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2005 Minutes

9 September 2005

PRESENT (voting): Charles Bray (ENGR), Carol Danehower (FCBE), Sutton Flynt (ICL), Marjorie Luttrell (NURS), Broderick Nichols (UCOL), Joan Schmelz (PHYS), Laurie Snyder (CCFA), Teong Tan (MECH), Sandy Utt (JOUR), Joseph Ventimiglia (SOCI), Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (ENGL), Larry Weiss (HSS)

PRESENT (ex officio): Carl Chando (ACC), Nancy Hurley (VPAA), Melinda Jones (Honors), Tom Nenon (VPAA), Dan Poje (VPAA), Noel Schwartz (Registrar), Chris Schiro-Geist (Vice Provost), Cathy Serex (VPAA)

ABSENT: Jeanine Akers (LIB), William Thompson (FLL)

1. Welcome and introduction of UUC members – Chris Schiro-Geist welcomed members, both new and returning, and everyone introduced themselves.

2. Curriculum information about Banner and course revisions – Noel Schwartz brought UUC members up-to-date on the status of the switch-over to Spectrum (or Banner as the manufacturer calls it). FRS was converted in July, HRS will be converted by the end of this year; SIS+ next year. The intent is to go live with admissions for Fall 2007, so the entire system will have to be built before registration begins in April 2007. Therefore, it is best to keep catalog and course changes in this year, rather than 2006-07. New courses pose no problem, but changes in history do. The new system is totally different in concept and function. Some important points:

• lots of data is shared; for instance, degree and major tables overlap;

• majors and concentrations have to be coded separately;

• have to add transfers;

• will add control to assure correct degrees are awarded.

Therefore, curricular changes for Fall 2007 should be kept to a minimum. Closeouts will not affect the process, but prerequisites and corequisites are problematic because, until the history is built up, the system won't be able to check them. An important part of the clean-up process is correcting the mode of instruction since it affects the type of room needed for a course. Currently too many changes are having to be made after students are enrolled. We need to stabilize room and time after students enroll.

3. Curriculum materials due date – Cathy Serex reminded members that curricular revisions are due to her on 24 October. The cover sheet and course revision/new course forms must be submitted in hard copy, but supporting documentation and program description changes should be submitted electronically so they can be posted to the Spectrum group. She will be in Sectrum training, but things can be left in her chair.

4. Foreign Language Consortial Agreement between UofM and Rhodes College (attached) – Tom Nenon announced this program whereby languages not taught at one of the institutions can be taken for credit at the other one. Rhodes language classes have been loaded into our inventory and vice versa. The instructor of record will notify the student's home institution of their enrollment. Section 8 of the agreement covers possible grade appeals, etc. N. Schwartz asked how UofM will be notified of final grade.

5. Dean's List UG Bulletin statement (attached) – Chris Schiro-Geist opened the discussion whether the requirements for inclusion on the Dean's List should be simplified from the current sliding scale. T. Nenon and M. Jones were named a committee to study the situation.

• Computational Intensive requirement for graduation – Sandy Utt lead the discussion about computational intensive courses. She recommended that a subcommittee be formed to take a long-term look at "C" courses. It was suggested that CWI requirements be dropped and it be left to the major to ensure writing and computational ability. There is no data that these courses create better graduates. The university should try to be more flexible. S. Utt (2/M. Luttrell) moved that the discussion be tabled; the motion was carried by voice vote.

• Learning Communities workshop and update – Dan Poje announced that Don Franceschetti will be the director. This year will be devoted to planning: The communities will need 16 faculty, each working with 3 or 4 other faculty, using existing courses; there will be some funding for faculty to develop courses. The program is geared toward nonresidential students and should be a recruiting tool. There will be 4 Learning Communities in AY2006-07; the number will increase each year. In October Dr. Nanette Commander, director of the Georgia State program, will lead a workshop here; next Spring, Dr. Vincent Tinto will be the keynote speaker at a second workshop.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Nancy Hurley, MA.

