Draft to be approved 2/29/12

The Metropolitan State College of Denver

Faculty Senate

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

3:20pm – 4:50pm

Tivoli 320 A, B & C

 

MINUTES

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Attendees: Ahsan, Akacem, Akrabova, Aubrey, Bahl, Baldwin, Balogh, Bisio, Brodersen, Butler, Capps, Church, Collette, Corash, Davinroy, Davis, DelCastillo, DeMuro, Denn, Doe, Drake, Duburguet, Dyhr, Elkins, Flemon, Forgash, Fustos, Ghosh, Gibson, Giordano, Grevstad, Gurka, Hagen, Hallam, Hancock, Hasley, Hathorn, Hernandez-Julian, Hill, Holloway, Hutto, Izurieta, Jackson, Jacobs, Karris, King, Klimek, Kottenstette, Kuhlman, London, Louden, Lubinski, MacDonald, Malpass, Matthews, Meloche, Odell, Ortiz, Pozzi, Preuhs, Pytlinski, Reid, Reimer, Rissman, Rogers, Ropp, Rucki, Sahami, Saxe, Schatz, Sidelko, Snozek, Stephens, Sundeen, Vowles, Wanberg, Yeh, Guests:  Huff, Paul, Thobani

 

I.   Call to Order

 

 

II.  Approval of Previous Meetings Minutes (at Senate Website), VOTE.

              Vote called.    Minutes approved. 

 

 

III. Announcements/Updates

-     Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Awards committee is taking nominations for another week. The committee needs one more tenured faculty member to be complete.

-     Fulbright Workshop - Feb. 17th at 9:30-11:30a in CN 301.

-     Fostering Collaborative Relationships in Health and Wellness Forum - Feb 17th at 7:30 - 9:00a in St. Cajetan’s.

-    There will be a disruption of advising and student services during Spring Break (week of March 19th) due to the move to the Student Success Building.

 

 

IV.    Committee Reports: (http://www.mscd.edu/senate/assets/pdf/FSCC/2012/FSCCReportFebruary152012.pdf)

 

   - FS Curriculum Committee – Sen. R. Hernandez-Julian

 

Report to Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee

February 15, 2012

 

Unless otherwise noted, packets are approved unanimously.

- AA 1112-1: CFI 1930

New course in Social Entrepreneurship.

 

-SCOB 1112-6: ACC 4200

Course updates to Auditing.

 

-SCOB 1112-9: FIN 2250

Course modifications approved.

 

-SCOB 1112-10: MGT 3320

Course modifications approved.

 

-SCOB 1112-12: MGT 4850

New Senior Experience.

 

-LAS 1112-6: ENG 3500.

New course in Rhetoric in Writing.

 

-LAS 1112-11: AAS 1130 / HIS 1940

Update for General Studies

 

-LAS 1112-14: JRN 1010

Course modifications.

 

-LAS 1112-17: PSC 2230

Modifications to a course on international relations.

 

-LAS 1112-23: SPE 3080

Course on Great American Speakers.

 

-LAS 1112-35: HIS 1000

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-37: HIS 3060

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-40: HIS 3740

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-41: HIS 3760

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-42: HIS 3120

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-47: Social Science Education Major

New program meant to begin phasing out Behavioral Science.

 

-LAS 1112-48: HIS 1060

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-49: HIS 3320

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-50: ANT 1010

Physical Anthropology and Prehistory for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-51: HIS 3700

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-55: HIS 1920

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-56: HIS 3810

History update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-59: ENG 3100

Course modification to Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton

 

-LAS 1112-64: ENG 1021

Honors version of ENG 1020

 

-LAS 1112-60: ENG 3711

 

-LAS 1112-61: ENG 3712

Course on Film being separated into two semester sequence.

 

-LAS 1112-62: BIO 3520

New course on General Ecology.

 

-LAS 1112-67: GEG 1100

Course modifcations for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-71: PSY 3340

Course modifications to Cognitive Development.

