The meeting was called to order at 4:09 p.m. All departments were in attendance except Athletics, Business Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, and Philosophy.
I. Minutes of previous meeting
II. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
Senator Mowrey raised a point of order for the agenda, noting that the Faculty Senator proposal from ESCI should be under Other/New Business.
III. Report of the Student Senate President
IV. Report of the Graduate Student Association
V. Report of the Administrative Officers
Provost Prabhu indicated that two scheduling options for next spring were submitted to APSCUF to determine how to accommodate the missing Monday. Dr. Prabhu shared information about efforts towards securing a more advanced accreditation for the undergraduate programs in Business Administration from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. He noted that the Masters in Business Administration program has been put on hold to avoid delaying this process. While no new admissions will be made, all current students will be able to complete their degree. Dr. Prabhu also emphasized that the business programs are still accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business School Programs. A question was raised about whether the MBA would be reinstated later. Dr. Prabhu responded that the hope is that once the undergraduate accreditation is achieved, ramping up to the MBA will be more feasible.
Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Associate Provost Burns shared a call for proposals relating to the new University Theme, Remix the Future: Remake Our World, and for design of a logo. Dr. Burns also encouraged faculty to participate in the common reading program by serving as discussion leaders during orientation. He thanked faculty who participated in the Wabash study survey.
VI. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
Senator Moine introduced a proposal to modify the Honors College curriculum to facilitate a Freshman Year Experience and other program objectives.
Dr. White reported approval of recertification of General Education labels for courses as follows: D label: COMM317, EDFN211, ENGL280, ENGL333/H, ENGL334/H; W label: BIOL204, BIOL207, BIOL256, BIOL263, BIOL281, BIOL438, BIOL446, BIOL447, BIOL462, BIOL467; P label: ENGL430, ENGL462, CSCI/PSYC350. She also outlined the large number of proposals considered this year and indicated that only courses already scheduled for consideration at the final UCPRC meeting can be accommodated this year. Dr. White expressed special thanks to members of UCPRC for their hard work this year, especially Drs. Carrie Smith, Frank Duba, and Joe Labant for leading subcommittees and Dr. Carrie Smith for acting as liaison to Senate. Dr. White also commented on plans to develop a website to make curriculum review materials more accessible and faculty input on this is welcome.
(1) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BSE: PK-12 & Secondary. Proposal to add three courses and modify the Foundations Block and Professional Course in order to meet new requirements from PDE.
Dean Bray noted meeting the new requirements for this program while preserving the content in majors was difficult. She commended Drs. Lucinda Ridley and Cheryl Desmond for their work to provide a viable option. Dr. Ridley noted that adjusting student teaching credits and incorporating additional training addressing special needs and English Language Learners in a seminar-type course allowed only addition of three credits.
(2) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
EDFN211: Foundations of Modern Education, 3 credits, D. Proposal to add D label and revise objectives to align with requirements from PDE relating to English Language Learners.
(3) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BUAD. Proposal to require that matriculated students complete at least 30 credits and have a 2.25 grade point average in order to transfer into business administration.
It was noted that this restriction is proposed to reduce the number of students switching into Business Administration. It is not clear whether this will keep enrollment at a manageable level and may need to be modified later.
(4) NEW GRADUATE COURSE
SOWK640-643: Special Topics, 3 credits. Proposal to create a course to provide an opportunity for exploration of issues and concerns related to the social work profession.
Senator Mowrey shared that all members for the Educator of the Year Selection Committee are finally in place for an initial convening. A request that current members of the Educator of the Year Selection Committee whose terms are expiring be renewed to allow this group to meet as organized was approved without dissent.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
VIII. Proposed Courses and Programs
(1) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MUSI190: Introduction to Careers in Music, 3 credits. Proposal to create a course to explore the diverse career opportunities within the music field was approved without dissent.
(2) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MUSI394: Advanced Recording Studio Techniques, 3 credits. Proposal to create a course covering advanced audio recording skills was approved without dissent.
(3) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BA PYSC. Proposal to require a grade of C- or higher in both PSYC 211 and 212 as prerequisites for PSYC 314, 315, and 316 was approved without dissent.
(4) NEW UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BS BIOL, Animal Behavior option. Proposal to create an option in biology to train students in behavior-related issues of domestic, feral, and wild animals was approved without dissent.
(5) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BA GEOG: Global Studies option. Proposal to modify course requirements in the Global Studies option to broaden studentsí international perspective and understanding was approved without dissent.
(6) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
GEOG: BA, all options; all minors. Proposal to add GEOG180 to the required courses for all major options and minors in geography was approved without dissent.
(7) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BA GEOG: all options. Proposal to permit students to declare multiple options within geography provided that they double count courses only in the Required and Required Related blocks but not in the Geography Electives block was approved with one dissenting vote.
It was clarified that this would only be multiple options rather than multiple majors.
(8) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
PHYS104: Applied Physics, 4 credits, G2, L. Proposal to create a course that studies the application of mathematics to practical problems in physics was approved without dissent.
Senator Anna explained minor changes made to the pre-requisites and wording to clarify that this is a general education courses rather than something specific for ITEC majors. There were no objections to voting on the proposal with these minor changes.
(9) CHANGE IN GRADUATE POLICY
The change in graduate student admission testing requirements to eliminate the uniform requirement for standardized tests was approved without dissent.
The proposed changes to the ASC bylaws document was postponed so that the committee can consider a possible change to the membership.
IX. Faculty Emeriti
X. Other/New Business
XI. Senate Committee Elections
Meeting was adjourned after elections
Aimee L. Miller
Secretary of the Senate
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