ASCRC Minutes 10/31/06


Members Present: B. Bach, R. Browning, I. Crummy, J. Eglin, V. Hedquist, C. Henderson, J. Graham, J. Luckowski, T. Manual, A. Szalda-Petree, A. Tabibnejad, H. Thompson

Members Absent/Excused: D. Duncan, M. Hoell, R. Nalty, P. Silverman


Ex-Officio Present: D. Micus, A. Walker-Andrews

Guest: Associate Dean Tompkins


Chair Szalda-Petree called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.

Approval of the 10/24/06 minutes was postponed.  


  • Membership on the ad hoc online committee is coming together. The following have agreed to serve:
    Betsy Bach, Communication Studies and ASCRC liaison
    Associate Dean Tompkins, College of Arts & Sciences

Melissa Holmes, Continuing Education
Sally Brewer, Curriculum and Instruction

Christina Yoshimura, Communication Studies
Joe Crepeau, Applied Arts and Science

Sean Clouse, Management and member of the Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Board            

Bill Holben, Division of Biological Sciences

Alicia Gignoux, Modern and Classical Languages & Literature
Denny McAuliffe, Journalism

  • Next Tuesday is Election Day so there will be no meeting.

Unfinished Business (postponed for new business)

New Business

  • Professor Luckowski presented the consent agenda for the Education and Fine Arts Subcommittee. The subcommittee members changed from last year and included Steve Kalm, Music; Wendy Stark, Drama/Dance; Beth Lo, Art; and Scott Richter, HHP. Items on the summary were approved with the exception of several Drama/Dance proposals that were withdrawn (DAN 201, 210, 211, 310, and 311) and one that was not approved by the subcommittee -- DRAM 327 level change to UG. In addition it was noted that C&I/Library Media was missing a program modification form to update catalog language with respect to the credit increases for C&I UG 483 and 488. Professor Luckowski will follow-up.

    Discussion regarding the Communicative Disorders Proposal will take place after the initial curriculum review is completed.
  • Professor Thompson presented the consent agenda for the Science Subcommittee. The subcommittee members changed from last year and included Jon Graham, Math; Michael O'Connor, Computer Science; Steve Sheriff, Geosciences; Ejiro Uchimoto, Physics and Astronomy; Edward Waali, Chemistry; and Kathe Westphal, DBS. Items on the summary were approved with the exception of CRT 111, Fluency in Information Technology and 231, Object-Oriented Programming. Although the chair of Computer Science signed the proposals, there was a question with regard to the absence of the T designation. Chemistry will need to submit a program modification form to update catalog language with regard to CHEM 488 and 498.

    The language in the program modification forms for Physics and Astronomy was questioned. The Counseling Center no longer administers testing. This will need to be corrected.

    It was also noted that the GEOL rubric does not fit the new name of the department-Geosciences.

    The Science Subcommittee will have approximately 18 DBS items to present at the next meeting. The forms were received last week.
  • The Ethics Subcommittee is still waiting to hear from several members and therefore was not prepared to present.
  • The Writing courses were presented for approval. However there was a question as to whether the courses were all three credits. Action was postponed until this could be verified.

Unfinished Business:

  • Business and Journalism Subcommittee Follow-up:
    The level 1, title change of the Accounting Technology Associate Degree to Accounting was withdrawn. The subcommittee received two late proposals from Accounting (312 & 313). These were reviewed and approved. The Carpentry and Building Maintenance courses will be presented on 11/21/06. Professor Bach requested that a representative from the program be invited because the subcommittee is struggling with the proposals.
  • The Communicative Disorders proposal was briefly discussed. It was suggested that the committee members review the first 17 pages of the proposal. There is now documentation of support from 8 faculty on campus and many professionals in the community. The financial situation is still a concern. There are many existing programs that are under funded. There is a request for one-time only workforce development funds. The State of Montana pays Speech Pathologists at teacher salaries starting at approximately $26,000. Out of state Speech Pathologists start at $58,000. Space is another issue. The program would resume in the basement of the Curry Health Center, and displace the Montana Rural Institute on Disabilities. The two subcommittee chairs will meet and draft a list of questions for review by ASCRC. The questions will be provided to the steering committee and guests will be invited to a meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.