ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES

 

 

DATE:            January 25, 2007

 

PRESENT:     Agnes Samples                                     Mark Hardt

                        Rakesh Sah                                          Sandie Rietz

                        Bruce Brumley                                      Audrey ConnerRosberg

                        Lorrie Steerey                                      Johanna Mitchell

                        Keith Edgerton                                     Gershon Bulgatz

                        Noreen Lee                                          Craig McKenzie

                        Matt Redinger                                     

 

ABSENT:       David Garloff (ex-officio)                      Tasneem Khaleel (ex-officio)

                        Gary Young (ex-officio)                        Mary Susan Fishbaugh (ex-officio)

                        Karen Heikel (ex-officio)                      John Cech (ex-officio)

                        George White (ex-officio)                     Terrie Iverson (ex-officio)

                        Stacy Klippenstein (ex-officio)

 

GUEST:          Stan Wiatr                                            Sheila McGinnis

                        Valerie Martinez

 

PRESIDING: Audrey ConnerRosberg, Chair

 

 

Audrey ConnerRosberg called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. in the Bridger room.

 

The minutes of December 7 and 14 were accepted as presented.

 

I           ITEMS FOR INFORMATION

 

Course postponed on December 7 for further explanation

Item 33.m  HADM 409 Aging in America and Long-Term Care.  New course.  (online only course)

 

It was noted that the course seems to cover not only aging but also health administration concerns that would not be covered in a Psychology course.

 

̃ Motion by Matt Redinger, seconded by Gershon Bulgatz to accept Item 33.m.

 

̃ Motion carried.

 

Item 23  BIOL 320 Animal Development.  New course.

Item 23.a  BIOL 480 Topics in Human Biology.  New course.

Item 23.b  BIOL 485 Bioinformatics.  New course.

Item 23.c  SCIN 104 Integrated Sciences Lab II.  New course.

Item 23.d  BS Major in Biology Molecular Life Sciences Plan of Study.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 23.e  BS Major in Biology Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences Plan of Study.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 23.f  BS Major in Biology Option in Medical Laboratory Science.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 23.g  BIOL 115 Survey of Biology Lab.  Change course description.

Item 23.h  BIOL 241 Human Physiology and Anatomy I.  Change prerequisites and course description.

Item 23.i  BIOL 243 Human Physiology and Anatomy I Lab.  Change course description.

Item 23.j  BIOL 245 Human Physiology and Anatomy II.  Change prerequisites and course description.

Item 23.k  BIOL 301 Plant and Animal Development.  Delete course.

Item 23.L  BIOL 302 Plant and Animal Development Lab.  Delete course.

Item 23.m  BIOL 434 Animal Physiology Lab.  Delete course.

Item 23.n  CHEM 104 Fundamentals of General Chemistry.  Change course description.

Item 23.p  CHEM 106 Fundamentals of Biochemistry.  Change title to Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry and change course description.

Item 23.Q  BIOL/CHEM 363 Molecular Biology.  Change rubric to BIOL only.

Item 23.r  BIOL/CHEM 373 Molecular Biology Lab.  Change rubric to BIOL only.

Item 23.s  CHEM 115 General Chemistry I.  Change course description.

Item 23.t  PHYS 101 Earth, Air, Fire & Water.  Change prerequisites and course description.

Item 23.u  PSSC 101 The Physical World Around Us.  Change prerequisites and course description.

Item 23.v  SCIN 101 Integrated Sciences I.  Change prerequisites and course description.

Item 23.w  SCIN 102 Integrated Sciences Lab.  Change credits and course description.

Item 23.x  BIOL 330 Plant Development.  New course.

Item 23.y  BIOL 430 Developmental Biology.  Delete course.

Item 23.z  BIOL 440 Developmental Biology Lab.  Delete course.

 

Item 32  BIOL 331 Plant Development Lab.  New course.

Item 32.c  BIOL 420 Morphology and Anatomy of Vascular Plants.  New course.

Item 32.d  BIOL 421  Morphology and Anatomy of Vascular Plants Lab.  New course.

 

Item 36  BIOL 474 Plant Anatomy Lab.  Delete course.

Item 36.a  BIOL 471 Plant Morphology Lab.  Delete course.

