Southeast Missouri State University

September 6, 2005

ACADEMIC COUNCIL

Present:   Athinarayanan, Bertrand, Buis, Cron, Curtis, Ferguson, Hathaway, Hinkle, Janzow, Jones, McDougall, McGowan, Prater, Shaw, Shepard, Starrett, Stephens, and Syler.
 
Guests:    Marcia Brown-Haims, Philip Crawford, and Gale McMahan.
 
A.  Minutes of May 3, 2005.  Upon a motion by McGowan; seconded by McDougall, the minutes were unanimously approved.
 
B.  Action Items
 
1.  Convert B.A. in Chemistry concentrations to options.   McGowan moved to convert the B.A. in Chemistry concentrations to options. The motion was seconded by McDougall.  It was suggested to change the title of Option 2 to DNA Analysis from DNA Analyst.  A point of clarification was made that the pre-requisites are in parentheses.  After discussion it was decided that the 75 hour writing exam would not be listed and that the University Studies core must include Living Systems.  Hinkle pointed out that the 60% rule was not met. Shaw moved that a waiver be made; it was seconded by McGowan.  The motion for the exception passed with one abstention.  The motion to convert the concentrations to options passed.
 
2.  Management Curriculum Changes.  McDougall moved to approve the curriculum changes in Management; Curtis seconded.  McDougall noted that program revisions were internal to the Harrison College of Business because of Phase III.  The motion passed unanimously.
 
3.  M.A. in Communication Disorders.  Janzow informed the Council that changes were being presented as a result of 8 course revisions that have been approved by Graduate Council.  Prater moved approval of the changes; Shaw seconded.  Drummond explained to the Council that these proposed changes follow a site visit from their program accrediting body.  The changes reflect new accreditation standards by reducing the number of electives.  No changes were made in research or clinical requirements.  The motion passed unanimously.
 
4.  Certificate in Public Health Preparedness and Response.  McGowan asked for this to be removed from the agenda as action item.  Other certificates will be presented at another time.
 
5.  Off-Campus Program – Elementary and Early Childhood Education Programs.  Shepard moved approval of off-site delivery of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Programs; Shaw seconded.  Shaw recommended changing the specific sites listed to a more general off-campus approval.  Stephens indicated that the University Studies curriculum should be added to the Form OS (Off-Site Delivery of an Existing Program) and re-sent to the Provost Office.  With these changes the motion passed unanimously.

6.  Off-Campus Program Exceptional Child Education Program: Cross-Categorical (K-12) and Certification in Elementary (1-6).  Shepard moved approval of the off-campus delivery of the Exception Child Education Cross-Categorical (K-12) and Certification in Elementary (1-6) program; Shaw seconded.  Shaw recommended changing the specific sites listed to a more general off-campus approval.  Shepard noted that there are no changes to the program currently offered.  University studies curriculum should be added to the OS form and re-sent to the Office of the Provost.  With these changes the motion passed unanimously.
 
C.  Information Items
 
Certificate Program
 
The Certificate approval was taken off agenda.  McGowan stated he will have others and will bring all at one time.  The CBHE definition of what constitutes a certificate program is longer an issue.  Stephens reported that she called Robert Stein at CBHE for clarification of the approval process.  There is no strict definition or approval process.
 
D.  Discussion Items
 
Writing Composition Placement
 
The Council discussed the current placement exam and the potential use of the ACT essay exam for English placement.  It was noted that Southeast gives a placement exam with an overwhelming number of students placed in EN100. The question was raised whether EN100 should be considered a pre-requisite for EN140 without testing.  Concerned was expressed that the additional 3 hours of EN100 would increase the 120 hour target recently adopted for all degrees.  Hinkle stated that EN100 is already included in the 120 hours.  The $75 fee for testing into EN140 was discussed.  Stephens stated that the fee has been eliminated.
 
Stephens asked for a committee to review the writing placement procedure; compare our procedure with other institutions in the state; and look at the ACT essay as a possible replacement.  Deans Starrett, Ferguson and Jones were appointed.  The three (3) Deans are to suggest 2 faculty members and 2 chairs to serve on this committee.  Stephens suggested that Writing Center personnel and English faculty serve as resource persons for the Committee.
 
60% Rule
 
Stephens announced that she was putting all new programs on hold until a decision is made about the 60% Rule.  For clarification Stephens asked if anyone knew the background for the 60% rule.  Hinkle stated that research of past catalogs went back to the 1980s where it first appeared.  Curtis stated that the rule seemed to follow the logical order of course work taken in a field of study.  Others questioned the necessity of this rule.
 
After further discussion Stephens appointed Janzow, McGowan, Syler, Hinkle and Curtis to investigate the 60% Rule.  Academic Council will be on hold until clarification; with a report, hopefully, by November.

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