ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
DATE: April 4, 2013
PRESENT: Scott Murray Don Larsen
Sandie Rietz Barb Pedula
Susan Gilbertz Craig McKenzie
Francisco Saldivar Mark Hardt
Bruce Brumley Patricia Vettel-Becker
Isaiah Garrison (student) Diane Duin (ex-officio)
Tasneem Khaleel (ex-officio) Mike Campbell (ex-officio)
Mary Susan Fishbaugh (ex-officio) Marsha Riley (ex-officio)
David Gurchiek (ex-officio)
ABSENT: Stephen Eliason* Debra Johnson
Mark Pagano (ex-officio)* Matt Redinger (ex-officio)*
Terrie Iverson (ex-officio) Stacy Klippenstein (ex-officio)
PRESIDING: Bruce Brumley, Chair
Bruce Brumley called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.
The minutes of March 14 were accepted as presented.
I. ITEMS FOR INFORMATION
Item 44 AAS in Computer Programming and Application Development. Modification to an existing program.
Item 44.a CSCI 114 Programming with C#. New course.
Item 44.e CSCI 110 Programming with Visual Basic I. Change lecture/lab credit hours (course remains 3 credits).
Item 44.f CSCI 115 Programming with Perl. Change credit hours from 3 to 2.
Item 44.g CSCI 120 Programming with Visual Basic II. Change credit hours from 4 to 3 and change prerequisite.
̃ Motion by Scott Murray, seconded by Mark Hardt to accept Items 44 through 44.g for information.
̃ Motion carried.
II. ITEM – FIRST READING
Item 51.a Recommendation from Gen Ed Committee: Technology Requirement and TN designations be removed from the catalog.
̃ Motion by Isaiah Garrison, seconded by Susan Gilbertz to approve Item 51.a on first reading.
It was noted that the TN designated courses have not been reviewed for years, and this is an out-of-date requirement.
̃ Motion carried.
̃ Motion by Susan Gilbertz, seconded by Scott Murray to waive second reading of Item 51.a.
̃ Motion carried.
III. ITEMS – SECOND READING
Item 40.a Grade Appeal Procedure. (Moving procedure from Student Affairs to Academic Affairs)
Item 40.b Campus Hearing Committee Guidelines/Format.
Item 40.c Campus Hearing Committee Hearing Guidelines/Format for Grade Appeals.
These items will be moved to the next meeting when the Provost can be present.
Item 51 Recommendation from Gen Ed Committee: Reducing Gen Ed from 37 credits to 31.
♦ Academic Senate must decide effective date
♦ If effective Fall 2013, campus/faculty notification and preparation options
̃ Motion by Sandie Rietz, seconded by Scott Murray to approve Item 51 on second reading.
It was noted that the Senate seems to be in agreement that the recommendation is sound, but the implementation date remains an issue. If the 31 credit program is implemented in Fall 2013, we need some sort of blanket statement added to all programs specifying those six credits as restricted electives chosen with advisor approval. However, changes like this will affect staffing for the courses in the changed categories, and students are already enrolling for courses this Fall. If we implement in Fall 2014, we will need to create one annual catalog, which will then throw off the cycle of catalogs. If we implement in Fall 2015, we will give programs and departments time to adjust and plan. Student Affairs will also need time to update DegreeWorks.
̃ Motion by Scott Murray, seconded by Susan Gilbertz to table Item 51 to the next Senate meeting.
IV. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS
A. Bylaws Review: Chair Elect Language
A proposal will be put together for the next Senate meeting.
B. Faculty Review/Control of Non-credit Courses Offered by MSUB Extended Campus
It was noted that departments used to review these courses, but they no longer get the opportunity. The Senate could request that the materials for the non-credit courses clearly state they are not eligible for use toward a degree.
It was agreed that, since MSUB Downtown/Extended Campus is being reorganized, the Senate will ask the Provost what the procedure is for these non-credit courses.
V. OLD BUSINESS
A. High Cost of Summer Courses
Summer courses do not cost more per credit, but students usually do not take enough credits to reach the 12 credit “plateau,” so the cost is not spread over several courses.
Some programs do require courses that are only offered in summer, which is an issue for students.
VI. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. Budget Committee
The BOR has agreed to hold 2.5% of the second year of the allocation for the University System, which is a bit more than a million dollars, and allot those funds based on performance in certain criteria, which are being put together now by the Commissioner’s Office. Faculty input will be gathered on the criteria later.
When it comes to budgeting, we all must remember that new investments have to come from somewhere, and it won’t be new funding. If we want to invest in new projects, that funding has to come from existing budgets.
The meeting adjourned at 4:52 p.m.