 

-LAS 1112-73: ENG 1008 and LAS 1112-74: ENG 1009

New two-semester version of English 1010

 

-LAS 1112-81: MUS 3000 and MUS 3020

Course modifications approved.

 

-LAS 1112-88: African-America History I

Course update for General Studies.

 

-LAS 1112-89: African-America History II

Course update for General Studies.

-SPS 1112-9: EDS 3130

Course update for General Studies.

 

-SPS 1112-10: EDS 3150

Course update for General Studies.

 

-SPS 1112-13: Nursing

Program Language and Course update.

 

General Studies Designations Approved:

-LAS 1112-11 AAS 1130/HIS 1940 (HIS)

-LAS 1112-17 PSC 2030 (SBS I, GD)

-LAS 1112-23 SPE 3080 (AH)

-LAS 1112-37 HIS 3060 (HIS, GD)

-LAS 1112-42 HIS 3120 (HIS, GD)

-LAS 1112-49 HIS 3320 (HIS, GD)

-LAS 1112-50 ANT 1010 (NPS)

-LAS 1112-51 HIS 3700 (HIS, GD)

-LAS 1112-53 HIS 3140 (HIS)

-LAS 1112-55 HIS 1920 (HIS)

-LAS 1112-56 HIS 3810 (HIS, GD)

-LAS 1112-67 GEG 1100 (NPS)

-LAS 1112-74 ENG 1009 (WC)

-LAS 1112-81 MUS 3000 (AH)

-LAS 1112-88 AAS/HIS 3570 (HIS)

-LAS 1112-89 AAS/HIS 3580 (HIS)

-SPS 1112-9 EDS 3130 (SBS II)

 

Mulitcultural Designations Approved:

-LAS 1112-24 HIS 3090

-LAS 1112-36 HIS 3590

-SPS 1112-10 EDS 3150

 

Non-unanimous vote:

-LAS 1112-50 ANT 1010 General Studies Designation in Global Diversity

vote of 4 in favor, 3 against, 2 abstentions

 

  A discussion was called for unanimous items.

 

  Curriculum approved unanimously by the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee is automatically approved by the Senate unless there is a question posed by a Senator on the Senate floor. President Sahami accepted the report on behalf of the Senate. 

 

 Senator Hernandez will circulate review materials for ANT 1010 Global Diversity Designation that will be discussed next session.

 

  V. SECOND READING of MOTION, DISCUSSION and VOTE: Bylaws Change for the Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee – FSSAC, Sen. S. Rucki  (http://www.mscd.edu/senate/assets/pdf/motions/2012/021512/FSSACMotion.doc)

 

 Motion read into the record by Sec Ortiz:

 

Motion to modify the Faculty Senate By-laws

Motion to modify ARTICLE V, Section 19 of the by-laws of the

Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate to read:

 

Section 19 Student Affairs Committee

19.1 Duties. The Student Affairs Committee shall:

19.1.1make recommendations to the Senate concerning all problems relating to student welfare (except academic standards and policies) including but not limited to:

a) Student Union Facilities

b) Club activities

c) Student rights and responsibilities

d) Student Activities

e)Allocation of student funds

19.2 have the sole authority to appoint faculty representation to the Student Affairs Board.

19.2.1  .  The committee shall appoint these representatives, as defined by the by-laws of the Student Affairs Board, from the membership of the committee.  If no committee member can serve in this capacity, or if there are an insufficient number of committee members able to serve to fulfill the required representation as defined by the by-laws of the Student Affairs Board, the committee shall recruit from outside the committee in the following order:

1.  from the membership of the Faculty Senate at large

2.  from the general faculty

 

CURRENT LANGUAGE:

 

Section 19 Student Affairs Committee

19.1 Duties. The Student Affairs Committee shall make recommendations to the Senate concerning all problems relating to student welfare (except academic standards and policies) including but not limited to:

19.1.1 Student Union Facilities

19.1.2 Club activities

19.1.3 Student rights and responsibilities

19.1.4 Student Activities

19.1.5 Allocation of student funds

 A discussion was called.      