October 14, 2005

PRESENT (voting): Charles Bray (ENGR), Carol Danehower (FCBE), Sutton Flynt (ICL), Marjorie Luttrell (NURS), Broderick Nichols (UCOL), Joan Schmelz (PHYS), Laurie Snyder (CCFA), Teong Tan (MECH), William Thompson (FLL), Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (ENGL), Larry Weiss (HSS);

PRESENT (ex officio): Carl Chando (ACC), Nancy Hurley (VPAA), Melinda Jones (Honors), Tom Nenon (VPAA), Noel Schwartz (Registrar), Cathy Serex (VPAA)

ABSENT: Jeanine Akers (LIB), Judy Brown (MIS), Jim Lukawitz (ACCT), Dan Poje (VPAA), Chris Schiro-Geist (Vice Provost), Sandy Utt (JOUR), Joseph Ventimiglia (SOCI),

The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. when a quorum was achieved.

1. Approval of September 2005 minutes: L. Snyder moved (2/L. Weiss) that the minutes be approved. The motion was carried by voice vote.

New member from the College of Business : C. Danehower announced that Jim Lukawitz from Accounting will be the new representative from the College of Business .

W, C, I course recommendations: Noting that four proposals had been returned to the departments for further consideration, W. Thompson introduced the following courses or course sequences to fulfill W, C, I requirements:

ART 4441 Writing Intensive

COMP 3715, 4601, 4882, all 3 courses must be successfully completed to satisfy the Integrative requirement

COMP 4040, 4601, 4081, all 3 courses must be successfully completed to satisfy the Writing Intensive requirement

MUID 3800 Computation Intensive

NUTR 4802 Writing Intensive.

After some discussion it was proposed to approve all the courses as a group. The approval was carried by voice vote.

4. Dean's List revised catalog statement recommendation: Melinda Jones and Tom Nenon researched our peer institutions and discovered that, with very few exceptions, the consensus was 12 hours and a 3.5 GPA. There was a great deal of discussion whether the UofM should use the same requirements. N. Schwartz pointed out that there are qualifications pertaining to repeat courses:
When a course is being repeated for the purpose of improving a grade previously earned, the student must meet one of the criteria for the Dean's List eligibility as described above for each of two separate sets of courses and quality point averages:

• The number of graded hours and quality point average for unrepeated courses taken during the semester and

2) The total number of hours and overall term quality point average for all graded courses taken during the semester.

and recommended that these qualifications be deleted. B. Nichols moved (2/L. Weiss) that the UofM Dean's List criteria be 12 hours with 3.5 GPA without any qualifier for repeated courses. The motion was carried by voice vote.

Additional Business:

  • J. Schmelz mentioned that at the November meeting the subcommittee will recommend eliminating the W, C, and I courses. Spirited discussion followed. It was noted that good writing is a requirement for accreditation in most disciplines; we may have outgrown the need for writing intensive courses; capstone courses are not appropriate in all areas; almost none of our peer institutions have these requirements; general education and other foundation courses are best for meeting the computation requirement.
  • L. Weiss suggested an additional curriculum revision deadline in the Spring in order to get changes in before the moratorium. However, during the ensuing discussion it became apparent that it was unclear to what the moratorium pertained. C. Serex volunteered to send a clarifying email, with the advice of N. Schwartz, to the members. The text of the email follows:

With the implementation of Spectrum to go live Fall 2007, there have been questions about what kinds of course revisions should not be proposed Fall 2006. The only revisions that may create a problem are changing the course subject area (or prefix) and/or course number. For example: changing TECH 1010 to CETH 1012.

Revisions of course titles, descriptions, credit hours, and program requirements, as well as new courses and close-out courses, are not a problem.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Nancy Hurley, MA.

November 11, 2005

PRESENT (voting): Charles Bray (ENGR), Carol Danehower (FCBE), Sutton Flynt (ICL), James Lukawitz (ACCT), Robert Koch for Marjorie Luttrell (NURS), Tom Nenon (VPAA), Broderick Nichols (UCOL), Chris Schiro-Geist (Vice Provost), Joan Schmelz (PHYS), Laurie Snyder (CCFA), Teong Tan (MECH), William Thompson (FLL), Sandy Utt (JOUR), Joseph Ventimiglia (SOCI)Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (ENGL), Larry Weiss (HSS);

PRESENT (ex officio): Dan Poje (VPAA), Noel Schwartz (Registrar), Cathy Serex (VPAA):

ABSENT: Jeanine Akers (LIB), Judy Brown (MIS), Carl Chando (ACC), Nancy Hurley (VPAA), Melinda Jones (Honors).

