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May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

Academic Council (approved October 7, 2014)

Present: Barnes, Barrios, Daly, Fluegge-Woolf, Gathman, Hinkle, Jenkins, Jung, McAllister, McDougall, McGowan, Rogers-Adkinson, and Starrett

Guests: Heather McMillan, Leslee Pollina, Joe Pujol, Shonta Smith (for Aguinaga)

A.  MINUTES: Upon a motion by McGowan; seconded by McDougall, the minutes of April 1, 2014, were unanimously approved.


1. Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management – New Program
McDougall moved approval of a new Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program; seconded by Jenkins/McGowan. McDougall explained that this and the next several action item proposals were identified by the Academic Visionary Committee as needed “Health Studies” programs. The programs are relevant and will contribute to professional advancement for our students. He added that a tenure track position will be added for this, and the other related proposed new programs; the position will be for a PhD in Healthcare Administration. A Budget Review Committee proposal will go forward next academic year for the position, and some internal College of Business reallocation will occur from the Department of Economics and Finance to assist with this, so there will be 2 ½ FTE to teach specialized coursework. Gathman questioned whether SC300 would be offered online and if Communication Studies was aware of this; McDougall explained that all proposals were developed in collaboration with the other departments involved. Gathman also suggested different wording on page 3, rather than “relatively unique”; suggested changing for all proposals. Hinkle questioned whether the general education courses would be considered additional requirements; McDougall agreed that they would. Motion passed unanimously.

2. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration – New Program
McDougall moved approval of a new Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration program; seconded by Gathman. McDougall explained that this program would be attractive for students looking to work on the business side of healthcare. Motion passed unanimously.

3. Master of Science in Healthcare Management – New Program
McDougall moved approval of a new Master of Science in Healthcare Management program, with options in Administration, Communication, General, Informatics, and Quality and Patient Safety; seconded by McGowan. Jung questioned who would teach SC560. McMillan explained that the course will be offered regularly and online for this program, and will be taught by a graduate level faculty member. Motion passed unanimously.

4. Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

5. Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Administration

6. Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Communication

7. Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Informatics

8. Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Quality and Patient Safety
McAllister asked the Council if there was any objection to the five Graduate Certificates in Healthcare Management being under one motion; Council agreed to this. McGowan moved approval of five new graduate certificates: Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Administration, Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Communication, Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Informatics, Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management – Quality and Patient Safety; seconded by McDougall. McMillan explained that these certificates would be a gateway for those currently working in the healthcare industry looking to further their education, but not quite ready for the Master’s program. Hinkle pointed out that the Informatics certificate lists MI375 as a required course, but as a graduate certificate, it can’t have an undergraduate course in the curriculum. Discussion followed and it was decided that MI375 would be listed as a prerequisite and the certificate would be changed to a 15 hour program. Motion passed unanimously.

9. MS in Organizational Management to MS in Management – Program Title Change
McDougall moved approval of a program title change from MS in Organizational Management to MS in Management; seconded by Gathman. This program has been developed as an online program, but it is also face-to-face. McDougall explained that moving to the “Management” title will make the program more recognizable, especially for those searching online for management programs. This title is also more common. Motion passed unanimously.

10. Undergraduate Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate – Curriculum Revision
Rogers-Adkinson moved approval of the curriculum revision to the Undergraduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder; seconded by McDougall. Rogers-Adkinson explained that this revision is to add one additional course – CF/PY120 or PY222 – to the certificate, making it an 18 hour certificate. This will bring the certificate into compliance to be eligible for financial aid. McDougall questioned whether the Council needed to approve this kind of revision; Smith and Rogers-Adkinson explained that this was a special circumstance, as it was requested by Karen Walker (Student Financial Services) as part of meeting the compliance for financial aid. No further approval will be needed, and Eddleman will merely send an informational memo to CBHE notifying them that the certificate is now an 18 hour certificate, and a copy of the memo will be provided to Karen Walker. Motion passed unanimously.

