The meeting was called to order at 4:08 p.m. All departments were in attendance except Academic Student Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Nursing.
I. Minutes of previous meeting
II. Proposed Courses and Programs
(1) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BIOL 485: Animal Behavior, 3 credits. Proposal to add W label was approved without dissent.
(2) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BIOL 344: Population and Community Ecology, 3 credits. Proposal to offer a course to explore advanced concepts in ecology was approved without dissent.
(3) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BIOL BS: Environmental Biology option. Proposal to modify required environmental biology, directed electives, and required related courses and add a research experience was approved without dissent.
(4) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
SOWK BA: major. Proposal to change SOWK 350: Encounters in Human Diversity from an elective to a required course was approved without dissent.
(5) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
SOWK 321/330: Social Work Research, 3 credits. Proposal to renumber course from SOWK 321 to SOWK 330 and add W label was approved without dissent.
(6) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
SOWK 314: International Social Work, 3 credits. Proposal to offer a course to introduce students to social work practice and history around the world was approved without dissent.
(7) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
SOWK 201: Social Welfare Policy and Economics, 3 credits. Proposal to offer a course to understand economic theory as it relates to practice with individuals and effects in the policy arena was approved without dissent.
III. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
IV. Report of the Student Senate President
V. Report of the Graduate Student Association
VI. Report of the Administrative Officers
President McNairy noted the Chancellorís Office is working on a Day of Advocacy to bring PASSHE needs before the legislature. Dr. McNairy announced that Millersville has been selected for the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification. She noted the benefits for the region gained through student body training opportunities like service learning, cooperative experiences, and internships.
Provost Prabhu indicated being optimistic about Millersville being able to do what we do in spite of dire state budget issues. Dr. Prabhu welcomed Dr. Carol Phillips back as Interim Associate Provost until June 30 and noted that Dean Bray will also be assisting on some projects.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Services
Vice President Redmond shared excitement that a lower percentage of students (24%) in the revamped MU Pre-Scholars Institute finished the fall semester with a GPA below 2.0.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
(1) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ERCH421: Language Development and Emergent Literacy, 3 credits. Proposal to offer a course examining childrenís oral language development and its contribution to emergent literacy, including a field experience.
Dr. Mowrey pointed out that, for graduate students taking Monday evening classes in spring, their Friday night final exam block in the 4-day schedule coincides with the graduate commencement ceremony. Dr. Prabhu will discuss this issue with Dr. DeSantis and Ms Deen.
VIII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
IX. Faculty Emeritus
X. Other/New Business
Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Aimee L. Miller
Secretary of the Senate
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