August 13, 2018

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Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2018
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Speaker Harlin called the meeting to order at 3:15pm.
Speaker Harlin covered logistical items and shared that today’s meeting has a quorum, despite over 60 senators submitting absence requests.
Betsy Peterson, Executive Assistant to the Faculty Senate, who started just before July 4, was introduced and thanked for her enthusiastic and professional service.
New Senator, Dr. Paul deFigueiredo, College of Medicine, was sworn in and welcomed to the Faculty Senate.
Richard Stadelmann Award
Every spring the Faculty Senate recognizes first-term Faculty Senate member(s) who display uncommon devotion to the mission of the Senate to be awarded the Richard Stadelmann Faculty Senate Service Award. This award is in recognition of the many contributions of former Faculty Senate member Richard Stadelmann.  Two award recipients were selected for academic year 2017-2018.  The first award was presented in June to Dr. Stefanie Harris of the Department of International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.  The second award was presented at this meeting to Dr. Catharina Laporte of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts by Speaker Harlin, who expounded upon several of Dr. Laporte’s remarkable efforts in service to the faculty and Faculty Senate during her first term.
Special Awards
Janet Gonzales, Executive Assistant in the Office of the Provost, in April enthusiastically stepped up in the most positive way to provide several months of service, enabling the Senate to remain on track during the interim period prior to Betsy Peterson joining as Executive Assistant to the Faculty Senate.  Janet was thanked and presented a commemorative clock by Speaker Harlin.
Betsy Peterson, Executive Assistant to the Faculty Senate, was also thanked by Speaker Harlin, who presented her a desk name plaque, replacing the previous piece of paper taped to the front of her desk, to reflect the significance of her position serving the Senate and University.
Michael Stephenson, Vice Provost, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Tim Scott, Assistant Provost, Dean of Science
Overview of Student Success Initiative
Dr. Michael Stephenson thanked senators for being here in August and thanked Jim Rogers (Qatar) for flying 8,000 miles to personally participate in shared governance.  Dr. Stephenson discussed the new Office for Student Success, run by Dr. Tim Scott, which was started about nine months ago.  It was noted TAMU has not demonstrated significant progress in the 5 year and 10 year trends in graduation and retention.  Yet, the University of Texas at Austin had increased their numbers by ~10%, to ~70%, while TAMU is at 54-55%.  Provost Carol Fierke asked why we are stuck here and how TAMU can “take it to the next level?” 
Ten to 20 ideas were offered to address barriers and bureaucracy. Tim Scott would be telling the Senate more about these momentarily, but first Dr. Stephenson wanted to share the goals:
  • Raise 1st year retention from 91-92% to 95% for the Fall, 2019. 
  • Increase 4 year graduation rates from 54% to 65%.
  • Increase 6 year graduation rates from 82% to 85%.  
  • Decrease achievement disparities among ethnic, first generation, gender, and socioeconomic status students in each one of these areas. 
Tim Scott reported the steps taken:  a Task Force of 55 members began meeting in May, were given data on students not retained, consulted with Executive Director of the Student Success Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, Cassandra Alvarado, and reviewed the metrics.  This resulted in targeting four areas of focus of for Fall, 2019:
  • Academic advising;
  • The first year experience, for example, taking the cohort of 10,000 students and breaking them into small groups of 20-25 with a faculty/staff mentor and peer mentor;
  • Review programs that serve historically underserved populations, for example, the Regents Scholar’s program with first generation college students who come from families with annual income <$40,000;
  • Determine if they are receiving enough financial support and is the campus environment supportive? Are the students able to access class or financial aid issues online, and are their questions and/or concerns adequately resolved? 
  • Establish a virtual graduation help desk so when a student can’t access the course(s) they need to graduate, or if they have a financial aid issue, they can call this desk and/or file an online request.  This would be followed up on to help resolve the issue.
The Task Force meets monthly, EC every few weeks, and the subcommittees are meeting weekly until October 1.  They will then report back to the Task Force.  An Open Forum Town Hall will be held November 5 to review and receive the recommendations, first for freshman retention, then sophomore/junior/senior retention as well.
There are four other areas being reviewed around campus:
  • Uniform implementation of change of curriculum and meta majors, utilizing the benefit of previous progress experienced by the Colleges of Engineering and Business;
  • Optimization of classroom excellence utilizing strategies from the Center for Teaching Excellence,
  • Working closely with large classes, such as Biology and Chemistry, with grants provided to large introductory classes; and
  • Providing marketing of the Student Success Initiative in order to receive feedback from internal and external candidates. A website regarding these efforts is being developed, as well.  The Provost will allow committees to inform and make recommendations.
