ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES

 

 

DATE:            February 17, 2005

 

PRESENT:     Alan Davis                                                   Mark Hardt

                        Lorrie Steerey                                              Audrey ConnerRosberg

                        Keith Edgerton                                            Randall Gloege

                        Noreen Lee                                                 Connie Landis

                        Matt Redinger                                              Amanda Mears (student)

                        Carl Hanson (ex-officio)                               Tasneem Khaleel (ex-officio)

                        Curt Kochner (ex-officio)

                       

ABSENT:       Sandie Rietz – excused                                Paul Bauer – excused

                        Mary Susan Fishbaugh – excused                Bruce Brumley – excused

                        Joe Michels (ex-officio)                                George White (ex-officio)

                        Randy Rhine (ex-officio)                              John Cech (ex-officio)

                        Janie Park (ex-officio)                                  Terrie Iverson (ex-officio)

 

GUEST:          Trudy Collins

 

PRESIDING: Keith Edgerton, Chair

 

Keith Edgerton called the meeting to order at 3:45 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.

 

The minutes of February 10 were accepted as presented.

 

I.          ITEMS – FOR INFORMATION

 

Item 62  Emeritus Nomination of Dr. Norton Moses, Department of History, Native American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.  For information.

 

Item 63  Emeritus Nomination of Mr. J.D. Vezey, Instructor, Level IV, Metal Fabrication Program, College of Technology.  For information.

 

̃ Motion by Randall Gloege, seconded by Audrey ConnerRosberg to accept Items 62 and 63 for information.

 

̃  Motion carried.

 

Item 56  BA Major in History.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 56.a  BA Major in History Teaching Certificate Option.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 56.b  POLS/HIST 413 Constitutional Law:  Civil Liberties.  Change course number (to 423).

Item 56.c  POLS/HIST 473 Constitutional Law:  Powers and Structures.  Change course number (to 427).

 

̃ Motion by Randall Gloege, seconded by Audrey ConnerRosberg to accept Items 56, 56.a, 56.b, and 56.c.

 

It was noted that these course changes are to align with Bozeman’s MPA courses.

 

̃ Motion carried.

 

Item 56.d  BA Major in Sociology.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 56.e  BS Major in Sociology.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 56.f  Minor in Political Science.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 56.g  SOCL 301 Social Organization.  Delete course.

 

̃ Motion by Lorrie Steerey, seconded by Noreen Lee to accept Items 56.d, 56.e, 56.f, and 56.g.

 

̃ Motion carried.

 

II.         ITEMS – FIRST READING

 

Item 34  EC 597 Professional Seminar in Early Childhood.  Change title and course description.

Item 34.a  RD 597 Professional Seminar in Reading.  Change title and course description.

 

̃ Motion by Connie Landis, seconded by Mark Hardt to approve Items 34 and 34.a on first reading.

 

It was noted that EC, RD, and SPED 597 are cross-listed courses, but through time the course descriptions had become different.  These changes are to make them all match.

 

̃ Motion carried.

 

̃ Motion by Randall Gloege, seconded by Mark Hardt to waive second reading of Items 34 and 34.a.

 

̃ Motion carried.

 

III.       Discussion/Action Items

 

A.  Academic Foundations – Keith Edgerton

 

Keith Edgerton stated that at the Arts and Sciences Chairs meeting, the Chairs requested more time to put their Academic Foundations submissions together.  They would like to move the deadline to the end of the semester.  It was noted that the Academic Foundations Committee would then have to work over the summer to have the package finished in the fall, because departments still need time to change their programs if they have conflicts with the new Academic Foundations package.  It was observed that perhaps departments don’t need a whole year to modify their programs.

 

It was cited that the faculty have finally begun to understand the Academic Foundations process and project, but they now need time to plan.  It was noted that at some point the Senate has to actually mean the deadline.  However, the faculty have now finally started to buy into Academic Foundations and are ready to begin submitting courses.

 

The following timeline was then worked out:

 

End of Spring 2005:  Deadline to submit courses for Academic Foundations

End of Fall 2005:  Academic Foundations Committee will have the package finished and submitted to Academic Senate

Spring 2006:  Departments/Colleges modify programs in response to Academic Foundations

November 16, Fall 2006:  Deadline for program changes

Fall 2007:  Catalog in effect, including new Academic Foundations program

 

̃ Motion by Lorrie Steerey, seconded by Audrey ConnerRosberg to approve the above timeline with no further changes in the future, and the chair will notify the faculty of this schedule.

 

̃ Motion carried:  7 for, 2 opposed.

 

B.  Budget Presentation – Trudy Collins, Budget Officer

 

Trudy Collins, University Budget Officer, stated that she hoped to add some understanding to the budget cut rumors pervading the campus.

 

Please see Ms. Collins’ presentation attached to these minutes.

 

A Senator noted that we always over-estimate how much FTE we will gain every year, and we always end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

 

Ms. Collins cited that the Board of Regents suggest keeping an enrollment reserve of 3.5% of the budget.  We keep a 4% enrollment reserve.  She also noted that the fee students pay for taking online courses mainly goes to eCollege.  We have a separate budget for the extra compensation paid to regular faculty and the pay for part-time faculty.  It was suggested that perhaps the Senate should again take a closer look at the online program.

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:01 p.m.

 

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