The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m.

1. Approval of October 2005 minutes: L. Snyder moved (2/L. Weiss) that the minutes be approved. The motion was carried by voice vote.

2. W, C, I draft proposal: Joan Schmelz distributed the draft statement and led the discussion to eliminate the W, C, I requirement at the university level. Some points discussed were:

a. Keep the colleges and departments in charge of the requirements if they determine they are needed.

b. Sutton Flynt concurred. He said that the accreditation agencies require particular competencies and those may be satisfied by courses designated as W, C, or I.

c. Faculty should be monitoring the upper division level courses in the major.

d. Will Thompson said that writing is built into upper division level courses, but the integrative component is more problematic for some disciplines. At the senior level, some disciplines become more specialized. In many disciplines, the computation component is artificially satisfied.

e. There was agreement that the word "eliminate" be used in the statement.

f. The Council unanimously approved to accept the proposal.

f. The subcommittee will revise the statement and send it to the Council for feedback and suggestions. Chris Schiro-Geist will bring the revised statement to Provost Faudree for his approval.

3. As a result of the discussion about the W, C, I requirements, other issues concerning undergraduate programs were discussed. The University Undergraduate Council should address common measurable objectives for undergraduate curriculum; balancing general education, B.A., and B.S. Humanities requirements with other more contemporary needs of the students; evaluate undergraduate curriculum and propose improvements; student assessment needs to go back to the colleges; the Council is not abandoning the importance of W, C, or I, but is moving to a higher level in undergraduate programs.

4. TN eCampus (formerly RODP) Policy Statement: It was reported that Provost Faudree contacted Dr. Paula Short about the draft statement. She did not approve the statement. The Council voted to neither revise it nor to have a part of it in the undergraduate catalog.

Declaring a Major: Chris Schiro-Geist said that some students are not declaring their majors until the time to file their "intent to graduate" forms. Student athletes need to declare a major at the beginning of their fifth semester. In Spectrum, students will have to have an advisor in a major. Presently, there is no incentive for a student to declare the major for which they are taking classes. A Major/Minor Subcommittee was formed to investigate this issue of declaring a major and, at the same time, declaring a minor. The members are; Tom Nenon, Patsy Krech (academic advisor in Arts and Sciences), Carl Chando (chair), Jim Lukawitz, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, and Sandy Utt.

6. W, C, I Transfer Courses: In light of the proposal to eliminate the requirement, it was decided that colleges should exercise special flexibility when evaluated transfer courses.

7. Cross-Listed Courses in Spectrum: Noel Schwartz said that in order to reduce the number of courses crosslisted each semester, the 7000 and 8000 level independent studies and directed readings will be separate.

8. W, C, I Proposals: Sandy Utt presented the following courses to be designated Integrative effective Fall 2005.

ENGL 4001 Honors Seminar

POLS 4315 Revolutions and Political Violence

PHYS 4410 Introduction to Quantum Theory

The courses were approved.

9. Deans' List: Provost Faudree has signed the revised undergraduate catalog statement regarding the Deans' List. This revision is effective Fall 2006.

10. Other Business:

A. Chris Schiro-Geist said that Rosie Bingham met with students, and one of their concerns is that general education courses are prescribed for many majors. Dan Poje says that this is hiding the specificity of the major by putting the major requirements at the general education level. The Major/Minor Subcommittee will investigate this issue.

B. Sandy Utt said the Graduation from the University Subcommittee will review new courses proposed for lower division general education.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cathy Serex.

8 December 2005

PRESENT (voting): Charles Bray (ENGR), Carol Dan ehower (FCBE), Sutton Flynt (ICL), Marjorie Luttrell (NURS), Broderick Nichols (UCOL), Joan Schmelz (PHYS), Laurie Snyder (CCFA), Teong Tan (MECH), William Thompson (FLL), Sandy Utt (JOUR), Joseph Ventimiglia (SOCI), Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (ENGL), Larry Weiss (HSS);

PRESENT (ex officio): Nancy Hurley (VPAA), Melinda Jones (Honors), Dan Poje (VPAA), Noel Schwartz (Registrar), Cathy Serex (VPAA)

ABSENT: Jeanine Akers (LIB), Judy Brown (MIS), Carl Chando (ACC), Jim Lukawitz (ACCT), Tom Nenon (VPAA), Chris Schiro-Geist (Vice Provost),

GUEST: Michael Hagge (ART)

The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. when a quorum was achieved.