Item 36.b  BIOL 464 Plant Anatomy.  Delete course.

Item 36.c  BIOL 461 Plant Morphology.  Delete course.

Item 36.d  BIOL 453 Immunology Lab.  Delete course.

 

̃ Motion by Matt Redinger, seconded by Noreen Lee to accept Items 23, 23.a, 23.b, 23.c, 23.d, 23.e, 23.f, 23.g, 23.h, 23.i, 23.j, 23.k, 23.L, 23.m, 23.n, 23.p, 23.Q, 23.r, 23.s, 23.t, 23.u, 23.v, 23.w, 23.x, 23.y, 23.z, 32, 32.c, 32.d, 36, 36.a, 36.b, and 36.c.

 

Stan Wiatr, Chairperson of Biological & Physical Sciences, noted that plant and animal development have been together in the same course.  However, the department has deleted several courses and has now split the plant and animal development components into two courses.

 

̃ Motion carried.

 

Item 27  BS Major in Health & Human Performance Teacher Certification Option.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 27.a  Teaching Minor in Health & Physical Education (K12).  Modification of an existing program.

Item 27.b  Minor in Coaching.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 27.c  Minor in Health Education.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 27.d  BS Major in Health & Human Performance Health Promotion Option.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 27.e  BS Major in Health & Human Performance Human Performance Option.  Modification of an existing program.

Item 27.f  HHP 249 Coaching Youth Sports.  Change title to Foundations of Coaching and change course description.

Item 27.g  HHP 344 Competitive Team and Individual Sports.  Change title to Physical Education Techniques I and change credits and course description.

Item 27.h  HHP 345 Lifelong Leisure Team and Individual Sports.  Delete course.

Item 27.i  HHP 346 Rhythms, Dance, and Game Activities.  Change title to Physical Education Techniques II and change credits and course description.

Item 27.j  HHP 347 Elementary Health Enhancement Activities.  Delete course.

Item 27.k  HHP 348 Fitness and Wellness Activities.  Change title to Physical Education Techniques III and change credits and course description.

Item 27.L  HHP 349 Basic Strength and Conditioning.  Delete course.

Item 27.m  HHP 390 Junior Field Experience.  Change credits.

Item 27.n  HHP 405 Outdoor and Camping Education.  Change credits.

Item 27.o  HHP 301 Motor Control and Learning Lab.  New course.

Item 27.p  HHP 431 Exercise Physiology Lab.  New course.

Item 27.Q  HHP 464 Kinesiology and Biomechanics Lab. New course.

Item 27.r  HHP 300 Motor Learning and Control.  Change prerequisites.

Item 27.s  HHP 411 Drug and Alcohol Education.  Change title to Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drug Prevention and change course description.

Item 27.t  HHP 430 Exercise Physiology.  Change prerequisites.

Item 27.u  HHP 463 Kinesiology and Biomechanics.  Change prerequisites.

Item 27.v  HHP 265 Foundations of Health Promotion.  New course.

Item 27.w  HHP 425 Health and Sexuality.  New course.

Item 27.x  HHP 432 Nutrition in Health and Human Performance.  New course.

Item 27.y  HHP 435 Health Aspects of Aging.  New course.

Item 27.z  HHP 100 Exercise Science for Healthy Living.  Change title to Foundations of Exercise Science.

 

Item 38  MATH 107 Precalculus.  Change course description.

 

Item 49  Emeritus Nomination of Dr. Farzad Farsio, Professor, Department of Business Academic Programs, College of Business.  For information.

 

Item 55  Emeritus Nomination of Dr. Joe W. Floyd, Professor, Department of Native American Studies, Political Sciences, and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.  For information.

 

̃ Motion by Lorrie Steerey, seconded by Noreen Lee to accept Items 27, 27.a, 27.b, 27.c, 27.d, 27.e, 27.f, 27.g, 27.h, 27.i, 27.j, 27.k, 27.L, 27.m, 27.n, 27.o, 27.p, 27.Q, 27.r, 27.s, 27.t, 27.u, 27.v, 27.w, 27.x, 27.y, 27.z, 38, 49, and 55.

 

̃ Motion carried with one opposed.

