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 Faculty Senate

The University of Montana

ASCRC Minutes 4/24/07

 

Members Present:, I. Crummy, L. Economides, J. Eglin, J. Graham, V. Hedquist, K. Nalty, J. Luckowski, T. Ness, H. Thompson, A. Szalda-Petree, P. Silverman

Members Absent/Excused: B. Bach, L. Hamilton., C. Henderson, A. Tabibnejad, L. Tangedahl, D. Micus, A. Walker-Andrews

Ex-Officio Present: M. Hoell

Guest:
G.G. Weix

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

The minutes from 4/17/07 were approved.      

Communications:

  • Members were reminded about that there is not an ASCRC meeting next week, but they should attend the open forum on general education in GBB 123.
  • President Dennison's response to the general education model was sent to members. He was not pleased with several components.
  • Anthropology's upper-division writing courses will be reviewed by the writing committee. ASCRC agreed to support the writing committee's recommendations to allow the courses to be put on the Senate consent agenda for May.. Unfortunately the writing committee did not have a quorum at its last meeting, so the courses were not approved.
  • Kevin Nalty disseminated ASUM's repeat fee resolution. ASUM encourages ASCRC to reach a resolution to the issues preventing the recommendation of the repeat fee removal. Chair Szalda-Petree spoke to the ASUM senator that authored the resolution. ASCRC will need to consider whether the removal of the fee will impact high enrollment courses and recommend a suitable solution. This issue will be on the agenda early next fall.

 

Business Items:

  • Professor Weix reported on the workgroups findings related to certificates. Currently there are a variety of venues and reasons for awarding certificates. Certificates confirm that a set of courses were completed. In some cases the courses are intended to teach a set of competencies. Certificates are used for public/private collaboration and are common in Business. Certificate programs may be attractive to non-traditional students or professionals that would benefit from learning a set of skills, such as law enforcement and forensic Sciences.

    Items that should be considered for guidelines include: a justification for why the program would not be an academic minor; documented need and value of the certificate; examples of similar certificates and how they are used by students.

    There should be a mechanism for tracking how many students complete certificate programs. Certificates should be subject to some type of review process. It was suggested that interdisciplinary minors should also be subject to a review process. An ad hoc subcommittee of ASCRC, including representation from the Provost's Office and faculty involved with current successful certificate programs will flush out review guidelines. Professor Tompkins will work on a draft policy for the subcommittee to consider.
  • Professor Silverman received a response to his request for additional information with regard to the artistic studies review of ART 125 and 240. The faculty member teaching the courses is retiring and did not include or understand the need for assessment information. ASCRC agreed to approve the courses provided professor Hedquist submitted the necessary information via email. WTS 184 was approved this fall for artistic studies; therefore, it was allowed to retain the designation even though the appropriate form was not submitted.
  • Professor Crummy reported on the pending perspective 2 courses. Review forms were finally received for LS 151 & 152 and they were adequate. The Chair of Liberal Studies indicated that the designation for LS 180 and RS 252 would have to be dropped for now. A revised form was received for ENLT 223 and approved. There has not been a response to inquires regarding PHIL 340 so the designation will be removed.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m. 

Faculty Senate

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59812