Dr. Tim Scott then opened the floor to questions.
Darlene McLaughlin, College of Medicine
Senator McLaughlin addressed the Senate stating that she treats students who fail personally and academically as a consequence of substance abuse, and inquired what the University is doing to insure these important issues are being addressed, since binge drinking is a social norm with many students.  She requested the Task Force pay attention to alcohol and the role it plays in the failure of our students. 
Dr. Scott appreciated the question and answered that this important initiative is being jointly led by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, which is represented by Cindy Hernandez, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, and Dr. Danny Pugh, Vice President of Student Affairs, on behalf of Student Counseling Services. 
There was the request from Senator McLaughlin, as well as the perceived request from the faculty, staff and student body at large that issues regarding alcohol and its profound impact on student health and academic progress must be addressed.
Geoffrey Booth, College of Architecture
Senator Booth sought clarification of the date of the Open Forum Town Hall and it was confirmed to be November 5.
Catharina Laporte, College of Liberal Arts
Senator Laporte asked if issues addressed last semester in the Academic Affairs Committee, such as whether Disability Services adequately serves faculty, would be looked into from the students’ point of view.  There are a growing number of students with disabilities on campus who are not reporting their disabilities, and that should be taken into consideration.
Tim Scott assured the Senate that there needs be plans to deal with the range of disability, substance abuse and mental health concerns.  Tim Scott was previously on the Special Situations Task Force, and thinks it would be valuable to remain on that committee to report on how the Student Success Initiative intersects with their issues.
Benjamin Wilhite, College of Engineering
Senator Wilhite asked if it is possible to obtain an accurate break down of students by category who were adversely impacted by lack of mentor, substance abuse and other common pitfalls, so we can identify and address what are the major culprits adversely impacting students and how we prioritize them.  Also, how do our findings and interventions compare with UT now and before they took their measures?
Dr. Scott responded to this comment by acknowledging the University has been lax in collecting useful data.  The goal going forward is to assist students, obtain student data, identify, recognize and address the problem.   What percentage of students have a sense of belonging?  If student wants to drop a class they must meet face-to-face, but currently there is no data collected.  But, they may withdraw from the university by computer without any interaction or data. How are the underserved, low income, and first generation students all impacted?   Further, how do these issues translate into smaller learning environments and how can this be introduced into introductory classes?
Senator Wilhite: Engineering has tried to watchdog students when dropping.  If substance abuse or psychologic issues impacted grades, advisors confidentially discussed those concerns with students, but this was not communicated to faculty. 
Dr. Scott: Literature and experience has confirmed the substantial increase in the numbers and severity of students needing more psychiatric needs, more than ever before.  And the onus is on us to make sure we are employing adequate numbers of specialists in disability services, psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors to serve the needs of students.
Hank Walker, College of Engineering
Senator Walker shared that although the Registrar is developing online Q drops, they are currently on paper.  Many students drop at the last possible moment, and the staff processes them quickly without meeting with advisors. The online system could notify the department to enable advising the student.  This could help faculty distinguish if dropping students attended class and did poorly or if they were “a ghost” and not there in class.  Approximately six years ago the Student Engineers Council administered a survey that documented a barrier to graduation was not taking a full load.  Flat rate tuition partly addresses the problem.  Now students can just click a mouse and withdraw.  
Dr. Scott: There needs to be interaction with the student to learn the reason for the drop.  The issues are very complex.
Speaker Harlin shared that she and Speaker-Elect Klein continue to be the faculty voice on the Task Force, making sure there is faculty representation throughout.
Speaker Harlin shared that the Executive Committee has been busy this summer, working on the following issues:
  • The EC initiated a conversation with the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Medicine, Carrie Byington, M.D., and the Interim CEO at CHI St. Joseph, Kia Parsi, M.D., to discuss issues related to health care as a result of the new Brazos Valley Partnership.  Of primary concern was the impact on some services as a result of religious affiliation of CHI St. Joseph. The only known issue at this point is an elective and/or post-partum tubal ligation.  Dr. Byington is working to explore options related to these procedures.  Employees across the System should see a reduction in overall health plan costs as a result of this partnership.  Employees local to the Brazos Valley will have the option to take advantage of reduced copays and coinsurance through CHI St. Joseph.  The EC and Dr. Byington will continue to have conversations as a result of input and feedback by faculty. 
