Present: Athinarayanan, Bertrand, Buis, Cron, Curtis, Hathaway, Hinkle, Janzow, Jones, McDougall,
McGowan, Redmond, Shaw, Starrett, and Stephens.
Guests: Leon Book, David Probst, Gale McMahan, Paula King (for Prater) and Fred Yeo (for Shepard)
A. Minutes of November 2, 2004. Upon a motion by McDougall and seconded by McGowan, minutes were unanimously approved.
Stephens clarified the order of items listed on the agenda.
B. Action Items
1.Revision in the Geoscience minors. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.) McGowan moved for approval of the changes to the Geoscience Minor and Environmental Soil Science minor. Each item was acted on separately. The Geocience minor reflected changes dues to dropping the major. He noted that it is already listed as a minor and no additional courses would be required. McDougall seconded. The motion passed unanimously. McGowan moved for approval of the re-naming to Environmental Soil Science from Pedology/Soil Science. Janzow seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
2.New Option in the MBA Program. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.) McDougall moved for approval of the new Health Administration option in the MBA program. It was noted that students would need to complete 9 hours from an accredited program. McGowan seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Stephens suggested that there be a progress report or resource review brought back at a future time.
1.Middle and Secondary Education Clarification of Roles. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.) Yeo outlined and clarified the structure plus responsibilities of departments as it relates to faculty with dual appointments. It was emphasized that dual appointed faculty were to receive credit toward merit, tenure, and promotion from both departments. It was noted that the document would reflect a change to B. 2 on page 3 to state Department of MSE rather than “the department.” Stephens asked the deans to assist the Provost Office when hiring a dual appointment so it can be noted on the contract correctly. The document will be sent to new faculty. Curtis pointed out the NCATE expectations associated with dual appointments. Upon a motion by Jones, seconded by McGowan, the Clarification of Roles for Dual Appointments received Academic Council unanimous endorsement.
2.Career Transitions Initiatives and Requirements. (Council members were previously provided with a copy with the agenda.) Leon Book and Janzow described the initiatives of the Transitions Center which is incorporating the former Career Services unit. The State is providing 4 additional persons through Workforce Development to work as academic advisors. Book and Janzow will provide updates on this initiative to Academic Council.
3.MBA Admissions Requirements. (Council members were previously provided a copy with the agenda.) After discussion the new requirements received Academic Council approval. (McDougall moved, McGowan seconded.) The new requirements are:
1. All applicants need to meet the following formula score:
GPA on a 4.0 scale X 200 plus GMAT score equal to 1000 or above.
GPA in last 60 hours of college credit X 200 plus GMAT score equal to 100 or above
2. All applicants most provide a written GMAT score of at least 400
3. All international applicants must provide a TOEFL score of 550 (written) or 213 (computer).
4. Grade of at least “C” required on all undergraduate foundation (pre-requisite) courses required
for regular admissions to the MBA.
4. Phase I Curricular Changes. (Council members were previously provided copies with the agenda.)
1. Program changes in Sport Management Curriculum (Will bring back as Action Item)
2. Program changes in Elementary, Early and Special Education (Will bring back as Action Item)
a. B.S. in Elementary Education
b. B.S. in Exceptional Child Education
c. B.S. in Early Childhood Education
3. Program changes in Middle and Secondary Education (Will bring back as Action Item)
a. Secondary Teacher Education
b. Middle Level Teacher Education
4. Name change: M.A. in Human Environmental Studies Education to MA in Human
Environmental Studies (Will bring back as Action Item)
5. Program changes in the B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education were noted; no action required. The changes reflected removing course requirements that are not required for certification.
6. Human Environmental Studies Options (Child Development, Fashion Merchandising, Family Life and Interior Design) reduced to 120 hours; were noted and no action required.
D. Discussion Items.
1. 60% Rule. Hinkle distributed a preliminary handout. Discussion tabled for the next Council meeting.
2. Checking Pre-requisites. Hinkle stressed the importance of clean versus not-so-clean pre-requisites. After discussion it was determined that the key issue is who has authority to approve over-rides. It was suggested that there be restrictions. Faculty members could approve, but only the Chair or Advisors Office would do the actual over-ride. Each Dean was asked to identify issues relating to the pre-requisite discussion. Stephens expressed concern to make sure that the pre-requisites were truly pre-requisites, not additional requirements.
1. After discussion it was determine that EN100 requirements would be added to the next agenda.