• L. Snyder moved (2/S. Utt) that the minutes of the November 2005 meeting be approved. The motion was carried by voice vote.

• Arts and Sciences Curricular Revisions were introduced by W. Thompson. N. Schwartz' question why Anthropology and Earth Sciences courses were cross-listed elicited some discussion. It is done for the graduate program in physical anthropology, whose faculty now is in Earth Sciences not Anthropology. S. Utt noted that the English Department had not contacted the Journalism Department about their proposed course on web design (AS 72, ENGL4619), which Journalism already offers. This course will be tabled until January. S. Utt moved (2/L. Weiss) that the Arts and Sciences curricular revisions be approved, with the exception of AS72. The motion was carried by voice vote.

• Business and Economics Curricular Revisions were introduced by C. Danehower. W. Thompson moved (2/J. Wagner-Lawlor) that that the Business and Economics curricular revisions be approved, with a request to specify the prerequisites for BE19 (how to show proficiency in PowerPoint). The motion was carried by voice vote.

• Communication & Fine Arts Curricular Revisions were introduced by L. Snyder. M. Hagge explained the proposed architecture curriculum. The current BFA is a pre-professional degree; a two-year's masters is required for licensure. An MArch program will be proposed this spring; meanwhile the curriculum is being restructured to increase competitiveness. At this point the department is only seeking approval at the 4000 level. N. Schwartz suggested that number changes at the same level not be entertained. A question was raised about the additional work required to justify raising CFA 70 (JOUR4326) from 3000 to 4000 level; it has always been taught at a senior level, the original number was incorrect. A question was raised about the different credit hours for CFA 84 (MUAP44114/6414) at the two levels; it is misleading to cross-list the MUAP courses, since the work required of undergraduate and graduate students is so different. L. Weiss (2/J. Wagner-Lawlor) moved that the CFA curricular revisions (with the exception of ARCH 6000 courses) be approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

• College of Education, Health and Human Sciences curricular revisions were introduced by Sutton Flynt. There was no discussion. W. Thompson (2/C. Danehower) moved that the revisions be approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

• College of Engineering curricular revisions were introduced by C. Bray. There was no discussion. S. Utt moved (2/ W. Thompson) that the revisions be approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

• School of Nursing curricular revisions were introduced by M. Luttrell. There was no discussion. L. Snyder moved (2/ W. Thompson) that the revisions be approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

• University College curricular revisions were introduced by B. Nichols. W. Thompson noted that the requests to cross-list several courses with Judaic Studies and Political Science had not been submitted to the CAS curriculum committee. He asked (that UNIV 8 (UNIV4530) be tabled, pending a better rationale for a thematic course at the 4000 level and cross-listing of Univ 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12. W. Thompson moved (2/J. Wagner-Lawlor) that University College curriculum requests be otherwise approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

Banner Update: N. Schwartz reported that the onsite consultant emphasized the timeline: CS will be building active courses into Banner this summer (2006). Fall 2007 inventory will be built before the holidays 2006. Data entry for Banner is more complex than for SIS+, which is the reason for limiting changes in Fall 2006.

The next meeting will be on 13 January 2006 at 1 pm in AD 177B.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Nancy Hurley, MA.

13 January 2006

PRESENT (voting): Charles Bray (ENGR), Carol Danehower (FCBE), Sutton Flynt (ICL), Jim Lukawitz (ACCT), Marjorie Luttrell (NURS; R. Koch proxy), Tom Nenon (VPAA), Broderick Nichols (UCOL; S. Williams, proxy), Laurie Snyder (CCFA), Teong Tan (MECH; C. Bray, proxy), William Thompson (FLL; J. Wagner-Lawlor, proxy), Sandy Utt (JOUR), Joseph Ventimiglia (SOCI) , Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (ENGL), Larry Weiss (HSS)

PRESENT (ex officio): Carl Chando (ACC), Nancy Hurley (VPAA), Dan Poje (VPAA), Chris Schiro-Geist (Vice Provost), Noel Schwartz (Registrar), Cathy Serex (VPAA)

ABSENT: Jeanine Akers (LIB), Judy Brown (MIS), Melinda Jones (Honors), Joan Schmelz (PHYS),

GUESTS: Sherry Bryan (ART), Michael Hagge (ART), Holly Lau (Theatre & Dance)

The meeting was called to order at 1:15 p.m. when a quorum was achieved.

