College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences


Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C,, 245-5264

Note: Page numbers indicate pages as per the paper copy of the Bulletins.

Bulletin No. 8

22 February 2007


Page             Topic

84                    Agenda: All College Meeting on February 21, 2007

84                    Agenda: Senate Meeting on February 21, 2007

84                    Proposed Amendment to Article II, Section 2

85                    Minutes of the College Senate 6 February 2007

90                    Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting 30 January 2007

95                    Minutes of the Faculty Affairs Committee Meeting 13 February 2007

97                    Minutes of the Committee on Undergraduate Policies, Core, and Review 13 February 2007

106                  Minutes of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Meeting 20 February 2007


Agenda for the All College Meeting on February 27, 2007

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Nomination Committee Report:                          Bill Gohlman

Proposal for amendment to Article III, Section 2

(Bulletin #8, pages 84-85)                   Susan Bailey



Agenda for Senate Meeting on February 27, 2007

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes of February 6, 2007 (Bulletin #8, pages 85-90)

Senate Reports

President                                               Christopher Dahl

Provost                                                                  Kate Conway-Turner

Chair                                                       Dennis Showers

Vice Chair                                              David Granger

Past-Chair                                              Maria Lima

Treasurer                                               Kathleen Mapes

University Faculty Senator                                Bill Gohlman

Vice President, Student Assoc.         Jarah Magan


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula                    Meg Stolee

Undergraduate Policies                       Ed Wallace

Graduate Academic Affairs                Susan Salmon

Student Affairs                                     Denise Scott

Faculty Affairs                                     Jane Morse


Old Business

New Business


Proposed Amendment to Article II, Section 2

Committee on Academic Standards—proposed revision to Senate Constitution

(based on recommendation of the June, 2006 meeting of the Committee on Academic Standards)


  1. Membership:  The membership shall consist of eight or more members of the faculty.  The members shall be appointed by the Dean of the College in consultation with the Chair of the Senate.  The Dean of the College, a representative of the Vice President for Student and Campus Life, and a representative of the Director of Admissions shall serve as non-voting advisors.


  1. Functions:  The Committee’s primary responsibility will be to participate in Academic Standards Hearings at the end of each academic year.  The Committee will be convened by the Dean of the College, and may be divided into subgroups in order to conduct, in a timely way, hearings for students subject to academic dismissal. Temporary chairs for each hearing committee will be designated by the Dean in consultation with the committees. With respect to such cases, the Committee shall reach one of two decisions which shall be implemented by the Dean of the College:  1) uphold student dismissal;  2) permit student reinstatement provided he/she meets certain conditions stipulated by college policy or imposed by the Committee.


Minutes of the College Senate

6 February 2007


Present: I. Alam, L. Argentieri, M. Bagel, S. Bailey, T. Bazzett, I. Belyakov, J. Bergersen, R. Bonfiglio, S. Bosch, R. Coloccia, B. Colon, K. Conway-Turner, C. Dahl, D. DeZarn, R. Doggett, G. Drake, A. Eisenberg, C. Garrity, E. Gillin, S. Giorgis, D. Granger, A. Gu, K. Hannam, W. Harrison, A. Herman, R. Herzman, K. Hinman, A. Jones, M. Klotz, C. Leary, K. Levison, M. Lima, J. Lovett, P. MacLean, K. Mapes, C. Matthews, M. McCrank, J. McLean, J. Miller, B. Morgan, J. Morse, O. Nicodemi, M. Nolan, L. O'Brien, B. Owens, K. Owens, P. Pacheco, D. Robertson, C. Rowley, S. Salmon, L. Schiffel, D. Scott, D. Showers, D. Tamarin, G. Towsley, E. Wallace, L. Ware, C. Weber, A. Weibel, B. Welker, J. Williams, Y. Zhang, L. Zipp, J. Zook


Guests:  O. Alawiye, D. Baldwin, D. Brown, S. Edgar, E.R. Johnson, S. West



Call to Order


Chair Showers called the Senate to order at 4.05PM.


Adoption of the Agenda (Bulletin #7, p. 79)


With a correction about the published date of the agenda, the agenda was approved unanimously.


Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting on 5 December 2006 (Bulletin #6, pp. 66-73)


The minutes were approved without additions or corrections.




President’s Report


1. The College has signed an agreement with the University of the West Indies campus in Mona, Jamaica, providing for Faculty and Student exchanges as well as special student status for other categories of students.  There are possibilities for Faculty exchanges and five students in either direction as early as this fall, starting with UWI’s Chemistry Department. UWI has strong programs in chemistry, physics, and geology; they also offer Ph.D.s and medical studies. Dahl praised the university’s strengths, its Institute for the Study of West Indian Culture and Literature, and its culturally fascinating surroundings. He noted, too, that UWI appreciates the chance to share their scientific expertise.


Also of interest is the housing provided for full-time faculty by rank; there are very good townhouses available for visiting semester and half-semester professors.


 Ruel McKnight of Geneseo’s Chemistry Department, who holds an undergraduate degree from UWI, accompanied Dahl on this trip; his undergraduate degree is from UWI.


2. Dahl turned next to the State Budget. Governor Spitzer gave his first Budget address on 31 January. The Governor, says Dahl, recognizes the value of public education, and so, even though there is not much new money forthcoming, there are none of the cuts that might be expected from a new administration.


First, in the State Operating Budget, there is a SUNY-wide base-level increase of $49.6 million; this was less than the requested $62.8 million. This increase covers collective bargaining, salaries, inflation, and energy costs.  The rest of that $62.8 million was to go to the Empire Development Initiative, a research program for the University Centers. SUNY did see an increase in Empire Innovation program—up from $6 million to $12 million ($19 million was originally requested). More money ($2.3 million) is available for EOC programs (Economic Opportunity Centers).


Meanwhile, TAP was not cut for the first time in many years. As for the Capital Budget, SUNY requested $325 million for critical maintenance and received $100 million; project initiatives totaled $279.7 million (out of a desired $376 million). SUNY did not receive any of the $50 million for scientific equipment requests.


