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2014-11/13

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

University Committee on Undergraduate Education

 AGENDA

Thursday, November 13, 2014

10:15 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Board Room, 4th Floor Administration Building

 

 

  1. Approval of the Agenda (Action Item)

 

  1. Approval of the October 16, 2014 UCUE Minutes (Action Item)

 

  1. Comments from the Chairperson

 

  1. Comments from the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

 

  1. Request for a New Agricultural Technology Certificate in Fruit and Vegetable Crop

  Management (Action Item)

Randy Showerman, Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

  1. Request for a New Agricultural Technology Certificate in Agricultural Operations (Action Item)

Randy Showerman, Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

  1. Request for a New Agricultural Technology Certificate in Landscape Management (Action Item)

Randy Showerman, Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

  1. Request to Phase Out and Discontinue the Undergraduate Specialization in

  Sustainability (Action Item)

John Kerr, Interim Associate Chairperson, Dept. of Community Sustainability

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

  1. Request for a Moratorium on Admission to the Specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice (Action Item)

Fred Rauscher, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

 

  1. Roundtable
Status of 11/13/14 UCUE Minutes:  Approved at 12/4/14 meeting.

 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

University Committee on Undergraduate Education

MINUTES

Thursday, November 13, 2014

10:15 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Board Room, 4th Floor Administration Building

 

 

Attending:  Daniel Bergan, Teresa Bitner, Patrick Crane, Rob LaDuca, Peter Magyar, John Merrill, Richard Miksicek, Debra Nails, Renata Opoczynski, Helene Pazak, Ron Perry, Jensenia Pizarro Terrill, Fred Rodammer, Lorenzo Santavicca, Cassandra Shavrnoch, Cynthia Taggart, Rachel Tate, Abraham Wheeler

 

Absent:  Giles Brereton, Kiki Edozie, Doug Estry, Austin Jackson, Eli Kean, Matt Pontifex

 

The agenda was approved.

 

The minutes were approved from October 16, 2014.

 

 

Comments from the Chairperson

Chairperson Taggart communicated the following to UCUE members:

 

-        She requested an update at the December meeting on the mid semester formative feedback.

-        She requested an update at the December meeting from the newly formed subcommittee to address issues identified by UCUE from the Faculty Senate survey.

-        Concerning a new minor in Graphic Design, as discussed at the October 2, 2014 UCUE meeting, an assessment plan has been submitted with the recommendation that it be forwarded to Kelly Funk. Therefore, the minor can proceed through governance.

-        A cross-committee task force is working on concerns from the Steering Committee regarding a Grief Absence Policy. 

-        Comments from the University Committee on Graduate Studies regarding the Integrity of Scholarship and Grades will be discussed at the December meeting.

 

Comments from the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Associate Provost Estry was absent from today’s meeting.

 

Request for a New Agricultural Technology Certificate in Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management (Action Item)

Randy Showerman, Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

The committee unanimously granted voice to Randy Showerman and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

Dr. Showerman reported that there is a high demand for experienced individuals who have technical and practical knowledge in the growing fruit and vegetable crop management industry.  Many people are focusing on local agriculture, and this certificate program will provide education and trained professionals in the crop management area.  The application process is completed through the agricultural technology program.  This two-year certificate program will be offered off campus at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City.  Certificate completion requires 48 credits; 20 credits from MSU, 7 credits from MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology, and 21 credits from the community college.  The curriculum also involves an internship; and an advisory committee from the fruit and vegetable industry is consulted regarding programmatic issues.  The certificate would be from MSU; an associate’s degree would be from NMC.

 

Voice was withdrawn from Randy Showerman and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

The following motion passed unanimously.

 

The University Committee on Undergraduate Education duly considered and endorsed the request for a new Agricultural Technology Certificate in Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management.

 

 

Request for a New Agricultural Technology Certificate in Agricultural Operations (Action Item)

Randy Showerman, Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

The committee unanimously granted voice to Randy Showerman and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

Dr. Showerman reported that there are currently no programs available for people interested in general agricultural operations.  Changes in agricultural technology warrant offering a program in this area.  Development of this program included collaborating community college partners and industry stakeholders.  The target audience for the program is post-secondary students seeking technical education in agriculture.  The courses being offered are practical in nature and focus on the skills needed for all types of agricultural systems.  Students will learn about plant growth, water management, and how to operate agricultural machinery and manage agricultural businesses.  A question was asked regarding where students completing this certificate can find employment.  It was noted that employers such as Monsanto, John Deere, and small agricultural companies will hire people who have completed this certificate program.