 

 President Sahami outlined the system for Bylaws vs. Constitutional changes. Bylaws change requires a 2/3rds majority in the Senate vs. a Constitutional change requires a 2/3rds majority in the Senate and then 20% of the general faculty must vote and the majority would rule.

 

  Vote called. A = Approve; B = Oppose CDE abstention.

   Motion approved with a margin of 95%.

 

    

 VI. PRESENTATION and DISCUSSION: Proposed revisions to College Grading Policy– Sen. G. Denn (Document Attached as: Proposed_Grading_Policy_v1.0.docx) (http://www.mscd.edu/senate/assets/pdf/2012/021512/Proposed_Grading_Policy_v1%201.docx)

 

  Senator Denn, Chair, Academic Policies, Physics, reviewed the three interrelated changes in policy the committee is proposing:

 

1.      Reclassification of the NC grade;

2.      Limit on course repetition; and

3.      A new grade replacement policy which would replace the Last Grade Stance policy.

 

Proposed Grading Policies Academic Policies February 15, 2012

The Academic Policies Committee recommends the following changes to the current grading policy. At the heart of each of these changes are several principles:

·         an increase in the perceived value of the Metro State degree,

·         an increase in the transparency of the student’s transcript,

·         an increase in the validity of the GPA as representing the academic achievements of our students, and

·         the inclusion of strategies that have been shown to promote student  progress toward degree completion and success

The committee recommends that each of the following motions be considered separately by the Senate, in the order listed, and with a cascading vote (passage of section 2 depends upon the passage of section 1, etc.)

 

Section 1: Clarification and reclassification of the “NC”

Current Grading Policy:

1) A student may voluntarily withdraw from a course before the withdrawal deadline and elect to have an “NC” (no credit) recorded for that term. 

2) Students who repeat a class receive an “NC” for the replaced grade as per the “Last Grade Stands” policy.

3) Students who are withdrawn for administrative reasons receive an “NC.”

Justification for change:

Many graduate and medical schools regard all such “NC” grades on a student’s transcript as an “F.” Student government has strongly indicated that they would prefer that replaced grades remain on the transcript.  The following policy seeks to discriminate between grades that have been replaced, those resulting from the student’s voluntary withdrawal from a course, and those resulting from a successful student-initiated appeal process. The resulting transcript would have transparency, truly reflecting the student’s academic record.

Motion #1: The committee recommends that the policy with respect to the use of the “NC” be changed as follows:

1) All mentions of the “NC” grade that currently exist in the student handbook, college catalog, and official grading policy, will be excised. Appropriate language reflecting the new policy will be substituted.

2) In the case where a student voluntarily withdraws from a course after the course census date and before the withdrawal deadline, a “W” will be assigned, indicating a “withdrawal”. No academic credit will be awarded.

3) In the case where a student is withdrawn from a course due to a student-initiated administrative appeal process, an “AW” will be recorded. No academic credit will be awarded.

4) In the case that a student retakes a course, both grades will remain on the transcript.

 

Potential Consequences of Voting:

4a) If §3 fails passage: The first grade will be annotated indicating that the grade does not count for academic credit or GPA calculation. The later grade will be used for GPA calculation.

4b.i) If §3 succeeds: A student may petition for grade replacement for the course for up to 18 credit hours.  If so, the first grade will be annotated indicating that the grade does not count for academic credit or GPA calculation. The later grade will be used for GPA calculation.

4b.ii) If §3 succeeds: A student may opt not to petition for grade replacement for a course.  If so, all grades are used for GPA calculation, but only one attempt is counted for fulfilling graduation requirements.

 

Section 2: Course Repetition

Current Policy: 

Students have no restrictions on course repetition.