The good news for Geneseo is that we received $2.5 million for critical maintenance, which we hope will go towards renovating Newton as Phase II of Integrated Science Center. We also secured full funding ($12 million) for our top new capital priority, the Doty Building. This will benefit Performing Arts, Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Admissions, and International Student Programs.  Dahl noted that Geneseo was one of only 10 out of 31 state-operated campuses that were granted their priority requests.


With another program, the Stadium, we will raise private funds and then be able to pull in State money.


Finally, SUNY will be receiving $163 million to pay the balance on partially-funded projects.


The Chancellor also wants to create a blue-ribbon Commission on Higher Education which will develop


  1. short- and long-term strategies for moving public universities from going to good to great.
  2. a rational tuition policy “to promote affordability, stability, and predictability.”
  3. benchmarks to compare “educational accomplishments, research productivity, and academic quality” at New York State public colleges to similar institutions nationwide.


Geneseo can show the Commission that the Honors College designation can help move the System from good to great. Variable campus-based tuition and other reforms in tuition policy may help us as well.


Dahl was grateful that, under the proposed Budget, we do not need to negotiate for TAP or next year’s salaries.


SUNY Chancellor Ryan will be running a GOLD leadership program here soon, and we are trying to arrange a public meeting in which he can take questions. Ryan has wanted to make major reforms in systemic issues in higher education, and he has managed to convince Governor Spitzer’s assistants and establish his desired agenda for the Commission. Ryan is now asking for possible appointees from among the Distinguished ranks in the University.


K. Levison (Vice-President for Administration) said that the Governor’s Budget does not increase costs for credit-bearing courses. Dahl commended this stance because tuition increases become points of contention.

He noted that, since he entered the SUNY system in 1994, he has never seen a tuition increase that has added value to students’ educational experience. The money has simply gone into to the State’s financial obligations. Tuition should go towards the maintenance of educational quality.


R. Owens (Communicative Disorders and Sciences) asked Dahl to update the Senate on planning and financing in the refitting of Greene and Bailey Buildings. Dahl replied that the financing of Greene is in Phase II of the $53 million Integrated Science Building project. Funds are now in hand; to complete the project, we must move the physicists and chemists out of Greene and into Bailey, which has now vacated that Building. Greene will then undergo renovation as part of the Integrated Science Center. Dahl admitted that the current funds represent the amount that the renovation would have cost four years ago; but this is better than no money at all. The renovation of Greene will cost nearly $20 million.


3. Department Heads are in the midst of a space study with a consultant to ask where Departments should move (and why) after we have moved people through Bailey, which is being used as a “swing space.”


Provost’s Report


1. Provost Conway-Turner introduced the new College Registrar, Delbert Brown. He started work on 29 January. The Provost said we are happy to have Brown with us and encouraged people to visit him in his new office in Erwin.


2. GREAT Day is coming up on 17 April. She urged Faculty and Students to work together on this.


Chair’s Report


Showers began by yielding time to R. Herzman (English) to report on the Honors Program.


Herzman said that he and his Honors Program Co-Director, O. Nicodemi (Mathematics) received a charge   from the Provost to expand the Program from 20 to 40 students, beginning next fall. By this expansion, the College acknowledges that the number of honors-level Students at Geneseo would be better served from a larger program. An expanded program would also be more integral to the college by involving a larger number of Faculty. This will also allow us to fine-tune a program that was last reviewed in 1991.


Currently, the Honors Program consists of five courses: The Nature of Inquiry; Critical Reading; seminars in social sciences, fine arts, and natural sciences; and a thesis. In future, the courses would be divided differently. The first year would maintain the Inquiry and Reading courses; but for the remaining courses, two new choices would add possibilities. For instance, there will be a seminar to interdisciplinary and team-taught ventures and another seminar to address pluralism. Moreover, a new, optional service composition would become available to Honors Students.


The “thesis” itself would be expanded into a “capstone experience.” While writing a thesis would remain the default activity, other combinations would be possible—for example, a connected service and writing project.


Herzman noted that the Honors Program has also served the College as a laboratory for useful experiences for the general curriculum; the general education requirement, INTD 105, is one such “spinoff,” with its origins in Honors 102.The Honors Program hopes to increase this working relationship with the College in general.


S. Bailey (Dean of the College) asked Herzman if there would be a division between incoming freshmen and sophomores in the same new program. Herzman said the main increase would come from 30 new freshman. He also assured E. Gillin (English) that we would double the number of available courses and still keep a class size of 20. Further, he confirmed to M. Lima (English) that the Honors Program will be involving more Faculty.


Showers continued with his own report.


1. He described his involvement with a survey on Campus Governance Organizations sponsored by Campus Governance Leaders at the University Faculty Senate. A preliminary report on the survey was made public at the January meeting of the University Faculty Senate at Stony Brook. More data will appear in an additional report at the April meeting at Brockport


2. The College Senate Website is changing over to the Content Management System for updating and keeping the website current. This task should be completed sometime this week. Showers invited feedback on the website from Senators.


3. At the All-College Meeting, which will precede the regular Senate meeting on 27 February [Dennis—true, correct??  I heard 20 February, but of course we don’t have a meeting that day], we will consider issues about amending the Senate Constitution.


We take up a matter not voted on last spring concerning the involvement of part-time Faculty in Senate. The Research Council is restructuring, and the All-College meeting will probably propose a restructuring of Academic Standards as well. A third amendment, if it is ready in time, will call for a change in the term of the College Senate Chair.


Vice-Chair’s Report


No report.


Past Chair’s Report


No report.


Treasurer’s Report


K. Mapes sent a gift basket to graduate student Kimberly Prewitt for $46.99 This leaves $1198.24 in Senate’s account. Mapes will soon send out notices about raising more funds.


University Faculty Senator’s Report


University Faculty Senator W. Gohlman will be sending a written report, said Showers.


Student Association Vice-President’s Report


No report.



Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report


UCC Chair M. Stolee had sent Showers a message confirming Tuesday the 13th as the next meeting day for her Committee. Members will receive confirmation of the room number by email.


