Meeting of the Academic Senate Tuesday, October 8, 2013 3:05 p.m. Ontario Room, University Center DRAFT MINUTES

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Larry G. Pagel
, Chair


Rachel Nye,
Vice Chair

Mark Shevy,

Secretary



Meeting of the Academic Senate

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 3:05 p.m.

Ontario Room, University Center


DRAFT MINUTES


Present
:

Larry Pagel (Chair), Rachel Nye (Vice Chair), Mark Shevy

(Secretary), Ron Sundell
(AAPP Liaison), Zac Cogley (Member at Large), Linda Lawton (Member at Large), Maggy Moore
(Member at Large), Bruce Sarjeant
(Member at Large), Vito Giannola, Katelyn Liubakka, Amer
Mansoor
, Jonathan Allen, Randy Appleton, Cathy Ba
mmert, David Boe, Brian Cherry, Dave
Donovan, Jo Doran, Richard Eathorne, Christine Flavin, Nanci Gasiewicz, Robbie Goodrich,
Michelle Johnson, Donald Marquardt, Erich Ottem, Glenna Pendleton, Cale Polkinghorne, Dave
Prychitko, Robert Quinn, David Rayome,
Nancy Redfern, Martin Reinhardt, Carol Strauss,
Harvey Wallace, Leslie Warren


Absent
:

Paul Lang (Provost), Haley Thomas (ASNMU), Michael Broadway, Scott Demel,
Caroly
n

Lowe, John MacDevitt, Russell Magnaghi,
Marge Sklar,
Greg Warchol
,
Abigail Wyche


Guest
s
:

Jill Leonard, Kim Rotundo


I.

Call to Order

3:05 p.m.


II.

Additions to/Adoption of Agenda

No corrections
or additions.
The agenda is a
pproved as printed
.


III.

Approval of Draft Minutes of
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stand approved as printed
.


IV.

Reports:


A.

Chair

The

p
rovost approved
the
GPC reports and CEC report

approved by Senate at the
September 24 meeting
.


B.

Vice Chair

No report


C.

Secretary

No report


D.

Provost

No report


E.

ASNMU


Board positions were filled two week
s

ago and
ANSMU
now
has

a f
ull functioning
body.
An
objective of ASNMU

is to build a

closer relationship with City of
Marquette
.
ASNMU

meet
s

Tuesdays at 7p.m. at the University Center. They are
working on new programs including bike share, the Eagle Mine route through
campus, and City Elections. Brandon Zan
on is the new chair.


F.

EXSEN Report (First Reading, October 8, 2013)

Motioned to accept the report by D. Donovan and seconded by G. Pendleton.

There will be a s
econd reading in two
weeks.


V.

Unfinished Business

None


VI.

New Business


A.

Request for Posthumous De
gree for Mr. Travis N. Kappler

Motion to accept by A. Mansoor and seconded by D. Donovan.

There will be a s
econd
reading in
two

weeks.


VII.

Informal Consideration



A.

GEC
(General Education Council)
Presentation

by

Dr. Jill Leonard, GEC Chair, and
Dr. Rob Winn


i.

Presentation by J. Leonard

1.

J. Leonard began with the b
ackground
of

GEC
.
General Education
assessment is
required for
HLC
accreditation. Liberal Studies

Committee

was replaced with GEC. Rob Winn fills the admin
position for this committee.


2.

GEC

is current
ly focusing on Learning O
utcome A
ssessments

while
taking into account what
the
Higher Learning Commission of
Education requires.
Learning Outcome Assessment
s

is a central
component of th
e new Gen. Ed. program, and the assessments

will be s
pread across the
major elements of the university.
There
is a
question of how

these

outcomes are
going to be reinforced
throughout the program
s
.
The Gen. Ed. program and best
practices are being developed
based on information from

the
HLC, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), other
academic
institutions,

an

NMU faculty survey, NMU student input,
current course mapping, and state initiatives.


3.

There is a draft
“NMU General Education Learning
O
utcomes”
document. Emphasize
that these are
draft

objectives. The
departments need to see them. GEC verified that there are
existing courses that can fulfill the draft outcomes.


4.

Assessment
is needed for accreditation,
program improvement
,
and consistency.
GEC is developing an assessm
ent rubric for each
outcome. The rubrics will be used to determine whether courses
will meet a learning outcome. The rubrics will be available well
before the courses will be evaluated so that
courses

may be
altered. The GEC will work with departments and
faculty to help
ensure courses fit assessment criteria.


5.

On
g
oing Course Evaluation Process: Departments

will work with
GEC to ensure
L
earning
O
bjectives

are being met.


6.

Time Frame
-

Fall 2013:
Solicit input from campus. Trial run of
assessment process. Wi
nter 2014
: Finalize
L
earning
O
utcome
s
.
Continue

trial run. Training on assessment pro
c
ess. Establish
protocols for assessment. Determine how
L
earning
O
bjectives will
be applied across Gen. Ed.

program.
2014
-
2015:
Continue to fine
tune
rubrics and assessment.
If all goes well, the Gen. Ed

will be
printed

in the
bulletin

in Fall 2015
.


7.

Current Liberal Studies Program:
The c
urrent program

is
still in
effect until the new Gen. Ed. program is

implemented. No new
courses are being added

(as w
ill be discussed by Senate)
.


8.

Please contact GEC members with ideas and feedback.


ii.

Questions and Discussion

1.

The GEC has a goal of being very transparent. People need to
know exactly what the requir
ements are for fitting courses

into
the new prog
r
am
.


2.

Wor
ld cultures and diversity are

being considered.


3.

A concern was raised that if LSC is not adding courses
,

it
is
difficult
to add/delete courses

in

programs

being currently developed
.

J.
Leonard explained that

LSC is not
a
GEC responsibility.
The GEC
understands that there are problems caused by freezing the
current Liberal Studies (LS) program.

The GEC would
manage the
LS program if the Senate tells them to, but there are
consequences. It would force them to put development of the
new Gen Ed program o
n hold. The GEC is meeting once per week
and there are only so many hours each day. Th
ere are no former
LSC

members on GEC.


4.

There

i
s concern that there is not a committee to
manage current

university requirement
s
.


5.

It was asked
whether

GEC

requirements w
ill a
ffect graduation
plans
of students enrolled under the current LS program
.
K.
Rot
undo
said

that
there will be a time frame for
those who are
currently enrolled, possibly 4


7 seven years, during which they
may still use the current LS program
.


B.

Questions for Presidential Scholars Competition, Dr. Zac Cogley

i.

People have questioned the way in which previous competitions were
scored.
Admissions is working on updating the questions. Z. Cogley is
asking for

feedback from departments.
They are willing
to accept new
questions to be used in the competition.
Please
send suggestions to Z.
Cogley
at
zcogley@nmu.edu

by 10/18/2013.

Senate has no
authority on
this subject.

Admissions is looking for feedback.


VIII.

Good of the

Order

M. Reinhardt shared various events for
Indigenous People’s Resistance Day.


R. Sundell r
eminded
AAUP members

that nominations are still needed for FRC.
A
minimum of five nominations are needed for the ballot.


V. Giannola


announced that
meetings r
egarding truck
routes near

campus will be held
October 15 and 27

in the City Hall Commission Chambers located at the intersec
tion of
Baraga Ave. and Fourth S
t.

The City Manager hopes for increased attendance; these are
important meetings for the city and t
he campus.


IX.

Adjournmen
t

3:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by

Andrea K. Jordan, Secretary to Academic Senate/AAUP

Mark Shevy, Secretary to the Senate Executive Committee