Justification for change:

After a certain number of attempts to complete a course, it should be recognized that further attempts are not contributing to a student’s success in their educational endeavors, nor helping a student to graduate. The recommended policy would assure that a student would have to seek departmental advising before attempting a course more than twice. At this time, financial aid restrictions, which limit aid to repeated courses, may be conveyed to students. We believe that this restriction encourages identification of students at risk, and promotes contact between the department and these students.

Motion #2: The committee recommends that the following policy be implemented with respect to course repetition:

1) The number of times that any individual course may be taken is two. The department may approve additional repetitions. 

2) Courses that are designated as “repeatable” courses such as music ensembles and theater presentations shall have no restriction on maximum number of enrollments.

3) An Administrative Withdrawal (AW) from a course will not count as an enrollment. All other grade notations will count towards the number of attempts.

 

Potential Consequences of Voting:

4a) If §3 fails passage: The first grade will be annotated indicating that the grade does not count for academic credit or GPA calculation. The later grade will be used for GPA calculation.

4b.i) If §3 succeeds: A student may petition for grade replacement for the course for up to 18 credit hours.  If so, the first grade will be annotated indicating that the grade does not count for academic credit or GPA calculation. The later grade will be used for GPA calculation.

4.b.ii) If §3 succeeds: A student may opt not to petition for grade replacement for a course.  If so, all grades are used for GPA calculation, but only one attempt is counted for fulfilling graduation requirements.

 

Section 3: Grade Replacement and “Last Grade Stands”

Current Policy:

The existing “Last Grade Stands” policy allows a student to repeat any course an unlimited number of times and exercise a “Last Grade Stands” policy to have the latest grade achieved for the course recorded and the previous grade converted to an “NC”.  The last grade recorded is the grade used in the calculation of GPA. 

Justification for change:

According to results from the HSI task force research, unlimited course repetition does not encourage progress toward graduation and has limited benefits to the student. 

Motion #3: The committee recommends that the policy with respect to the use of the “Last Grade Stands” be changed as follows:

1) All mentions of the “Last Grade Stands” policy that currently exist in the student handbook, college catalog, and official grading policy will be changed to the term “Grade Replacement.”

2) Grade Replacement may be utilized for a maximum of 18 credit hours. Students must request that Grade Replacement be applied for an individual course.

3) The first grade will be annotated indicating that the grade does not count for academic credit or GPA calculation. The later grade will be used for GPA calculation.

4) A grade will not be changed after a degree has been conferred. 

 

 

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Scenarios

1. How many W’s?

A student enrolls in a class but drops it between census day and the tenth week of classes and receives a W for withdrawal.  If the same student enrolls a second time in the same course and withdraws within those dates he/she gets a second W for the course in his/her transcript?  If the same student tries to enroll a third time banner will block it and the student needs to see an advisor who will decide if the student can enroll again.  The procedure will be repeated for all additional attempts at enrolling in the same course, i.e. see an advisor.  All of these W’s do not count towards the 18 total credit hours allowed for grade replacement.

 

2.

A student enrolls in a course and gets a “D”.  The student can register for the same course a second time.  The student does and gets a B in the second attempt.  The student applies for “Grade Replacement” and the “D” is stricken from the student’s GPA but the attempt and the grade stays on the transcript (possibly with a strike-thru line that means that the course is not counted in the student’s GPA.)

 

3.

A student enrolls in a course and gets a “D”.  The student can register for the same course a second time.  The student does and gets a B in the second attempt.  The student never applies for “Grade Replacement” and both grades stay in the transcript (and CAPP report) and are averaged out in the overall GPA but only one of the courses counts for overall needed credits.

 

Lawrence Glatz

The whole F "as earned" as opposed to F "as not attending/participating (online)" should be ***clarified to students if we are to record it -

otherwise not fair!!!

“F” as earned versus “F” as a consequence of non-attendance.   I don’t see why they should be different.

 

1) A student has a parent pass away. They discontinue studies in the semester.

