December 5, 2000
MINUTES OF ACADEMIC COUNCIL
Present: Jane Stephens, Dennis Holt, Gerald McDougall, Bert Kellerman, Shirley Stennis-Williams,
Ann Gifford, Michael Parker, Milo Miller, Martin Jones, Chris McGowan, David Naugler,
Fred Janzow, Sarah Cron, Edmund Buis, Irene Ferguson, Wes Mueller, Harvey Hecht and
Guests: Ron Clayton, Stanley Grand, Mark Strauss, Sharon Bebout-Carr, Roseanna Whitlow, Amy
Kephart, Albert Hayward, Don Schulte, William McKinney, Glen Williams, Hamner Hill,
Mike Weatherson, and Larry Underberg.
- Minutes of November 7, 2000. Upon motion of Chris McGowan and seconded by Fred Janzow, minutes were approved
- Action Items
- Procedures for Submission of Grants: Laura Bennett discussed the revised “Office
of Sponsored Programs & Research – Sequence of Events for Proposal Submission”. Sarah
Cron moved that the policy be approved as presented. Ann Gifford seconded the motion.
The motion was approved unanimously.
- “C” Prerequisite in Required Courses: Gerald McDougall moved for approval of “C” requisite
in required courses as outlined in his handout to the Council. Bert Kellerman seconded
the motion. Dean McDougall’s handout outlined proposed changes to courses within
the College of Business that currently have no minimum grade to apply to major. The
motion was approved unanimously.
- Restructuring Proposals for Department of Speech, Communication & Theatre: Martin
Jones moved for establishment of a Department of Dance and Theatre, and a separate
Department of Communication Studies, pending documentation or clarification of support
staff and budget resources. Gerald McDougall seconded the motion. After discussion
of the council and guests, it was decided that more time would be granted to the College
of Education to prepare a response to the restructuring proposals currently on the
table. It was moved by Dean McDougall to table the two motions to establish the two
departments: Department of Dance and Theatre and Department of Communication Studies.
Fred Janzow seconded the motion. The vote to table was passed unanimously, and will
be placed as an action item on the February 6th Academic Council’s agenda. Dr. Michael
Weatherson expressed concern at the delay of the restructuring proposal.
- Proposed Change to BA Major in Philosophy: Martin Jones discussed the Department
of Philosophy’s proposed new course, PL481: Practicum, and change in the BA Major
in Philosophy to include the new course as a requirement, which adds one hour to the
major. Jones moved and Naugler seconded a motion to approve the proposed change in
the BA Major in Philosophy. The motion was approved unanimously.
- Discussion Items
- Off-Campus Delivery of M.A. and Specialist Degrees in School Administration and Specialist
Programs: Dennis Holt and Sue Shepard distributed final document with budget information
for the Off-Campus Delivery of M.A. and Specialist Degrees in School Administration.
(These programs were approved by the Academic Council at the November 7th meeting
with the stipulation that the council be provided a document, which is in compliance
with CBHE format, for presentation and approval by the Board of Regents on December
- School of Visual and Performing Arts: Martin Jones gave an overview of the creation
of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Mark Strauss distributed 2 handouts
to the Council: Missouri Fine Arts Show-Me Standards and Economic Activity of Missouri’s
Nonprofit Arts Industry, and gave a supportive commentary to the concept of the School
of Visual and Performing Arts. Dean Jones stated that in addition to discussions
within the Arts faculty in the College of Liberal Arts, there was a College Council
meeting on November 17, 2000, at which a motion to support the concept of the School
of Visual and Performing Arts and the University Museum was passed by the following
vote: For 14, Against 5, Abstain 3. Some persons voting 'no' made it clear that they
support the arts, but have qualms about this project since it was not planned with
sufficient forethought and faculty participation. Some, who abstained, also indicated
they support the arts, but did not have time to read the complete final draft of the
plan or to compare it with the College of Liberal Arts plan. There was also a question
as to what the plan for the Liberal Arts would be once the Arts School and Museum
became separated from the College.
After all the arts faculty and staff received copies of the final version of the strategic
plan, the following vote was tallied: [the number in brackets represents the total
of faculty and staff voting]
Art  For: 10 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
* Note: 9 voted to proceed with the School independent of the River Campus.
Dance  For: 2 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
Museum  For: 3 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
Music  For: 18 Against: 1 Abstain: 0 and 1 Unknown/out of town
Theatre  For: 2 Against: 0 Abstain: 2
[Since this report was made on December 5, the vote in Music has changed to 20 FOR,
none against, and no abstentions.]
Dean Jones shared some of the questions raised about the School as well as some of
the positive observations. There was some discussion of these issues.
Dr. Marc Strauss spoke briefly about the Show-Me standards for the Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education and how those relate in two categories (communication arts
and fine and performing arts) to the School of the Arts and our arts education programs.
He also passed out information on these standards and some information on the economic
impact of the arts in Missouri's economy.
Agriculture Chairperson Dr. Wes Mueller indicated that there is general concern about
the resource requirements for the River Campus venture.
Provost Stephens announced that the School of the Visual and Performing Arts will
be created as a separate issue from the acquisition of the River Campus. She announced
that there is to be no vote on this creation of the School of the Visual and Performing
Arts since the Board of Regents has already announced its approval of the creation
of the school.