Also, Departments with proposals for Spring 2008 need to submit these to the Dean’s Office by 20 February.


Undergraduate Policies Committee Report 


E. Wallace said his Committee would meet in South 309 at 4PM next Tuesday.


Graduate Curriculum Committee Report


S. Salmon made the following motions on behalf of her Committee:


Deleted Courses—Second Reading


SOCL 480


The motion passed unanimously.


New Program – Second Reading


Master of Science in Education: Teaching in Multicultural Education (Grades 1-6)


The motion passed unanimously.


Revised Courses – Second Reading


EDUC 501: Foundations of Education: Philosophical and Psychological Assumptions about the Nature of Learning

EDUC 503: Foundations of Education: School and Society

CURR 530: Language Arts Methods for the Elementary School

CURR 531:  Multicultural Social Studies Methods for the Elementary School

CURR 532: Mathematics, Science, and Technology Methods in the Elementary School I

CURR 533: Mathematics, Science, and Technology Methods in the Elementary School II


The motion passed unanimously.


New Courses – Second Reading


EDUC 560: Theory and Practice of Multicultural Education: subtitle

EDUC 401:  Philosophy of Multicultural Education

EDUC 479: Creating a Multicultural Classroom

EDUC 501, Foundations of Education: Philosophical and Psychological Assumptions about the Nature of Learning


The motion passed unanimously.


Student Affairs Committee Report


D. Scott said that Student Affairs would meet following today’s Senate meeting; Vice-President Bonfiglio will speak to us; we hope to identify issues to work on this semester. Scott welcomed issues to bring before the Committee.


Faculty Affairs Committee Report


J. Morse reported that Faculty Affairs had met early for its December 2006 meeting, on 28 November. The Committee will meet again on 13 February in South Hall 209 (this time, it will be on the Tuesday after the Senate meeting).


Minutes of the previous meeting appear in the last Bulletin. In general, people were pleased with the SOFIS online. Faculty Affairs has been discussing implementation of the IDEA short form; perhaps the Committee can find some volunteers to participate in a trial run.


Morse highlighted other issues for the Task Force to implement: for instance, a rubric for contributions to the disciplines; also, how advisement and service to the College might be recognized in personnel transactions. The Personnel Form is an administrative decision, but the Administration asked for feedback.


Faculty Affairs will also look at the Task Force’s recommendations for implementation.



Old Business


There was no old business.



New Business


Showers welcomed new Senators and thanked them for their willingness to serve.






Chair Showers adjourned the Senate at 4.43PM.




Respectfully submitted,





Graham N Drake

College Senate Secretary



Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

30 January 2007


Present: K. Conway-Turner, G. Drake, W. Gohlman, D. Granger, M. Lima, K. Mapes, S. Salmon, D. Showers (Chair), M. Stolee, E. Wallace.



Call to Order


Chair Showers called the meeting to order at 12.50PM.



Adoption of the Agenda


The agenda was adopted unanimously without additions or corrections.



Approval of the Minutes of November 28, 2006 (Bulletin #6, page 63)


The minutes of the previous meeting were approved without additions or corrections.





President’s Report                                                             


No report.


Provost’s Report                                                 


1. The College has hired a new Registrar, Delbert Brown. The Provost invited us to meet him. We have also hired a new Director of Dual Degrees and ESL, Jeannette Molina. She is currently visiting our partner school, the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico


2. The Task Force for Curriculum meets today, which includes Senators M. Lima and W. Pogozelski.


3. Students responded to last semester’s online SOFis at a rate of 80%—higher than the usual 71%. Students were excited about it. Faculty will let us know about glitches.


E. Wallace asked if Chairs would have access to SOFI summaries. The Provost said they could simply go to the website and log in.


4. GREAT Day takes place on 17 APRIL. The Provost encouraged Faculty and Students to be there for an entire day devoted to research and creative projects. No classes will meet on that day.


5. Two days ago, the College submitted a McNair Grant application. The McNair assists students from low-income/diverse backgrounds to prepare for doctoral programs, and are especially designed for students who might not otherwise consider this career objective. Stipends are given to students and to Faculty who mentor such students. Many other campuses already have McNair Grants.


We will have the results of our application by the end of May or early June. If not approved this time, we will  try again. The majority of the funds are given to ensure that students can visit graduate programs, present research, etc., to shape themselves to think of themselves as potential PhDs.


M. Stolee asked if the University of Rochester has had a McNair. The Provost confirmed this, adding that so had Brockport, Stony Brook, and Cornell.


6. It is time to select the second group of Presidential Scholars; a Selection Committee of Faculty and students will meet in late February/early March to consider Departmental Nominations.


7. Next year, the new Wednesday All-College Hour will have 2-3 theme events each semester. A committee drawn from Student Affairs members and students are discussing this. We want to make sure that students know which events are truly All-College, as students have been asking.


Chair’s Report                                                    


1. Showers reported that he had seated several Ad  Hoc Committees; one of them has found time to meet, another has not. We are proposing language for one that meets the requirements of the Constitution. The Research Council met to restructure itself; this will be presented at the All-College Meeting. A third Committee will determine the term of officefor the Senate Chair.


2. The call for Conversations in the Disciplines is out; applications are due on 6 April.


3. Showers also noticed that we had planned a vote on part-timer involvement in the Senate. Stolee explained that we had missed the Constitutional deadline. Showers replied that he would put last year’s discussion on the Senate website so that we could vote on this as well at the All-College Meeting.


3. The Senate website is being converted to the Content Management System by the end of the week. It is easier to add and subtract website information on this system.


4. Showers attended the Campus Governance Leaders Meetings at the University Faculty Senate last week. A big item was the survey of campus governance systems at various campuses. A Subcommittee put the information together, and he put this on our Senate website.


Out of 28 eligible campuses, 24 responded, and a report was compiled by E. Johannson (SUNY Maritime) for use in last week’s discussions. We learned that no two campuses do things quite the same way. Showers said he would report back to our Senate on what campuses are doing. He will also post a follow-up survey on the Senate website after the University Faculty Senate meets in April.