Earns a W or if the student applies for a AW it can also be awarded.

 

2) A veteran has problems with 15 credit hours (five classes) as the spouse suddenly leaves the student. The student is at the end of the semester, not passing two courses, but realizes the that an NC would mean paying back money. The student stops attending nd takes two F grades, but does well in the other three classes.

 

The student has the option to re-take both those classes and replace the grades by applying for Grade Replacement.  The old grade remains (possibly with a strike-thru line to mean that the grade is not included in the GPA.)

 

4) A student is failing, but takes an NC to avoid an F.

The student earns a W since NC are discontinued.

 

 5) A student tries very hard, but does not pass; an F is assigned. The student repeats the class and earns an D. The student repeats the class and earns a B.

The student could not have enrolled a third time in the course without a signature from the assigned faculty advisor in the department where the course is taught.  Once the signature to override the Banner control over enrolling a third time, the student after earning a B (on the third attempt) may apply for Grade Replacement and only count the “B” for purposes of the GPA.

 

Larry Worster

 

Scenario I: A student withdraws from a class during the withdrawal period for personal reasons, e.g., problems with childcare, job change, illness of a parent, etc. The student takes the class over and receives a D. The student wants to take the class a third time. The student applies to the person or committee in the department responsible for allowing additional repetitions and are granted permission, based on the hardship encountered in the first semester. The student takes the class again and receive a B. 

 

The student then applies for grade replacement for the D, presumably after talking to his or her advisor about whether or not this would be beneficial. The student has now used 3 hours of their 18 hours of grade replacement. They have raised their final GPA by .05, based on the addition of 6 quality points to their total and the presumption of completion of 120 hours for their degree.

 

Transcript:

 

Fall 2013

Class XXX: W

 

Spring 2014

Class XXX: RP (or whatever code will be used to indicate a replaced class)

I thought we were not using codes and leaving the grade as it is with the possibility of a strike-thru line.

 

Fall 2014

Class XXX: B

 

Scenario II: A student takes a class and receives an F. The student takes the class over and receives a D. The student wants to take the class a third time. The student applies to the person or committee in the department responsible for allowing additional repetitions. After consideration, the committee approves the request based on the student's application and consultation with the department's faculty. Their rationale is presented to the student as follows: "The first time that you took this class, you did not attend class or complete the assignments. The second time that you took the class, you were overwhelmed by the material but began to seek tutoring around mid-semester. Your work improved but not enough to raise your grade to a C or better. It is clear that you now understand what it takes to be successful in the class. We grant your request." The student takes the class over and receives a B.

 

The student then applies for grade replacement for the D, presumably after talking to his or her advisor about whether or not this would be beneficial. The student has now used 3 hours of their 18 hours of grade replacement. They have raised their final GPA by .05, based on the addition of 6 quality points to their total and the presumption of completion of 120 hours for their degree.

Transcript:

 

Fall 2013

Class XXX: W

 

Spring 2014

Class XXX: RP (or whatever code will be used to indicate a replaced class)

I thought we were not using codes and leaving the grade as it is with the possibility of a strike-thru line.

 

Fall 2014

Class XXX: B

 

Scenario III:

 

A student takes a class and receives an F. The student takes the class over and receives another F. The student wants to take the class a third time. The student applies to the person or committee in the department responsible for allowing additional repetitions. After consideration, the committee denies the request based on consultation with the department's faculty. Their rationale is presented to the student: "After consultation with the faculty in the department, we deny your request for a third attempt at the class. You attended class regularly during both semesters that you took the class and turned in all of the required work; however, the quality of the work in both attempts was so substandard that we question your ability to be successful in this class. Please work with your advisor to determine a course forward that has potential for success."

 

Transcript:

 

Fall 2013

Class XXX: F

 

Spring 2014

Class XXX: F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grant:

 

Possible fantasy scenario number 1:


A student takes Principles of Accounting. He gets an F. He retakes it and gets another F. He retakes it and gets a D but his major does not allow a D for this class. He retakes it and gets another D. He retakes it and gets another D. He retakes it and gets a B.

