The meeting was called to order at 4:08 p.m. All departments were in attendance except Athletics, Government & Political Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Music.
II. Proposed Courses and Programs
(1) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
COMM 380: Digital Media Writing, 3 credits, W. Proposal to modify course pre-requisites was approved without dissent.
(2) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ESCI 369: Physical Oceanography, 3 credits. Proposal to establish a course covering physical properties of the ocean and relevant analysis was approved without dissent.
(3) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ESCI 380: Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 3 credits. Proposal to change course description and pre-requisites was approved without dissent.
(4) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ESCI 464: Ocean Ecosystems, 3 credits, W. Proposal for an advanced ocean sciences course investigating characteristics of major ocean biomes was approved without dissent.
(5) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ESCI 468: Ocean Data Analysis and Presentation, 3 credits. Proposal for an advanced ocean sciences course covering ocean sampling techniques and analysis of oceanographic data was approved without dissent.
(6) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BS Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies. Proposal to change the selection of major required courses was approved without dissent.
(7) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BS Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies, Physical option. Proposal to change the courses in the major required courses was approved without dissent.
(8) CHANGE TO GRADUATE CURRICULUM
Post-Baccalaureate Certification Pre-K to 4. Proposal outlining the certification program for post-baccalaureate candidates pursuing initial pre-K to grade 4 certification 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
Dr. Prabhu reported approval of the Entrepreneurship minor by PASSHE without revision and commended the members of the committee for its completion. He also noted the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies is being submitted now and could potentially be in place by 2013. Dr. Prabhu encouraged all faculty to attend commencement ceremonies to support our graduating students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
A question was raised about a planned campus visit from Newt Gingrich. Dr. Prabhu noted the invitation was extended by faculty based on academic interests benefitting students rather than politics. It was requested that students be given sufficient warning about any related parking restrictions. Dr. Prabhu indicated that there would not be any restrictions to building access during the visit.
Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Dr. Adams reminded faculty of working teams considering transformation initiatives and encouraged everyone to keep track of advances. He also noted that Dr. Marquez, General Education Coordinator, would be meeting with all FYI course instructors on May 8.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
(1) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ART 202: Survey of Art History I: Prehistory to c. 1400 C.E., 3 credits, G1. Proposal to establish a course exploring art history during the time prior to 1400 C.E.
(2) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ART 203: Survey of Art History II: 1400 through the 20th Century, 3 credits, G1. Proposal to establish a course exploring art history during the time from 1400 to the 20th century.
(3) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MUSI 371: Foreign Language Diction, 3 credits. Proposal to establish a course to introduce music students to diction of Italian, German, and French languages.
(4) NEW GRADUATE COURSE
EDUC 565: Language & Literacy Interventions: Clinical Practicum, 6 credits. Proposal for clinical practicum where students gain and apply understandings of language and literacy development for English language learners.
(5) CHANGE TO GRADUATE COURSE
EDUC 564: Assessment, Policies & Practices in Teaching English Language Learners, 3 credits. Proposal to modify course content to meet current PDE competency requirements.
(6) CHANGE TO GRADUATE CURRICULUM
Certificate program: Program Specialist-ESL. Proposal to modify program requirements for students pursuing certification as a Program Specialist in ESL.
(7) CHANGE TO GRADUATE CURRICULUM
Masters of Language & Literacy, ESL concentration. Proposal to modify program based on new courses addressing PDE competencies.
VIII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
IX. Faculty Emeriti
X. Committee Election
Meeting was adjourned after elections (4:55 p.m.)
Aimee L. Miller
Faculty Senate Secretary
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