Meeting, December 6, 2007

Meeting, December 6, 2007
Gallagher Business Building, Room 123

Members Present:

C. Anderson, L. Barnes, R. Bendick-Kier,  N. Bradley-Browning, B. Brown, K. Canty, F. Cardozo-Palaez, J. Carter, J. Crepeau, A. Delaney, B. Douma, J. Eglin, D. Erikson, J. Glendening, B. Halfpap, L. Hayes, J. Henry, J. Herbold, K. James, S. Justman, L. Knott,  B. Larson, C. Loisel, J. Lopach, J. Luckowski, M. Mayor, S. McCann, D. McCrea, M. McHugh, J. McNulty, S. Miller, C. Nichols, M. Patterson, M. Pershouse, B. Reider, J. Renz, D. Shively, R. Skelton, D. Spencer, S. Stiff, D. Swibold, H. Thompson, E. Uchimoto, K. Uhlenbruck, N. Vonessen, A. Ware                      

Members Excused

B. Allen, E. Ametsbichler, T. Atkins, B. Cochran, L. Dybdal, L. Eagle Heart-Thomas, L. Frey, J. Gannon, S. Gordon, W. Holben, M. Papanek-Miller, L. Putnam, T. Seekins P. Silverman, D. Six, G. Smith,

Members Absent

L. Blank, S. Greymorning, M. Kupilik, M. Monsos, D. Potts, R. Stubblefield, D. Stolle, K. Unger

Ex-Officio Present:

Registrar Micus, ASUM President Leftridge, ASUM Vice President Ness, Kassidy Kern, Suicide Prevention Awareness Coordinator


Chair Hayes called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.  

Registrar Micus called role and the minutes from 10/11/07 and 11/8/07 were approved

ASUM President Leftridge
ASUM has had some success on sustainability efforts this semester.  Additional students have been added to the Recycling Oversight Committee and there will be Facility Services Capital improvements for a more expansive recycling program on campus.  ASUM passed a resolution encouraging the University to build LEED certified buildings or truly "green" buildings.  LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. 

Last year ASUM worked with the Workers Rights Consortium to assure Griz apparel was not made in sweat shops.  This year's efforts have focused on the designated suppliers program.

The Off-campus Renters Center is revising its mission statement and would like input from across campus.

‘Know Your Rights' cards were distributed to senators.  ASUM is looking for ways to distribute them to students and is open to faculty distributing them in the classroom or other suggestions.

Kassidy Kern, Suicide Prevention Awareness Coordinator
A booklet for first responders created by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) was distributed.  The University is being proactive to prevent suicide by de-stigmatizing depression, getting the word out about student assistance programs, and developing peer oriented helping services.  First responders can help by getting the student to talk and encourage them to make an appointment with a counselor.  If possible you should stay with the student while they make the appointment or walk them over to CAPS. Every student is eligible for two free counseling sessions.  Emergency walk-in hours are 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Faculty can call a counselor for advice on how to best communicate to a student who might be in trouble.  There is also an electronic Incident Referral Form where you can provide information regarding the student.  The form goes to the dean, who sends the form to CAPS for mandatory follow-up.  This form is one tool and is entirely voluntary.  Suicide affects everyone around the student.  Communicating your concerns is a way to intervene and help protect others that could be impacted by a potential suicide. 

Kassidy Kern is available to give talks at department meetings and distribute the booklets.

Chair's Report:
Chair-elect Ware provided highlights from the Board of Regents meeting.

The Board of Regents are setting admissions standards across the Montana University System, specifically the accepted exam scores.  Provisional admission was approved for students scoring between18-21 on the ACT.  Full admission requires a score of 22 or above.  This removes the ambiguity that occurred for students that were admitted but were required to take remedial math.

The development plan for the south campus was also approved.

The Writing committee is seeking input on the draft writing course guidelines document. It was sent to department chairs, the advising list serve, and ASUM senators.  However, only five departments have responded. Please take this information to your departments and request that comments be sent to the Faculty Senate Office via email to

ASCRC is asking for comments on the possibility of increasing the number of upper-division credits required for the baccalaureate.  The committee will be considering this issue in the spring. Thirteen departments have responded to the request.

Senator Spenser:  There is confusion regarding the percentage.  Does it mean that 50% of the assignment has to be writing based or 50% of the evaluation?

Senator Carter, Chair of the Writing Committee: The language on the document needs to be clarified.  Provide feedback for both scenarios.

Senator Spenser:  What was the intent of the committee?

Senator Carter: Her perception is that the intent was for 50% of the grade, but the committee will need to clarify this.

Committee Reports:

ASCRC Chair Holly Thompson
The curriculum consent agenda was approved.  There are a couple of items still pending and Communicative Disorders was given an extension for submission.

Professor Thompson asked that senators take back the issue of increased upper-division courses to their departments. ASCRC would like to understand the curriculum difficulties related to a possible increase. 


Graduate Council Chair David Erickson
The curriculum consent agenda was approved.


Old Business:

Revisions to Academic Policy 103: Establishment and Periodic Review of Academic Institutes, Bureaus, Centers, Stations, Labs, and Other Similar Entities
Consideration of the revised policy was postponed because the amendment approved by ECOS was not available.

International Baccalaureate
After discussion and consideration of various amendments the item was sent back to committee. Acceptance of general education credits will require approval by the general education committee after the new criteria are put into place.  Apparently this has never done.  The chart was recommended by an accredited evaluation service.

Good and Welfare:

Senator Mayor: The Senate needs to do something about the credit given for AP exams.

Senator Lopach: The University is far too generous with AP credit.  The current policy was approved more for competitiveness in the admissions process than academic equivalence. 


Senator Lopach moved that ECOS take up the AP credit issue.  The motion was approved.


Professor Weix informed the Senate that the General Education Committee is moving along with criteria for the groups and hopes to have drafts to ASCRC early next semester.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05pm.