 

Old policy: The student has paid for 3 credit hours x 6 semesters. He has to take at least 138 credit hours to graduate. His GPA only accounts for the B, and the other attempts show an NC.

 

New policy: While trying to register for the third attempt, he is notified that he needs a departmental override. He speaks to an advisor, who allows him to take the class again, but provides some excellent study strategies as well. The student uses 6 hours of grade replacement, and passes the course with a C on the third attempt. The C is counted in the GPA. The other grades also appear on the transcript.

 

Completely fabricated and hyperbolic scenario Number 2:

 

A student takes Introduction to Biology their first semester, and, being new to college and never having had a college level science course before, gets a C. The next semester he retakes it and gets an A.  The student maintains a good GPA and, in his senior year, opts to use his grade replacement.  He applies to medical school, where his transcript is reviewed.

 

Old Policy: The student’s C is replaced with an NC. The medical school reads this as an F, recalculates his GPA using their own method, and falls under the threshold to entrance to this extremely competitive school.

 

New Policy: The student’s C remains on the transcript. The medical school waives the grade and the student is accepted.

 

 

 A discussion was called.

 

 Senator Fustos, Computer Information Systems, asked if there will be an explanation on the transcript so that subsequent schools would understand notation.

 

 Senator Hutto, Marketing, wanted to know if there was a difference between course repetition and grade replacement and that faculty in her department think it will be an administrative nightmare and may be denying people by being too restrictive.

 

 Senator Gibson, Academic Policies, Music, reported that the committee looked at the percentage of students that take a class twice is much smaller percentage of those that take a class a third time.

 

 Senator Meloche, Biology, reported research that they have done shows that Biology pre-med students going to med school treat NC as a withdrawal.

 

 Senator Hancock, Biology, has canvassed others in his department and their future graduate school students are not repetitive course takers and policy is not practical if it interferes with students who need flexibility.

 

 Senator Izurieta, Academic Policies, Modern Languages, commented on the principle that retaking classes impacts the graduation levels.

 

 Senator Giordano, Accounting, spoke about students who repeatedly fail a class that is required for a Business degree and the advisor does not like that student and denies them the opportunity.

 

 Senator Hernandez commented that another student may be waiting to get in the class and is denied due to the ‘retaker’ getting a seat.

 

 David Kottenstette, Faculty Trustee, suggested that after failing a class twice a student may need advising to ascertain if they need to look at another career direction.


 Senator Davinroy, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, spoke about displacement of students and using this policy change as the tool as the solution to that problem.

 

 Senator Hasley, Information Systems, said the discussion reflected on the intent of  the policy change and does denying a student open the door to litigation.

 

 David Kottenstette, Faculty Trustee, asked what happens if the course is the Senior Experience course.

 

 Senator Hasley asked for confirmation that financial aid does not pay for the third class cost.

 

 Senator Hutto, Marketing, gave a case history scenario where a student withdrew in week eight and took five NCs and had the student used up 15 of their 18 retake items.

 

 Senator Forgash, Anthropology, asked if the case study slides were sent to the Senate.

 

 

 VII. FIRST READING of MOTION and DISCUSSION: Bylaws Change for Simultaneous Review of Curriculum Packets by FSCC, FSGS and FSMCR – FSCC, Sen. R. Hernandez-Julian (http://www.mscd.edu/senate/assets/pdf/motions/2012/021512/SimultaneousReviewMotion.docx)

 

 Senator Hernandez gave rationale for the motion.

