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December 2, 2004

Academic Affairs Committee

Minutes of December 2, 2004

McCaffrey Center Spruce Room

Present: Vivian Snyder, Jean Purnell, Berit Gundersen, Chris Goff, Mel Thomas, Amber Miller, Joe King, David Thomas Cecilia Rodriguez (ex-Officio)

Absent: Susan Sample, Robert Coburn, Newman Peery

Guests: Philip Gilbertson, Brian Klunk

Vivian Snyder, Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.

I.        Approval of Minutes

November 4, 2004

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Mel Thomas seconded to approve the November 4, 2004 minutes.

Motion unanimously approved.

II.      Program Review

Provost Gilbertson provided an outline of the provisional report on President DeRosa's decisions on Geosciences, Physical Therapy and the Conservatory of Music. The President's decision for Classics is complete. Religious Studies and Classics will be combined to form the Department of Religious and Classical Studies. Decisions for Geosciences, Physical Therapy, and the Conservatory of Music are expected to be as follows:


  1. Development of a new curriculum in Environmental Science
  2. Provide adequate faculty in fields of emphasis for the program
  3. Design a student recruitment program
  4. Special review in 2007-2008
  5. Increase College and department commitment to support research that will benefit the Geosciences community
  6. Resolve field trip transportation issues by leasing or purchasing vehicles

Conservatory of Music

  1. Revise curriculum to meet accreditation standards
  2. Restructure school organization to reduce the number of departments
  3. Develop a plan to provide adequate resources
  4. Analysis of need for under-enrolled courses
  5. Develop a strategic plan to achieve enrollment goals
  6. More accountability for learning assessment

Physical Therapy - This review was more of an affirmation of success.

  1. DPT - Professional Doctorate Program is very successful
  2. There has been an increase of applications to the doctoral program
  3. The hired faculty is seriously engaged as teacher/scholars; workload issues need to be addressed
  4. Continue to review the learning assessment plan and emphasize direct measure of learning

The Provost emphasized the importance of accountability and the essential process of Program Review that results in significant program improvement. Jean Purnell added the committee will receive a copy of the President's Decisions memo in the February packet. The final meeting of the Program Review process takes place after the publication of the President's Decisions memo.

III.     Consent Agenda

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Chris Goff seconded to approve the Consent Agenda items.

Berit Gundersen made a friendly amendment to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of SPTS 274 Advanced Sport Marketing Promotions.

Motion unanimously approved.

Dr. Linda Lyman will be invited to the February 2005 meeting to answer questions by the committee on SPTS 274 and to clarify the implementation date.

IV.     Program Changes

Political Science - Major

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Mel Thomas seconded to approve the program changes to the Political Science Major.

Motion unanimously approved.

Brian Klunk, Chairperson, Department of Political Science, was available to elaborate on the reasons for the program changes. The department is moving to a more pedagogical major that best takes advantage of current faculty resources and opportunities for collaboration with the Center.

Mentor Seminar I and II

Proposed Policy Change

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Mel Thomas seconded to approve the Mentor Seminar I and II policy change.

Motion unanimously approved.

V.       Military Mobilization Withdrawal Procedures

Motion: Joe King moved, Mel Thomas seconded to approve the Military Mobilization Withdrawal procedures. The AAC made some minor wording changes to the catalog copy. The approved version will be sent to the AC after review by the AAC Chairperson.

Motion unanimously approved.

VI.     Old Business

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Joe King seconded to approve the 2005-2006 University Calendar.

Motion unanimously approved.

VII.    Adjournment

           Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.



Submitted by

Rosie Fox, Secretary

Academic Affairs Committee