Vice-Chair’s Report


D. Granger said that materials would soon be sent out for the Chancellor’s Award and Distinguished ranks chosen by the Excellence Committee. The Committee will also meet soon to discuss another candidate for distinguished professor.


Treasurer’s Report


K. Mapes reported that the Senate’s account balance stands at $1245.23. She said she would start soliciting funds to keep account growing next month. She said invited suggestions from the Executive Committee on raising funds.


Past Chair’s Report                                                           


No report.


University Faculty Senator’s Report                                


No report.


Showers said that University Faculty Senate is working on leadership training workshops and related activities. A Senate Committee reported on a race and gender issues among Faculty and are following up on preliminary data that they are following up. These will probably be available after the Brockport meeting. Moreover, an issue arose about privatizing SUNY medical schools; cautious optimism says this will fail.


Sector Reports to the Chancellor were interesting, and the Chancellor gave a brief presentation; he is continuing to work for a strong SUNY budget. (Tomorrow, the Governor will unveil his budget.) One key concern is to restore full-time Faculty lines lost since the mid-to-late eighties.


Student Association Vice-President’s Report              


No report.



Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report                           


Stolee said that the Dean has warned UCC of a busy semester. So Stolee has scheduled four meetings before 20 March. Stolee is also working with The Dean’s Office on a deadline for Spring 2008 proposals—probably by the end of February.


Maria said that the English Department’s deadline for course proposals is 16 February. Stolee presumed that Department deadlines would have to be sooner than the Dean’s deadline.


Undergraduate Policies Committee Report


No report.


Graduate Academic Affairs Committee Report

S. Salmon said that the TIME  (Teaching in Multiculural Education) program will be coming up for a second reading. The course number will need to be changed.


Student Affairs Committee Report


Showers informed the Committee that Student Affairs Chair Scott will be convening a meeting next week.


Faculty Affairs Committee Report


1. J. Morse reported that her Committee last met on 28 November 2006. The minutes for that meeting are in the Bulletin. We discussed the online SOFI, which was then ongoing. We also discussed a possible trial of the short form; Provost was present, too, for that discussion. Further, the Committee talked about the Personnel form issue, which has been sent forward as an administrative issue; Faculty Affairs had voiced concern about a service component. The Committee also wants more attention to advising on something like Form H, and the Advisement Task Force is working on the same issues.

2. On 8 December, Morse visited the Advisement Task Force, where she saw a demonstration of the Adviser Track system. Adviser Track seems to be built around the notion that we have an advising center (such as a large university might have). Granger wanted to knew if we could adapt this system to our own campus. Morse said we could. 


Maria asked if we should have an advisement center; how large would it need to be?  She said that she gets general advisement questions from students about when thy can sign up for pass-fail, etc.; is there any central information source for such information? The Provost replied that the Advisement Task Force is discussing this. Usually, larger campuses have an advising center—for us to move towards this, we would have a much smaller number of students using it.


Granger said they were still looking at data and surveys.



Old Business


There was no old business.



New Business


1. Stolee noticed that there was a vote this fall in Senate that had not been listed ahead of time in the Bulletin. She contended that anything Senate vote should be listed in the Senate Bulletin at least seven days beforehand. Wallace thought the Policy Committee could take this up.


Showers clarified that what was listed in the Bulletin was an item in agenda; the issue was course and program proposals, but the course and program proposals themselves had not been published in program.

Stolee agreed that UCC Chairs have tried in the past, for instance, to get proposals into the Bulletin in time for Senators to see them ahead of time, and it would be a good policy for the whole Senate.


Salmon said that, on the Dean’s website, they do publish all the course proposals. It's not as if it’s a secret.

Stolee concurred that this was not a secret; the issue was making Senate business more readily accessible. Wallace agreed as well. All Senators get the Bulletin, and there is less of an excuse not to know about an upcoming vote  if it's in the Bulletin. Morse asked whether having a hotlink online was a publication. The Bulletin does go out electronically.


Showers brought another point for clarification. When Stolee pointed out to him that items were not being published, he searched for a written policy on requiring publication, but could find none. The morning of the Senate meeting in which the policies were to be voted on, only one person notified him about not being able to find the issue already in the Bulletin—and that was Stolee. Showers surmised then that most people were unlikely to read them even if they were available. For that reason, and because there was no existing policy, he decided not to remove the item to approve the program and courses from the Senate agenda.


Wallace thought we should find out if Senators want this. Showers said that Wallace would notify us about what the Policy Committee decides.


In a separate matter, Lima asked if there was a policy about not having phones ringing in classes. She admitted she was tempted to confiscate these. Granger said Student Affairs Committee had discussed it, and had learned that Brockport has an official policy. But we never reached a decision. Granger noted that opinions did vary widely.


Showers reminded the Committee that it had changed the matter under discussion.


Morse requested that the Policy Committee to consider electronic links and other matters of publication.


Showers asked for a motion to remand the publication issue to Policy Committee. The motion was approved unanimously. Wallace said he would invite Stolee to his Committee to discuss this matter.


2. Lima returned to the phone issue, thinking it would be good for the Student Affairs and Policy Committees to take up.


Mapes asked whether Brockport had a confiscation policy. Granger said that one SUNY campus does. The Provost was skeptical about that, since phones are now multi-functional and might include email. Granger said there was a very particular circumstance that had triggered the policy at one campus. Showers held that, no matter how well-written the policy, if a student sued, the confiscation would probably be declared illegal. What authority do we have to confiscate property?


Gohlman asked if we have authority to kick students out. According to the Provost, we do, for purpose of class management.  Drake said that he usually tells those with ringing phones, “Say hi for me,” and that usually encourages people to keep their phones turned off in the future. Showers’ syllabi call for a zero for the day’s class participation the first time a phone rings, and zero for the semester for the second offense.


Granger added that even phones on vibrate create a noise.


Showers asked if we should remand this to a Committee, but there was no consensus.


3. Finally, Gohlman announced that Nominations Committee was looking for nominees for Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Senators for the 27 February ballot. Wallace asked if this would include the Professional Leave Review Committee; we elected two of them last spring. Showers suggested checking a list of needed nominees and then email this out to Faculty. Gohlman addressed the need to calculate the number of Faculty over and under six years; Showers said that he and the Provost had calculated this last fall.




