Southeast Missouri State University

May 21, 2010 - Special Meeting

Academic Council (approved September 7, 2010)

Present: Athinarayanan, Hinkle, Janzow, Jung, Kraemer, McDougall, McMillan, Miller, Noe, Parker, Prater, Rosati, Shaw, Starrett, Ustinova, and Willi Hooper

Guests: None


A.  ACTION ITEMS:

1. New Program – Associate of Arts Degree
Shaw moved approval of the Associate of Arts Degree; seconded by Noe. Rosati explained that the proposal is to offer an AA degree at the three Regional Campuses – Sikeston, Malden, and Kennett. The regional campuses have open admission (not moderately selective); would use existing resources (faculty, facilities, etc.) for the AA degree; would continue to teach what we’re currently teaching at the campuses; and would provide a seamless transition to Southeast or other Missouri university.

We’ve received letters from the three Regional Campus Advisory Councils recommending the AA degree. The Board of Regents agrees with the Councils. Rosati explained that in Southeast Missouri, our regional campuses serve 60-70% of the students attending a college in those communities (TRCC serves the remaining students at their regional campuses). The AA degree is not an expansion for Southeast; it is a recognition of what we now offer, and will require no additional costs. The degree is a common model, is consistent with the Coordinating Board’s Imperatives for Change, fulfills the needs of the region, and provides additional access to funding. Rosati also explained that the regional campuses would not be considered community colleges; they will just offer the AA degree.

Several changes were made to the proposal document:
a. Page 6 - Form PS – B. Residency requirements, if any: should read “20 hours Southeast courses at Regional Campuses”;
b. Pages 3, 6, & 9 – change “communications” to “communication”;
c. Page 6 – Form PS – G. – Add College of Education and School of University Studies;
d. Page 9 – Add sentence to bottom paragraph – “Students will be required to take MAPP I, CL001, and CL002.”

Several questions were asked, including:
a. If a student is now on the main campus, but has completed 20 hours at the regional campuses, can they get the AA degree? – Yes
b. Do dual credit courses at the regional campuses count toward the degree? – Yes
c. Do dual credit courses from high schools count toward the degree? – No

Further discussion followed. Rosati explained that TRCC has expressed an objection to our proposal. However, he stated that we’re trying to provide what the people we serve are asking for.

Motion passed unanimously.

2. Associate Degrees – Reduce Total Required Hours to 60
McDougall moved approval to reduce the total required hours for Associate Degrees from 64 to 60; seconded by Janzow and Parker.  The history of the requirement being at 64 was most likely based on the 120 hour requirement at the BS degree level. Janzow will check the MDHE policy on this. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to adjourn was made by Prater and Janzow; seconded by McDougall. Meeting adjourned.

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