Faculty Council Minutes- April 2005

April 8, 2005

2:30 p.m. Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty Present: J. Turner, Chair, D. Johnson, Chair-Elect, F. Scott (AEED), L. Parsch (AEAB), W. Kellogg (ANSC), T. Costello (BAEG), M. Stewart (CSES), A. Szalanski (ENTO), A. Proctor (FDSC), T. Killian (HESC), C. Rom (HORT), G. Milus (PLPA), D. Donoghue (POSC)
Others Attending:
G. Weidemann - Administration
N. Hettiarachchy - Agriculture Curriculum Subcommittee
1. Call to Order - J. Turner, Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
2. Agenda - J. Turner asked for recommendations for revision of the agenda. N. Hettiarachchy requested to give her report first T. Costello made motion to approve. A. Proctor seconded. All were in favor as revised.
3. Approval of Minutes - The minutes of February 2005 meeting of the Faculty Council were presented for approval. L. Parsch suggested some changes to wording regarding the college by laws. L. Parsch motioned to accept minutes as amended. D. Karcher seconded the motion. Minutes were approved as amended. All were in favor.
4. Reports
A. G. Weidemann – Administration
Dr. Weidemann reported that within the state legislature, revenue stabilization has passed. There have not been any specifics released as of yet. When final numbers are agreed upon, the unit heads will be contacted. This looks very optimistic.
With regard to the federal budget, it was proposed to eliminate the formula budget over the next two year period. This is a $4 million deal for the Experiment Station however, we will not know until January if the federal budget has passed.
Dr. Weidemann made a budget presentation to the Chancellor. This time of year all college Dean's and other budget units in the university have to give up 2% of their overall budget. It will then be re-budgeted back out based on the budget presentations that are given and based on campus priority. We usually get back the 2% and more.
College Centennial – There will be a formal rollout following the scholarship luncheon and honors convocation and all are urged to attend. Gala event is December 3 to celebrate the centennial of the college and all are invited.
B. B. Dixon, Graduate Council (Handout)
Proposal to increase the minimum enrollment requirement for graduate students on 50% appointment from 15 hours in twelve months to 21 hours in twelve months.
A motion was made to amend the proposal by changing the proposed minimum enrollment from 21 to 24 hours (9/9/6). This motion was defeated by a vote of one in favor, seven opposed and one abstaining.
The original proposal was defeated by a vote of two in favor and seven opposed. The will of the Council will be conveyed by Dean Geren to Provost Smith.
The Council unanimously approved the proposal to change the minimum admissions requirement for the Graduate School: From : 2.70 (on a four-point scale) for the baccalaureate degree or 3.20 on the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree To : 3.00 (on a four point scale) on the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree.
Professor Koski distributed two documents: "Initial Registration After the 11th day, Fall 2004: and "Initial Registration After the 11th day, Spring 2005". These are numbers of students who will not show up in headcount or SSCH reports because they were not enrolled at all before the 11th day. Council members were asked again to emphasize to their constituencies the importance of insuring that students are registered before the 11th day of the semester.
5. Standing Committee Reports
A. N. Hettiarachchy, Agriculture subcommittee (handout)
New Programs:
CSES – New minor in Crop Biotechnology
Catalog Description:
Courses in the crop Biotechnology minor provide basic and applied understanding of plant genetics and molecular Biology and their applications to crop improvement. The courses will cover fundamental studies on plant sciences, genetics, plant physiology and biochemistry, and provide hands on experience with a Special Topic CSES 402V. The crop Biotechnology minor is designed to expand job opportunities for B.S. graduates or prepare them for post-graduate studies in biotechnology related fields. Graduates will be trained for employment in biotechnology companies and University/Government laboratories.
L. Parsch motioned to approve the changes. T. Costello seconded the motion. All were in favor.
B. Human Environmental Sciences subcommittee
1. Program Changes:
a. HESC 4063 – Advanced Apparel Production Major
Offered for undergraduate and graduate credit: Course now required for graduate concentration in Apparel Studies.
2. Addition of a new concentration (Option) in the Human Development and Family Sciences Major.
Concentration in Birth through Kindergarten
This program has been developed to meet anticipated credentialing of Early Childhood Professionals (Birth through Kindergarten) by the State Department of Education. The program meets the requirements of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, our College's Dean's Office has encouraged the HDFS Faculty to develop this program. Once it is approved by the HESC Faculty, the program will be discussed with the College of Education.
3. Major Changes
There are 4 courses in the proposal and a change in title/description for HESC 4472/4472L
HESC 1411 – Observation of Children in Early Childhood Settings
HESC 4313 – Building Family & Community Relationships
HESC 4332 – Curriculum & Assessment Birth to 3 Years
HESC 4332L – Curriculum & Assessment Birth to 3 Years Laboratory
HESC 4342 – Curriculum & Assessment 3 Years to Kindergarten
HESC 4342L – Curriculum & Assessment 3 Years to Kindergarten Laboratory
Change in title/description:
HESC 4473 – Field Experience in Birth to Kindergarten Settings
T. Killian motioned to approve the changes. L. Parsch seconded the motion. All were in favor.
6. Old Business
A. Bring Personnel Document into agreement with the new P&T Document.
Proposal to Revise the AFLS By-laws to facilitate compliance with other Policy Documents. L. Parsch
Amend the CAFLS By-Laws so that a vote of the entire AFLS Faculty is not required to simply bring the By-Laws and other AFLS governance documents into compliance with higher order documents, i.e., Board of Trustees Policy, The Faculty Handbook, and the Personnel Document, etc.
L. Parsch moved to discuss this proposal at the next CAFLS Faculty meeting in May for an all faculty vote. H. Brown seconded the motion. All were in favor.
2. Proposal to bring AFLS By-Laws into compliance with AFLS Personnel Document concerning composition of College T & P Committee members
Motion to pass compliance to By-Laws is contingent upon approval of the By-Law change at the next CAFLS Faculty Meeting.
7. New Business - None
8. Inquiries from the Faculty - None
9. Meeting Adjourned-
The meeting was adjourned at 3.40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Tracy Joslin, Recording Secretary