ASCRC Minutes 11/21/06


Members Present: B. Bach,  I. Crummy, D. Duncan, J. Eglin, C. Henderson, J. Luckowski, T. Manual, P. Silverman, A. Szalda-Petree, A. Tabibnejad

Members Absent/Excused: R. Browning, J. Graham, V. Hedquist, R. Nalty, H. Thompson


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

Guest: Associate Dean Tompkins, John Walker, Jim Lizotte, Donnie Laughlin, Rick VanDenPol


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

Approval of the minutes was postponed.    


  • Chair Szalda-Petree requested that the Humanities and Business and Journalism Subcommittees send their concerns regarding the Certificate in Global and Multicultural Competence.

Unfinished Business (postponed for new business)

New Business

  • The summary of Forestry and Biomedical curriculum proposals was presented by Professor Henderson. Items on the summary were approved with the exception of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders proposal. The proposal for RECM 475 Managing Recreation Resources in Wilderness was not on the list and requires a different course number in order to cross list with forestry. One issue the committee may wish to explore at a latter date is the content duplication between Sociology (Rural and Environmental Change Option), Forestry, and Environmental Studies.
  • The summary of Social Science curriculum proposals was presented by Professor Silverman. Items on the summary were approved with the exception of the following:

COMM 295, International & Development Communication

Requires more thorough review of criteria for perspective

LING 295, Language and Studies of Human Behavior

PSC 450 E, Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy

Needs different number, PSC 450 currently exists

Program Modification, Nonprofit Administration Minor

The Business School will not sign off on the form.  It has accreditation concerns.

Certificate in Global & Multicultural Competence

Numerous issues, follow-up communication is taking place.

Unfinished Business:

  • John Walker, Program Director, Building Maintenance Engineering provided a brief background to the carpentry program. He was joined by Jim Lizotte and Donnie Laughlin from the program. Four years ago the curriculum was written by the dean without input from the faculty or an advisory committee. The second year building maintenance had low enrollment, so it is no longer offered. The goal of the revisions is to make the program more useful to the students and parallel to other programs in the state.

    Professor Bach summarized the changes and they were approved.
  • Professor VanDenPol explained why he came to the meeting. This is the 16th year of trying to reinstate the Speech Language Pathology program. The proposal is for a bare bones program that anticipates high graduate enrollment. It appears that the undergraduate program would make money. The state has a shortage of speech pathologists and is providing barely adequate service in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. The two Rite Care Program speech pathologists currently in the basement of the Health Center have volunteered to supervise students.

    He was asked about the shortage of PhDs in the field and difficulty recruiting faculty to Montana. Other programs face this same issue and rely on the other reasons people come to Montana.

    In the past the program was cut because the cost per student was very high. Have there been any changes? There is a surplus in the state and embedding the program in the School of Education will allow for cross-disciplinary cultivation. Historically the programs have been housed in Allied Health, but there are a few in programs in Education. Graduates from the program are employed in education.

    The Board of Regents reports that 70-80% of graduates stay in the state. It was asked whether there was a shortage of speech language pathologists nationally. Montana pays pathologists at a teacher's salary that is low and not competitive nationally.

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