Office of Academic Affairs
Minutes of Academic Affairs Council - March 19, 1996
Conference Room 101,
Members Present: Duane
C. Anderson, Pamla Armstrong, Ed Brackett, Bob Feighner, Tim Green, Kurt
Jackson, Linda Mitchusson, Kenneth Moore, Bill Osborne, Jack Paschall, Chuck
Perry, Ray Quiett, Shirley Talley, Nancy Thomason, Bruce Weems
Others Present: Bill S. Cole, Jim Waller, Holly Sewell
Recorder: Sue Milner
Dr. Anderson, vice president for academic affairs, called the meeting to
order at 9:00 a.m. Minutes from the previous meeting held on February 5, 1996,
were approved as distributed.
I. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS REPORT
A. COI Report, February 28, 1996
- "Time to Degree Completion Analysis" was discussed. This is a study
being conducted by the Council on Student Affairs.
- Legislative update covered the emergence of a new university center in
Tulsa combined with Rogers State College.
- The Council discussed the recent studies done in Oklahoma on teacher
supply and demand.
- OSU wants a 20 percent window for alternative criteria admission. This
would bring them an additional three to five hundred students. COI voted to
deny OSU's request. OSRHE will ultimately make the final decision.
- The College Core and System Articulation Committee have approved all
faculty committee reports.
B. Test Security--Duplicating
- Test security was discussed. The deans are to check with department
chairs and faculty and report back to Dr. Anderson.
C. Calendar Dates
- General Education Assessment is 8:30 through noon March 20-21.
- Chairs' evaluation of faculty is due March 22.
- Summer early enrollment begins March 25.
- March 29 is first day for summer walk-in enrollment. Transfer students
will be enrolling. Current students who did not pre-enroll may also enroll
at this time.
- Faculty profile sheets will be mailed April 4 for verification of data.
- April 9 is the next meeting of the Academic Affairs Council.
- April 23 is the George Nigh Awards luncheon. Council members and faculty
D. General Education--Mathematics Requirement
- There are three courses that may be taken to satisfy the general
education requirement in mathematics. Dr. Anderson suggested that a
preferred mathematics course be selected for each major. A list could then
be circulated to all advisors so students could be better served.
Deans/Division Chairs were asked to meet with department chairs and program
directors to reach an agreement on the mathematics course most appropriate
for the major. A list should be published before late April when PLC
students enroll. There will be further discussion at the next Council
E. High School Core Curriculum Requirement
- The 15 Unit requirement for high schools is effective for students
entering fall, 1997. Copies of the core curriculum were distributed.
F. Revised OSRHE Program Review Policy
- Copies of the revised Program Review Policy was distributed to the
deans/division chairs. The number of majors and the number of graduates are
changes that most concern the regents. The trigger feature will cause those
programs not meeting productivity standards to become under review.
Discussion followed on possibility of deleting the undecided major to a
requirement that every beginning freshman declare a major. This will be on
the agenda for the next Council meeting.
G. Transfer Student Enrollment Day--April 17
- Student Services is recruiting transfer students to come on campus April
17 for enrollment.
H. Interscholastic Meet--February 11, 1997
- Dr. Anderson noted that next year's Meet will be February 11.
I. Faculty & Staff Professional Development--Fall
- Dr. Anderson referred to the Professional Development brochure published
for fall, 1995. Of the eighteen offerings, 197 faculty and staff enrolled in
II. PRESIDENT COLE SPEAKS TO
- Within the next six weeks Dr. Anderson will ask for information on
multicultural activities on campus for a report to the regents.
- An annual report summarizing what occurred in each school/division area
will be prepared in June by each administrator.
- Dr. Anderson has begun updating the Academic Plan that will be submitted
to the Regents June 15.
III. UNIT REPORTS
- Dr. Cole briefly spoke to council members. He complimented them for
their work and leadership in the academic area. He expressed his
appreciation to the Athletic department for their successful year. Its
faculty and students represented East Central well in the tournaments and
throughout the year. East Central has received very good publicity through
the athletic program. Dr. Cole noted two recent program accreditation visits
and observed the university's success in recent years in achieving positive
accreditation reports. Faculty, in particular, were to be complimented.
- Dr. Cole also summarized concern of unfunded teacher retirement. This
will effect the 1996-97 budget and the percentage remaining for salary
increases. However, legislative proceedings are positive for higher
education funding increase.
