Minutes of the Academic Council Meeting
April 25, 2002

XXXI,7. The meeting was called to order at 1:30 P.M. by President Ralph Wilkerson. Roll call was taken, and absentees noted were: Craig Adams, S.N. Balakrishnan, Neil Book, Richard Bullock, Patrick Guinta, K.M. Issac, Michael Meagher, Marshall Porterfield, V.A. Samaranayake, Don Sharpsteen, H.L. Tsai, Philip Whitefield, and Paul Worsey.


A. CURRICULA - This report was presented by Thomas Schuman.

1. There was a motion and second to approve course changes generated from the April 2002 meeting.

2. Don Myers acknowledged the inconvenience caused by scheduling a special meeting to approve course changes. He commented that one of the primary responsibilities of Academic Council is to look after and approve the curriculum. He noted a concern on behalf of the Engineering Management department. The School of Management Information Systems and Engineering Management department agree that courses have overlap. The intention is that to start, students in the new school will take Engineering Management courses and in due time, these courses will develop their own personality and needs. As positions get reshuffled, Engineering Management has concerns about some of their basic courses that need to be kept in-house for ABET purposes. What are the plans administratively? Are there potentially some issues that are important both at the curriculum level and the administrative level?

3. Y.T. Shah responded that the new budget model gives credit to the faculty of the departments that teach the courses, and existing faculty will remain in place. Any hiring plans for the school will be based on student enrollment, and done methodically and carefully to not impact the existing departments.

4. Thomas Schumann commented that the Curricula Committee had a heavy agenda for the April meeting trying to make course changes and meet the deadline to make changes to the course book for Fall 2002.

5. Laura Stoll inquired if both the March and April Curricula reports were to be approved. The March report was approved at the regular Academic Council meeting on April 18.

6. Greg Gelles inquired if CC 5251 was included in the Curricula Committee report for April. CC 5251 was listed on page 2 of the report.

7. The motion to approve course changes generated from the April 2002 Curricula Committee meeting passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 1:40 P.M., as there was no other business to be conducted.

Respectfully submitted,
Todd Hubing, Secretary

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