AFLS Curriculum Minutes -- Nov. 14, 2012

Minutes (Draft)
AFLS Curriculum Committee Meeting
Wednesday November 14, 2012
1:30 – 3:30 PM, POSC O-109
Voting Members: Nick Anthony (chair), Tom Costello, Ashley Dowling, Leslie Edgar, Ed Gbur, David Kreider, Curt Rom, Ionnas Tzanetakis, Mike Thomsen (secretary), Ya-Jane Wang (for Luke Howard)

Non-voting Members: Jody Davis, Alice Griffin, Kelly Way

Guests: Susan Byram, Pat Koski, Cynthia Rauth

Approval of Agenda: Gbur moved. Kreider Seconded. The motion passed

Approval of previous minutes: Edgar Moved. Kreider Seconded. The motion passed.

Dean's Office Reports: None

Old Business:

Guests from the graduate school provided context for two items of business before the committee. Dr. Koski outlined the changes to the EASL program. She explained that a placement test is given when international students arrive at the UA. This measures English abilities that are distinct from what is measured on the TOEFL. Students are placed in EASL based on this placement test score. Cynthia Rauth explained that the placement test is necessary because of differences across assessment tests and concerns about consistency of some of the exams given in the home country. Dr. Koski informed the committee that the major advisor can request that the student be exempt from the EASL requirement. EASL is separate from the Spring International Program. The new courses are to serve populations that are not being served by the existing EASL courses. These populations include visiting students and scholars, international teaching assistants, and undergraduates participating in the University Connections Program.

Dr. Koski explained that the PUBP program is the only PhD program on campus with its own residency requirement. This was to ensure that off-site students felt included within the academic community but because of distance and on-line courses this policy was not meeting its intended purpose. Other controls are in place to ensure adequate progress towards the degree.

• EASL program and course changes proposed by grad school: Kreider moved approval of the EASL program changes on first reading. Gbur seconded. The motion passed.
• PUBP PHD Public Policy program residency requirements. Kreider moved approval of the PUBP PHD residency requirements on first and second reading. Dowling seconded. The motion passed.

Communication Intensive Course Requirements: The committee discussed the College's communication intensive course requirements. The following actions were taken:

• Kreider moved accepting our existing criteria for communication intensive courses. Gbur seconded. The motion passed.
• Kreider moved removal of JOUR 1033 (Fundamentals of Journalism). Edgar seconded. The motion passed.
• Kredier moved addition of ENGL 2003 (Advanced Composition) to the list of communication intensive courses. Gbur seconded. The motion passed.
• Kreider moved addition of AGED 4003 (Issues in Agriculture) to the list of communications intensive courses. Dowling seconded. The motion passed 6 to 1.
• Thomsen moved addition of AGED 4343 (Communication Campaigns in Agriculture) to communications intensive list. Dowling seconded. The motion passed.
• Kreider moved addition of AFLS 3412H (Proposal Development). Edgar seconded. The motion passed. The committee recommended the Honors Program consider changing this to a 3 credit hour course due to the rigorous nature of the material.

The other item of old business was the ANSC MS (non-thesis) program. Edgar moved approval on second reading. Dowling seconded. The motion passed.
New Business:

• AGBS BS Program Changes for Act 747 compliance. Kreider moved approval on first and second reading. Dowling seconded. The motion Passed
• Changes to the Minor in Agribusiness. Edgar moved approval on first and second. Wang seconded. The motion passed
• AEED Department name change. Kreider moved approval of the name change on first and second reading. Edgar seconded. The motion passed.
• AGED 3142/3141L change to AGED 3143. Thomsen moved approval of the three hours course and deletion of the lab component on first and second reading. Dowling seconded. The motion passed.