Assessment Center--Kurt Jackson
- The ECU Fact Book and Enrollment Statistics and Demographics has been
distributed. The Center will provide these annually. Assessment is scheduled
March 20-21 with 342 students participating. A change will be made in the
assessment testing. They will be using a different version of the college
base exam. The change will reduce the testing time to one hour.
School of Graduate Studies--Jack Paschall
- There are fifty students enrolled in the two classes at McAlester and
Tecumseh. Dr. Paschall took brochures to the Zone 13 meeting March 1. He
will be going May 13 to the Zone 12 meeting. He will be glad to take
department brochures again. The Ardmore Higher Education Center received
their OneNet equipment.
Grants/Research Information Center--Bill Osborne
- Dr. Osborne thanked Council members for their work on Strategic Plans.
He was pleased with the efforts and the quality of the plans. He will be
sending questionnaires on student satisfaction to enrollment centers. The
questionnaires should be distributed to every tenth student enrolling.
Health, Physical Education & Recreation--Tim
- The women's and men's basketball teams had a successful year. Both went
to Nationals'. The women lost in a close game in Tennessee. If the men had
won the game they lost they would have been in the final four. The teams
received a lot of publicity out of these games.
School of Mathematics & Sciences--Bruce
- The State Science Fair is coming April 11-13. Odyssey of the Mind is
Saturday, March 30. Dr. Weems, Dr. Quiett and Dr. Fred Busche, Chair of
Cartography, have written a recommendation that next year the Cartography
Department move from the Division of Social Sciences to the School of
Mathematics & Sciences. There are overwhelming reasons to do this.
Discussions have been ongoing for six to eight months between deans and
department chairs to look at issues on both sides. Dr. Anderson will
recommend the move, effective fall 1996.
School of Business--Linda Mitchusson
- The Business/Office Technology department has been busy reviewing and
revising their major. The Accounting department is gearing up for their
annual banquet April 20 and revising an alumni directory. Business
Administration is having their annual luncheon April 26 at the Agri-Plex.
They are bringing in people from across the state. The School is inquiring
about membership in the Delta Mu Delta Honor Association of ACBSP.
School of Education & Psychology--Kenneth
- A report will be presented April 4 on what ECU is doing toward Teacher
Redesign. The Legislature is looking at requiring a common core for all
Oklahoma master's degrees in elementary and secondary education. The Council
on Teacher Preparation is recommending that this core be no more than
one-half the course work in a program. The School Superintendent's proposal
is still in the discussion stages.
Continuing Education & Community Services--Nancy
- ECU will get two students through the National Exchange program. They
are coming from California State University at Northridge and the University
of Puerto Rico. A new grant written by Melissa Malm will provide new
equipment for the Child Care Center playground.
Division of Arts & Letter--Shirley Talley
- The theatre's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" was very successful.
They are now looking forward to "Romeo and Juliet." The Art department is
having a reception March 19 in the evening for the annual faculty show. The
Forensics program competed against others schools in other states. Every ECU
student participating received some level of award. A faculty recital is
scheduled for March 19. Mark Hollingsworth wrote some of the music
- The top topic researched is "teaching" followed by "decision making."
The library book exchange is a smashing success. There are hardly any books
left. Progress is being made on the new library building daily.
Data Processing--Jim Waller
VI. OLD BUSINESS
- Mr. Waller represented the area in Bob Feighner's absence. The Student
Union is now on the network. The bookstore and alumni will be picked up
shortly. The cabling into the Business Office is completed. OneNet equipment
will be installed March 28. There will be no OneNet or ETN transmission
during the summer session. ECU should be ready to transmit in the fall.
A. Strategic Plans
- Dr. Anderson expressed his appreciation for the thought that went into
those plans. He will not ask for revision of those plans next year. Plans
will be updated one year and reviewed the next. These will be used as
self-study for the North Central Accreditation visit in 2001.
B. Academic Affairs Council Goals for
- All eleven items have been initiated.
C. Budgets for 1996-97
VII. NEW BUSINESS
- Budget meetings are being set up for Council members.
A. Building Project
- Most of the window project is completed except the south basement of
B. Hedgehog and Fox Faculty Lecture
- Dr. Anderson reminded council members of the first faculty lecture
scheduled for April 2. Dr. William Zellner will speak on "Overview of
Countercultures and Extraordinary Groups" in the South Dining Room, Taft
Cafeteria at 2:00 p.m. Faculty and students are invited.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m. The
next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 1996 at 9:00 a.m. in conference
room 100, Administration.
Duane C. Anderson
Vice President for Academic Affairs