March 2, 2010
Academic Council (approved April 6, 2010)
Present: Baker, Barrios, Buis, Dickson, Hinkle, Janzow, Kraemer, McDougall, McGowan, Miller, Noe, Parker, Prater, Ray, Rosati, Ruediger, Shaw, Starrett, and Ustinova
Guests: Christopher Goeke, Marcia Hobbs, and Missy Nieveen-Phegley
Upon a motion by McDougall; seconded by McGowan, the minutes of February 2, 2010 were unanimously approved.
B. ACTION ITEMS:
1. BS in Marketing: Sales Management – New Option
McDougall moved approval of the new option, Sales Management, to the BS in Marketing degree; seconded by Barrios/Baker. McDougall explained that marketing students go in one of three directions upon graduation: 1) Sales or Sales Management; 2) Marketing (advertising, etc.); or 3) Marketing Management (support services, product development, etc.). The Sales Management option would enhance the marketability of those students seeking careers in the area of sales. The new option doesn’t require any new resources. Motion passed unanimously.
2. Master of Music Education – Deletion of Program
Barrios explained that it had been brought to his attention that the proposal for Deletion of the Master of Music Education program had not gone through Graduate Council and asked that the item be tabled until it has been approved by that body. Rosati asked Goeke to clarify in the proposal whether the program is seeking to be deleted or suspended, and get the support of the department and college council before taking the proposal to Graduate Council. The proposal will be made consistent in the wording, and once approved by Graduate Council, will come back to Academic Council.
3. Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner – New Certificate
Prater moved approval of the new Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner; seconded by Noe. Prater explained that there have been some questions as to why those that would pursue this certificate not just receiving a second masters degree. Additional requirements prohibit automatic granting of a second masters. Hobbs explained that the Department of Nursing is already offering the courses in a curriculum sequence, but have never called it a “certificate.” However, their accrediting body is now requiring designating the sequence as a certificate. Hinkle questioned whether the certificate would need to be transcripted; Hobbs confirmed that it does. Further discussion followed. Motion passed unanimously.
4. Graduate Certificate Policy
Janzow explained that this policy was presented at the last Graduate Council meeting. Modifications need to be made to make the policy consistent with current graduate admissions requirements. The document should be taken to the Certificate Policy Committee that was formed at the February Academic Council meeting, and brought forward to the Council at a later date. Further discussion followed, including the following revisions to the document: #4, insert the word “and” after “…listed as 600-level courses…”; #5, change the word “can” to “must”; Add a statement for those wishing to go on to a masters degree, that they must follow the masters degree requirements. McDougall questioned if a student that is on a masters degree track can automatically receive a graduate certificate; the Council agreed that a student could do so, and that a statement should be in the Graduate Bulletin stating that hours are transferrable into the Masters Program. The Council agreed that the policy should not be voted on at this time, and will be taken to the Certificate Policy Committee.
C. DISCUSSION ITEMS
1. Outcomes for the First Year Composition Series
Barrios explained that last fall, former Provost Stephens asked for an Ad Hoc Committee to review the enrollment patterns in EN099 and EN100. The Committee was formed of Allen Gathman, Missy Nieveen-Phegley, and Elizabeth Fleitz. Nieveen-Phegley explained to the Council that the Committee has reviewed enrollment patters for the composition series, and have done a tier progression for the outcomes. Eventually, it’s planned to revise the EN099 and EN100 syllabi to incorporate the outcomes. Last fall, Gathman spoke to the Council about the placement process. Starrett re-capped that process, that placement is decided by ACT score, and by a written placement test that’s given at First Step. Starrett reaffirmed that the placement test is necessary for accurate placement into the composition series. Rosati thanked Barrios and Nieveen-Phegley for the update.
2. Academic Performance of International Students
McDougall explained that as part of the International Education and Services strategic plan, his is sharing the information on academic performance of international students to educate the campus. He stated that some on campus feel that international students as a group have a weaker academic performance than other students. Institutional Research calculated the numbers in the handout given, and the numbers show that international students are performing as well as domestic students. Rosati thanked McDougall for the update.