  • The Faculty Senate has restructured our agreement with the Dean of Faculties Office specifically related to the Executive Assistant for the Faculty Senate and the Senate budget.  The new agreement includes a separated budget for the Senate.  The Senate officers will be meeting with Academic Affairs Business Services on a monthly basis to ensure fidelity and monitoring of the Senate budget in the future.  The Speaker acknowledged and thanked John August, our Dean of Faculties, Michael Benedik, Vice Provost, and Joe Pettibon, Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services, for helping to make this arrangement work best for the Senate in the future.
  • The EC is seeking Senate feedback on Faculty Participation in the Selection, Evaluation, and Retention of Dean and Department Head Rule Changes.  A link to the form was sent out from the Senate office with the agenda last week.  Feedback is sought by Friday, August 31.
  • Senators who are continuing after September should have received a link to a form to the Faculty Senate Survey.  Their input on committee preferences for this coming year is being requested as is feedback on improving the overall functioning of our committees.  Feedback is sought by Friday, August 17.
  • The Officers recently sent letters to all of our Deans asking them to support their college faculty members’ role as a Senator.  They were asked for $50 per Senator to cover the cost of a Faculty Senate shirt and name plaque for their office door, designating each as a Senator.  They were also asked to support our distance sites by paying for the distance Senators to travel to College Station for the September meeting and reception.  Response has been quite positive to these requests.  Shirts and name plaques should be available at the September meeting.  Senators were reminded to fill out the Senate Survey as it also requests Senator shirt size information.
  • The EC will be hosting a New Senator Orientation on Wednesday, August 22 from 11-2 pm at the Benjamin Knox Gallery.  Senators who missed their new senator orientation or who feel they might benefit from a refresher, were requested to let Betsy know so she could add them to the list of attendees.
  • Lastly, the Speaker asked to recognize the Senators who are retiring in September.  Those not returning in September were asked to stand so Senators could recognize their selfless service to the Senate and shared governance at our institution. 
The motion passed to approve the June 11, 2018 minutes as distributed.
The motion passed to approve the consent agenda as presented.  See below Adjournment.
Core Curriculum Council
The Core Curriculum Council courses are approved as presented.
Academic Affairs Committee
The Academic Affairs Committee report was presented by its Chair, Senator John Stallone, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  In summary, Academic Affairs was very busy this past year; many charges were received and worked on. The hard work of committee members was acknowledged. Outcomes of charges were reviewed.  Some areas of deliberation included: 
  • Open access materials;
  • Electronic Q drops: this issue was not resolved, primarily as there is great variability between colleges and departments;
  • Disability services: assistance to faculty in dealing with students; there continues to be inadequate funding in helping disabled students, and this issue needs resolution,
  • Health Science Center faculty: the committee listened to many faculty concerns; the issues remain fluid but are generally better.  Though serious faculty issues continue to be raised, there is a commitment by faculty and administration to diligently work and hopefully resolve concerns for the  best interest of all concerned;
  • Rule revisions were addressed regarding student absences and exams; all issues have already been approved by the Senate;
  • Academic Analytics: deliberations regarding this are currently frozen; the goal is to fairly address faculty productivity; deliberations were shared with the Personnel & Welfare Committee; to ensure progress, ongoing collaboration is needed from the faculty, Senate, and administration;
  • Academic Standards: There is a need to address differences between online and in-person classes; many documents are posted; faculty were encouraged to discuss.  
    Questions were solicited: Unidentified Senator suggested that Academic Analytics is “garbage,” they lack opacity, and there must be ongoing discussion with administration if Academic Analytics will be continued and there must be ongoing roles for the faculty and Senate.
    The Research Committee announced that issues including open access will be presented at the September meeting.
    No further committees reported.
Student Rule Changes
The motion passed to approve Student Rules 15 and 16 as presented.
Saurabh Vishnubhakat, School of Law
Senator Saurabh Vishnubhakat raised a question regarding student rules 47.5.3, when there are concerns regarding health of complainant and society, what protections are there for complainant regarding fear of retaliation?
Cynthia Hernandez, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Ms. Hernandez addressed concerns.  In circumstances when the University has concerns regarding the safety and protection of the complainant, the student is protected against retaliation. 
