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April 1, 2004

Academic Affairs Committee

Minutes of April 1, 2004

McCaffrey Center Spruce Room

Present: Bob Cox, Jean Purnell, Robert Coburn, Stefanie Naumann, Chris Goff, Berit Gundersen, Barbara West

Absent: Paul Kozina, Jerry Post, Vivian Snyder, Lisa Nowinski, Ash Brown  

 

Guests: Keith Hatschek, Ron Hoverstad, Mark Van Ness, Mel Thomas, Bill Brennan, Steve Anderson, David Chase


Chair Bob Cox called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.

 

I.        Approval of Minutes

March 4, 2004

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Stefanie Naumann seconded to approve the minutes with an amendment to insert the word 'seconded' after Barbara West in Item VII.  

Motion unanimously approved.

 

II.      Consent Agenda

Motion: Stefanie Naumann moved, Chris Goff seconded to approve the consent agenda.

Motion unanimously approved.

III.     Program Review

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Robert Coburn seconded to approve the replacement of Louise Stark with Able Fernandez on the General Education Panel.

Motion unanimously approved.

1. Sociology

An ad hoc panel was formed to review the Sociology interim, internal 2003/04 Self-Study Report.  

Motion: Barbara West moved, Robert Coburn seconded to accept the Sociology review as satisfying the goals of the Special Review as outlined in the President's Decision and panel recommendations.  

Motion unanimously approved.

2. Conservatory of Music

Tim Smith, Program Review panel member, gave an overview of the 10 recommendations that included a review of the number of degree and non degree programs, governance structure, recruitment of students, engagement in student dialog, the role of the Conservatory with regard to the University GE Program, four subtopics directly related to student courses, faculty development leaves, student assessment, and student fees.

Motion: Stefanie Naumann, Berit Gundersen seconded to accept the recommendations with the understanding that item 10 has been addressed by the Conservatory.   An observation was made by the committee that the order of the recommendations was more in order of general to specific rather than in order of importance.

Motion unanimously approved.

Dean Anderson responded to the recommendations.   Some of the issues raised by the panel are currently being addressed.   For clarification, Dean Anderson stated that there is collaboration between Theatre Arts and the Conservatory of Music but that a new Musical Theatre program, if developed, would be part of Theatre Arts.   He also noted that in general, music majors' program of study is more compacted than that of other majors.   David Chase is working with the department chairs on a working plan for student assessment.  

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Robert Coburn seconded to accept the process followed by the panel members to gather information for the report.

Motion approved with 1 abstention.  

3. Classics

Bill Brennan, Chair of the Review Panel, was available to receive questions from the committee.   There was some discussion regarding a recent recommendation by an ad hoc Humanities Task Force that Classics be united with Religious Studies.   There was discussion about how this recommendation differed from the panel's recommendations #1 and #5.  

Motion: Barbara West moved, Chris Goff seconded to approve the recommendations.

Motion passed with 3 approvals and 2 abstentions.

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Stefanie Naumann seconded to approve the process followed by the panel to gather information for the report.

Motion passed with 4 approvals and 1 abstention.

4. Physical Therapy

Ron Hoverstad and Mark Van Ness were available to receive questions from the committee.   R. Hoverstad presented an overview of the panel report.   The 11 recommendations addressed issues on assessment, faculty, and recruiting and marketing.  

Cathy Peterson, Interim Chair of Physical Therapy, voiced her appreciation of the recommendations.   Issues written in the report are being addressed.

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Stefanie Naumann seconded to approve the process followed by the panel to gather information for the report.

Motion passed with 4 approvals and 1 abstention.

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Barbara West seconded to approve the recommendations of the review panel and to forward other related correspondence to Academic Council.  

Motion unanimously approved.

IV.      Program Changes

           None

V.       Old Business

           None

VI.      Adjournment

The committee agreed to conduct a special meeting on Thursday, April 15 at 3:00 .

           Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Submitted by

Rosie Fox, Secretary

Academic Affairs Committee