 

One UCUE member noted that students are very entrepreneurial and the curriculum should reflect opportunities for students to express that interest.  Prof. Showerman stated that entrepreneurship courses could be taken as part of the community college requirements.

 

This two-year certificate program will be offered off campus at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City and other community colleges as partnerships are developed.  Certificate completion requires 55 credits; 34 credits from MSU and 21 credits from a community college partner.  The certificate would be from MSU; an associate’s degree would be from NMC.

 

Voice was withdrawn from Randy Showerman and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

The following motion passed unanimously.

 

The University Committee on Undergraduate Education duly considered and endorsed the request for a new Agricultural Technology Certificate in Agricultural Operations.

 

 

Request for a New Agricultural Technology Certificate in Landscape Management (Action Item)

Randy Showerman, Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

The committee unanimously granted voice to Randy Showerman and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

Dr. Showerman reported the Certificate in Landscape Management will focus on the selection, use, and management of landscape plants and lawns.  He indicated there is a need to provide landscape management educational training to traditional and non-traditional students.  Development of this program included collaborating community college partners and industry stakeholders. 

 

Dr. Showerman stated that the Institute of Agricultural Technology is the administrative unit for certificate programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Department of Horticulture is the academic department for the proposed landscape management program.  Students will learn how to manage landscape plants and lawns, develop a working knowledge of plant growth, and identify plants.

 

One UCUE member stated that high school students are not often encouraged to go into the areas of agricultural studies, and these certificate programs offer students options to begin studying in the agricultural area.

 

This two-year certificate program will be offered off campus at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City.  Certificate completion requires 48 credits; 27 credits from MSU and 21 credits from a community college partner.  The certificate would be from MSU; an associate’s degree would be from NMC.  Dr. Showerman noted that if students wish to pursue a BA degree in this area, they can continue their studies at MSU in the Landscape Management 4-year degree program.

 

Voice was withdrawn from Randy Showerman and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

The following motion passed unanimously.

 

The University Committee on Undergraduate Education duly considered and endorsed the request for a new Agricultural Technology Certificate in Landscape Management.

 

 

Request to Phase Out and Discontinue the Undergraduate Specialization in Sustainability (Action Item)

John Kerr, Interim Associate Chairperson, Dept. of Community Sustainability

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

The committee unanimously granted voice to John Kerr and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

Mr. Kerr reported the Specialization in Sustainability has been in moratorium since Spring 2013 and runs through Summer 2016 due to low enrollment and poor program design.  The Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE) includes a minor in sustainability and is supported by six colleges.

 

Associate Dean Millenbah assured UCUE members that the Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Community Sustainability have made arrangements to ensure that students currently in the specialization will have ample time to complete it.

 

Voice was withdrawn from John Kerr and Associate Dean Millenbah.

 

The following motion passed unanimously.

 

The University Committee on Undergraduate Education duly considered and endorsed the request to phase out and discontinue the undergraduate Specialization in Sustainability.

 

Request for a Moratorium on Admission to the Specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice (Action Item)

Fred Rauscher, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

 

The committee unanimously granted voice to Associate Dean Rauscher.

 

Associate Dean Rauscher indicated the need for a moratorium on admission to the Specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice because it is a 10-year-old specialization.  He stated that when MSU created the Center for Gender in Global Context, new and revised majors and minors were created and students are being advised to sign up for the existing Women and Gender Studies minor.  

 

The following motion passed unanimously.

 

The University Committee on Undergraduate Education duly considered and endorsed the request for a moratorium on admission to the Specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice.

 

 

Roundtable

 

Debra Nails reported that she recently sent an email to UCUE members with a report attached from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA titled, “Undergraduate Teaching Faculty:  The 2013–2014 HERI Faculty Survey. 

 

Lorenzo Santavicca is working with Teresa Bitner regarding the institutional honor code and will provide a report at the December meeting.

 

Richard Miksicek reported on the Preferred Use Name Committee.  He stated that the IT specialists in the Registrar’s office will generate a new column in the system for students to indicate a preferred name.   The system will keep information regarding a student’s legal name but will give them an option to use a preferred name on some documents.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:15 am.

 

Respectfully submitted by Lynne Frechen.

 

 

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