April 24, 2007

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CEFO Minutes

D. Binkley, President
Stuart Smith, President Elect
J. Bowen, Secretary
B. Sherlock, Parliamentarian

Thursday, April 24, 2007, 12:30 PM
College of Education , Room 010

Special Meeting, Additional Discussion of Proposal for BS in Systems Engineering
The following individuals signed the attendance sheet:
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING: R. Johnson, R. Smelser, K. Elmore
OFFICE of STUDENT DEVELOPMENT & SUCCESS: P. Tolley, D. Blackmon, K. Franco
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING: D. Binkley, L. Casperson, I. Howitt, Y. Kakad, V. Lukic, J. Xie
ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT: C. Lim, E. Ozelkan, Y. Sireli, S.G. Teng
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: E. Braun, A. Bridzendine, B. Gehrig, D. Liou, R. Priebe, D. Sharer, B. Sherlock
MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: J. Raja, J. Raquet, A. Galambosi Ozelkan
Documented attendance: 27 total
Documented attendance of voting faculty: 21/85
Total Voting Faculty: 85
Quorum of voting faculty: 43

1. Call to order (CEFO president, David Binkley)

David Binkley called meeting to order at 12:35 PM

2. Update of CEFO elections (Jim Bowen)

Jim Bowen summarized the progress so far in collecting nominations for College and University positions elected by the CEFO. Nominations were still needed for several positions. Ballots will be mailed to each faculty member next week, assuming all the nominations needed were received.

3. Discussion of Proposed BS in Systems Engineering (David Binkley)

David Binkley led the discussion. He explained that extra discussion had been requested by a College faculty member as part of the consent calendar process. Discussion was regarding the draft request for authorization to establish the BS in Systems Engineering. This draft was prepared by Gary Teng and others of the Engineering Management Program. Dr. Binkley asked Dean Johnson to summarize the events leading up to the preparation of the document. The dean summarized as follows:

it had been decided a while ago to take the first step towards a full Systems Engineering Program by establishing a BS degree.
submitted a proposal and received permission to plan two years ago.
this next document, permission to establish, goes to the UNC GA. Their approval authorizes the University to offer the degree. (The document is availalble on the the web: download it)
the next task once permission to establish is granted is to create and get approved the curricula,
the College Curriculum Committee has been asked for comment ateach step in the process,
Dean had submitted to Chancellor proposal to establish Dept. of SE and EM. Chancellor’s response came back, “not yet.”
A wide ranging discussion ensued. Gary Teng explained some of the discussion that had taken place at earlier CEFO meetings. Faculty asked questions about the resources that would be available to the program, the expected enrollment, and the Engineering content of the curriculum. Gary Teng stated that a draft curriculum proposal had been prepared, and would be sent for consideration once the degree had been authorized. He explained that at this point, the process for approval of the permission to establish did not need CEFO approval, but approvals would be needed during the creation of the curriculum.

At the conclusion of the discussion Yogi Kakad offered a motion in support of the proposal. At this point a quorum was called, and it was determined that a quorum did not exist (43 voting faculty needed, 21 present), thus the motion could not be voted on.

4. Adjourn (Jim Bowen)

Jim Bowen adjourned the meeting at 1:15 PM.

Please submit additions or corrections to Jim Bowen, CEFO Secretary at jdbowen@uncc.edu.