 

 Sec Ortiz read motion into the record:

 

Motion to modify ARTICLE V, Section 13 of the By-laws of the Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate

 

Motion to modify ARTICLE V, Section 13 titled Curriculum Committee of the By-laws of the Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate in the following manner:

 

Modify SECTION 13.1.1.f.(1) and

 SECTION 13.1.1.f.(2) to read:

 

Section 13. Curriculum Committee

13.1 Duties. The Curriculum Committee shall:

13.1.1 Have jurisdiction over all curriculum proposals and make recommendations to the Senate concerning the curriculum programs of the college, including, but not limited to:

13.1.f courses granting college credit.  This review includes omnibus courses; however, the review of omnibus courses may be delegated to the Associate Vice President for academic Affairs.

1) A new or existing course proposed for new General Studies designation will be reviewed by both the Curriculum Committee and the General Studies Committee.  A modification of an existing course with current General Studies designation will also be reviewed by both committees. The General Studies Committee will forward a recommendation on whether the course should receive General Studies designation to the Curriculum Committee for appropriate action.   

 2) A new or existing course proposed for new Multicultural designation will be reviewed by both the Curriculum Committee and the Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee.  A modification of an existing course with current Multicultural designation will also be reviewed by both committees.  The Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee will forward a recommendation on whether the course should receive Multicultural Designation to the Curriculum Committee for appropriate action. 

 

 

Current Language:

 

Section 13. Curriculum Committee

13.1 Duties. The Curriculum Committee shall:

13.1.1 Have jurisdiction over all curriculum proposals and make recommendations to the Senate concerning the curriculum programs of the college, including, but not limited to:

13.1.f courses granting college credit.  This review includes omnibus courses; however, the review of omnibus courses may be delegated to the Associate Vice President for academic Affairs.

1) A new or existing course proposed for new General Studies designation will first be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.  After the course is approved by the Curriculum Committee it will be forwarded to the General Studies Committee for review.  A modification of an existing course with current General Studies designation will first be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.  After the course is approved and if the Curriculum Committee Decides that the modification of the course and /or the documentation for the General Studies designation requires review, the course will be forwarded to the General Studies Committee for review. 

 

The General Studies Committee’s recommendation shall be forwarded to the Curriculum Committee for appropriate action.   

 

   2) A new or existing course proposed for new Multicultural designation will first be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.  After the course is approved by the Curriculum Committee it will be forwarded to the Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee for review.  A modification of an existing course with current Multicultural designation will first be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.  After the course is approved and if the Curriculum Committee decides that the modification of the course and/or the documentation for the multicultural designation requires review, the course will be forwarded to the Multicultural Review Committee for review.  The Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee’s recommendation shall be forwarded to the Curriculum Committee for appropriate action.

 

 A discussion was called.

 

 President Sahami asked if the review of Omnibus courses by the Associate VP of Academic Affairs was in the existing language.

 

 Senator Hernandez answered a question from the floor of where the reference to simultaneous review was in this motion.

 

 President Sahami asked the Senate to please share this information with faculty in their departments and bring back their questions.

 

 

 VIII. FIRST READING of MOTION and DISCUSSION: Changes to the Faculty Senate Membership to better represent the Faculty of College – Faculty Senate Membership Task Force, Sen. K. Sahami (Document Attached as: FSMTF&ECMotions.doc) (http://www.mscd.edu/senate/assets/pdf/motions/2012/021512/FSMTFECMotions.doc)

 

 President Sahami gave an overview of the discussions held in the Executive Committee and the proposals to include administrators in the Senate and better representation for faculty. A taskforce was appointed and a series of motions were developed.

 

   Sec Ortiz read Motion #1 into the record:

 

Motions from the Faculty Senate Membership Review Task Force

to modify the Faculty Senate Constitution

of the Metropolitan State College of Denver

 

MOTION  #1: Motion to modify ARTICLE IV, Section 1 of the Constitution the of the Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate with the following addition *:

1.X Department Chairs shall be counted as department faculty and therefore eligible to serve as department Senators in the Faculty Senate, if they meet other eligibility requirements.

 

  Motion #2 was read into the record by Sec Ortiz:

 

MOTION  #2:   Motion to modify ARTICLE IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate with the following addition *:

1.X Category II Faculty shall be counted as department faculty and therefore eligible to serve as department Senators in the Faculty Senate, if they meet other eligibility requirements.

