Southeast Missouri State University

November 6, 2001

MINUTES OF ACADEMIC COUNCIL

Present:         Dennis Holt, Gerald McDougall, Bert Kellerman, Linda Schoonmaker,
                        Shirley Stennis-Williams, Michael Parker, Georgeann Syler, Martin Jones,
                        Rusty Curtis, Chris McGowan, Michael Aide (for Nicholas Tibbs), Phil Parette,
                        Fred Janzow, Sarah Cron, Ed Buis, Irene Ferguson, Cheryl Brown (for Wes
                        Mueller), Greg Roberts, Sandy Hinkle.

Guests:          Adelaide Parsons, Sarah Hardin, Steve Overmann, Mark Langenfeld, Tammie
                        Stenger.

A.     Action Items.

The Provost advised that the Policy Proposal for Assessment of Student Performance should have been shown as a Discussion Item and will be considered as such during this meeting.

1. Proposal for Information Systems Option within the B.S. Environmental Science:  (Council members were provided with a handout that was a copy of a joint memo to the College Council from Environmental Science Committee and the Computer Science Department that outlined the option.)  Chris McGowan moved approval of the proposal; McDougall seconded the motion. Steve Overmann opened with comments and addressed questions of the council. It was advised that the proposal was in response to databases in the environmental field.  It was confirmed that the proposal would be with all existing courses and no additional budget needs.  Martin Jones advised that the joint memo should be signed.  McGowan moved to approve the changes; Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

2.    TESOL Minor/English Department: (Council members were provided with a handout that was an outline of the minor.)  Jones moved to approve the motion with changes as noted, and McGowan seconded the motion.  Adelaide Parsons presented the proposal that she believed was previously approved; however, no documentation was found.  She advised it was for foreign and anthropology students needing the courses to facilitate their degrees. McGowan advised that TL 525 should be amended to read “Theories of Language”.  The motion was approved unanimously.

3.    New minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership:  (Council members were provided with a handout consisting of a memorandum regarding a new minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership.)  Parker moved to approve the changes, and Jones seconded the approval.  Mark Langenfeld outlined the new minor and answered questions of the council and guests.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4.    Revision to Recreation Major:  (Council members were provided with a handout consisting of a memorandum regarding the Revision to Recreation Major.)  Parker moved to approve the revisions to the major, and Janzow seconded the motion.   Mark Langenfeld advised that Recreation was re-accredited in 1998 and this was a proposal to continually update the program.  The motion was approved unanimously.

B.     Discussion Items

1.      Policy Proposal for Assessment of Student Performance:  (Council members were provided with a handout of the proposal.)  Fred Janzow advised that the objective was to update the policy before going into the bulletin.  Fred Janzow agreed that the matter of not naming a specific test was due to the many changes over the years in testing services.  He also stated that procedurals matters were still to be worked out and a proposal will be forthcoming next semester.  Jane Stephens advised that a graduation waiver was being considered as an incentive to those students completing the assessment.  Sandy Hinkle advised that the Registrar’s office was working on a way to include outside certifications on students’ transcripts.

2.      Update on the General Education Status Report – CBHE:  (Council members were provided with a handout consisting of the General Education Status Report for CBHE Credit Transfer Policy, Southeast’s General Education 42-Crdit Transfer Block and a General Education Reporting Matrix.)  It was discussed that sending out packets systematically to all schools especially community colleges would be useful.  Martin Jones moved to approve that the University Studies Council spearhead this procedure, and Gerald McDougall seconded the motion.   The motion was approved unanimously.

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