11. BS in Recreation to BS in Recreation and Park Administration – Program Title Change
Jenkins moved approval of a program title change from BS in Recreation to BS in Recreation and Park Administration; seconded by McDougall/Gathman. Pujol explained that the new title more accurately describes the student career path, and also more closely aligns with the name of the professional organization and accrediting body. Pujol also pointed out that some curriculum revisions had been made, to move to two tracks. McDougall questioned why the tracks were not options; Pujol stated that it could be historic and that the recreation faculty had not expressed interest in options. The Council suggested that Pujol speak to the faculty and consider making the tracks into options. Motion passed unanimously.

12. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Online) – New Program
Barrios moved approval of a new online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program; seconded by McDougall. Pollina explained that the department has been working on this program for some time. There is significant demand for the program, especially a fully online program. It was designed as an option for students that are not able to be on campus. McDougall questioned if there will be a difference in marketing for the face-to-face BS and the online BA; Pollina explained there will be some difference, as the online BA program will be less research intensive. McDougall expressed concern that BS students will enroll in the online courses; Pollina stated there is some expectation of that. Gathman questioned whether AN181, in the elective credits, is developed as an online course; Pollina explained that it will be offered online in the future. Barrios explained that there will be some faculty changes coming up in the department. McGowan questioned whether a Budget Review proposal would be coming forward for the faculty needed for the program; Pollina and Barrios explained that the faculty changes include retirements and there will be conversions of existing lines. Starrett and Hinkle questioned the wording regarding electives; Pollina will remove the “(choose courses not taken to fulfill Univ. Studies requirements)” wording. Motion passed unanimously, with editorial changes.

13. Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology – New Program
Gathman moved approval of a new Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology program; seconded by Jenkins. Pollina explained that there is some need for a graduate program like this. When developing the program, the department looked at what graduate degrees will employ without a PhD, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology was the best fit. Barrios added that it was also the least amount of intensive lab. McGowan questioned who would look for this program, and if it was specific to a background in psychology; Pollina explained that there would be no requirement for an undergraduate degree in psychology. McDougall questioned whether there were undergraduate course prerequisites; Pollina said no. Barrios added that there are not many graduate psychology programs out there. Gathman questioned the staffing needs; based on upcoming retirements, there will be conversion of one faculty line. Starrett questioned the library costs in the proposal, as there will be approximately $200,000 cuts over the next two years in periodicals; Pollina didn’t think this would be an issue. McDougall pointed out that there was a typo on the Program Structure page – should be PY556. Motion passed unanimously, with editorial changes.

C. Informational/Discussion Items:  

1. Course Catalog Statuses
Hinkle explained that her office has found several courses where departments want to shelve courses, rather than terminate them. She proposed a “Temporary Inactive” status, where a course would no longer be available for scheduling, would not appear in the bulletin, and could be reactivated within a two year timeframe. If not reactivated, the course would revert to a Terminated status. McDougall expressed support for this idea, but was concerned that two years may be too short based on course rotations. The Council suggested four years. Starrett questioned whether this would be retroactive; Hinkle said no, it would start now. McDougall and McGowan asked that Hinkle send an email so that faculty could be informed.

D. Other:  

1. McAllister announced that Graduate Council had discussed a cleanup for graduate incomplete grades. After 6 years, incompletes will become an “F.” McDougall and McGowan expressed that this will be incentive for students to get degrees completed. McDougall asked Hinkle to send out a list of incomplete grades for each college.

2. McAllister announced that the Provost asked him to share that for any late grades, Dr. Eddleman wants a written explanation by the end of business on Tuesday. If he doesn’t like the explanation, he will follow up, and repeat offenses could lead to unsatisfactory evaluations and/or termination.

3. McGowan announced that the Honors Banquet was May 6th at 6:00 p.m.

4. Hinkle announced that final grades are due Monday at 8:00 p.m. for Moodle users, and 9:00 p.m. for Self Service users.

Meeting adjourned.


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