The motion passed to approve Student Rules 24, 26, 27, and 47 as presented.
Recommendation of Summer 2018 Degree Candidates
TOTAL: 2288
Agriculture – 279
Architecture – 157
Bush School – 30
Business – 120
Dentistry – 35
Education – 427
Engineering – 419
Geosciences – 86
Law – 3
Liberal Arts – 343
Medicine – 5
Nursing – 41
Pharmacy – none reported
Public Health – 50
Science – 106
TAMU-Galveston – 86
TAMU-Qatar – none reported
Vet Med – 94
The motion passed to approve the Summer 2018 Degree Candidates as presented.
The Speaker stated that the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate seeks faculty input on the proposed changes to the Dean and Department Head University rules related to Faculty Participation in the Selection, Evaluation, and Retention of Deans and Department Heads. 
Background provided: the System changed the policy on appointment of Dean and Department Heads in February 2018.  Our current University rules are in conflict with System policy and must be changed.  The primary proposed change in our University rule is that any vote taken on a Dean and Department Head is no longer binding and is now advisory. 
The Senate officers met with Vice Provost Michael Benedik several times last spring to discuss the proposed changes.  The EC also reviewed the proposed changes finding that they keep the University in line with the System, while keeping faculty input as an essential piece of the process.  The Provost is very interested in feedback from faculty in Dean and Department Head appointments and reviews.  The University is currently piloting some ways to provide more informative feedback in these processes. 
Faculty were encouraged to remember that the rules are not the standard administrative procedures (SAP) used in the appointment and evaluation process.  The Dean of Faculties coordinates the periodic reviews and the Provost and President make appointments based on the SAP.  This is the reason there are not more details in these rules—the details are in the SAP.
Faculty were further encouraged to review the System rules and provide feedback on Faculty Participation in the Selection, Evaluation, and Retention of Dean and Department Head Rule Changes.  They should have received via email a form to provide feedback.  Also included in this form were links to the approved System and proposed University Rule changes.  Feedback was requested by August 31.  The EC will then review the feedback at their September 3 EC Meeting.  The floor was opened up for discussion:
Tim Davis, College of Engineering
Senator Davis stated that the newly proposed rules are inconsistent and break the System rule in two ways.  In the first, the System rule says, “Any ballots that are maintained are subject to disclosure under the Texas Open Information Act” but there is no mention of how ballots are created.  Further, the System rule says the University rule can’t constrain the President or the Dean. So, if a President or Dean seeks input they can do that by a vote; but the System rule does imply that such a vote would be non-binding.  Senator Davis suggested we should add to this rule: “if the President or Dean requests a vote from the faculty to solicit input, the vote shall be advisory and non-binding.”  This would make the issue of a ballot more explicit. 
The second problem, and one more serious, is a comment here about providing faculty approval for extending interim appointments.  The University rule states that “Deans shall receive faculty approval.”  “The Department Heads must receive faculty approval for interim appointments.”  But how – if faculty don’t vote.  How do they get approval?  There is a contradiction here that doesn’t make sense.  The System rules states there can be no constraint placed upon appointment terms.  So how can we say this appointment has gone on too long?  At a minimum, deans and department heads should be able to seek input from the faculty.
Former Speaker Angie Hill Price, College of Engineering
Senator Hill Price provided historical perspective on these issues based on discussions with the Board of Regents and Chancellor.  Their primary concern was the binding nature of the vote.  System policy allows for non-binding advice, but the University had chosen to be bound by rules, except for the “bindingness” of the vote.  The President reported that if 95% of the vote recommended against a person, he wouldn’t blindly approve someone.  So there is a commitment from the President that although the System allows approval without faculty input, the University chooses to be more constrained and considering of faculty input. 
Also, Deans and Department Heads may have their terms extended from four to five years, as five is the national norm.  When sensible, the Department Head may to serve 2 terms and, in special circumstances, which require input of faculty, they may be allowed to serve three five-year terms.  Senator Hill Price is on a committee within the College of Engineering where they are piloting a process for evaluating the Department Heads this fall.   A survey seeks specific input and constructive criticism, and at the end of the survey, faculty are asked if the Department Head should be allowed to continue.  So there will be a ballot, but its non-binding, especially if a small percentage of faculty vote.  The Provost seeks greater faculty input, including more input in interviewing Deans and Department Heads.  While it has been distressing to lose the binding quality of vote, many faculty are pleased that the University level is seeking input. 