 A discussion was called.

 

 Senator Fustos, CIS, asked if the Category II faculty defined in the Handbook.

 

  Sec Ortiz read Motion #3 into the record:

 

MOTION  #3:  Motion to modify ARTICLE IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate with the following addition *:

1.X One (1) Category II Faculty member shall be elected by Category II Faculty to serve as the Category II Senator At-Large.

   A discussion was called.

 

   Senator Lunden, Modern Languages, asked how many chairs consistently teach six hours.

 

  Sec Ortiz read Motion #4 into the record:

 

MOTION  #4 Motion to modify ARTICLE IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Senate with the following addition *:

 

1.X Two (2) Affiliate Faculty Members shall be elected by the Affiliate Faculty to serve as the Affiliate Faculty Senators At-Large.

* X – to be determined by sequential concatenation, in order of approval.

  A discussion was called.

 

  Senator Louden, Theatre, asked should the stipulation that affiliates teach a minimum of six units per term be included.

   Senator Louden made a Friendly Amendment that the language include the stipulation above.

 

  President Sahami accepted the Friendly Amendment.

 

  Senator Hancock, Biology, asked if the affiliate representation should reflect the colleges’ diversity and should there be three reps because there are more than two colleges.

  Senator Hancock made a Friendly Amendment that affiliate representation be at least three affiliate faculty members. He mentioned the possibility that an affiliate could represent each college.

 

   President Sahami agreed to take the friendly amendment back to the Executive Committee.

 

 Sec Ortiz read Motion #5 into record:

 

MOTION  #5 Motion to modify ARTICLE IV, Section 1.1 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty to:

 

1.1 Departmental Faculty. From each department of instruction

there shall be one Senator for each eight (8) faculty members

holding an academic-year contract. The number of Senators from

each department shall be the number of faculty in the department

shown in the staffing pattern of the Spring Semester divided by

eight (8), with all fractions being rounded to the next higher whole

number.

 

CURRENT LANGUAGE:

 

 

ARTICLE IV

Members

 

Section 1 Representation

 

1.1 Departmental Faculty. From each department of instruction

there shall be one Senator for each six (6) faculty members

holding an academic-year contract. The number of Senators from

each department shall be the number of faculty in the department

shown in the staffing pattern of the Spring Semester divided by

six (6), with all fractions being rounded to the next higher whole

number.

 

1.2 The FACT representatives or alternate shall be ex-officio,

voting members of the Senate.

 

1.3 The Faculty Trustee of the State Colleges elected from

Metropolitan State College of Denver shall be an ex-officio voting

member of the Faculty Senate.

 

1.4 The elected representative from Metropolitan State College of

Denver to the Colorado Faculty Advisory Council (CFAC) shall be

an ex-officio voting member of the Faculty Senate.

 

 President Sahami commented that this motion was not a product of the Taskforce but was submitted by Senator Hernandez. President Sahami asked the caucus chairs to look at their membership if this change was implemented.

 

 Senator Matthews, Taskforce member, Music, requested that the friendly amendment regarding Motion #4 not be college specific.

 

  Senator Hernandez commented on Motion #4 and the rules involved and why approving it would be problematic from semester to semester.

 

 Senator Odell, HPS, asked how Motion #5 would affect the overall proportions in the Senate regarding each school representation.

 

 Senator Pytlinski, LAS Caucus Chair, Art, asked how this change would impact filling committee slots.

 

 Senator DelCastillo, Chicano Studies, asked what happens if an affiliate faculty member and the class does not make under Motion #4.

 

 Senator Hernandez re-emphasized that Motion #4 is problematic.

      

 Senator Hernandez made a motion to move items X and XI next in order on the agenda.

 

IX. Adjournment

 

  Motion to adjourn     

 Vote called.       Senate is adjourned.

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