Southeast Missouri State University

December 5, 2000

MINUTES OF ACADEMIC COUNCIL
APPROVED:  2-13-01

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 Sandy Hinkle. 

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.

  1. Minutes of November 7, 2000.  Upon motion of Chris McGowan and seconded by Fred Janzow, minutes were approved unanimously.

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  3. Action Items

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    1. 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. 

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    3. “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.

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    5. 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.

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    7. 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.

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  5. Discussion Items

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    1. 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 8th.)

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    3. 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.

    4. 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 [10]  For: 10 Against: 0  Abstain: 0
       * Note: 9 voted to proceed with the School independent of the River Campus.
      Dance [2]   For: 2  Against: 0  Abstain: 0
      Museum [3]   For: 3  Against: 0  Abstain: 0
      Music [20]   For: 18  Against: 1  Abstain: 0 and 1 Unknown/out of town
      Theatre [4]   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.

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