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September 2, 2004

Academic Affairs Committee

Minutes of September 2, 2004

McCaffrey Center Spruce Room

Present: Vivian Snyder, Jean Purnell, Chris Goff, Berit Gundersen, Robert Coburn, Mel Thomas, Amber Miller

Absent: Ash Brown, Susan Sample

Guests: Elena Savelieva-Thompson, Tom Brierton, Dale McNeal, John Phillips, Dale Andersen, Steve Little, Dennis Brennan

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

I.        Introduction of Members; Role of the Committee

Academic Affairs Committee Chairperson Vivian Snyder opened the meeting,     gave an overview of the committee responsibilities and welcomed the guests.   The 2004-2005 committee members introduced themselves.

II.       Approval of Minutes

May 6, 2004

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Robert Coburn seconded to approve the minutes.
Motion approved with 1 abstention.

III.     Consent Agenda

Motion: Robert Coburn moved, Berit Gundersen seconded to approve the consent agenda.

Motion unanimously approved.

IV.     Course Approval

           The College

           Modern Language and Literature


           RUSS 120 Contemporary Russian Film

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Mel Thomas seconded to approve the course.

Elena Savelieva-Thompson was present to answer questions by the committee regarding the upper division course number .   The course is designed for the general audience and is an overview of contemporary Russian film.   After learning that the course number is also being used for other courses within the department (Chinese, French, and Spanish) there was no objection to the use of the upper division number.   The Registrar will be consulted on the numbering policy and this information will be provided to the members.  

           Motion unanimously approved.


V.       Program Review

           A. School of Education

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Robert Coburn seconded to approve the panel’s report and recommendations.

John Phillips, Chairperson of the review panel, provided a summary of the recommendations for the School of Education as listed in the panel’s report and the process used by the panel to gather information.  

Dennis Brennan, School of Education, commented on his submitted response to the Program Review Report.   The review was beneficial in how to best serve the students.   The response provided some explanation and clarification of the facts as related to each of the recommendations.  

Steve Little has been working on the resource issue by considering potential contacts with schools and Valley Mountain Regional to provide psychological services.

Motion unanimously approved.

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Robert Coburn seconded to approve the process used by the panel.

The panel held group meetings with faculty and individual meetings with faculty and students.   The School of Education was satisfied with the process.

Motion unanimously approved.


           B. Proposed Panels for 2004-2005

Vivian Snyder stated that the panel list is complete except names of the student representatives serving on the panels.   Vivian is waiting for each academic unit to provide feedback on the proposed panel members.  


VI.      Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.


Submitted by

Rosie Fox, Secretary

Academic Affairs Committee