8; seconded by Gathman. Green explained that the Nursing Department has been doing this in practice, and felt the requirement should be changed to reflect that practice. Motion passed unanimously.

7. BSN, RN-BSN Programs – Statistics Requirement
Jenkins moved approval of the change to the statistics requirement in the BSN and RN-BSN programs; seconded by Barrios/McGowan. Green explained that in the past, there was a Logical Systems requirement with no course specified. MA155 has been significantly revised and they now want to require that specific course for the Logical Systems requirement. McGowan noted that this will remove 3 hours from the program; Green acknowledged that the program will go from 124 hours to 121. McDougall questioned whether MA155 should be required for all; Green explained that for students who have taken/transferred a Logical Systems course other than MA155, they will be required to take MA155 or one of the available statistics courses. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Informational/Discussion Items:  

1. Changes to Teacher Education Program Admissions
Rogers-Adkinson explained that because of changes at the state level, there have been mandatory changes to the Teacher Education program admissions. These include applying after 42 hours completed rather than 60 hours; minimum GPA will go from 2.5 currently to 2.75 as of January 1, 2015; preferred deadlines have been set for applying; and there is no an appeal for GPA.

2. Co-Teaching Clinical Experiences Model
Rogers-Adkinson explained that as of Fall 2014, all student teaching will follow a co-teaching model, as mandated by the state. Student teaching will occur in one 12 week session, rather than two 8 week sessions. Districts are pleased with the co-teaching model.  

3. BS Biology, BSED Biology, BSED Unified Science: Biology Option – Dropping BI152 from Curriculum
McGowan explained that the Biology Department has decided to drop BI152 (1 credit hour) from the curriculum. The change does not affect students outside the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture.

4. Mathematics – New and Revised Courses
McGowan explained there have been several mathematics courses that have been revised, and some new courses developed. New courses include MA018, MA021, MA023, MA055, MA106, and MA137. Course revisions include MA123, MA135, MA155, MA218, and MA418.

D. Other:  

1. Hinkle announced that midterm grading opens Friday, March 7.
Eddleman added that entering grades on time is very important and he will be asking for written explanations from any faculty that fail to enter grades on time. If he does not accept the explanation, he will speak to the faculty member’s dean about possible unsatisfactory merit. If there is repeated failure to enter grades on time, and the faculty member is a non-tenure-track or tenure-track faculty member, he will look at possible termination.

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


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