 

II.         DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS

 

A.  Retirement Document from BOR meeting – Audrey ConnerRosberg

 

Dr. ConnerRosberg noted that all faculty hired after 1987 are paying 4% of their retirement into a fund to pay for retirees from before 1987.  Those younger faculty will never receive that 4% in their retirement.  Originally, this plan was to sunset in 10 years, but they have voted it back in.  It was noted that this document should be forwarded to the faculty union presidents.

 

B.  The Role of Senate in Program Review

 

It was noted that we have three more programs on our agenda that have already been submitted to the Board of Regents.  Departments are being encouraged to start new programs with no faculty to support them.  The question was raised as to what the Senate should do when a program comes before us that has already been approved by the BOR.  Do we have to approve it?  It was cited that we do not have to approve the new program because it is authorized by the BOR, but ultimately we are a recommending body to the Chancellor.

 

It was noted that we have two separate issues:  (1) New programs proposed to the BOR and (2) Review of existing programs on campus.  The review of the existing programs is in progress with the CQI Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee is developing a grid that will ensure review of every major, minor, certificate, etc., every five to seven years.  They are also developing an outline linking program objectives with the University mission statement.  The outline will list the program objectives and how we show our students meet those objectives.  It was cited that the Department, not the Steering Committee, will develop the program objectives.  It was observed that the Senate will probably not want to review all those reports (one from each program); instead, the Senate should offer advice.

 

It was noted that the Senate should have Deans Tasneem Khaleel and Mary Susan Fishbaugh to a meeting to discuss what the Steering Committee is working on.

 

It was noted that when it comes to submitting a new program to the BOR, the Senate and the whole shared governance process are confused about what intent is and how to state intent to start a new program.

 

It was cited that the College of Business recently submitted a Level II change for their online bachelor’s degree.  It was probably a stronger proposal because it had already been through the campus process.

 

It was agreed that the Senate wants to see the Level I and II items before they go to the Board of Regents.  It was noted that we should specify if we want the whole BOR proposal or just part of it.  It was agreed that Senators should read the BOR proposals on today’s information agenda and decide if that is what is needed.  After the BOR proposals are fully understood, the Senate can create a policy for proposing new programs using the twice-a-year calendar of the BOR.

 

It was cited that even if the administration sends off a program to the BOR without the consent of the Senate, the Senate can write to the Commissioner and Regents voicing our displeasure.

 

C.  NSSE, FSSE, CCSSE – Valerie Martinez

 

Valerie Martinez, Associate Dean of Student Learning at the College of Technology, stated that she is here as a member of the CQI Steering Committee.  We have an accreditation need to survey our students for our upcoming self-study.  NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) and FSSE (National Survey of Faculty Engagement) are designed for institutions that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement) and CCSFE (Community College Survey of Faculty Engagement) were created for community colleges but are more appropriate for the COT than the NSSE/FSSE surveys because they are designed for institutions that offer two-year degrees.  Senior and freshman students will be surveyed.

 

Ms. Martinez noted that this is a survey of how students feel they are engaged with their education and the campus services.  The same is true of the faculty survey.

 

It was noted that these surveys get at the fact that retention is directly related to how much students feel engaged in the University, that someone here cares about them.

 

Ms. Martinez cited that we will not have results from the survey until July.  At that point we can decide:  Is this data valid?  What can we do better?  The actual results of the surveys are not housed on campus.  They are kept by the organization that administers the survey.  So far, we have given the organization a list of all the valid email addresses of the faculty and a list of all the courses offered this semester.  They will send an email to each faculty member inviting them to participate in the survey, which is completely optional.  The organization will also randomly choose which classes will be surveyed and the students in those classes will be asked to participate.  It was noted that although participation in the faculty survey is optional, if a faculty member’s class is chosen for the student survey the faculty member cannot opt out.

 

Ms. Martinez stated that the student questions will be University-wide, not related to any particular course, program, or faculty member.

 

The question was raised as to how you survey a student who is a senior but taking freshman courses?  Or for that matter a freshman who is taking all sophomore-level courses?  Ms. Martinez stated that she will have to find out how the organization overcomes this issue.  Another question was raised as to whether a list of faculty who chose not to participate will be returned to MSU-B along with the results.  Ms. Martinez stated that she was not sure but she didn’t think that would happen.

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 4:57 p.m.

 

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