University of Minnesota, Morris

Campus Assembly Minutes

November 28, 2006

The Campus Assembly met on Tuesday, November 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium.

Before beginning her remarks, Chancellor Johnson invited Bert Ahern, chair of the search committee for the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, to update the assembly on the progress of the search.  Ahern named the members of the search committee and gave a brief update. There will be a website available for the campus to view the status of the search.  Bill Franklin, from the search firm that has been hired to work with the search, will be on campus this week to meet with groups and individuals about the search.  The committee is optimistic that a candidate will be found to fill the important role.

I.               Chancellor's Remarks.

Chancellor Johnson called the meeting to order and expressed appreciation for the wonderful cooperation and collaborative spirit of the campus in taking on the task of program reviews.  The vice chancellors will begin the process of completing the reviews and summarizing the reports.  Her intention is to make them available on reserve in the Library.  She reminded the assembly that she will work with the governing system and plans to present a preliminary report by mid December. The campus will be invited to respond in January.  The outcome is expected to include a potential reorganization and realignment of programs and positions that could be in effect as early as February 2007.


Chancellor Johnson announced that the UMM Strategic Plan has been submitted.  The next steps include soliciting feedback from the campus governance.  The next discussion will include the manner in which to prioritize the items, create a timeline, and identify the funds required to carry out initiatives.  She anticipates the formation of two working groups (not task forces), linked to the governing process.  Her hope is that they will begin working spring semester 2007.  Their charge will consist of two essential items.  The first is to rethink and rearticulate “Liberal Arts” and “Liberal Learning in the 21st century.”  This is a challenge that the Twin Cities has given UMM.  The second is to further examine the meaning and relevance of the words “Honors” and “Honors College.”  The working group will identify benchmarks and key indicators of the experience students can expect to have.  The marketing question will also be considered, including a review of other institutions.


A meeting of the chairs of all assembly committees was held.  The intent was to ensure that groups are not duplicating actions and efforts.  The meeting was productive, and she hopes to continue to schedule future meetings on a semester basis.


II.        Minutes from 10/24/06 meeting were approved as presented.


III.       From the Executive Committee. Committee replacements were approved as presented.

Jong-Min Kim replaces Bert Ahern on Faculty Development Committee.

Joel Vanderheyden replaces LeAnn Dean on Activity Fee Review Committee.


IV.       Curriculum Committee


The course changes were approved for the 2007-2009 course catalog as proposed (with the exception of Anth 3201.  See discussion below.)


Division of Education: Motion by Gwen Rudney to accept the course proposals in Education passed.


Division of the Humanities: Motion by Jenny Nellis to accept the course proposals in the Humanities passed.


Chris Cole asked why the Dance program had been moved from Continuing Education (CE) to the Humanities Division.  He recalled that dance courses had been offered through CE because it was required for Education licensure.  It is now no longer required for licensure, but is now a program in the Humanities Division.  He stated that it was his understanding that creating a Dance program in the Humanities Division was done by the former dean without going through the Campus Resource and Planning Committee review process.  He asked why we are continuing to staff a Dance program.  Nellis answered that staffing only consists of a 40% position in Humanities, and all courses are taught through CE.


Division of Science and Mathematics: Motion by Michael Korth to accept the course proposals in Science & Math passed.


Division of the Social Sciences: Motion by Jooinn Lee to accept the course proposals in the Social Sciences passed (with the amended motion below).


Margaret Kuchenreuther moved to pull aside Anth 3201 and vote on it separately.  The motion was approved.


Kuchenreuther strongly agreed with the need for the course, but asked why the General Education Requirement designator of ENVT had been chosen.  Dennis Templeman, instructor and designer of the course, explained that the course emphasizes the cultural environment.  Making a living means exploitation of natural or domestic resources or other humans.  Kuchenreuther stated that ENVT should be used for courses that involve interaction with people and the natural environment.  This course seems to be more about interaction with humans on humans.  Jooinn Lee recalled that the Curriculum Committee also had a concern about the designator, which resulted in the split vote of 7-3 in favor.  Nancy Carpenter concurred with Kuchenreuther.  Templeman stated that the course had already been approved with the ENVT designator. This discussion is old.  Kuechle explained that when a course comes back with any changes, it is fair game to consider all aspects of it.  Cole stated that he also felt it was an important course.  However, he could not see how ENVT fits the spirit or letter of the description.  Strand asked what message the assembly is telling students if a course carrying the ENVT designator all these years is now changed.  Cole answered that if they took the course under the ENVT designator, it fulfilled the requirement.  That’s a contract we had with the student.


