ASCRC Minutes 12/4/07


Members Present: L. Economides, J. Cox, I. Crummy, J. Graham, S. Gauthier, J. Luckowski, P. Muench, K. Nalty,  M. Nielsen, P. Silverman, L. Tangedahl, H. Thompson, G. Weix

Members Absent/Excused: J. Burfeind, E. Henderson, S. Lodmell


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

Guest: Associate Dean Tompkins

Chair Thompson called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m.

The minutes from 11/13/07 were approved.  



Business Items: - Curriculum Review


Humanities Follow-up

Film Studies will accept repeatability of 6 credits on ENFM UG 381 Studies in Film.  History has withdrawn the proposed title change for HIST UG 376.  The new faculty member will teach the course experimentally the first time it is offered. Chair Thompson will contact him after the end of the semester to explain the review process, so he doesn't have a bad impression of faculty governance.

Social Science Follow-up
The subcommittee reconsidered the courses taught by non-tenure track faculty and did not change its recommendations for approval, but did provide additional justification for non-approval of EVST 460, 470 and GEOG 303. 

EVST 460 & 470

Neither syllabus lists required readings.  There are no prerequisites and subcommittee is concerned that the courses are not at the appropriate level.

GEOG 303

It is unclear how the group project would be graded for individuals.

After consideration ASCRC approved COMM 251 with one member opposed. 

After discussion, a motion was made to postpone further consideration of establishing a policy prohibiting non-tenure faculty from proposing new courses. The motion was approved with three opposed.  In the spring, the Provost will be invited to represent the administrations side of the issue.

Geography withdrew GEOG 214S and UG 460 and will be resubmitting revised forms.  Follow-up is still pending for COM 217 and WGS 463.

Ethics (Late Proposal)
PSYC 495 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Ethics was approved for a one-time-only ethics designation.

Certificate Guidelines
The guidelines were approved with minor revisions.  (Appended)

Repeat Fee Resolution
The resolution was approved as follows: 

Repeat Fee Resolution

Whereas:  Students who retake courses must currently pay a $100 Repeat Fee in order for the cumulative GPA to be recalculated without the original grade for the course;

Whereas:  The original intent of the $100 Repeat Fee was to provide more available spaces in high enrollment courses by reducing frivolous retakes;

Whereas:  No evidence has been presented showing that students routinely retake courses for frivolous reasons, such as small incremental improvement in grades;

Whereas:  No evidence has been presented that shows the current policy has reduced unnecessary retakes;

Whereas:  The Repeat Fee policy discriminates against low income students, because they often cannot afford to pay the fee, and thereby are less competitive for scholarships, financial aid, professional programs, graduate schools and other opportunities;

Whereas:  Removing the Repeat Fee may help to reduce freshmen attrition and is in line with both President Dennison's Strategic Plan to improve retention and graduation rates and Governor Schweitzer's College Affordability Plan (CAP);

Whereas: The Associated Students of The University of Montana with unanimous consent encourages removal of the Repeat Fee;

Whereas: None of the other units within the Montana University System charges a Repeat Fee;

Therefore, let it be resolved that The Faculty Senate urges The University of Montana to adopt the following policy as of a specific date (repeat courses taken prior to the date will still require the Repeat Fee, repeat courses taken after the date will not):

          1.  Eliminate the $100 Repeat Fee.

          2.  Use only the most recent grade of a repeated course to calculate the cumulative GPA.

          3.  Show all grades on the transcript.

Good and Welfare
The committee is still short a member from the Social Sciences and needs to start thinking about recruiting members for next year.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30.

ASCRC Policy Guidelines

University of Montana Certificate Programs


Certificate programs governed by these policy guidelines are academic, credit-bearing programs that end with the awarding of a certificate rather than an academic degree. They are of two kinds: a Certificate of  Completion requiring a minimum of 12 semester credits and a Certificate of Applied Science requiring a minimum of 31 semester credits as defined under BOR policy 301.12.

Certificate programs established under these guidelines are designed to help students develop specialized expertise in vocationally-oriented areas of knowledge and skills.  They typically have a practical orientation and are intended to indicate to prospective employers that the certificate holder has completed a Faculty Senate and Board of Regents approved course of study. They may also serve as credentials supporting other academic programs. 

An important purpose of these guidelines is to establish a clear distinction between Faculty Senate and Board of Regents approved certificates and those that are often referred to as certificates of attendance, proficiency, participation, recognition, or appreciation.


A Faculty Senate and Board of Regents approved certificate program is the only kind of certificate program whose certificate may include the words "awarded by The University of Montana" or "The University of Montana awards . . ."  The awarding of a Faculty Senate and Board of Regents approved certificate is recorded on the student's transcripts.

Guidelines for ASCRC Review


  1. Each  Certificate of Completion program shall require a minimum of 12 semester credits. The  Board of Regents defined Certificate of Applied Science  shall require a minimum of 31 semester credits.
  1. Each Certificate of Completion program  shall have a common core of at least 6 credits to ensure internal coherence.
  1.  In addition to elective courses, certificate programs may designate other requirements, such as licensure requirements or other professionally required certificates, internships, work projects, or attendance at professional meetings or symposia.
  1. The content of the required and optional courses shall reflect the practical knowledge, skills, and abilities that the certificate program purports to develop.
  1. All courses shall be completed with a minimum grade of C- in undergraduate certificate programs and B- in graduate certificate programs.  (This does not preclude programs from setting higher "minimums").
  1. Each Certificate of Completion program shall be directed by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member or administrator. Certificate of Applied Science programs shall be directed by an administrator or his/her designee.

Procedural Guidelines


  • 1. Each certificate program shall be reviewed by ASCRC and approved by Faculty Senate and the Board of Regents before the first certificate may be awarded.
  • 2. Certificate of Completion programs are open to students in either degree or non-degree admission categories. Certificate of Applied Science programs shall be available only to degree-seeking students.
  • 3. All Certificates of Completion issued by the Registrar's Office shall be of similar design, include The University of Montana logo, and be of sufficiently good quality to have a professional appearance. The wording that appears on the Certificate must be approved by the Provost's Office.
  • 4. The name of the certificate program and the date awarded shall be recorded on the student's transcript.
  • 5. Each certificate program shall be reviewed in conjunction with the regularly scheduled review of the academic unit(s) sponsoring the program.