ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
DATE: October 27, 2005
PRESENT: Agnes Samples Sandie Rietz
Paul Bauer Audrey ConnerRosberg
Ben Marschke Keith Edgerton
Randall Gloege Bruce Brumley
Noreen Lee Matt Redinger
Lewis Rife (student) Brittany Lane (student)
Tasneem Khaleel (ex-officio) George White (ex-officio)
ABSENT: Mark Hardt – excused Lorrie Steerey – excused
Craig McKenzie – excused
David Garloff (ex-officio) Joe Michels (ex-officio)
Mary Susan Fishbaugh (ex-officio) John Cech (ex-officio)
Kirk Lacy (ex-officio) Terrie Iverson (ex-officio)
Curt Kochner (ex-officio)
GUESTS: Curtis Sherrodd (student) Laura Dimmler
PRESIDING: Keith Edgerton, Chair
Keith Edgerton called the meeting to order at 3:41 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
The minutes of October 20 were accepted as presented.
I. ITEMS FOR INFORMATION
Item 80 AA in Rehabilitation and Related Services. Modification of an existing program.
Item 80.a REHA 497 Capstone in Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation. New course.
Item 13 BS in Rehabilitation and Related Services. Modification of an existing program (change title of degree).
Since there is no one to discuss these items, they will be deferred until next week.
II. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS
A. Community Information System Project Presentation: Laura Dimmler
Ms. Dimmler distributed a short report and stated that the
CIS is a web-based, comprehensive database to bring lots of information
The Senate thanked Ms. Dimmler for her presentation.
B. Second Language Requirements Erosion
It was noted that MSU-Billings is facing an erosion of the language requirement in many programs, some of which now accept computer and math classes as second languages. Curtis Sherrodd noted that Dean Khaleel had asked him to speak to fellow students about the second language requirement, and he said that most of the students he spoke with (who were mostly education majors) think a second language should be required of all majors. Mr. Sherrodd only found one student who switched majors to avoid a language requirement.
Bill Plank, Modern Languages and Literatures, stated that many years ago the Arts & Sciences chairs agreed that a B.A. should have two years of a second language, and a B.S. should have one year. Then the Board of Regents decided that students should be able to get a degree as quickly and cheaply as possible, and one of the first things to be cut was the language requirement.
It was cited that the Senate could ask the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to put together a proposal that would address the shrinkage of second languages. The Senate could also ask the departments to put the second language requirement on their agendas to discuss.
It was observed that the best way to initiate change would be to issue a resolution that is focused and direct that second language requirements be brought back in line. It was also suggested that a language requirement be added to Academic Foundations: one year required and a second optional. It was noted that a better requirement would be to demonstrate proficiency rather than require a number of credits. It was noted that a resolution should also come from the students about the need for a second language requirement. They could be done simultaneously. It was cited that if a language requirement were added to Academic Foundations, it would be wise to wait until the Academic Foundations Committee had completed this first section of work. Then the Senate could add to the structure.
It was observed that any time students are given a choice, there will always be some students who take the “easy” route and end up being less qualified graduates.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.