May 4, 1999
MINUTES OF ACADEMIC COUNCIL
Buis, Burns(Jones), Burton, Holt, Janzow, Kellerman, Keys, Chapman (Lipetzky), McDougall,
McGowen, Pittman, Scates, Shaw, Stennis-Williams
Desai, Drummond, King, Myers, Puryear, Skelton, Smart, Yeo
- Minutes of April 6, 1999. Approved.
- Action Items
- Interdisciplinary Emphasis M.A., Sec. Ed.: The question whether this proposal involves
a change in the core was raised. Yeo replied that there is no change in total hours
required in the core. A concern was expressed about the implication of the title
"Interdisciplinary Studies." The emphasis, it was suggested, remains in secondary
education, and the term "interdisciplinary" suggests a broader crossing of disciplines.
One suggestion was to change the title of the emphasis to "Secondary Education."
Yeo agreed to take this suggestion back to the department for discussion. McGowan
moved and Pittman seconded a motion to table the proposal. The motion passed unanimously.
- Minor in Communication Disorders: This minor will allow students going into a major
other than Communication Disorders to receive a minor for classes they have taken
in Communication Disorders. It addresses some changes in regional needs for speech
pathology in the schools and requires no new courses. “How much will this take from
graduate program in resources,” Burton asked. Drummond replied that there is the
capacity in undergraduate classed to accommodate these students. The Minor will not
affect graduate programs. McGowan moved and Scates seconded the approval. The motion
was passed unanimously.
- M.A. in Guidance and Counseling: Puryear presented the proposal. The proposal was
developed by a committee in response to a charge to improve the program. An external
consultant, Nancy Evans, was brought in to provide advice on how best to restructure
the program. Based on her advice it was decided to change the name of the emphasis
to "Emphasis in Higher Education." Also, three new courses will be added. Given
the addition of these courses, McGowan wondered whether this is coming forward as
a name change or should rather be considered as a new program. It was also noted
that the proposal includes a request for a new faculty position. Holt asked whether
the program could be offered without the requested position. The proposers assured
the Council that that the new position is "desirable but not necessary." And approval
of the program does not constitute approval of the new position. The Council was
also assured that no new library or operation resources would be required. Shaw moved
and Pittman seconded approval. The motion passed unanimously.
- Computer Networking Minor: McDougall and Smart presented a proposal for a new minor
in Computer Networking. McGowan asked what a student completing this minor would
be prepared to do. For example, would the student be prepared to set up a company
network? Smart responded that the program gives students skills for managing and
administering an existing office network. McDougall moved and Stennis-Williams seconded
approval. The motion passed unanimously.
- Temporary Course Approval Policy: Janzow introduced a proposal to formalize the current
temporary course approval policy to solve problems raised by the use of "green sheets."
Specifically, some courses are offered repeatedly under the temporary course approval
process and so are continued without formal course approval. Janzow proposed that
a course should be permitted only one offering under temporary course approval, after
which it should require formal course approval to be offered again. McGowan asked
about special workshop courses that are created to meet ad hoc needs. It was suggested
that the policy should apply only to courses intended to be integrated to the regular
catalog for majors, minors, and University Studies. Pittman moved and McDougall seconded
approval as emended. The motion passed unanimously.
- Off-Site Delivery of A.A.S. in Child Care and Guidance: King explained that under
new Head Start policy a two-year degree is required to retain certain positions with
Head Start. This will create a significant increase in demand for the A.A.S. in Child
Care and Guidance. Beyond changes in Head Start policy, there is more generally an
increasing demand for providers of early childhood care in our region. It is therefore
proposed to take our existing A.A.S. in Child Care and Guidance to off-campus sites,
so that working students in our region to do need to come to campus to complete the
degree. McGowan moved and McDougall seconded approval. The motion passed unanimously.
- Inclusion of Budget Implication in Course Proposal: Burton proposed to add analysis
of budget implications to course approvals. Buis added that individuals should contact
Library to observe potential library costs such as personnel, the library, and equipment.
McDougall moved and Janzow seconded the approval. The motion passed unanimously.