Templeman suggested that the discussion was getting into a debate of territoriality, i.e., only science can fit the definition of environment.  Kuchenreuther answered that anthropologists need a strong understanding of the non-human environment.  It’s not territoriality; it is her passion that people need to understand something besides human beings. Cole added that studying the social environment is critical, but there is a distinction.  Dan Moore reminded the committee that voting against the course change would not accomplish the goal of those who disagree with the ENVT designator, because the course would then remain as ENVT.


Templeman stated that he would not object to changing it to IP (International Perspectives).  Blair Jasper was concerned that changing the GER designator now would adversely affect anthropology majors in their third or fourth year of study.  Templeman mentioned that the course had not been taught last year, would not be taught this year, and will not be taught next year.  Roland Guyotte advised the Assembly not to make a change that was hastily considered, overruling the instructor, the discipline, the Division, and the Curriculum Committee.  Jim Cotter answered that the Curriculum Committee asked the question about ENVT; the Curriculum Committee has looked at it; and the Curriculum Committee got it wrong.  Mary Elizabeth Bezanson added that the Assembly has ultimate responsibility over the Curriculum Committee, and suggested that it assert its responsibility and change the GER designator.


Thorson called the question and the vote to end the debate passed.


Bezanson moved to amend the proposal by replacing the ENVT course designator to IP. The vote passed.


The vote to approve the revised course passed.


Interdisciplinary Studies: Motion by Kuechle to accept the course proposals in I.S. passed.


Continuing Education:  Motion by Bezanson to accept the course proposals in C.E. passed.


Min GPA Requirements in Major/Minor/Licensure

1.   All majors or areas of concentration/minors or areas of emphasis/licensure should include the following:

“A minimum GPA of 2.0 (or higher if indicated by the discipline) is required in the major or area of concentration and in the minor or area of emphasis in order to graduate.  Grades of “F” are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.

(Note: this excludes transfer courses from other institutions and includes “transfer” courses from other campuses of the University.)

2.   Any specific limitation that refers to the D grade should be amended to say:  “D or D+.”

3.   Where D grades are not allowed, catalog text should read: “No grades below C- are allowed.

Rationale:   Degree-related requirements need to be explicit in the Catalog. Our current Catalog is not clear on GPA requirements in the minor.  Our current Catalog mentions only D grades and assumes disciplines that allow D grades also allow D+ grades.


A motion to accept the changes was passed.


Foreign Language (FL) Designations in UMM Catalog and Class Schedule

Proposal to change the statement of the foreign language (FL) requirement of the GER in the 2007-2009 Catalog and remove the FL designation from all 1001 Beginning I foreign language courses.

Rationale: The FL designator should be removed because 1) 1001 courses do not fulfill the requirement and the FL requirement cannot be partially met; 2) listing FL for 1001 courses is inaccurate; 3) information for students and advisors needs to be stated as clearly as possible.

Proposed Statement:  2007-09 Catalog

II.B. Foreign Language (FL)—Two courses in a single language.** One course or other proficiency.

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the level of one year of college foreign language study by a) successfully completing a UMM course designated FL; b) passing the appropriate placement test; c) passing a special examination, such as AP or CLEP; or d) proving that they have a native language other than English.

[delete corresponding footnote at end of Expanding Perspectives section of General Education Requirements]

**Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the level of one required for successful completion of the first year of college foreign language study by a) successfully completing a UMM course designated FL; b) passing the appropriate placement test; c) passing an examination for credit, such as AP or CLEP; or d) proving that they have a native language other than English.

Dan Moore asked if the reason for the change was because APAS cannot differentiate between the two courses if they have the same designator.  Kuechle answered that students who take the first course should not receive the FL until they have finished both courses or have demonstrated proficiency in some other manner.  A student asked if you could take the Italian course in Rome (ITAL 1331) or the July in Paris course (Fren 1021) and fulfill the FL requirement.  Tammy Berberi answered that the student is required to have taken the first semester course in the language for either one of those courses to fulfill the requirement.  Sarah Buchanan stated that the July in Paris program doesn’t have the same experience.  The students are evaluated when they return. They are not guaranteed the FL after completing the course.  Kuchenreuther asked if it might be better to have a hard and fast prerequisite that students must have taken the first language course in order to register for Fren 1021.  Len Keeler stated that we have problems enforcing prerequisites, and asked whether students couldn’t just ask for permission numbers.  Berberi answered that it would be a good idea good for all FL courses.  Van Gooch added that it can be done.  He has done it for years. A student asked if the change would increase the probability of a student enrolling in the second level course because they will see the FL designator.  Buchanan asked where the proposal came from.  It did not come from the foreign languages.  Kuechle answered that it came from the GenEd area of the Registrar’s Office because the Scholastic Committee has received so many petitions regarding FL designators.  Korth replied that the Curriculum Committee had been told that the Scholastic Committee did not see any petitions.  O’Loughlin added that this is a sticky wicket and it might be a good idea to figure out a way APAS can accept FL1 and FL2 as designators.


