Faculty Council Minutes- November 2004

November 11, 2004

12:30 p.m. Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty Present: J. Rupe, Chair, J. Turner, Chair-Elect, A. Szalanski (ENTO), T. Killian (HESC), T. Costello (BAEG), L. Parsch (AEAB), T. Yazwinski (ANSC), C. West (CSES), D. Donoghue (POSC)
Others Attending:
B. Dixon ­ Graduate Council Representative
D. Miller - Agriculture Curriculum Subcommittee
P. Whan ­ Human Environmental Sciences Curriculum Subcommittee
F. Scott (AEED), R. Gergerich (HESC), A. Proctor (FDSC), M. Richardson (HORT)
1. Call to Order - J. Rupe, Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m.
2. Agenda - J. Rupe asked for recommendations for revision of the agenda. Motion passed to approve the agenda with no changes. All were in favor.
3. Approval of Minutes - The minutes of September 2004 meeting of the Faculty Council were presented for approval. Motion was made to pass the minutes with no changes, all in favor.
4. Reports
A. B. Dixon, Graduate Council
The DBCAFLS proposal to rename the masters in general agriculture from Master of Science in General Agriculture to Master of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences was tabled. The Graduate Council suggested one change and requested another.
The first change was to remove the requirement for six units of credit taken in residence. The Council is of the opinion that such requirements are archaic and not in line with other programs recently approved by the Council. Accommodating this change should be easy. It was included in the proposal under the mistaken belief that it was required.
The second problem was the name of the program. It was pointed out that a student could easily fulfill the requirements and lacks a course in two of the three fields in the degree title. For example, a student could take courses entirely in AEED, AGEC and CSES and thereby have no "Food" or "Life" courses.
Upon subsequent inquiry, it turns out that HESC has its own general masters program so that the need or accuracy for "Life" in the Title is questionable. One idea is to rename the degree Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences. Students would be forbidden from taking their three course concentration in HES since HES has its own program.
The Graduate Council awaits a response from DBCAFLS.
B. J. Rupe, Faculty Senate
A proposal was presented to the Faculty Senate on the idea of including the directors of the Athletic department as ex-officio members of the Faculty Senate to form bridges between the Senate and the Athletic Department. This was discussed and passed through the Senate. The proposal is now to be presented to the Board of Education.
5. Standing Committee Reports
A. Agriculture subcommittee
New Courses
CSES 2012 "Introduction to Organic Crop Production"
Justification: This course will address several goals for students such as a quantitative understanding of the resources crops need for growth and development; an understanding of the environmental and ecological relationships between agricultural and societal interests; and to give critical thought to complex issues and express themselves well in both oral and in written formats.
T. Costello motioned to approve the changes. L. Parsch seconded. All were in favor.
B. Human Environmental Sciences Subcommittee -- P. Whan
Major Changes
HESC 4472/4472L "Child Development Practicum" and "Child Development Practicum Lab" ­ Change of Prerequisite
Justification: The principles in these courses are essential to understanding and working with children in the practicum and practicum laboratory. This change was approved and forwarded in the 2002-2003 academic year, but was never changed in the catalog. To implement the catalogue correction, it must go through the process again.
HESC 4063 "Advanced Apparel Production" ­ Change to dual Credit
Justification: This class was inadvertently omitted from the list of classes that was approved for graduate credit when the Apparel Studies concentration was reinstated last year. Additional requirements for graduate credit are required and will be developed according to each graduate student's plan of study.
Movement was made to approve changes. T. Killian motioned to accept. L. Parsch seconded.
All were in favor.
6. Old Business
A. L. Parsch - Change to the Grading System (Handouts)
The ballots were sent and the 61% of the faculty voted, meeting the necessary quorum. Seventy-four percent of this faculty voted for a change to the grading system. The proposal will now go before the Graduate Council, the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor's Office.
7. New Business
A. Election of a vice-chair of the Faculty Council
Three nominees are needed for election of the Vice-Chair. The chair does not need to be a member of the Faculty Council and does not represent the department that person is attached to. J. Rupe encouraged the Council to nominate faculty members. This would be a two-year commitment.
B. Fall Faculty Meeting
J. Rupe announced that the Fall Faculty meeting will be on December 8, 2004.
8. Inquiries from the Faculty - None
9. Meeting Adjourned
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30.
Respectfully submitted,
Tracy Joslin, Recording Secretary