Approval of December 2005 minutes: N. Hurley noted a slight revision to section 8 on page 2. The minutes were approved as amended.

Presentation of new programs and program revisions from each college/school

College of Arts and Sciences : J. Wagner-Lawlor summarized requested program changes for this college. The only substantive changes were in the Computer Science core, Earth Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies, which last have been approved by the relevant faculty committees. D. Poje pointed out that creating a BS in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geography will not remove Earth Sciences from TBR's list of low-producing departments. This elicited a good bit of discussion. J. Ventimiglia moved (2/J. Lukawitz) to table the program changes in Earth Sciences, pending outcome of discussions between D. Poje and the department. The motion was carried by voice vote. It was also noted that no common core is specified for the variety of disciplines represented by the concentrations in this proposed degree. S. Utt noted that Journalism had withdrawn its objection to AS72, ENGL4619, Web Design/Online Writing. T. Nenon moved (2/J. Lukawitz) that CAS program revisions, with the exception of those in Earth Sciences, be approved. The motion was carried by voice vote.

Business: C. Danehower explained that ECON 4112 was being deleted as an across-the-board requirement and being replaced by individual courses within the majors. The request for an additional concentration in Economics (Financial Economics) was tabled pending distribution to the full council. She also noted that a majority of the proposed revisions (BE 2 and 3) were no longer ASCB requirements. L. Weiss moved (2/J. Lukawitz) that Business program revisions, with the exception of the concentration in Financial Economics, be approved. The motion was carried by voice vote.

Communication & Fine Arts: Laurie Snyder explained that the majority of changes were in the Architecture major; others were changing the name of one concentration in Art, changing core requirements in Communication, revising the major and some concentrations in Music and Theatre & Dance to reflect a theme of more flexibility across programs. J. Lukawitz moved (2/J. Wagner-Lawlor) that CFA's program revisions be approved. The motion was carried by voice vote.

Education: L. Weiss introduced minor changes to Health and Sport Sciences (Exercise & Sport Science concentration; Sport & Leisure management major and electives) and clarification of the Teacher Education program, in particular requirements for admission appeals. J. Lukawitz moved (2/R. Koch) that the CoE program revisions be approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

Engineering: C. Bray introduced changes, which included changing a Civil Engineering concentration from Foundation Engineering to Geotechnical Engineering, requiring different courses in the Computer Engineering concentration, revising the major and concentration in Electrical Engineering, requiring a "C" average in Computer Engineering Technology (for consistency within the college), and revising graduation requirements for Manufacturing Engineering Technology. S. Utt moved (2/ J. Lukawitz) that the Engineering program revisions be approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

University College: S. Williams (for B. Nichols) announced that the requests to cross-list various courses with Judaic Studies (UNIV 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12) were being withdrawn and that UNIV 8, The Ancient World, was being renumbered to 1530 to be consistent with other thematic courses. She also introduced 3 new concentrations—Child Development, Correctional Administration, and Dance Education—and 2 minors—Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and Child Development. Holly Lau (T&D) formally presented the Dance Education proposal, which S. Flynt wanted to look at more closely in reference to licensure requirements. D. Poje pointed out that the program can be modified to meet state requirements if necessary after approval. J. Lukawitz moved (2/S. Utt) that the University College program proposals be approved; the motion was carried by voice vote.

Nursing: There were no program revisions or proposals from this school.

1. Instructional Methods and Schedule Types for courses in Banner and Banner update – Noel Schwartz explained that over 6500 courses are in the inventory and instructional method and schedule type must be loaded for each; this will begin in February, earlier than expected, which means that the Registrar's Office will be running two systems simultaneously. Therefore, she requests that course revisions (other than new courses or close-outs) be kept to a minimum. Two handouts were distributed to assist faculty in correctly identifying instructional method and schedule type, for use in checking the new listings.