Chair Showers adjourned the Executive Committee at 1.36PM.



Respectfully submitted,




Graham N Drake

College Senate Secretary


Faculty Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007


Attending: J. Morse (Chair), A. Gu, R. McKnight, J. McLean, K. McKeever, I. Bosch, Y. Zhang, J. Lovett, B. Colon, P. MacLean, A.


The meeting was called to order at 4:04 p.m.


The agenda was approved.


The minutes of 11/28/06 printed in Senate Bulletin No. 7 were approved.


Old Business

The meeting schedule for the remainder of the semester was discussed. If the committee wished to bring any recommendations to the Senate for approval, the recommendation needed to be completed by FAC by the end of the March 6 meeting. The possibility of dividing the committee into subcommittees was proposed.


The committee discussed possible topics for the subcommittees that had arisen previously: where “service” should fall within any revised PER-form for faculty evaluation for promotion and continuing appointment, the placement of “advising” within the evaluation process, and a rubric for “contributions to the discipline.”


The committee considered that “contributions to the discipline” was not something that could easily be written in a way that would be appropriate to all departments. However, the criteria that each department used to identify forms of “contributions to the discipline” and their relative importance in evaluating the candidate should be determined and made available to all members of the evaluation process; candidate, faculty and college personnel committees, and Provost. The committee felt that such a recommendation for departments to provide their criteria could be formulated by the March 6 deadline. A subcommittee was proposed to complete this recommendation. R. McKnight, I. Bosch, K. McKeever, J. Lovett, and J. McLean volunteered for this subcommittee. D. Levy was assigned to the subcommittee by the Chair. (This meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 20 in South Hall 209)



The issues of whether advising should be considered during evaluation, where advising should fall if it was evaluated, and how it would be evaluated appeared to be intertwined with the issue of whether, as the Roles and Rewards Task Force had recommended, the “service” component of the faculty evaluation process be eliminated. If “service” were eliminated where would some tasks now listed in “service” fall, e.g. department or college committee work? Or should the number of areas expand to four, also as recommended by the Roles and Rewards Task Force? The committee also considered whether recognizing “advising“ as a separate category should come from  the Advising Task Force rather than from FAC. Since there is no uniform system for advising across the departments and since faculty have had no training in advising, the evaluation of advising seems problematic. The committee felt that it was not possible to complete a recommendation by March 6 on these issues but that discussion of the number of categories for evaluation, their possible weighting, and if and where advising should be considered could proceed with the intent of providing a framework for next year’s FAC continuation of the discussion. A subcommittee to consider the issues and to determine the best way to proceed was proposed. A. Stanley, J. Morse, K. McKeever, Y. Zhang, A. Gu, and P. MacLean volunteered for this subcommittee. J. Zook was added to the subcommittee by the Chair. (This meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 20 in South Hall 241)


The subcommittees will meet during the Feb. 20 meeting time. The “Contributions to the Discipline” subcommittee will meet in South 209 and the” Service/Advising/PER form” subcommittee will meet in South 241. The committee will meet again as a whole on March 6 at which time any recommendations for Senate approval will be considered.


New Business

A suggestion from a member of the Diversity Commission that we invite faculty members who provide advising to minority students to describe their efforts beyond just academic advising was considered and deferred until the advising/service issues were more clear.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.




Janice Lovett



Committee on Undergraduate Policies, Core, and Review

13 February 2007



Members Present:  D. Aagesen, J.  Bergersen, D. DeZarn, J. Dolce, E. Gillin, S. Giorgis, A. Herman, B. Morgan, D. Robertson, C. Rowley, E. Wallace (Chair), B. Welker.


The meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM.


The Committee discussed an issue referred to it by the Senate Executive Committee.  The question at hand was whether there needed to be a policy requiring that business to be brought before the Senate be published in the Senate Bulletin at least a week before being voted on.  There seems to be a long standing practice of doing this, but this fall it was learned that such practice was never formally enacted. 


E. Wallace moved the following statement:



Business to come before the College Senate from a Standing Committee of the Senate will be published in the College Senate Bulletin at least one week before being brought to a vote on the floor of the Senate.  For lengthy proposals, it is sufficient to list a brief description of the agenda item along with the internet address (URL) where the full text of the proposal can be found.


E. Gillin suggested that the second sentence be modified to refer only to supporting documentation and not to the proposals themselves.  The revised amendment, stated below passed unanimously:


Business to come before the College Senate from a Standing Committee of the Senate will be published in the College Senate Bulletin at least one week before being brought to a vote on the floor of the Senate.  At the discretion of the Senate Chair, lengthy documentation in support of curriculum proposals (both undergraduate and graduate) need only be accessible by an internet address (URL) where the full text of the documentation can be found.


The meeting adjourned at 4:40 PM.



Descriptions of UCC proposals to be considered at 2/27 Senate meeting

For full copies of all these proposals, please check the Senate curriculum page on the Office of the Dean Homepage.

I.  New Courses:  First Reading

CHEM 342:  Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.  Description = A course to familiarize students with the practice of modern analytical chemistry. Particular emphasis is given experiments using instrumental methods for quantitative analysis. Experiments will include calibration methods, error analysis, and applications of electroanalytical chemistry, optical and mass spectroscopy, and separation methods. Offered every Fall. Credits 2 (0-4)  Corequisite: Chemistry 340


GEOG 363:  M/The Geography of Africa.  Description = This course provides a systematic analysis of Africa’s changing landscape, including the study of culture, social well-being, population, urbanization, environment, politics, and economics. The course will also focus on post-colonial development issues associated with globalization and regional integration, with special attention to issues of equality and culture change. Current events will be placed into a locational context in an attempt to understand the interrelationships among people, cultures, economies, and the environment within Africa, and between Africa and the rest of the world. Prerequisites: GEOG 102, GEOG 110, or GEOG 123, or permission of instructor. Credits: 3(3-0). Offered when demand is sufficient.  This course has been approved for the M/ designation in general education.


