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May 15, 2003

Academic Affairs Committee

Minutes of May 15, 2003

McCaffrey Center Spruce Room



Present: Ron Hoverstad, Jean Purnell, Bob Cox, Therese West, Keith Hilton, Ash Brown, Andrew Hudson, Rolando Lazaro, Susan Sample, Vivian Snyder


Absent: Eric Thomas


Guests: F. Mike Sharp, Carmen Matty-Cervantes, Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, Heather Knight, Bob Hanyak, Simalee Smith-Stubblefield, Donna Cheshire, Ken Beauchamp, Barbara Brissenden


Chair Ron Hoverstad called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.


I.       Approval of the May 1, 2003 Minutes

         Motion: Vivian Snyder moved, Bob Cox seconded to accept the minutes.
Motion unanimously approved.


II.     Consent Agenda

No items.


III.    Program Review

Speech-Language Pathology

Professor Ken Beauchamp, Panel Chair, stated the sources of information that were used to prepare the report and the panel’s recommendations to improve the program’s quality.  There is a high rate of student success in the profession.  The graduate program has been accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1972.  The department is moving this summer into the new Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics building.  The high service load in the department requires the hiring of additional faculty.  Simalee Smith-Stubblefield, department chair, thanked the panel members for the recommendations and stated they will help strengthen the program. 

Ken Beauchamp will draft an addendum to the report to clarify who is directed to be responsible for the recommendations.    

Motion: Bob Cox moved, Ash Brown seconded to accept the procedures used by the panel.

Motion passed unanimously.


Motion: Bob Cox moved, Ash Brown seconded to approve the content of the report.

Motion passed unanimously.


Motion: Bob Cox moved, Ash Brown seconded to amend the previous motion to approve the content of the report with an addendum clarifying who is intended to be responsible for the recommendations.

There is an urgent need for a full-time director in the new clinic.  Dean Oppenheimer recognized the workload on the faculty and the four major responsibilities of the SLP department: teaching, research, patient care service and normal University responsibilities.  The policies, procedures and criteria of Promotion and Tenure guidelines have been completed and were approved by Academic Council.  There is a statement on scholarly activity that includes patient care services.  The Scottish Rite contract enables the students to gain valuable clinical experience.  

Motion passed unanimously. 


IV.    Academic Support Program Review

         Office of International Programs and Services

A summary report dated May 13, 2003 of the Panel Report for the Office of International Programs and Services was presented to the committee by Professor Susan Sample.  The panel offered six (6) recommendations with three possible strategies for resolving the issues identified.  

Assistant Provost Heather Knight offered a list of responses to the summary report.  The points of clarification included; 1) The Office’s Role Within the University, 2) Results of Efforts to Increase Study Abroad Participation, 3) Decentralizing the Office’s Services, 4) Consultant’s Relationship to the Office, 5) Retention Rates of International Students, 6) The Director’s Efforts to make Study Abroad Less Expensive, 7) The Role of the Study Abroad Advisory Committee, 8) IPS Staff Participation in the Cross Cultural Training Course, and 9) Need for Greater Consultation with Relevant Academic Departments.  Donna Cheshire, Director of OIPS, wants the program to remain under the Provost rather than moving the functions under the Division of Student Life, based on her observations of best practice at other universities.  

Motion: Bob Cox moved, Ash Brown seconded to accept the process of the summary report and that the Academic Affairs Committee receives and accepts the recommendations with the exception of recommendation #5.  The committee recommends leaving the Office of International Programs and Services under the Office of the Provost. 

Motion passed with one abstention.


Motion: Bob Cox moved, Andrew Hudson seconded that the internationalizing of curriculum and faculty remains an important goal of the University.  

Motion passed unanimously.


V.     Program Changes



VI.    Old Business



VII.  Other




Motion: Andrew Hudson moved, Ash Brown seconded to adjourn.

Motion unanimously approved.


Meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.




Submitted by

Rosie Fox, Secretary

Academic Affairs Committee