September 14, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting
Minutes
September 14, 2015
601 Rudder Tower
http://facultysenate.tamu.edu
 
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Speaker Strawser at 3:18. 
 
Guest Speaker
Michael Young, President, Texas A&M University             
                                                                                                                           
Speaker Comments
 
Approval of August 10, 2015 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
The minutes of the August meeting were approved as submitted.
 
Consent Agenda
GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT
August 6, 2015                                      
New Course Request
MSEN 605            Field Theories in Materials Science
MSEN 617            Crystallography and Crystal Structure Determination
NUEN 608            Fast Spectrum Systems and Applications
OCNG 661           Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication
SCSC 640              Intellectual Property in Plant Sciences
SPED 636              Meta-Analysis in Single-case Research
Attachment B
FS.33.47
Motion Passed
 
Change Course Request
EDAD 605             The Secondary School Principalship
ESSM 636             Range and Forest Watershed Management
HORT 605             Internet Applications for Horticulture
OCNG 657           Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography
VIBS 670               Basic Environmental Toxicology
Attachment C
FS.33.48
Motion Passed
 
Curriculum Change Request
MS in Maritime Administration and Logistics (3-2) Program
Attachment D
FS.33.49
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                Master of Science in Public Health
                                Closure of Low Producing Programs
Attachment E
FS.33.50
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                Master of Science in Management
                                Proposed Change in CIP Code
Attachment F
FS.33.51
Motion Passed
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT
New Courses – August 7, 2015
CVEN 450             AutoCAD in Civil Engineering
ECEN 467             Harnessing Solar Energy: Optics, Photovoltaics and Thermal Systems
ESSM 310             Forest Tree Improvement and Regeneration
ESSM 404             Changing Natural Resource Policy
GEOL 102             Principles of Geology Laboratory
MSEN 222            Material Science
Attachment G
FS.33.52
Motion Passed
 
Change in Courses
AGEC 424             Rural Entrepreneurship I
AGEC 425             Rural Entrepreneurship II
ECEN 424             Fundamentals of Networking
GEOL 101             Principles of Geology
MSEN 310            Structure of Materials
MSEN 410            Materials Processing
MSEN 420            Polymer Science
MSEN 460            Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
PETE 335              Technical Presentations I
PETE 355              Drilling Engineering
PETE 435              Technical Presentations II
PHLT 301              Orientation to Public Health
RPTS 474              Management of Programs and Services for Youth
WFSC 406            Conservation Biology and Wildlife Habitat Management
Attachment H
FS.33.53
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                            Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
                                  BS in Ecological Restoration
Attachment I
FS.33.54
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
                           BS in Rangeland Ecology and Management – Ranch Management Option
Attachment J
FS.33.55
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
                          BS in Rangeland Ecology and Management – Rangeland Resources Option
Attachment K
FS.33.56
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
                           Minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management
Attachment L
FS.33.57
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
                            BS in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and
                            Youth Development Certificate
Attachment M
FS.33.58
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
                            Tourism and Hospitality Management Certificate
Attachment N
FS.33.59
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
                            Minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Attachment O
FS.33.60
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                      Department of Materials Science and Engineering
                            Minor in Materials Science and Engineering
Attachment P
FS.33.61
Motion Passed
 
TAMU Galveston
New Course
MART 205        Marine Surveying
Attachment Q
FS.33.62
Motion Passed
 
TAMU Galveston
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Galveston
                              Department of Maritime Administration
                                    BS in Maritime Administration
Attachment R
FS.33.63
Motion Passed
 
TAMU Galveston
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Galveston
                              Department of Maritime Administration
                                    BS in Maritime Administration and Master in Maritime
                                          Administration and Logistics (3+2)
Attachment S
FS.33.64
Motion Passed
 
