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April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

Academic Council (approved May 6, 2014)

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

Guests: Leslee Pollina, Joe Pujol

A.  MINUTES: Upon a motion by McGowan; seconded by Jenkins, the minutes of March 4, 2014, were unanimously approved.


1. BS Psychology – Curriculum Revisions
Barrios moved approval of the curriculum revisions to the BS in Psychology; seconded by McDougall. Pollina explained that the changes reflect attention to the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. The changes were: 1) addition of PY230 (Ethics and Diversity in Psychology) to the required courses; 2) addition of PY489 (Advanced Topics in Psychology) as an option for a capstone course; 3) reducing the number of extended core areas from five to four; and 4) limiting the choices available within extended core categories to those that represent core concepts in those areas. Motion passed unanimously.

2. Developmental Psychology Minor – Curriculum Revisions
Barrios moved approval of the curriculum revisions to the Developmental Psychology minor; seconded by Rogers-Adkinson. Pollina explained that the revisions were: 1) to move PY525 (Maturity and Aging) from a required course to an elective course, as it is only offered in the fall semester every other year, and results in students not completing their minor in a timely fashion; and 2) to remove PY521 (Advanced Child Development) from the curriculum, as it was recently terminated. Motion passed unanimously.

3. Course Approval Document Update
Starrett distributed a handout, and reminded the Council that the Course Approval Document updates were originated from an AQIP Q2 Committee, and the document had been approved by the Council previously. He pointed out the list of requirements on the Course Approval Document Reference Sheet, and explained that the list represents Faculty Senate’s recommendations for items that should be included in a syllabus. Eddleman pointed out a spelling error on the Reference Sheet – the word “prerequisites” under Category II. McGowan moved approval of the updated Course Approval Document; seconded by McDougall. Starrett further explained the options for how statements 9, 10, and 11 on the Reference Sheet should be handled (on the syllabus, in Moodle, etc.). Motion passed unanimously.

C. Informational/Discussion Items:  

1. BS Sport Management/Sport Management Minor – Curriculum Revisions
Pujol explained that in the BS Sport Management program, two required support courses, SC155 (Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication) and MC101 (Mass Communication & Society) were removed from the curriculum. Both chairpersons of the respective departments are aware of the removal of the courses. The courses did not include any content required by the accrediting body, COSMA. However, in order to meet accreditation standards, SM250 (Sport Governance) was added to the curriculum. SM250 was also added to the Sport Management minor, as an elective course.

2. GR698, GR699, GR799 – Examination Fee
McAllister explained that Graduate Council had approved a $100 examination fee for GR698, GR699, and GR799. This would fall under the fee reimbursement deadlines. The examination fee eliminates the one hour course fee that was charged to students if GR698/699/799 was the only course he/she was enrolled in that semester. The change does not affect library resources, and is revenue neutral. The proposal will go forward to the Board of Regents. Starrett questioned whether students would be counted as enrolled students; Hinkle said they would.

D. Other:  

1. McGowan announced that three sessions are scheduled for April 9, 10, and 11 for advisors to hear about the changes in the Math Department.

2. Weller-Stilson announced that the annual “Taste of Cape” Restaurant Hop is scheduled for April 22, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. There are 12 venues. Tickets are available at $10 each.

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


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