UFC Agenda – January 31, 2018

Digital Auditorium (HCC), 3:30-5:30pm

  1. Call to Order
  2. Meeting Minutes
    1. November 29, 2017,  Meeting Minutes

I. Reports

  1. President Paino
  2. Provost Mikhalevsky
  3. College Deans
    1. Keith Mellinger, CAS
    2. Pete Kelly, CoE
    3. Ken Machande, CoB
  4. SGA Representative’s Report
  5. SAC Representative Report
  6. UFC Chair’s Report
  7. UFC Vice Chair’s Report
  8. Faculty Senate of Virginia
  9. University Committees – minutes, reports, and action items
    1. University Academic Affairs Committee
      1. Minutes from the January 17,meeting
    2. University Budget Advisory Committee
      1. none
    3. University Curriculum Committee
      1. Note from John Morello: On December 12, 2016, the UCC approved the proposal for a new Master’s of Science in Nursing degree program. Following that, the Distance and Blended Learning Committee, the University Faculty Council, the Provost, and the UMW Board of Visitors had all approved the proposal.
        Before we could offer the new degree, the proposal required approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The degree requirements and 16 new course proposals have been parked in the “current proposals” section of the UCC web site as we awaited a response to the proposal from the state.
        We have been informed that the SCHEV staff will not recommend approval of this proposal. After reviewing the reasons for their decision, and discussing this development with our partners at Mary Washington Healthcare, we have decided to withdraw the proposal. I am removing the degree proposal and all the associated new courses from the UCC website. The MSN degree will not become a part of the UMW curriculum.
    4. University Faculty Affairs Committee
      1. none
    5. University Faculty Organization Committee
      1. none
    6. University General Education Committee
      1. Minutes from the September 11 meeting (approval tabled in October)
      2. Minutes from the January 17 meeting
    7. University Sabbaticals, Fellowships & Faculty Awards Committee
      1. none
    8. University Student Affairs & Campus Life Advisory Committee
      1. none
    9. Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) Committee
      1. Tentative Minutes from the December 4 meeting
    10. Distance and Blended Learning Committee
      1. none
    11. First Year Seminar Committee
      1. none
    12. Honors Program Committee
      1. Action Item from November 27, 2017
    13. James Farmer Multicultural Center Advisory Committee
      1. none
    14. Speaking Intensive Committee
      1. Action Items from the January 24 meeting
    15. Teaching Center Advisory Committee
      1. none
    16. Writing Intensive Committee
      1. Minutes from the January 22 meeting
      2. Action Items from the January 22 meeting

II. Unfinished Business

1. From the General Education Committee

Report from NS Assessment Task Force
Report from EL Assessment Task Force
Report from HES Assessment Task Force
Report from ALPA Assessment Task Force

2. Discussion on temporarily suspending the mandate for the creation of publication lists by the library (tabled from 11/29)

3. Discussion on suspending indefinitely actions by the UFC from March 24, 2015 (tabled from 11/29)

Two, that the deans of each of the three colleges should be required to publish on a password protected website 1) the names of all conferences attended by faculty members when travel was funded by UMW and 2) the journal name and amount of any payments for submission or publication fees funded by UMW.

III. New Business

From the CAS Faculty Council

  1. The council moves to bring a motion to the UFC that the General Education Committee submit and bring forward the subcommittee recommendations as individual motions to the UFC
  2. The council moves to bring a motion to UFC to place a permanent moratorium on the implementation of any changes to assessment protocols until and unless the UFC has the opportunity to review and approve them
  3. The council requests that the Gen Ed committee or Debra Schleef inform faculty governance of the relevant requirements (e.g., SCHEV) for gen ed course assessment and particularly whether student achievement must be assessed

1. From the General Education Committee

I. IDIS 483 – Peer Mentorship for EL. Committee approves course proposal for EL without further clarification.

II. A request was made from the Sociology Department to reinstate the EL designation for SOCG 364. At our September meeting, this designation was removed, at the request of the instructor. The committee voted unanimously, via electronic vote, to reinstate the EL designation for SOCG 364.

2. From the Speaking Intensive Committee

I. SI Course Designation Proposals – The Speaking Intensive Committee recommends approval of the following courses, effective Fall 2018:

BIOL 471: Research Intensive Bioinformatics– Theresa Grana (instructor)

THEA 400: Professional Identity and Practice – Gregg Stull (instructor)

3. From the Honors Program Committee

I. Proposal approved to designated ECON 201B—Principles of Macroeconomics as an HN designated course with Amrita Dhar as instructor (Effective Fall 2018)

4. From the Writing Intensive Committee

I. WI Course Designation Proposals – The Writing Intensive Committee recommends approval of the following course, effective spring 2018:

THEA 400: Professional Identity and Practice (for all instructors)

ENGL 492: Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Ben Labreche (instructor), and Trevor Young (student)

BIOL 472A: Aquatic Ecology Research Intensive – Abbie Tomba (instructor)

CHEM 319: Biochemistry I Lab – Randall Reif)

IV. Announcements

Steve Greenlaw: Progress report on open educational resources

V. Adjournment

The next UFC meeting will be held on February 28, 2018, from 3:30-5:30pm in the HCC Digital Auditorium.

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