HONR 206:  Honors Seminar:  (subtitle).  Description = This seminar is introduction to a topic or set of topics drawn from the humanities and /or other disciplines, as designated by the subtitle. Typical subtitles are: Great Works of the Non-Western World, Wagner and Wotan, Dante and Cosmology. The course is designed to engage all students and will not assume any prior knowledge of the discipline(s) involved. As a seminar, the class will focus on a lively discussion and analysis of the issues. Credits 3 (3-0).  Prerequisite: HONR 102. Offered on demand.


HONR 207:  Honors Seminar in Diversity, Pluralism, Difference:  (subtitle).  Description = HONR 207 will provide students the opportunity to examine distinct, overlapping, and shared cultural identities, traditions, and experiences.  Each seminar will explore a selected topic through the lens of at least two of the following: race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, and disability.  Seminar topics may focus on national, international, and/or transnational issues.  Typical titles might be: Gender, Culture, and International Development; Religion and Class in Northern Ireland; and African American Migration Narrative. Prerequisite: Honors 102. Credits: 3 (3-0). Offered on demand.


HONR 210:  Independent Honors Service Project.  Description = Students will design and carry out a community service project at the local, state or national level. As with any internship or independent study, the student will work with an advisor. Interested students should formulate a proposal with an advisor and submit it for approval to the Honors Committee before commencing the project. A written report and analysis should be filed with the Honors Committee at the completion of the project.  Pre or Co-requisite: HONOR 101.  Credits: 1 to 3 depending on the extent of the project. Course may be repeated once. This course is an optional course in the Honors Program and will not count towards the five courses (in addition to HONR 393) that are required for completion of the honors program. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program.


MATH 262:  Applied Statistics.  Description = An introduction to statistics with emphasis on applications. Topics include the description of data with numerical summaries and graphs, the production of data through sampling and experimental design, techniques of making inferences from data such as confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for both categorical and quantitative data. The course includes an introduction to computer analysis of data with a statistical computing package. (Those who have completed MATH 360 may not enroll in this course for credit, and no student may receive credit for more than one 200-level statistics course, including credit for more than one of the following courses:  ECON 202, MATH 242, MATH 262, PLSC 251, PSYC 250, and SOCL 211.)  Offered every fall.

Credits: 3 (3-0).




Revised Courses:  First Reading

ARTH 201:  Ancient to Byzantine Art:  Religion and Philosophy.  Revision = removal of prerequisites, rotation becomes Fall even years, and addition of F/ designation.


ARTH 202:  Crusaders, Saints, and Sinners:  Art and Spirituality in Medieval Europe.  Revision = removal of prerequisites, rotation becomes Spring even years, addition of F/ designation.


ARTH 203:  Renaissance Europe:  Rebirth of Classical Culture.  Revision = rotation becomes Fall even years, and addition of F/ designation.


ARTH 213:  High Renaissance and Mannerisms in Europe.  Revision = rotation becomes Spring odd years, and addition of F/ designation.


ARTH 281:  M/Pre-Columbian and Latin American Art.  Revision = Rotation becomes Spring even years, and addition of F/ designation.


ARTH 284:  M/Asian Art:  The Spiritual Traditions of India, China and Japan.  Revision = Rotation becomes Fall even years, and addition of F/designation.


ARTH 285:  Issues in Contemporary Art.  Revision = removal of prerequisites and addition of F/ designation.


ARTH 300:  Major Artists and Issues.  Revision – Prerequisites become one 100- or 200- level art history course or permission of the instructor; rotation becomes Spring odd years.


ARTH 305:  Italian and Northern Renaissance Art.  Revision = Prerequisites becomes on 100- or 200- level art history course or permission of instructor; rotation becomes Fall odd years.


ARTH 310:  Women and Art.  Revision = prerequisites becomes on 100- or 200- level art history course or permission of the instructor; rotation becomes Fall even years.


ARTH 384:  Baroque Art in Italy, Spain, France and The Netherlands.  Revision = prerequisites become one 100-or 200- level art history course or permission of instructor; rotation becomes Spring even years.


ARTH 386:  Theories of Art History.  Revision = prerequisites become one 100- or 200- level art history course or permission of instructor.


BIOL 235:  Disease and the Developing World.  Revision = addition of M/ designation.


            BIOL 390:  Biological Techniques:  Molecular Techniques.  Revision = new course description: To introduce students to basic molecular techniques through laboratory practices.  The following subjects and their associated laboratory procedures are included: protein isolation and quantification, SDS-PAGE, Western blot analysis, bacterial transformation, DNA isolation, endonuclease restriction mapping, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, DNA labeling, Southern blot analysis, RNA isolation and Northern blot analysis.  (Biological Techniques is a laboratory course with specific options to familiarize students with the equipment and techniques used in the areas of cellular, molecular, physiological, and ecological studies in biology.  The course may be taken for credit under different options.)  Prerequisites:  BIOL 300.  Offered every spring.


CDSC 337: Applied Skills in Audio logy.  Revision = new description and prerequisite: This course is intended for students who have decided to pursue, or are seriously considering, a career in Audiology. Under direct clinical supervision, students gain practical experience in basic audiological testing including but not limited to: otoscopy, acoustic immittance, otoacoustic emissions, pure tone air- and bone-conduction threshold testing, and speech audiometry. Students will also acquire skills in interviewing and counseling clients and their families. Clinical report writing skills will be developed during the semester through class assignments. Exposure to central auditory processing assessment and aural rehabilitation techniques is possible depending upon clinic caseload. Prerequisites: CDSC 261 and CDSC 262 with a letter grade of B or above in both courses, and permission of instructor.


CHEM 212:  Organic Chemistry Laboratory.  Revision = rotation becomes each semester, and the number of credits increases to 2.


CHEM 301:  Elementary Biochemistry Laboratory.  Revision = title, description, prerequisites, and number of credits:  Biochemistry Laboratory; Selected experiments in biochemistry.  Students will be introduced to a selection of standard biochemical procedures such as DNA and protein purification, chromatographic separation, gel electrophoresis, dialysis, enzyme assay, and DNA analysis techniques.