Piers Chapman, College of Geoscience
Senator Chapman shared that Sections 1.4 and 1.6 state that a search committee may solicit input from faculty and faculty may recommend candidates to the administration, and that presumably administration could also decline such recommendation.  Will the upper administration accept the recommendation of the search committee, or is the administration at liberty to select anyone regardless of recommendation?   Vice Provost Michael Benedik was given opportunity to respond; he will ask and report back.
Senator Chapman explained that if the search committee can be over-ruled, what is the point of a search committee?  Speaker Harlin reinforced that the System rule does allow for the administration to make decisions without faculty input, but that the University has processes in place and is committed to following them.  Vice Provost Benedik reported that it is the intent of the Provost to follow recommendations of search committees.  That said, the Provost can choose not to accept any recommendations and restart a search.

Geoffrey Booth, College of Architecture
Senator Booth asked if the survey seeking feedback on this issue is for Faculty Senators only or for all faculty.  It was suggested as it affects all faculty, faculty in all Colleges should have input.  Further, if a link is circulated, all faculty could obtain the candidates’ and other background information linked on the form.
Bobby Reese, College of Geosciences
Senator Reese reported the report says nothing of the number of candidates, so could there be a recommendation of only one, which has previously been an issue.  Perhaps a number could be added.  Vice Provost Benedik reported that information is included in the charge to the search committees; some will and some will not accept a list of one candidate and details are found in the SAP rather than the rule.

Tom Davis, College of Engineering
Senator Davis asked a question regarding the SAP: could it be more explicit?  Speaker Harlin reported she had discussed this with the Dean of Faculties and there is the SAP, and then there are instructions to search committees which are more fluid than the SAP.  Former Speaker Angie Hill Price reported that the SAP’s change once the rules are approved.
Senator Davis, recommended including the word “vote.”  Speaker Harlin reported such a proposal would not likely pass the Office of General Council (OGC) as they view it as violating System policy, which is why “input” was used.  Vice Provost Benedik and Speaker Harlin shared that this is only the feedback stage, and that exact wording will be changed and finalized at a later stage.
Former Speaker Walter Daugherity, College of Engineering
Senator Daugherity spoke in favor of supporting Senator Tom Davis’ comment, and recommended there be the addition of modifying words such as “non-constraining” or “advisory” in front of “vote,” thus documenting a vote was taken, and acknowledging the vote is advisory.
Speaker Harlin welcomed such comments and the important provision of faculty input.

Speaker-elect Andrew Klein asked if there was any business for the Committee of the Whole.
Many thanks were provided by Speaker-Elect Andrew Klein to Speaker Julie Harlin, Former Speaker Angie Hill Price, and Vice Provost Michael Benedik, as a representative of administration at this meeting, for supporting the restructuring of the Office of the Faculty Senate, and for serving on several search committees.

Former Speaker Walter Daugherity, College of Engineering
Senator Daugherity gave update on issues with Workday.  One such issue allows for twelve-month faculty to have one month’s premium deducted over the summer.  This impacted over 600 faculty members, but there were 16 faculty that got both four months and one month deducted this summer.  The solution requires manual entry every month, so faculty are urged to check your paycheck each month to ensure the deductions are correct.
The issue that parking couldn’t be deducted pretax was addressed.  Senator Daugherity spent three weeks delving into tax code (mentioning he might need the interpretation of Senator Bob Strawser, Mays Business School), learning if the University applied the code correctly, we could continue to deduct parking fees on a pretax basis.  Such was approved just today.
Faculty appointment letters have been delayed in being provided to faculty, which is important especially to those on a one year contract.  Most were not delivered as usual by the end of July, nor will they be by August 15, which many faculty found grossly unfair to those on one year contracts or those wanting to know they had a job and what their salary will be!  Senator Daugherity added he will go 0.5 FTE September 1; he thus is not eligible to serve on the Faculty Senate and “my time here will come to an end.”  Senator Daugherity, who will not be on the Senate after August 31, will nevertheless continue to work on issues regarding annual faculty development leave, and was thanked for his contribution to the Faculty Senate by an enthusiastic, sustained round of applause.   

Gary Wingenbach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Senator Wingenbach reported discrepancies in graduate courses seeking approval, and noted many guidelines, objectives and times were not standardized; thus consistency is needed in SOP’s.
