I. Minutes of previous meetings
II. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
The following curriculum changes have received administrative approval:
III. Report of the Student Senate President
IV. Report of the Graduate Student Organization
V. Report of the Administrative Officers
VI. Election of Faculty Senate Officers
Elections were held for the positions of Chair, Chair Pro-Tempore and Secretary to serve during the 2006-2007 term.
A Luek/Igyor motion was made to nominate Dr. Ana Börger-Greco as Faculty Senate Chair. A Schaffer/Saunders motion to close nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Dr. Ana Börger-Greco as Faculty Senate Chair was approved without dissent.
A Miller/Blazer motion was made to nominate Dr. Melinda Rosenthal as Faculty Senate Chair Pro-Tempore. A Edeh/Saunders motion to close nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Dr. Melinda Rosenthal as Faculty Senate Chair Pro-Tempore was approved without dissent.
A Mowrey/Mollah motion was made to nominate Dr. Aimee Miller as Faculty Senate Secretary. A Blazer/Schaffer motion to close nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Dr. Aimee Miller as Faculty Senate Secretary was approved without dissent.
VII. Faculty Emeritus
VIII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
Senator White distributed a grid developed by Dr. Carol Phillips outlining the approval process for academic proposals [see Attachment #1]. Included on this document was the proposed process for distance learning proposals. APSCUF Representative Carol Heintzelman reported that DL approval was discussed at Meet & Discuss to determine how to accommodate the 30-day stipulation and also have the proposals reviewed at both the departmental and university level as indicated in the CBA. It was recommended that for current courses requesting a change of format, there would be approval by the department followed by either UCPRC or GCPRC, as appropriate, acting as a university curriculum committee. This approach will be reviewed after one year. Concern was raised about this process bypassing school curriculum committees. However, it was noted that this procedure applies only for courses that have previously been fully approved at all levels.
(1) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ART 368 - Collage, 3 credits
The distributed proposal indicated a cross-listing of this course with ART 568. However, GCPRC reported that they received a different proposal indicating a different instructor. It was noted that this proposal needs clarification for further consideration.
Senator Mowrey reported that the proposal for the new Master of Science in Emergency Management degree is online (http://muweb.millersville.edu/~CDRE/disaster_studies.html) for review. In addition, Dr. Börger-Greco reminded Senators that several hard copies are available for review in Ganser Library, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (Lyle Hall), the Center for Disaster Research and Education (Nichols House) and in her office (McComsey 244). A question was raised regarding the designation of Master of Science rather than Master of Arts. Dr. Henry Fischer indicated that, although a thesis is not required, the Field Experience Practicum requires students to carry out research and propose how their findings apply to their own workplace situation. He also noted that this is a unique program that parallels Federal Emergency Management Agency recommendations.
Senator West presented the Distance Learning Course Approval Process with some recently added clarifications, including specification of a maximum of 33% face-to-face time for blended courses.
A Blazer/DiBartolomeis motion to revise item II under Course Approval Process to read "Existing credit bearing courses shall be reviewed by the department and a University curriculum committee (UCPRC/GCPRC), which shall each provide its recommendation to the President or his/her designee. This review should be completed within thirty (30) days of receipt of the course proposal." was approved without dissent.
A Edeh/Saunders motion to include the specification that student fieldwork is counted as face-to-face time was made. After further discussion, a Edeh/Blazer motion to revise item II under Distance Learning to read "Blended - Millersville University defines a blended course as a distance learning course that blends online learning with face-to-face meetings. The face-to-face meetings (including fieldwork and on-site labs) cannot exceed 33% of the entire course. The remainder of the course must be taught online." was approved without dissent.
Discussion was held regarding the fact that courses where online content makes up less than 67% would no longer be termed blended. Concern was raised about professors replacing class time with online or outside-of-class activities. It was noted that while distance learning is primarily a pedagogy issue, the approval processes being implemented are required by the CBA.
Senator West then noted clarifications made to item IC under Course Approval Criteria. A DeCaria/Blazer motion to postpone discussion of additional clarifications until next meeting was approved without dissent.
Senator West also distributed a document highlighting proposed changes to the Academic Load policies in the MU Governance Manual. She noted that wording had been clarified and that the 16-credit maximum was increased to 17 to accommodate lab courses and 5-credit courses. She also noted that the summer limit of six credits per session was replaced with specification of two courses per session. This is intended to allow for registration in extended courses that may overlap with other summer sessions. The proposal was approved without dissent.
IX. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
X. Proposed Courses and Programs
XI. General Education Review Committee
A Schaffer/Bookmiller motion to dedicate the April 4, 2006 Faculty Senate to General Education after addressing curriculum matters was approved without dissent.
XII. Other/New Business
Aimee L. Miller
Faculty Senate Secretary