Prerequisites: CHEM 213 and CHEM 214 Chem 212 and Chem 213. Corequisites: CHEM 300 or CHEM 302. Credits: 2(0-4).


CHEM 313:  Laboratory Techniques in Organic Chemistry I.  Revision = prerequisites become CHEM 212 and CHEM 213; credits increase to 2(0-4).


CHEM 331:  Laboratory Techniques in Inorganic Chemistry I.  Revision = credits change to 2(0-4).


CHEM 340:  Modern Analytical Chemistry.  Revision = addition of prerequisites of CHEM 212 and CHEM 213 and change credits to 3(4-0).


CHEM 361:  Advanced Physical/Instrumental/Analytical Laboratory I.  Revision = title becomes Modern Chemistry Laboratory; credits become 2 (0-4); and rotation becomes every spring.


CSCI 115:  Digital Futures, Human Futures.  Revision = addition of R/designation.


HONR 203:  Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences.  Revision = title, number change (formerly HONR 210), description, requirements and addition of S/ designation:   S/Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences:  (subtitle). This seminar offers an introduction to a topic or set of topics of social relevance as addressed by the social sciences. Typical subtitles might be: Nature versus Nurture, Interpreting the Bell Curve, or The Trap of Poverty. As a core course, it should engage all students and will not assume any prior knowledge of the discipline(s) involved. As a seminar, the class will focus on a lively discussion and analysis of the issues. Credits 3 (3-0).  Prerequisite: HONR 102. Offered very fall.


HONR 204:  Honors Seminar in the Fine Arts.  Revision = title, number change (formerly HONR 301), description, requirements, and addition of F/ designation:  F/Honors Seminar in the Fine Arts:  (subtitle). This seminar offers an introduction to a topic or set of topics drawn from the fine arts, as designated by the subtitle. Typical subtitles are: Jazz and the American Experience; Picasso: Form and Vision; and Theater as Protest. As a core course, it will engage all students and will not assume any prior knowledge of the discipline(s) involved. As a seminar, the class will focus on a lively discussion and analysis of the issues. Credits 3 (3-0).  Prerequisite: HONR 102. Offered every fall


HONR 205:  Honors Seminar in the Sciences.  Revision = title, number change (formerly HONR 302), description and requirements:  Honors Seminar in the Sciences:  (subtitle). This seminar offers an introduction to a topic or set of topics drawn from the sciences, as designated by the subtitle. Typical subtitles are: Galileo, Medieval or Modern? What is Light?  and Deciphering DNA. The course is designed to engage all students and will not assume any prior knowledge of the discipline(s) involved. As a seminar, the class will focus on a lively discussion and analysis of the issues. Credits 3 (3-0).  Prerequisite: HONR 102. Offered every Spring.


HONR 393:  Honors Thesis.  Revision = Title, syllabus, description.

HONORS 393: The Capstone Experience.

The Honors Capstone Experience will be a project of the student's own design that will culminate in a written critical analysis of that experience, and an oral presentation of its results to an audience of peers.  The project can be a traditional honors thesis, an artistic/creative enterprise, scientific research, community service, or any endeavor that has intellectual integrity, challenge, and the potential for critical analysis.  Proposals will be submitted to the Honors Committee by the beginning of the senior (or the Capstone) year. The Capstone Experience will include attendance at mandatory Capstone Seminar (described below) that will meet four times each semester. The seminar will prepare the student for both presentation and writing. The seminar director together with the Capstone Project advisor will determine the final grade.  Credits:  3(3-0) per semester for a total of 6 (6-0) credits.


CAPSTONE SEMINAR: Four mandatory meetings in each semester of the Capstone year. Students will report on progress and, through practice presentations and writing drafts, receive instruction and feedback in the process of formulating the written and oral components of the Capstone Experience.  Project advisors are encouraged to attend one or more sessions. There will be about 10 students in each section of the seminar. Each section will be led by a member of the Honors Committee.




PLSC 318:  Constitutional Law.  Revision = replace prerequisite of PLSC 218 with new prerequisite of PLSC 110.


PLSC 319:  Constitutional Rights and Liberties.  Revision = replace prerequisite of PLSC 218 with new prerequisite of PLSC 110.


PLSC 329:  Politics of Russia and Eurasia.  Revision = drop prerequisite on PLSC 225.


Deleted Courses:  First Reading

            ANTH 238:  Second Language Acquisition and Culture

            CHEM 362:  Advanced Physical/Instrumental/Analytical Laboratory II



Revised Programs:  First Reading

            BA in Art Studio.  Revision = change in Bulletin description: Admission to the major is by permission of the art studio faculty. Applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of representative, technically diverse art works. A portfolio of 10 works that demonstrate technical proficiency and artistic imagination is required for admission to the Major in Art Studio. The portfolio should include a variety of works that exhibit drawing skills and composition development. In addition, the applicant should submit a resumé that includes exhibitions, awards, formal course work in art, and art related experiences. Acceptable formats for the portfolio are original work, slides, jpeg files or PowerPoint on CD or DVD. Total credit hours required to complete major: 45

Transfer students also must complete the following courses on campus:

One 300-level course in a Studio Concentration              3

Two elective courses in Art Studio                                    6

ArtS 387 Junior Studio Seminar                                       3

ArtS 370 Senior Art Exhibition                                         2


BA in Biology.  Revision = addition of BIOL 304 as an option to section #2 of the program’s basic requirements.


BS in Biology. .  Revision = addition of BIOL 304 as an option to section #2 of the program’s basic requirements.


Integrated Marketing Communications minor.  Revision = change in name, requirements, and description.  Communication Minor.

The Communication minor is open to any student in the College who has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.


This minor is intended for students who desire to supplement their current major with an emphasis on one of the ways communication influences our daily lives. The minor requires a small set of core courses that introduce two dominant areas of academic study: interpersonal and mass communication. After this, students can choose four other courses to emphasize the development of skills integral to the profession they plan to pursue.