2. Cross-listing Subcommittee – Will Thompson, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Sandy Utt, Linda Bennett, Noel Schwartz, Cathy Serex have been named to this subcommittee to develop guidelines. Courses will be cross-listed at the section level in Banner, which makes the process more cumbersome than in SIS+. The group will look at what "interdisciplinary" means in relation to licensure requirements.

3. Other items—S. Utt updated the Council on the status of the suggestion to replace Writing Intensive courses with an integrative writing requirement. This has been submitted to Ralph Faudree and Sheryl Maxwell; R. Faudree is waiting for approval by the Faculty Senate before proceeding. S. Utt recommended that no more writing intensive proposals be entertained.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:45 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Nancy Hurley, MA.

10 February 2006

PRESENT (voting): Carol Danehower (FCBE), Sutton Flynt (ICL), Jim Lukawitz (ACCT), Rob Koch (NURS), Broderick Nichols (UCOL), Joan Schmelz (PHYS), Laurie Snyder (CCFA, proxy Walt Kirkpatrick), Teong Tan (MECH), William Thompson (FLL), Sandy Utt (JOUR, proxy Walt Kirkpatrick), Joseph Ventimiglia (SOCI), Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (ENGL), Larry Weiss (HSS)

PRESENT (ex officio): Charles Bray (ENGR), Carl Chando (ACC), Nancy Hurley (VPAA), Tom Nenon (VPAA), Dan Poje (VPAA), Cathy Serex (VPAA), Chris Schiro-Geist (Vice Provost)

ABSENT: Jeanine Akers (LIB), Judy Brown (MIS), Melinda Jones (Honors), Noel Schwartz (Registrar)

The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. when a quorum was achieved.

• Approval of minutes of 13 January 2006. The minutes were approved as submitted by voice vote.

• Declaring a major – Carl Chando and subcommittee. The report was postponed until the April meeting.

• Undergraduate certificate discussion – Dan Poje reported that TBR has reopened the possibility of undergraduate certificates as long as they do not conflict with two-year institutions. Options include institutional certificates, in which the courses taken and the certificate itself are on the student's transcript, or certificates issued by Continuing Education, in which the courses are taken for academic credit or CEUs, but the certificate is not on the student's transcript. This topic elicited a great deal of discussion. T. Nenon suggested that the graduate certificates already in place are the best model. Questions arose about necessary levels of approval, relationship of a certificate to a minor, whether a certificate can be earned independent of a degree, where the record-keeping is done. There was general agreement that proposed certificates should be made up of upper division courses, should be approved at least at the department level, should make clear why the certificate is not appropriate as a minor, and should include a monitoring process. C. Schiro-Geist noted that too many regulations can discourage thinking outside the box. She appointed a sub-committee (D. Poje, J. Lukawicz, W. Thompson) to check with Music and Continuing Education about their certificate process and prepare recommendations for the Council.

• Contact minutes for off-campus classes and classes that meet for 7 weeks – Carol Danehower. The report was postponed until the April meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 PM because of snow.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Nancy Hurley, MA.

14 APRIL 2006

PRESENT (voting): Carol Danehower (FCBE, email proxy), Sutton Flynt (ICL), Jim Lukawitz (ACCT), Rob Koch (NURS), Tom Nenon (VPAA), Broderick Nichols (UCOL, Sarah Williams, proxy), Joan Schmelz (PHYS), Laurie Snyder (CCFA), Teong Tan (MECH), Sandy Utt (JOUR), Joseph Ventimiglia (SOCI), Larry Weiss (HSS)

PRESENT (ex officio): Carl Chando (ACC), Nancy Hurley (VPAA), Melinda Jones (Honors), Noel Schwartz (Registrar), Cathy Serex (VPAA), Chris Schiro-Geist (Vice Provost)

ABSENT: Charles Bray (ENGR), Judy Brown (MIS), Dan Poje (VPAA), William Thompson (FLL), Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (ENGL)

GUESTS: Emer Broadbent (SWRK), Julie Heath (ECON), Stephanie Thompson (OIR)

The meeting was called to order at 1:10 pm.

