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February 7, 2013


Minutes
Academic Affairs Committee
DUC 211
February 7, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Present: J. Haffner, M. Draheim, L. Fox, L. Matz, G. Rohlf, E. Typpo, P. Rosson, J. Uchizono
Ex-Officio: A. Gillen
Guest: C. Eakin, L. Tromovitch, L. Stark, J. Schamber
Not Present: A. Boboc, A. Brown, A. Richard

Called to order @ 3:06

I. Approval of Minutes
January 10, 2013
Approved by Consent

II. Program Changes
Eberhardt School of Business
Revision
Part-Time MBA

C. Eakin in attendance to present program revision. In 2006 the MBA program went through an evaluation and was changed to full-time only program. This full-time program has one 18 unit course BUSI 211. Today there is a market for a part-time MBA program, so they would like to reintroduce it and they are breaking up the BUSI 211 course into separate courses for the part-time students. There are no accreditation issues. The business school recruiter is anticipating 10 students waiting for the implementation of this program.
Motion to approve by L. Fox, J. Uchizono seconds, motion passed unanimously.

College of the Pacific
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Revision
BS Geology Major

L. Fox presented an overview of this revision.
Motion to approve by M. Draheim, second by J. Uchizono, motion passed with 1 abstention

Department of Theatre Arts
Revision
Theatre Arts Major
Theatre Arts Minor

L. Tromovitch in attendance to present an overview of the changes. The goal is to make the major more accessible. The Humanities Scholars Program now has a theatre arts student. The major has a large experiential learning component, so they are reducing the number of units. Students can still participate as electives as opposed to being core courses. Reduced number of units from 49 to 43(experiential), eliminating stage management theory course as it is covered in a different course now.
Motion to approve Major and Minor by M. Draheim, L. Fox seconds, motion passed unanimously.

Department of Visual Arts
Revision
BFA Studio Art Major
Motion to approve J. Haffner, G. Rohlf seconds, motion passed unanimously.

McGeorge School of Law
Addition
MS Law

The law school would like to offer this new program to assist with enrollment, and it will utilize minimal new resources. This was a well prepared report/request. The rationale is that this will help with the staggering drop in enrollment across the country and at McGeorge for law schools. This is a relatively new degree in the field. There is only one new course required - the introduction course. Questions were raised about admission requirements, and the connection with the undergraduate Legal Scholars Program or the Pre-Law program on the Stockton campus. This degree is offered at Yale and Hastings, so it is a known program. But, it is not offered at the local schools, so there wouldn't be that competition for students. This program is also currently being reviewed by the graduate studies committee and will be forwarded to Academic Council next week.
Motion to approve by L. Fox, J. Uchizono seconds, motion passed.

III. Consent
Eberhardt School of Business
Addition
BUSI 200 Management Information Systems
BUSI 201 Financial & Managerial Accounting
BUSI 205 Fundamentals of Finance
BUSI 206 Data and Decisions
BUSI 207 Marketing Management
BUSI 208 Managerial Economics
BUSI 209 Organizational Behavior
Revision
BUSI 211 Applied Business Principles (change in units)
BUSI 255 Applied Business Principles (change in units)

College of the Pacific
Dean's Office
Addition
COPD 010 COP Exploratory Deans Seminar
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Revision
GEOS 100 Mineralogy (prerequisite change)
GEOS 103 Global Change (prerequisite change)
GEOS 106 Earth Materials and the Environment (prerequisite change)
GEOS 142 Geochemistry (prerequisite change)
GEOS 148 Hydrogeology (prerequisite change)
Department of History
Revision
HIST 143 Modernization of Japan (title change)
Department of Psychology
Addition
PSYC 149 Sensation and Perception
Department of Theatre Arts
Deletion
THEA 035A Stage management Theory
Revision
THEA 003 Stage Works (course description revision)
THEA 035B Stage Management Practice (course description revision)