TAMU Galveston
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Galveston
                              Department of Maritime Administration
                                    Minor in Maritime Administration
Attachment T
FS.33.65
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                Mays Business School
                    BBA in Business Administration
                        Request for a new degree program
Attachment U
FS.33.66
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                    Department of Mechanical Engineering
                        Minor in Analysis, Design and Management of Energy Conversion Systems
                              Request for a new minor
Attachment V
FS.33.67
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                    Department of Mechanical Engineering
                        Minor in Control of Mechanical Systems
                              Request for a new minor
Attachment W
FS.33.68
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration Item
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                    Department of Mechanical Engineering
                        Minor in Design and Simulation of Mechanical Systems
                              Request for a new minor
Attachment X
FS.33.69
Motion Passed
 
W-COURSES   - Report August 5, 2015
Courses submitted for W recertification
ANSC 491                             Research
ANTH 423                            Bioarcheology
ECON 426                            Economics of Antitrust and Regulation
Attachment Y
FS.33.70
Motion Passed
 
__________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Informational Review Items
 
Unfinished Business
 
Old Business     
                                                                                                                                                                               
New Business
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 48
Attachment Z
FS.33.71
Motion Passed
 
 
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 49
Attachment AA
Motion Tabled for October Meeting
 
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 50
Attachment BB
Motion Tabled for October Meeting
 
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 53
Attachment CC
Motion Tabled for October Meeting
 
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 57
Attachment DD
Motion Tabled for October Meeting
 
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 59
Attachment EE
Motion Tabled for October Meeting
                                               
Information Only
Approval of Faculty Senate Constitution
Associate Provost Benedik commented on the changes proposed for the Constitution.  He noted that the new verbiage should reflect that the appointments to the Health Science Center faculty now are approved by the Provost, so reference to a separate approval for those faculty by the head of the HSC should be stricken from the rule. 
 
Senator Jasperson asked why the committee of Committees was being removed.  Speaker Strawser responded that it had not been active in that function in years.  Senator Magill commented that the Speaker normally asks for candidates for committees from the membership of the Senate or from the faculty.  Senator Rice recommended that the Bylaws reflect the actual processes of the Senate as they are now.  Senator Carlson suggested that the Senate should specify how recommendations are made in writing in the Constitution or Bylaws as appropriate, and not just eliminate the Committee on Committees.  Senator Jepson spoke in support of Senator Carlson.  It was noted that the Constitution changes must be approved by the faculty at large, after being approved by the Senate.
 
Committee of the Whole
Senator Rodgers spoke with respect to the proposed changes in the Student Rules.  He was concerned that sections of the rule 48 contradicted with rule 57, and that these should be rewritten to be consistent.
 
Senator Clark raised concerns about bicycle traffic on campus and related safety concerns.  Secretary Price stated that a study on bicycle safety is near completion, and recommendations to improve conditions are included in the report.
 
The student rule 8.1 has some issues regarding the final exams, and when exams are permitted.  It was requested that the Academic Affairs committee review this.
 
Senator Akabani spoke about his concerns regarding increased traffic on University Drive and the resulting hazards, and hoped that the University is considering these concerns as well.
 
Senator Akabani informed the Senate that three Academic Track Professional faculty were given termination notices.  He said that there was no rationale as the demand for the courses they teach is still there, and recommended that the Senate investigate.
 
Senator Hill reviewed the report from the Task Force on 4 year graduation rates.  He pointed out that admission selectivity based on SAT scores is directly correlated to 4 year graduation rates, but also noted that this was not necessarily causation.  He observed that as the University is growing, in order to sustain graduation rates, the University must ensure selectivity in admissions as the entering class size increases.
 
Senator Hill also expressed concern about the construction on West Campus and the apparent abuse of the trees during the construction process.  He inquired as to who was responsible for the health of the trees on campus, and couldn’t determine who was in charge. Provost Watson noted that the CBE is concerned about the green space on campus, and has defined a subcommittee on utilization and planning.
 
Adjourn
The meeting was adjourned at 4:58 PM.