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November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

Academic Council (approved December 2, 2014)

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

Guests: Shelba Branscum and Anne Marietta

A.  MINUTES: Upon a motion by Gathman; seconded by Jenkins, the minutes of October 7, 2014, were unanimously approved.

B.  ACTION ITEMS (Items were discussed out of order from the agenda):  

1. Bachelor of Music – Foreign Language Requirements
Dr. Eddleman explained that this item was an addition to the agenda. The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) and Provost Office found that the proposal was approved by the College of Liberal Arts College Council in April 2010, but never made it to Academic Council due to a transition in CoLA staff. McDougall moved approval of the foreign language requirements for the Bachelor of Music degrees; seconded by Gathman. Weller-Stilson added that the department has been following this since 2010, and that it was based on compliance with National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) standards. Specifically, two semesters of foreign language study are required of all Bachelor of Music (BM) students (Composition, Instrumental, and Vocal) [to be applied in the first academic year after full approval], with the following rules: 1) BM Voice: two semesters of study in one language, either French or German; 2) BM Composition and BM Instrumental: two semesters of study in any languages (may be different languages). Students may test out of the requirement if they can prove competency level, and retroactive credit may be utilized in accordance with policy. Motion passed unanimously.

2. BA in History – Curriculum Revisions (Expansion of Additional Hours Options)
Barrios moved approval of the curriculum revisions to the BA in History; seconded by Gathman. Barrios explained that BA History majors are currently required to take 12 additional hours; they must take 6 hours of one foreign language and can choose to take the remaining 6 hours in foreign language or math and statistics. The curriculum revisions proposal would expand the options for students, as they would retain the ability to choose to study a foreign language or choose to combine the study of foreign language with math and/or statistics. The proposal would also give students an additional option of choosing to take non-US History courses instead of language and math or statistics. Finally, the proposal allows for the 12 hour requirement to be waived for students who have a second major in one of the following areas: BS in Historical Preservation, BA in Global Cultures and Languages, BS in International Business, or BA in Political Science. Hinkle questioned if the BS in Political Science would also be acceptable as a second major for the 12 additional hours to be waived; Barrios was unsure and Bowen is out of the country. Jung moved approval to table the motion until December, when Bowen could clarify; seconded by Gathman. Motion to table the proposal passed unanimously.

3. BS Human Environmental Studies: Dietetics Option – Curriculum Revisions (Addition of Tracks)
Jenkins moved approval of the curriculum revisions (addition of tracks) in the BS Human Environmental Studies: Dietetics Option; seconded by Aguinaga/Gathman. Branscum explained that the current Dietetics option prepares students to be registered dietitians. This requires students to complete an accredited Didactic Dietetics program, be accepted into and complete a post graduate national internship program, and then apply to take and pass the National Registered Dietitian exam. There is demand for students looking for a nutrition degree that goes into other career pathways, as well as for those students who don’t meet the GPA requirements for the national internship and thus aren’t eligible for the National Registered Dietitian exam. The proposal has a 33 hour core, 3 tracks: Didactic Program in Dietetics, Nutrition Science, and Nutrition and Wellness. The Didactic Program in Dietetics track is the same as the current Dietetics option, and will continue to prepare students to be Registered Dietitians. The Nutrition Science track is designed for those who are interested in food/nutrition research, teaching in higher education, or wanting to add a strong background in nutrition to a career in the health or medical field. The Nutrition and Wellness track is for those who are not wanting or eligible to be Registered Dietitians, but are seeking careers in nutrition, such as business, corporate food companies in test kitchens, health food product distribution, community health agencies, etc. The Nutrition and Wellness track also includes a 15 hour minor of choice. Branscum added that the revisions will offer more options for students and will benefit in recruitment. Daly questioned why MA123, rather than MA155, was chosen for the Nutrition and Wellness track; after discussion, it was decided to amend the proposal to read “MA123 Survey of Math, OR MA155 Statistical Reasoning.” Motion, with friendly amendment, passed unanimously.

C. Informational/Discussion Items:  

1. Dean’s Honor Roll Criteria
McDougall distributed a handout of the criteria, and explained that the Deans had approved revising the criteria. The criteria are: 1) Full-time student with at least 12 standard graded (A-F) credit hours; 2) Semester GPA of 3.75 or higher; and 3) No grade less than B, no No-Credit hours and no Fail hours from Credit/No-Credit and Pass/Fail hours. McDougall also noted that the Deans had approved eliminating Dean’s Honor Roll for the summer term. Eddleman asked that everyone pass the information along to their colleagues.

2. Physics and Engineering Physics Course Requirements
Eddleman (in McGowan’s absence) explained Physics and Engineering Physics has added two required courses: EP003, Engineering Physics Assessment, is now required for the Engineering Physics program, and will ensure that students take the fundamentals of Engineering Exam and submit their Senior Exit Survey before graduating; PH003, Physics Assessment, is now required for the Physics program, and will ensure that students take the Major Field Assessment Test in Physics and submit their Senior Exit Survey before graduating.

D. Other:  

1. Eddleman asked that everyone remind their colleagues to use the correct forms from the Provost’s website when completing proposals for new programs and/or courses. He added that the Course Approval Document does ask for an attached class syllabus.

Gathman moved approval to adjourn; seconded by Aguinaga. Meeting adjourned.


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