3. MIS Program
McDougall explained that in 2005, as part of the annual program review process, the MIS program was examined. Concerns were raised and suggestions made for increasing enrollments in the program. In the 2010 program review process, it was clear that efforts to increase enrollments had not been successful. McDougall recommended discontinuing the program; his recommendation went to the Program Review Committee, who recommended that the Provost review the viability of the program, then to the Provost, then to the President, and was accepted. The process follows the policy for Program Discontinuance. As this is a rarity, McDougall is working very closely with the Provost to make sure the process is followed. No action will be taken until after the Board of Regents meeting later in March. Based on the Board of Regents action, the process will continue to be followed. Rosati reinforced that the process is still evolving, but will be consistent with the Faculty Handbook. McGowan stated that his college has already seen MIS students changing their majors to Computer Information Systems (CIS), which is an appropriate change. McDougall explained that he has already sent a letter to students about the possible future of the program; juniors and seniors in the program should be able to complete by May 2011, as long as they’ve completed IS130 (Visual Basic Programming I) and MI375 (Management Information Systems). Hinkle asked if the Board of Regents approved discontinuing the program, if she should proceed with removing the program from the 2010-11 Undergraduate Bulletin; McDougall and Rosati confirmed that she should. McDougall also said that Admissions would be notified of the discontinuance, if it happens. Rosati thanked McDougall for the update.
4. Enrollment Growth
Starrett stated that the University has seen record breaking enrollments the last few years, and though it is good for the University, we have to deal with more students and enough seats in classes. He summarized the process that was done in the past few years with adding sections and raising seat caps. In Fall 2009, the process was to have as many sections as possible, but once First Steps started, no new sections could be added, but seat caps could be raised. For Fall 2010, the same process will be followed. Starrett went over handouts that were distributed opt the Council. The handouts gave various information on enrollments. Starrett also stated that the Cape Girardeau Higher Education Center may have an impact on enrollments. One possible solution for not continuing to raise seat caps is the University Studies Council to remove the moratorium on developing undergraduate University Studies courses. Rosati thanked Starrett for the update.
5. Update on the Cape Girardeau Higher Education Center
Rosati stated the meeting with this update, going over the handout that was distributed to the Council. Those involved in the process met last week. Shaw said that the advisor had been hired. Rosati explained that agreements are not complete yet; Shaw is still waiting to hear if A+ Scholarship funding will be approved.
Shaw stated that his office is already receiving calls on how to get enrolled at the Center. Miller asked if there was a facility in place other than at the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (CTC); Shaw said that there are proposals from some in the community for a new building. Buis questioned if the Center will be a separate entity from the University; Rosati said that Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) will grant AA degrees, while Mineral Area College (MAC) will grant AAS degrees. Details on how processes will work are still being decided. At this point, the process is for Southeast to handle all admissions and collections processes. Ray asked if a student taking a Southeast course at the Center will have access to all Southeast resources; Shaw and Rosati said this issue hasn’t been resolved yet. Buis stated that if those students are granted access to all resources, the Library will have to re-bid their licenses as the number of students will be increased. Further discussion followed. Rosati thanked Shaw for the update.
6. Update on HLC Multi-Site Visit
Shaw explained that every five years, every institution with three or more centers, must have a site visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Our visit is scheduled for Thursday, May 6; one HLC representative with travel, with Shaw, to each site and talk to the staff. Shaw stated that this visit is a validation that HLC is responding to compliance at the federal level in doing these visits. Shaw also said that he expects to receive a good report after the visit. Rosati thanked Shaw and said that he is impressed with the centers.
7. Update on Program Review Process
Parker explained that the regular annual program review process has been suspended, and that the Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review has received a new charge from the Board of Regents to review all programs over a twelve month period. The Committee’s plan is to review half (“bottom two quartiles”) of the programs this Spring 2010 semester, and the other half in the Fall 2010 semester. McDougall questioned the basis for the quartiles; Parker explained that the programs are ranked using 12-14 data points. Rosati will distribute the data used to the Deans at the next Deans Council meeting.
1. Hinkle announced that faculty may begin submitting mid-term grades on Friday, March 5 at 5:00 pm and can submit through Monday, March 15 at 9:00 pm.