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September 4, 2008

Academic Affairs Committee
Minutes of September 4, 2008
Taylor Conference Room

Call to order: 3:04pm

Present: Batto, Boboc, Gundersen, Jasti, Khoie, McCallum, Phillips, Wheeler, Wilson

Ex-Officio: Peggy Rosson, Cecilia Rodriguez, Edie Sparks

Guests: Rob Alexander, Gary Martin, Louise Stark

Minutes: Minutes of May 1, 2008 were approved as submitted.
Phillips moved, Batto seconded, approved unanimously.

Introductions: Mike McCallum is the 2008/09 Chair of Academic Affairs. Welcome new members Rahim Khoie from the School of Engineering and Bhaskara Jasti, Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and to returning members of Academic Affairs. Faculty representation from the College and the Business School are to be determined as well as student representation.

Overview of Committee: The committee's charge is to review all curricular proposals, including addition, revisions and deletion of courses, changes in course numbering, in credit hours, and in course descriptions. The committee reviews the establishment of new majors and all new degree programs. The committee also oversees Program Review and Self-Study Process.

Consent Agenda:
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PRAC135 Student Journal Club
Jasti moved, Wilson seconded, approved unanimously.

Program Changes:
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Master of Science in Engineering Science
Louise Stark and Gary Martin gave an overview of a proposed new masters program in the School of Engineering. The program would commence in Fall 2009, a 30 unit program with a target of 20-25 students. The program would be a good tool for enrollment. Two new faculty will need to be hired, there will also be teaching assistants to reduce loads for faculty. Courses should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee, then to Academic Affairs in November and to the Board of Regents in February for approval.
Khoie moved, Phillips seconded and approved by the committee contingent upon approving courses at the November meeting.

Reflections on Program Planning and Self-Study:
A brief overview of the committee's charge in Program Planning and Self-Study, formerly Program Review was discussed. The role of the committee is to supervise the process and integrity of the review. The committee may ask for reports on the process from time to time, throughout the year. The idea for Program Planning and Self-Study is for some extra work at the dept or unit level from year to year; then the actual 5-6-8 year review would be less burdensome and meant to coincide with any accrediting reviews.

Discussion for a chair-elect commenced. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please contact Mike.

Adjourned: 4:32pm