Thorson called the question. The vote to end discussion passed.  The vote on the motion to accept the proposed changes failed.


V.        Scholastic Committee


Nic McPhee, chair of the Scholastic Committee, presented the following revision of the Probation and Suspension section of the catalog.


Probation and Suspension

Students who do not earn a cumulative or term GPA of 2.00 are placed on probation.
Students are placed on academic probation if either the term GPA or the cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. Students on probation remain eligible for financial aid.  Students whose term GPA is less than 2.00 for two consecutive terms AND whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 are suspended.

[Above is the statement of probation and suspension policy, with the suspension consequences moved up from under Suspension, below to make students more aware of the consequences of continued low GPA.  Below is the revised Probation implementation statement.]


A  Students is are placed on Scholastic Committee probation if either the term GPA or the cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. A student remains on probation if the term GPA is below 2.00, whether or not the cumulative GPA is above 2.00. A hold  is placed on the student’s record and they are sent probation letters from the Scholastic Committee  including that include information about resources for improvement. Advisers receive copies of probation letters.  Students on probation need their adviser’s signature on a registration form and must register in person.  will be allowed to register for a maximum of 14 credits and must meet with their adviser to discuss appropriate courses; following that meeting the adviser will contact the Registrar’s Office to release the probation hold.  The adviser may approve registering for more than 14 credits: the approved maximum credits must be stated in the hold release.   forfeit their self-registration privileges.  An adviser’s signature implies that the student and adviser have discussed the registration.  Students on probation return to good standing once their most recent term GPA and their cumulative GPA are 2.00. 


McPhee explained the changed statement does not alter how it happens.  It only changes how students register.  Previously, they were required to talk to an adviser and register by paper in person.  With the change, the adviser can send an e-mail notice to the Registrar rather than sign a paper form.  A 14-credit limit for students returning from probation is also included in the changes.  Advisers can e-mail an exception to that limit.  The intent is to try to cut back on the number of credits a student can take when they return from probation, so that they don’t get behind or in academic trouble again.  Jeff Wencl, MCSA vice president for academic affairs, and member of the Scholastic Committee, endorsed the proposed changes.  Nancy Carpenter asked if the words “or above” could be added at the end of the last sentence.  McPhee replied that, historically, the catalog does not use the words “or above.”  Dan Moore asked if it means that advisors would have to email the Registrar’s Office if they want the student to be allowed to take 16 credits.  McPhee answered that the option will be included in the probation letter that goes to the student and adviser.


The proposed changes passed.


Motion was made to extend the meeting until 6:10.  Motion passed.


VI.       Assessment Update.


Jim Togeas, chair of the Assessment of Student Learning Committee (ASLC), presented an update on the progress of Assessment.  The Assessment Report is due to NCA by November 1, 2007.  The Task of the ASLC is to: 1) describe assessment in majors and general education, 2) describe data on assessment of student learning, and 3) report on how the data is used to improve student learning.  The short-range goals of the ASLC are to receive a minimum assessment report from 1 course in each major, 1 course in each GE category, and GenEd learning objectives.  The work is getting done by capstone course measurements.  The NCA is not looking for student opinions of teaching, but a report on how the faculty knows the students are learning.  The ASLC has contacted individual disciplines and has compiled available data.  The areas where we seem to be lacking assessment reports is in the GE categories of FA, Hum, and The Global Village.  People involved in assessment should report it over semester break.  The Draft of the report will be written during the summer of 2007.


VII.      Constitutional Revision Task Force Update.


Mary Elizabeth Bezanson presented an update of the work of the task force and invited people to attend the forums (next one on 11/29), and give feedback either online or via e-mail.  It is important that the campus become engaged.  The task force awaits the feedback of the campus.


VIII.    New Business.  None.


IX.       Senators’ Reports.


Peh Ng reminded faculty of a meeting on 11/30 at 2:30, where the topic of the 7.12 statements in the tenure code will be discussed.  She intends to speak on the senate floor and invites interested UMM faculty to attend.  The floor will be opened to faculty members as well.


The meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.