Members Present: K. Barhaugh, , T. Brockman, I. Crummy J. Dempersmier S. Lodmell, J. Luckowski, M. Nielsen, S. Smillie, H. Thompson, E. Uchimoto, K. Unger, R. Vanita, G. Weix, K. Zoellner, D. Zolnikov
Members Absent/Excused: J. Bergman, P. Silverman
Ex-Officio Present: E. Johnson, S. O'Hare, A. Walker-Andrews
Guest: R. Balch, J. Douglas, R. Greene, A. Kia, J. Lopach, O. Renner-Fahey, K. Walker
Chair Weix called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.
The minutes from 4/7/09 were approved.
Proposed Central and Southwest Asian Studies Major
"12 credits of upper division courses are required, no more than six credits from the MCLL courses. In addition, all students will complete either the Central Asia Seminar ANTH 460/HIST 462, or a 3 credit independent study requiring a research paper of 25 pages, in either English, or one of the regional languages listed, and supervised by the student's advisor."
Professor Balch's and Unger's primary concerns are related to resources: Whether courses will be offered frequently enough to meet the needs of the students and the likelihood that the language courses, currently taught by adjunct instructors, will continue considering the budget situation in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Kia responded that the existence of the major will allow for UM to apply for a $2 million National Resource Grant to support the Central and Southwest Asian Studies program. The proposal does not include any new courses. The current courses are very popular. Professor Kia reported that 234 students are currently enrolled in two of the program's courses. The students are showing a lot of enthusiasm and there is a need for students with expertise in this area.
Professor Zoellner informed the committee that the dean of the library has not signed the proposal. She has indicated the library would need supplemental funds to build the collection.
The current minor has been in place for 4 years. During its development, the Central Asia and Caspian Basin Program was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant. Some of the funds were to be used to strengthen the Mansfield Library holdings with the purchase of research materials, journals, and books for the Central and Southwest Asian Studies program.
The program has been successful in bringing external funding ($5.1 million) to campus. It has set up exchange programs in ten countries for students and faculty. Information about the external funding and exchange programs should be added to the proposal. The statement regarding assessment should be revised. Although the Anthropology Department is scheduled for program review in 2009-2010, this would be too soon to assess the new major. The last sentence in section 1.b. should be edited for clarity as well.
The adequacy of a two year language requirement was also discussed. According to Professor Renner-Fahey two-years of Russian is adequate to converse and sufficient for researching. Russian is the dominant language in the area. Often programs will move to a three-year requirement after they are established.
It was questioned why Geography is not involved. There have been personnel conflicts that led to the program moving to Anthropology last year. The Provost's Office has asked the Geography Department if they would like to be involved and they would not. Professor Weix read a letter of support from Professor Graetz, a Senior Lecturer in Geography.
The guests were thanked for their time and the committee continued deliberations. It was suggested that the proposers modify the proposal as indicated above and consider revising the language section so the program can start with Chinese and Russian with the option of expansion with the other languages as resources allow. The Library should be consulted to determine whether its holdings are adequate to support the revision, the collections weaknesses should be identified so they can be addressed in the future, and the signature page should be signed by the Dean of the Library. Voting on the proposal was postponed to allow for these actions.
It may be necessary to clarify the process for review when signatures are missing from forms.
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Students graduating under a previous catalog may take a course in the Indigenous and Global Perspective to satisfy the Non Western requirement.
Good and Welfare - none
The meeting was adjourned at 3:45.
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