School of Engineering and Computer Science
Civil Engineering Department
Addition
CIVL 278 Ecological Engineering
Deletion
CIVL 161 Matrix Analysis of Engineered
CIVL 167 Earthquake Engineering
Revision
CIVL 060 Water Quality (prerequisite change)
Computer Science Department
Addition
COMP 259 Character Animation
Revision
COMP 178 Computer Network Security (prerequisite change)
Electrical Engineering Department
Revision
ECPE 041 Circuits (prerequisite change)
ECPE 131 Electronics (prerequisite change)
ECPE 155 Autonomous Robotics (prerequisite change)
ECPE 170 Computer Systems and Networks (prerequisite change)
ECPE 173 Computer Organization and Architecture (prerequisite change)
ECPE 174 Advanced Digital Design (change in units)
ECPE 178 Computer Network Security (prerequisite change)
ECPE 194 Core Assessment Exam (CAE) (prerequisite change)
General Engineering Department
Addition
ENGR 212 Technology Venturing
Revision
ENGR 045 Materials Science - Properties and Measurements (prerequisite change)
ENGR 122 Thermodynamics (prerequisite change)
ENGR 250 Probability and Statistics for Engineering and Computer Science (prerequisite change)

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Speech-Language Pathology Department
Addition
SLPA 133 Neurogenic Case Studies in SLP
Revision
SLPA 101 Clinical Methods I (unit change)
SLPA 105 Clinical Methods III (unit and course description change)
SLPA 125 Articulation and Phonology (title and course description change)

School of International Studies
Addition
INTL 071 Cross Cultural INTL Students
Revision
INTL 151 Cross Cultural Training I (prerequisite change)

Request to pull and discuss INTL 071 Cross Cultural INTL Students. IPS used to offer this course. Who is paying for this course, IPS or SIS? There appears to be much support for this course. The quality of the course is greater in SIS than IPS. It has been offered the last 2 years as a special topics course.
Motion to approve INTL 071 G. Rohlf, L. Fox seconds, motion passed unanimously.

Motion to approve consent agenda by G. Rohlf, L. Fox seconds, motion passed.

IV. 2013-2014 Academic Calendar
Ann Gillen, Registrar, presented the 2013-14 academic calendar. The committee commented that the spring start date is too soon and that Pacific Day is within 5 days of the end of the semester. A recommendation was made that Pacific Day be at least three weeks before the end of the semester or eliminate this day altogether. Many faculty have requested that the spring start date be a week later, and this will also help with international students and orientation. We need 15 weeks of instruction in the summer and housing gets one week after summer school ends to prepare rooms for move-in.

The committee is recommending to delay the beginning of the spring semester by one week and to eliminate Pacific Day. For this calendar, the semester would begin on January 13, 2014, instead of January 6th.

Ann Gillen will prepare a new draft with these changes and present to council. She will also update the 8-year calendar. The current and proposed version will both be presented to Academic Council.

Motion to recommend to council, that we start the 2013-14 spring semester a week later and eliminate Pacific Day (or move Pacific Day earlier in the semester) by L. Fox, second by J. Haffner, motion passed unanimously.

Ann Gillen will attempt to inform the correct people on the non-academic side. Potential stakeholders should also be contacted by members of the committee informing them of the proposal going forward to Academic Council.

V. New Program Review Proposal Process/Intent Form

Lou presented a new flowchart and intent form. He presented for input and review to the Council of Deans, the Registrar, the Director of Financial Aid, and the CIO. These are all required signatures of the current process. This is the outcome of that review. The main changes are: The Provost has the prerogative to stop the advancement of a proposal at the intent stage or the full proposal stage; there is more explicit cooperation at the school/college stage; concurrently obtains the required signatures after approved to move forward. Regarding the provost's prerogative, the Dean's unanimously supported this as the Board of Regent's will not review new proposals without the President's and the Provost's support.

The Faculty is supposed to have control of the curriculum, and the AAC is still concerned about the Provost's ability to axe a program at the beginning of the process without providing feedback. There was discussion of the new process as an efficiency issue with three to four provost reviews included.

Regarding the new intent form, the Dean's have asked for one form for the major and minor instead of two separate forms.

The committee would like to request written feedback and a reason from the Provost, if she is going to reject the proposal at the onset. There is concern about transparency in the process and the need for a feedback loop.

The meeting no longer has a quorum, no vote can be completed at this time. What is the final request that this committee wants? The AAC still wants to request written feedback from the Provost after the initial review. Transparency is important.

Request that the flowchart be modified and then sent out by Lourdes via email for an electronic vote. The committee want to approve with a modification for a written response.

VI. Course Classifications and Definitions (subcommittee) - tabled

VII. Credit Unit Policy (subcommittee) - tabled

VIII. What's on your mind?
The subcommittees scheduled their meeting times.

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm