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April 25, 2013

Academic Affairs Committee
DUC 211
April 25, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 PM


Present: A. Brown, M. Draheim, L. Fox, A. Gillen, J. Haffner, L. Matz, G. Rohlf, E. Typpo
Guest: K. Albala, J. Schamber
Not Present: A. Boboc, A. Richard

I. Approval of Minutes
April 4, 2013
Minutes approved.

II. Program Changes
College of the Pacific
Food Studies M.A and Certificate Program

K. Albala is present from COP to discuss this new program. The inception of this proposal was during the old program approval process, but COP agreed to rework the proposal and present it according to the new program approval process and guidelines. The provost's office has questions about the budget in the proposal and has asked that this item be pulled from the AA agenda today. There was discussion on whether or not, according to the new process, the provost can change the agenda, and on whether or not the AAC is required to review the budget, or focus on the academic components only. Ken can address the academic components of the proposal, but not the budget issues. The goal is to have this proposal to the Board of Regents for approval in order to begin fall 2014.

In the future, our new process should prevent these issues from occurring since academic and administrative reviews are required prior to submission of approval to the AAC. The provost's reasons for wanting the item pulled from today's agenda: The budget template that was prepared for the Graduate Studies Committee review was not the final budget proposal. The provost's office finds that the revenue projections are problematic because full-time and part-time students are not distinguished by enrolled degree seeking students and drop-in students. Drop in students can take up to 3 courses; degree seeking students would generate more revenue and the certificate option was added after the provost's review and budget numbers are needed for this category. Carrie Darnall and a team from Budget & Finance have raised these questions. After their review, comments were sent to Caroline Cox and the provost. An additional issue raised is the price point per unit. They would like additional and comparison information. According to Ken, there aren't any other program comparisons available. There was also a question on the maximum completion time of an MA.

The discussion included whether or not the AAC is responsible for reviewing the budget components of proposals as well as the academic components. Carrie Darnall, Rena Fraden and Sandy Roeny will review this budget, not the faculty.

Today, the committee will focus on the academic components of the proposal only. This is a faculty-driven proposal that has been in the works for 6-7 years. This program would be logistically difficult in Stockton, but with the new Dental School facility, there is now space available in San Francisco. There are also specialists to coordinate/teach in this program and there is anticipated demand. Within the last 10 years this has become a leading academic topic in various disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, and history. NYU has 200 students in their program. Graduates go into food related industries such as journalism, business, food industry, public relations, academics/scholars. There is no program in the west coast. NYU has a food studies program. Boston University has a gastronomy program which is chef driven. Indiana's program has an anthropology emphasis. Australia has an on-line program and London has a program. There will be more programs coming soon, the University of Oregon has begun the process of implementing a program. Pacific has three core faculty: Ken Albala, Analiese Richard and Alison Alkon. The advantage of Pacific's program is that it will be a free-standing unit, not connected to another department. Logistically, they are looking at the space and figuring out days and times to offer courses. This is not a culinary program.

A comment made is that whenever we do something new, it takes away from what we already do. This has been considered and no Stockton faculty member would teach more than one course per semester in this program. The rotation of courses offered in Stockton would be offered less frequently. This can be an issue for other programs. They are also expecting to use adjuncts for the graduate program. They are hoping for the graduate courses to be blended/hybrid programs.

Who will oversee the thesis? It will be individual. Currently, in the College no one gets credit for teaching thesis students. Hiring thesis advisors could also be an option.

This body is prepared to approve the academic components only, and not the budget, since a new budget will be submitted.

Discussion on whether this item could be pulled at this point by the provost. Conclusion was "no," the agenda is set by the executive board one week prior. The person submitting the proposal could ask that it be pulled. This committee would like to have the proposal continue to move forward and look at the budget issues in the future. If this committee is to consider budget implications of proposals that come forward, additional training of committee members is needed.

G. Rohlf moves to approve the proposal in its entirety, A. Brown seconds.  L. Fox amendment: approve subject to future review of the revised budget when it becomes available, second by M. Draheim, amendment accepted unanimously. Vote on the original motion, unanimous approval.

Health, Exercise, & Sport Sciences Department
BS Health and Exercise Science

Pete Schroeder, chair of the Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences Department submitted a revised proposal this morning, per the request of the Provost and Dean Fraden. The revised proposal follows the format of the new guidelines. AAC members have not been provided the opportunity to review the revised proposal. Delaying the vote on this item will not impact their proposed implementation date.

M. Draheim moves to table, second by J. Haffner, unanimous. Item is tabled.

Religious and Classical Studies Advising Department
BA Liberal Studies

M. Bowsky presenting: About every two years she reviews the catalog for accurate course names, numbers and she contacted COP department chairs to ensure concentrations are up to date, and that the course numbers and unit values are correct. This major was originally developed as a parallel to the School of Education's Diversified Major. COP is able to offer the ability for students to major in the entire college's offering. This is the type of student that businesses want.

A. Brown moves to approve, second by M. Draheim. Motion passes with one abstention.

School of Engineering & Computer Science
Sustainability Minor

This revision is adding History 136 as an elective.

L. Fox moves to approve, G. Rohlf seconds, unanimous approval.

III. Consent
College of the Pacific
FOOD 201 Introduction to Food Studies
FOOD 202 History of Food
FOOD 203 Food Writing
FOOD 204 Anthropology of Food
FOOD 205 Food and the Environment
FOOD 206 Sociology of Food
FOOD 207 Food, Nutrition and Human Health
FOOD 208 Research Methods in Food Studies
FOOD 299 Thesis
Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences
SPTS 147 Exercise Physiology I (Prerequisite change)
SPTS 177 Exercise Physiology II (Prerequisite change)
Department of Religious & Classical Studies
RELI 106 Illness & Healing in the Ancient World

Benerd School of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
EDUC 154 Productive Learning Environments for Diverse Secondary Classrooms
EDUC 166 Teaching English Learners, Single Subject
EDUC 163 Teaching English Learners (Change in prerequisites and number of units)

J. Haffner moves to approve, A. Brown seconds, motion passes unanimously.

IV. Summer Consent Agenda

Move to approve a consent agenda by email during the summer. Approved.

V. Course Classifications and Definitions (subcommittee)

The subcommittee will meet to discuss the update and then send it out to the full committee via email.

VI. What's on your mind?

The committee thanked Eric Typpo and Lourdes Reyes for their service to the committee this year.

Meeting adjourned