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September 7, 2006

Academic Affairs Committee
Minutes of September 7, 2006
McCaffrey Center Pine Conference Room

Present: Christine Wilson, Michael Golanbari, Nathan Batto, Ken Day, Michael Sokol, Jean Purnell

Absent: Newman Peery, Fred Muskal

Guests: Edie Sparks
Jean Purnell opened the meeting at 3:00 p.m. Christine Wilson convened the meeting.


Approval of Minutes
Motion: Ken Day moved, Michael Golanbari seconded to approve the May 4, 2006 minutes.
Motion unanimously approved.

Election of Chairperson
Motion: Michael Golanbari nominated Christine Wilson.

Being new to the committee Christine Wilson agreed to serve as interim chair. Jean Purnell gave an overview of the committee responsibilities and the role of the chairperson.
Nathan Batto seconded the motion.

Christine Wilson agreed to convene this meeting and serve as interim chair until more members were present for a greater membership vote on the chairperson.
Motion unanimously approved.
Consent Agenda
Motion: Ken Day moved, Michael Golanbari seconded to approve the Consent Agenda.
Motion unanimously approved.
Proposed Revision of the PHS Policies and Procedures
The Pharmacy faculty approved the revision of the PHS Policies and Procedures Opinions of Faculty Colleagues on May 5, 2006 to include the right of the faculty member being observed to address issues identified on the form with a written commentary appended to the completed form. Discussion followed.
Motion: Nathan Batto moved, Michael Sokol seconded to accept the proposal as written.
Motion unanimously approved.


Program Change

Program Review
It is a process that is evolving. The AAC had several discussions on how to develop a more strategic process to hold programs accountable for their goals. There will be a greater focus on external review. External review will provide expertise for programs. The calendar for program review will also change. This process will be useful to the programs that do have external review (accreditations). A sub- group met over the summer to brainstorm the new model. On September 1, 2006 Rob Brodnick was appointed as assistant provost and is overseeing the program review change. Special review of the History Department is one of the programs still in review. A report is expected to be submitted to the AAC in October. Mathematics Department will also submit a report.


Policy on Academic Minor
Ken Day requested clarification on the virtual agenda items sent to the members in May 2006. Discussion on the requested exemptions by Merrill Schleier, Department of Visual Arts, and Susan Giraldez, Modern Language and Literature to the Policy on Minors will continue at the October 5 meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 3:55 p.m.

Submitted by
Rosie Fox, Secretary
Academic Affairs Committee