July 13, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting
Minutes
July 13, 2015
601 Rudder Tower
http://facultysenate.tamu.edu
 
In Attendance: Louise Abbott, Gamal Akabani, Judith Ball, Debjyoti Banerjee, Guy Battle, Leonard Bierman, Carlos Blanton, Nathan Crick, Walter Daugherity, Margaret Ezell, Jose Fernandez-Solis, David Ford, Gerald Frye, Clare Gill, Elsa Gonzalez, Ira Greenbaum, Julie Harlin, Greg Heim, Kim Quaile Hill, Angie Hill Price, Shelley Holliday, Jon Jasperson, Charles Long, Clint Magill, John Quarles, Deva Reddy, James Rogers, Karen Russell, Laura Sare, Jorge Seminario, Mark Sicilio, Nancy Simpson, Joe Spurlock III, Bob Strawser, Kim-Vy Tran, Evan Vestal, Coran Watanabe, Jim Woosley, Gary Kunkel
 
Call to Order
 
Guest Speaker
                                                                                                                                                           
Speaker Comments
 
Approval of June 8, 2015 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
The minutes were tabled to be reviewed at the August 10 meeting.
     
Consent Agenda
GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT
May 7, 2015                                           
New Course Request
ACCT 625             Professional Accounting Seminar
EEBL 601               Physiological Ecology
EEBL 602               Population Ecology
EEBL 603               Community Ecology
EEBL 604               Ecosystem Ecology
EEBL 605               Population and Quantitative Genetics
EEBL 606               Phylogenetics and Comparative Biology
EEBL 607               Evolutionary Genomics
EEBL 608               Integrative Animal Behavior
EEBL 610               First Year Graduate Seminar
EEBL 612               Open Source for Open Science Bootcamp
EEBL 681               Seminar
INTA 637              Field Research Methods
INTA 671              The Political Economy of the Middle East
MEEN 602            Modeling and Analysis of Mechanical Systems
MEEN 604            Time Frequency Nonlinear Vibration Control
PHPM 603           Managing Healthcare Data and Information
PHPM 604           Population and Public Health for Health Professionals
SOCI 682              Grant Writing for the Social Sciences
Attachment B
FS.33.3
Motion Passed
 
GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT
June 4, 2015
New Course Request
BIOL 612               Fundamental Molecular Cell Biology
EDCI 754               Trends in Data Management and Analysis
GEOG 677            Geomorphometry
HCPI 551              Healthcare Quality Improvement and Informatics
KINE 614              External Research Fund Development
OCNG 669           Python for Geosciences
Attachment C
FS.33.4
Motion Passed
 
Change Course Request
ECON 609            Human Resource Economics I
ECON 610            Human Resource Economics II
ECON 635            Monetary Theory
ECON 637            Monetary Policy
EHRD 628             Research & Publishing in HRD
EHRD 628             Feminist Pedagogy
WGST 680            Theories of Gender
Attachment D
FS.33.5
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                School of Law
                3+3 Bachelor’s /JD Program Educational Program
Attachment E
FS.33.6
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                School of Law- New Program Proposals
                                Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur)
                                Master of Jurisprudence in Intellectual Property (M.Jur)
                                Master of Laws (LL.M.)
                                Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M.)
Attachment F
FS.33.7
Motion Passed
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT
New Courses – May 8, 2015
ASTR 103              Introduction to Stars and Exoplanets.
ASTR 104              Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology
FILM 345              Media Industries.
LMAS 201            Introduction to Latino/Mexican American Studies
Attachment G
FS.33.8
Motion Passed
 
Change in Courses
AGSC 383             Teaching Ag Mechanics
MATH 467           Modern Geometry
STAT 414              Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 415              Mathematical Statistics II
Attachment H
FS.33.9
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                       Minor in Film Studies
Attachment I
FS.33.10
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                       Department of Mathematics
                              BA in Mathematics
Attachment J
FS.33.11
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                       Department of Mathematics
                              BS in Mathematics
Attachment K
FS.33.12
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                       Department of Mathematics
                              BS in Applied Mathematical Sciences
Attachment L
FS.33.13
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                       Department of Mathematics
                              BS in Applied Mathematical Sciences
                                     Computational Science Track
Attachment M
FS.33.14
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                       Department of Mathematics
                              Minor in Mathematics
Attachment N
FS.33.15
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                        Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
                              Minor in Extension Education
                                    Request for a new minor
Attachment O
FS.33.16
Motion Passed
 
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Qatar
                        Chemical Engineering Program
                              BS in Chemical Engineering
Attachment P
FS.33.17
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Qatar
                        Chemical Engineering Program
                              BS in Chemical Engineering
Attachment Q
FS.33.18
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Qatar
                        Electrical Engineering Program
                              BS in Electrical Engineering
Attachment R
FS.33.19
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Qatar
                        Mechanical Engineering Program
                              BS in Mechanical Engineering
Attachment S
FS.33.20
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Qatar
                        Petroleum Engineering Program
                              BS in Petroleum Engineering
Attachment T
FS.33.21
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Qatar
                        Petroleum Engineering Program
                              BS in Petroleum Engineering
Attachment U
FS.33.22
Motion Passed
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT
New Courses – June 12, 2015
OCNG 469           Python for Geosciences
HLTH 333              Spirituality and Health
Attachment V
FS.33.23
Motion Passed
 
