(J. Carter, Secretary)
M I N U T E S
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Thursday, April 25, 1995 @ 12:30 PM CARC Building - Room 101
Dr. David Young opened the meeting at 12:38 PM. The following signed the attendance sheet:
COLLEGE OF ENGR: R. Snyder, S. Middleton. COMPUTER SCIENCE: M. Allen, K. Chen, G. Epstein, J. Frazier, R. Lejk, Z. Michalewicz, T. Mostafavi, G. Revesz, Z. Ras, H. Razavi, R. Shaw, K. Subramanian, B. Wilkinson. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: F. Auchey, E. Braun, N. Byars, J. Carter, J. Chaffin, D. Lieu C. Liu, C. Mobley, T. Owen, R. Priebe, W. Shelnutt, D. Smith, P. Wang. CIVIL ENGINEERING: D. Bayer, J. Evett, J. Graham, D. Hanks, H. Hilger, R. Janardhanam, I. Runge, D. Young. MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: I. Bodur, P. DeHoff, R. Dubler, J. Hill, G. Houghton, R. Johnson, R. Kim, G. Mohanty, E. Munday, J. Raja. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: R. Coleman, K. Daneshvar, A. Edwards, R. Greene, V. Lukic, M. Miri, S. Simanapalli, W. Smith, F. Tranjan, R. Tsu. COMPUTING SVCS & LABS: J. Grant. GUESTS: None. Total documented attendance: 56.
I. Minutes of the March 30, 1995 Meeting. The minutes of the 03/30/95 meeting were approved as submitted after one minor wording change.
II. New Foreign Language Requirement. A current proposal presented by the foreign language department requests that the minimum foreign language requirement be raised from eight to nine credits. This will be presented in a sequence, 1201 (3cr), 1202 (3cr) and 1203 (3cr). The 1201 language course will not be taken by students with prior experience with the language. Students studying a language for the first time will take an eight credit sequence consisting of 1201 (4cr) and 1202 (4cr). This new requirement will be difficult for the College of Engineering to implement due to the 124 credit hour limit and the current policy which disallows credit for remedial coursework, as competency in a foreign language is an entrance requirement to the University. Action on this proposal was tabled by the faculty council so that the university colleges can discuss the issue. The purpose of this discussion is to respond to these changes.
The first issue discussed concerned the application of "bypass" credit. That is, if the student demonstrates proficiency at the 1203 level, three hours of additional 1202 credit will be rewarded to the student.
A motion was made which requests that all references to "bypass" credit in the current foreign language proposal be stricken. [A motion was made to stop discussion. Motion failed.] The original motion passed without dissension.
A motion was made to request that the academic vice president form a committee to explore a "credit-neutral" approach to the foreign language requirement. That is, determine a methodology of fulfilling the language requirement without including foreign language credits in the 128 hour maximum credits to degree. The justification for this motion is the fact that foreign language courses taken through the 1202 (1203) level at this university are taken on a remedial basis. Motion passed without dissension.
A motion was made to waive the foreign language requirements for all incoming transfer students who have completed an associate degree. A motion was made to table discussion on this subject. The motion was tabled.
III. Ballot for 1995 - 1996 College Review Committee, David Young. Ballots were distributed with the meeting announcement. Additional ballots were provided. No nominations were made from the floor. Completed ballots are to be given to David Young by 4:00 PM, Thursday April 27.
IV. Ballot for College of Engineering Officers and College Representatives to University Committees for 1995 - 1996, David Young. Ballots were distributed with the meeting announcement. Additional ballots were provided. No nominations were made from the floor. Completed ballots are to be given to David Young by 4:00 PM, Thursday April 27.
V. Faculty Rewards Task Force, Nan Byars. The final report of the task force will be reviewed in the next meeting of the faculty.
VI. COE Teaching Enhancement Committee, Rafic Makki. A list of questions to be included in the student evaluations was previously distributed. It has been mandated from the Provost's office that all colleges conform to the use of the CAFETERIA menu of questions for student evaluations. No instruments can have more than 27 items, each has two common items to evaluate the quality of the course and instructor. A list of 15 standard questions from the college are being considered at this time for faculty approval. Since two questions are mandated by the Provost, this leaves ten questions which can be added by the departments. Action will be taken on this list at the next meeting. A motion was made to strike question #160; motion failed.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:03
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