The meeting was called to order at 4:07 p.m. All departments were in attendance except Athletics, Industry & Technology,and Interdisciplinary Studies.
I. Minutes of previous meeting
II. Proposed Courses and Programs
(1) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MATH464: Real Analysis I, 3 credits. Proposal to modify pre-requisites was approved without dissent.
(2) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ESCI221: Physical Geology, 4 credits, G2. Proposal to add a math pre-requisite was approved without dissent.
(3) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ESCI421: Advanced Geology, 3 credits, W. Proposal to offer a capstone course for geology majors to explore current geological advances, interpret pertinent research, and synthesize and integrate knowledge in written and discussion formats was approved without dissent.
(4) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE ERCH485: Teaching Young English Language Learners, 3 credits. Proposal to offer a course to prepare early childhood teacher candidates to understand the social and linguistic foundations for first and second language development in the early years was approved without dissent.
III. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
Discussion with Ms. Candae Deen was held regarding implementation of online/electronic drop/add and automated waitlist as agreed on by APSCUF at Meet & Discuss. Ms. Deen noted the key issues reported by faculty during winter-session trials of electronic drop/add were fair enrollment using waitlists and notification to faculty when course enrollments changed. She highlighted the features of Banner which have been configured by Mr. John Sicotte to support this transition. Key discussion points included:
The mechanism for determining priority status has not yet been decided, but it can be set based on either the order students add to the waitlist or by class first and then order added. This priority will apply to all courses, but faculty (via departments) will still have the option to adjust student waitlist order for their courses. It is planned that this system will be in place for summer and fall registration and will remain in effect through the drop/add period.
IV. Report of the Student Senate President
V. Report of the Graduate Student Association
VI. Report of the Administrative Officers
Dr. Prabhu commented on administrative reviews underway regarding the BOG Academic Degree policy that limits BA degrees to 40 credits and BS degrees to 60 credits, including cognate courses. He noted a desire to have several representative examples from deans showing the impact of the policy on MU degrees. Dr. Prabhu also reported that there will be more flexibility from PASSHE about defining the accreditation requirements for degree programs.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Services
Vice President Redmond requested that faculty respond to the survey on the Early Academic Intervention process using the link in the e-mail notification.
Coordinator of General Education
Dr. Schneller announced the new academic theme: Seize the Opportunity: Create, Innovate, Engage. She encouraged faculty to submit proposals for related activities before March 18. Dr. Schneller also announced that 13 awards have been made for the Scholars in the Classroom program, bringing experts to campus to provide classroom input, and that more such grants will be available under the new academic theme.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
(1) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MDLV486: Teaching English Language Learners in the Middle Level, 3 credits, P. Proposal for a course to prepare teacher candidates to understand cross-cultural and linguistic foundations of acquiring a new language and to integrate optimal learning environments in grades 4-8.
(2) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
Latino Studies minor. Proposal to revise required core courses and electives to better reflect the objectives of the Latino/a Studies Program based on current course offerings.
(3) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BA ESCI: Environmental Geology option. Proposal to revise core, elective, and required related courses to better prepare students seeking state licensure as a professional geologist.
VIII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
IX. Faculty Emeritus
X. Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Because this proposal is university-wide rather than coming from a single school, the task force is recommending a review process beginning at UCPRC followed by Faculty Senate approval. The alternative option of having each school curriculum committee review it prior to UCPRC was suggested to be impractical and/or not timely. It was noted that all faculty were invited to participate in several forums on the degree. It was stressed that the primary opportunity for departments across campus to provide input would be during Senate review. It was suggested that senators could consult their departments on the proposed process, especially since Senate will meet again before UCPRC.
A Neuville/Walsh motion to that the proposal for a bachelor of arts program with an interdisciplinary studies major be submitted by the task force for review and approval to UCPRC followed by Faculty Senate was approved with one abstention.
XI. Other/New Business
Meeting was adjourned at 5:41 p.m.
Aimee L. Miller
Faculty Senate Secretary
Action SummaryReturn to Faculty Senate Home Page