A minimum of 18 semester hours will be required, distributed among two categories below. At least six hours of coursework must be at the 300-level.



Total Required Hours 18 semester hours


Basic Requirements (six credit hours):

COMN 103: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

COMN 160: Introduction to Mass Communication


Electives: (twelve credit hours):

Four courses from anywhere in the department must be completed. Of these four courses, two (6 credit hours) must be completed at the 300 level.


BA in chemistry.  Revision = change in basic requirements and increase of required hours from 37 to 39. Basic Requirements: (37 39 semester hours)

Chem 120 (3), Chem 116 (3), Chem 121 (1), Chem 117 (1), Chem 122 (3), Chem 118 (3), Chem 125 (1), Chem 211 (3), Chem 212 (1) (2), Chem 213 (3), Chem 214 (1), Chem 313 (2), Chem 320 (3) and Chem 322 (3) OR Chem 324 (3), Chem 330 (3), Chem 340 (4), Chem 340 (3), Chem 342 (2), Chem 351 (1), Chem 352 (1), Chem 361 (1) (2) or Chem 362 (1) and one 300 level chemistry course (3) if Chem 320/322 is taken OR two additional 300 level chemistry courses (6) if Chem 324 is taken.

Related Requirements: (8 semester hours) Math 221 (4), Math 222 (4), Phys 123 (3), Phys 124 (1), Phys 125 (3), Phys 126 (1)


BS in Chemistry.  Revision = change in basic requirements and increase of required hours from 32 to 37. Basic Requirements: (32 37 semester hours)

Chem 120 (3), Chem 116 (3), Chem 121 (1), Chem 117 (1), Chem 122 (3), Chem 118 (3), Chem. 125 (1), Chem 211 (3), Chem 212 (1) (2), Chem 213 (3), Chem 214 (1), Chem 301 (2), Chem 320 (3), Chem 322 (3), Chem 330 (3), Chem 331 (1) (2), Chem 340 (4), Chem 340 (3), Chem 342 (2), Chem 361 (1) (2) Chem 362 (1), Chem 399 (1)

Related Requirements: (8 semester hours)

Phys 123 (3), Phys 124 (1), Phys 125 (3), Phys 126 (1)

Math 221 (4), Math 222 (4)

Program Options:

1. Chemistry Option: (9-12 10-13 semester hours)

Chem 300 (3) or Chem 302 (3), Chem 313 (1) (2), Chem 351 (1), Chem 352 (1) plus one advanced course (3) from Chem 315, 318, 329, 334, 338, 341, 399 if Chem 302 is chosen to fulfill a basic requirement


two advanced courses (6) from Chem 315, 318, 329, 334, 338, 341, 399 if Chem 300 is chosen to fulfill a basic requirement


BA in Computer Science.  Revision is replacing the current writing requirement within the major with the requirement of CSCI 240.


IR Major.  Revision = addition of new PLSC courses as electives within the War and Peace Studies track, the Global Political Economy track, the War and Peace Studies track, the European Systems track, and the Developing World Track.


IR Minor.  Revision = addition of new PLSC courses as electives within the various track options of the minor.


BA in Physics.  Revision = requirement that elective hours in Physics must be at the 300-level.


BS in Applied Physics.  Revision = change of title, credits, and requirements.  Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics: 

Total credit hours required to complete major: 66 72




Basic Requirements

37 40 semester hours



PHYS123/124, 125/126

Analytical Physics I and II



PHYS 223, 224

Analytical Physics III and IV



PHYS 226

Optics and Modern Physics Laboratory



PHYS 228

Mathematical Methods in Physics



PHYS 311

Advanced Mechanics I



PHYS 341

Seminar in Physics



PHYS 362

Intermediate Laboratory



PHYS 363

Instrumentation and Interfacing or PHYS 372 Undergraduate Research



Two of the following three courses:



PHYS 313 Applied Mechanics

PHYS 314 Fluid Mechanics




PHYS 332 Electric Circuit Analysis;



CSCI 230 Digital Electronics (Note: If CSCI 230 is elected, then a student would need 9 additional elective hours in physics. If CSCI 230 is not elected, then a student would need only 6 additional elective hours in physics.)


















300-level Electives in physics (see above note)




Related Requirements


32 29 semester hours


MATH 221, 222, 223

Calculus I, II, and III



MATH 326

Differential Equations



MATH 233


MATH 372

Elementary Linear Algebra


Partial Differential Equations



CSCI 119 or 120




CSCI 230

Digital Electronics



Two courses in Computer Science






A one-year laboratory science course sequence in another natural science discipline

CHEM 116, 117, 118, and 125



Either a minor in chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, or computer science, or an internship (upon a recommendation of the department) during the summer and fall semester following the third year.




BA in Political Science.  Revision = Change program requirements to “Three additional courses at either the 200- or 300- level.”



Minutes of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Meeting

February 20, 2007

Sturges 105


The meeting was called to order at 4 PM.


Members: P. Case, C. Leary, G. Towsley, J. Chester, C. Shin, A. Weibel, K. Hinman, L. Zipp, B. Owens, T. Paradas. R. Doggett


Guests: S. West, R. Spear,


1. The next meeting is March 6 at 4:00 PM in Sturges 105.


2. Proposals


Question addressed to R. Spear of the Biology Department. A course without a name appeared in an earlier proposal. The course is called BIOL 304 DNA Technology.


BIOL 390 – Course Revision – Approved

BS and BA in Biology - Revised Majors – Approved


Integrated Marketing Communications Minor – Revised Program - Approved


HONR 204 – Revised Course (add F/core designation)- Approved


MATH 262 – New Course - Approved


PLSC 318 – Revised Course – Approved

PLSC 319 – Revised Course – Approved

PLSC 329 – Revised Course – Approved


3. Old Business

Update on the Revisions to the Honors Program

The Executive Committee of the Senate is sending the proposal back to UCC for its decision. This issue will be on the agenda for March 6.


4. New Business

EDUC 204 – Revised Course and EDUC 206 – New Course which were presented to the committee have not been released by the School of Education. We will consider these proposals at the next meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 4:40.