Withdrawal of Courses
SCSC 101              Introduction to Soil and Crop Science
SCSC 303              Crop Ecology
SCSC 306              Grain, Fiber and Oilseed Crops
SCSC 308              Forage Crops
SCSC 314              Life and Physical Environment
SCSC 425              Biofuels and the Environment
SCSC 435              Ecology of Agrichemicals in Field Crops and Turf
SCSC 445              Soil Physics
SCSC 450              Chemical Weed Control
SCSC 460              Problems in Agronomy - Plants
SCSC 461              Problems in Agronomy - Soils
Attachment W
FS.33.24
Motion Passed
 
Change in Courses
FINC 351              Investment Analysis
FINC 361              Managerial Finance I
FINC 422              Applied Investment Analysis
FINC 423              Options and Financial Futures
FINC 424              Trading Risk Management
FINC 425              Active Portfolio Management
FINC 426              Trading Market
FINC 428              Fixed Income Analysis
FINC 435              Managerial Finance II
FINC 443              Valuation
FINC 445              International Finance
FINC 447              Financial Statement Analysis
FINC 449              Financial Modeling
FINC 472              Real Estate Finance
FINC 473              Real Estate Appraisal
FINC 475              Real Estate Investment Analysis
IBUS 445              International Finance
OCNG 401           Interdisciplinary Oceanography
Attachment X
FS.33.25
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
            Mays Business School
                        Department of Finance
                              BBA in Finance
Attachment Y
FS.33.26
Motion Passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Change in Curricula
                Texas A&M University at Galveston
                              Department of Marine Biology
                                    BS in Marine Biology – License Option
                              Department of Marine Sciences
                                    BS in Marine Sciences – License Option
                              Department of Marine Transportation
                                    BS in Marine Transportation
Attachment Z
FS.33.27
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                        Department of Animal Science
                              Minor in Animal Science
                                    Request to discontinue minor
Attachment AA
FS.33.28
Motion Passed
 
W-COURSES   - Report May 22, 2015
Courses submitted for W certification
INTS 410                               Gender and the Global Modern: International Perspectives
MATH 442 W                      Mathematical Modeling
SOCI 411                              Social Psychology
SPED 310                              Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
Courses submitted for W recertification
ARCH 205                             Architectural Design
CLAS 491                              Research
ENGR 401                            Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
MATH 220                           Foundations in Mathematics
MATH 491                           Research
PHIL 410                               Classical Philosophy
Courses submitted for C recertification
MATH 442 C                        Mathematical Modeling
Attachment BB
FS.33.29
Motion Passed
 
 
W-COURSES   - Report May 22, 2015
Courses submitted for W certification
ANTH 434                                                            Human Evolutionary Economy II
ANTH 445/AFST 489/RELS 489                     Studies in African Diaspora
STAT 182                                                              Foundations of Statistics
STAT 482                                                              Statistics Capstone
Courses submitted for W recertification
INST 362                                                               English as a Second Language (ESL) Methods I
OCNG 410                                                           Introductions to Physical Oceanography
RDNG 371                                                            Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Literature for Middle Schools
SOCI/WGST 424                                                Women and work in Society      
Attachment CC
FS.33.30
Motion Passed
 
__________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Critical Task Force on Four Year Graduation Rates Final Report
Attachment DD
FS.33.31
Motion Passed
 
Information Only
Graduate Council, May 2015- Special Consideration Items
        Graduate Faculty Guideline Changes (new policy begins on page 8)
 
Informational Review Items
SOPH 680             Public Health Capstone
Attachment FF
FS.33.32
Motion Passed
 
Unfinished Business
 
Old Business     
                                                                                                                                                                               
New Business  
                                                                                               
Committee of the Whole
A request was made for information regarding how Academic Analytics will be used in the College of Engineering and the University to identify at-risk students.
 
Senator Woosley gave a brief summary of the task force on four year graduation rates.  He said that faculty are encouraged to be creative in how we get students to graduate in four years.  We are not where we need to be.  Our current rate is 56% of our first time in college, full time freshmen graduating in four years.  The University’s goal is to get to the low 60’s.  We are number two in the state of Texas.  Faculty should be aware of this goal, and should be advocates to finding creative solutions in each college.  The Provost doesn’t want to degrade a degree with a blanket approval for substitutions, but wants the faculty to approve courses that make sense.  We are being compared to our peer institutions across the nation.  Individual programs may have some unique aspect that justifies students taking longer.  Dean of Faculties Benedik said that often students are delayed because classes are full or that they took classes in wrong order.  High impact experiences are also being reviewed as to impact on graduation rates. 
Speaker Strawser announced that his goal for the Senate for the year was to have fewer outside speakers, and have more discussion and committee reports.
 
Senator Ackerman expressed concern that outside entities such as reporters were going to the CPI or DPs for statements about faculty.  She wanted to make sure these outside entities know that the Faculty Senate is the only organization that represents all faculty.  Dean of Faculties Benedik noted that the administration fully supports the idea that the Faculty Senate is the overall representative organization. 
 
Speaker Strawser indicated that the Faculty Senate action items should align with and support the strategic plan of the University, and that we should suggest modifications to the plan as needed.
 
Adjourn