• Approval of February 10, 2006, minutes: Laurie Snyder noted that she had not been present; however, since she had given her proxy to Walter Kirkpatrick, she was technically present. Larry Weiss moved (2/Carl Chando) that the minutes be approved as amended. The motion was carried and the minutes were approved.

• Curricular Content Issues:

• Disability Studies and Rehabilitative Services concentration (handout) – E. Broadbent and S. Williams. E. Broadbent introduced this proposed new concentration in University College 's Bachelor of Professional Studies program. Southwest Tennessee Community College offers a certificate in disability studies and about 100 of their students have expressed interest in a four-year degree. The content meets both local needs and national accreditation requirements and could be a feeder into other programs. No new courses are required. In discussion, several Council members pointed out various problems with the courses required from their areas and Tom Nenon suggested that the proposers talk to all the departments involved to clarify which courses they are now offering and what prerequisites are required. A procedural question—that the Council had not had an opportunity to study the proposal before the meeting—was also raised. The proposal also involves reclassifying three 7000 level COUN courses down to 4000-6000 level to become the core of this undergraduate concentration. However, this reclassification has not been approved at the college level or by the University Council for Graduate Studies. Therefore, J. Lukawitz moved (2/Sandy Utt) to table this proposal until course revisions have been approved by the appropriate bodies and other questions have been resolved. The motion was carried by voice vote.

• Certificate in Data Analysis and Programming Using SAS Software proposal (attached) – J. Heath and S. Thompson. S. Thompson introduced this proposed undergraduate certificate. The proposal grew out of 10 years experience and discussions with 26 large local employers, who need people with these analytic skills; it would also be useful for graduate students in some disciplines, such as psychology. SAS has wide usefulness and is more in demand than SPSS. Successful completion of the program would allow graduates to sit for the base SAS certification examination; the UofM would be the first institution in the world to offer such a certificate. Courses would be taught by OIR; although Math is currently teaching SAS, there would be no overlap because it would be approached from a different angle that is not discipline-specific. This proposal led to a great deal of discussion, particularly concerning general guidelines for undergraduate certificates (see Item 3). Following this discussion, T. Nenon moved (2/J. Lukawitz) that the Certificate in Data Analysis and Programming Using SAS Software be approved. The motion was carried.

• Undergraduate Certificate discussion – J. Lukawitz presented the subcommittee's findings and recommendations on undergraduate certificates. Certificates can be awarded at the University level without TBR approval; however, they will not appear on the student's transcript. During discussion it was proposed that approval of undergraduate certificates follow the same steps that graduate certificates do, that the required courses be outside the minor, and that the Commencement Office produce certificates as they do diplomas. J. Lukawitz moved (/2 S. Utt) that the first four recommendations of the subcommittee be approved as amended in discussion. The motion was carried. The recommendations are:

• Undergraduate certificates should come through regular curriculum process.

• For academic credit, courses must also be approved through regular curriculum process.

• Maintenance of certificate records should not be in a department or college, but be contained in a statement on the transcript.

• There should be a common format for printed certificates and these should be signed by the appropriate academic official.

• Declaring a major – C. Chando reported on the subcommittee's recommendation (see handout). Following discussion, the Council felt that the built-in penalties for not declaring a major in a timely manner are sufficient. They voted to include the first statement in the catalog. The statement reads: "All students are expected to declare an academic major by the time they have completed 60 credit hours (about four to five semesters of full-time college-level work."

• Spectrum updated – N. Schwartz brought the Council up to date on the conversion process. At this time the course catalog (course inventory in SIS+) has gone live and the course schedule base for 2007 by the end of May 2006. However, the system won't know who is enrolled in which Spring and Summer 2007 courses, which affects prerequisite checking. There are three options: a) just don't check for prereqs, b) assume they have not been met for those enrolled in Spring and Summer and do manual permits, or c) periodically load Spring and Summer enrollments to Spectrum realizing that some will be missed and that this is a significant amount of work that could jeopardize production efficiency. She asked Council members to take these options back to their departments, and let her know their decisions by the end of April.

• UUC website – C. Serex announced that the new website is up. It includes the bylaws, members, and this year's minutes as well as links to the Undergraduate Bulletin and the Curricular Procedures Handbook. It can be accessed at http://academics.memphis.edu/aa/uuc/index.php

Minutes respectfully submitted by Nancy Hurley