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October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014

Academic Council (approved November 4, 2014)

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

Guests: Michael Aide, Melissa Odegard-Koester, and Paul Thompson

A.  MINUTES: Upon a motion by Rogers-Adkinson; seconded by McGowan, the minutes of May 6, 2014, were unanimously approved


1. School Psychological Examiner Graduate Certificate – New Program
Rogers-Adkinson proposed a new graduate School Psychological Examiner certificate; seconded by Gathman. Rogers-Adkinson explained that the purpose of the program is to have a transcripted graduate certificate program. She further explained that having a way of tracking graduates in the program would assist in approval of licenses with the state. The program is an existing program as far as courses already being offered and taught; this would simply formalize it as a transcripted program. McAllister noted that Graduate Council had approved the proposal. Hinkle questioned if the program was a masters level; Rogers-Adkinson indicated it is. Motion passed unanimously.

2. Equine Science – New Minor
McGowan moved approval of a new minor in Equine Science; seconded by Jenkins. Aide explained that there is growing interest in this area, and there are current several courses being taught relating to equine science. The Department of Agriculture sponsors the Southeast Equestrian Team. Students majoring in Agriculture programs would not be able to declare the Equine Science minor, though, as they cannot major and minor in the same department. Eddleman questioned the projected number of students expected to declare the minor; Aide explained that there is no hard data, but with appropriate marketing, they expect 30-40 minors in five years. A question was asked on whether the minor will increase enrollment in the current courses; Aide explained that most of the courses generally fill up, but they will be able to accommodate the minor students. Motion passed unanimously.

3. Proposed Changes to Jane Stephens Honors Program
McGowan explained that a review committee was formed last fall to review the Jane Stephens Honors Program. The revisions proposed accommodate the recommendations from that committee. Ultimately, the changes will make the program smaller and more elite. The proposed changes include increase the minimum GPA for eligibility, requirements for transfer students, and minimum GPA for remaining active in the program with completion of a certain number of semester hours of honors credit by the end of the fifth and sixth semesters. McGowan explained that exceptions to the number of semester hours of honors credit by the end of the fifth and sixth semesters would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. McGowan moved approval of the proposed changes; seconded by Rogers-Adkinson. Rogers-Adkinson asked if the verbiage for the case-by-case basis be added to the proposal; after discussion, McGowan agreed to adding the wording for exceptions on a case-by-case basis as a friendly amendment. Jung questioned what the target size of the program will be since the numbers will obviously decrease based on the proposed changes; McGowan said they estimate that the program will go down to about half, from 300-500 to about 250-400. Motion, with friendly amendment, passed unanimously.

C. Informational/Discussion Items:  


D. Other:  

1. Hinkle asked Eddleman about MAPP 1 & 2; Eddleman/Starrett advised that these would not be administered this Fall and are unsure about Spring 2015. This would be discussed at a later time.

2. Hinkle asked Eddleman if anything had been decided about the Deans List discussions; Eddleman advised that this is still to be discussed at Deans Council.

3. Hinkle announced that mid-term grading opens on Friday, October 10th.

4. Hinkle announced that final grades will be due on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. for Moodle users, and 9:00 p.m. for Self Service users. Eddleman stressed that faculty get grades in on time.

5. Rogers-Adkinson announced that the Counselor Education Training Clinic Open House was going on until 6:00 p.m. in Scully 318.

6. Eddleman and Weller-Stilson announced that Hairspray was being performed at the River Campus and tickets are on sale.

Rogers-Adkinson moved approval to adjourn; seconded by Jenkins. Meeting adjourned.


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