Saurabh Vishnubhakat, School of Law
Senator Saurabh Vishnubhakat brought to the attention of the Senate that five years ago TAMU acquired what is now the School of Law, and that this day is the School’s actual five year anniversary.  The School of Law is proud to be a part of this institution and the Senate congratulated the School of Law.
The Speaker reminded the Senate to please complete the Committee Survey and the Feedback on the Dean and Department Head Rule Changes form, both of which can be linked to from the Faculty Senate website home page.  Also, anyone interested in attending the New Student Orientation should contact Betsy Peterson as soon as possible.  The next Senate meeting is Monday, September 10, with President Michael K. Young and Provost Carol Fierke speaking.  The meeting will be immediately followed by our Fall Reception, to which Faculty Deans and upper level administrators have been invited.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m. by Speaker Harlin.
JULY 2018:
New Courses – Attachment B – Passed – FS.36.046
GEOL 616          Petroleum Systems Analysis and Basin
LAW 764           Introduction to the United States Legal System
MEEN 623        Tensor Analysis for Engineers
PETE 649           Boundary Element Method for Geomechanics
PETE 655           Finite Element Method for Geomechanics
Change in Courses – Attachment C – Passed – FS.36.047
ANSC 636                    Texas Panhandle Beef Production Tour
CSCE 611                     Operating Systems and Applications
CVEN 681                    Seminar
EDAD 605                    School Principalship
EDAD 609                    Public School Laws
EDAD 615                    School Superintendency
EDAD 624                    Administration of Special Populations and Special Programs
EDAD 630                    Site-Based Management of Schools
EDAD 635                    Administration for Special Services
EDAD 638                    Developing School-Community Partnerships
EDAD 684                    Internship
ENGR 681                   Professional Development Seminar
EPSY 644                     Histories of Psychology
ESSM 636                    Wildland Watershed Management
FINC 601                     Financial Analysis Practicum
GEOG 676                   GIS Programming
GEOG 678                   WebGIS
HPCH 605                    Applied Research Methods
HPCH 607                    Biological Basis of Health and Common Diseases
HPCH 610                    Community Organization and Assessment
HPCH 611                    Program Planning
HPCH 612                    Public Health Interventions
HPCH 613                    Program Evaluation
HPCH 635                    Community Health Development
HPCH 638                    Seminar on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
HPCH 639                    HIV/AIDS:  A Public Health Issue
HPCH 641                    Coaching Health Behavior Change
HPCH 665                    Proposal Writing and Grants Management
ISTM 645                     IT Security Controls
MEEN 612                   Mechanics of Robot Manipulators
MEEN 681                   Seminar
MKTG 621                   Survey of Marketing
MSEN 657                   Multiscale Modeling in Materials
PHEB 605                    Epidemiologic Methods I
PSAA 601                    Foundations of Public Service
PSAA 616                    Managing Workplace Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PSAA 623                    Budgeting in Public Service
PSAA 630                    Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PSAA 636                    Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PSAA 649                    Volunteer and Human Resources in Nonprofit Organizations
PSAA 675                    Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar
RDNG 605                   Practicum in Literacy Intervention
RDNG 609                   Foundations of Reading Instruction
SCSC 642                     Plant Breeding II
SCSC 660                     Experimental Designs in Agriculture
SEFB 618                     Applied Behavior Management in the Classroom
SENG 670                    Industrial Safety Engineering
SENG 680                    Industrial Hygiene
SPED 609                     Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 642                     Prevention, Support, and Intervention for Students with Emotional and Behavior Problems
STAT 601                     Statistical Analysis
STAT 607                     Sampling
STAT 626                     Methods in Time Series Analysis
STAT 636                     Applied Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Learning
STAT 657                     Advanced Programming Using SAS
WFSC 639                   Wildlife Ecotoxicology
WFSC 641                   Sustainable Military Land Management
Change in Courses Attachment D – Passed – FS.36 048
Texas A&M University at Galveston
MARA 673  International Maritime Industry Graduate Management Experience
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal - Attachment E – Passed – FS.36.049
College of Education and Human Development
      Department of Educational Psychology
              CERT-CG27    Hispanic Bilingual Education - Certificate
Change in Programs Attachment F – Passed – FS.36.050
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
      Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
              CERT-CG56    Geographic Information Science - Certificate
Change in Programs Attachment G – Passed – FS.36.051
College of Mays Business School
Department of Business
              CERT-CG59  Business Data Analytics - Certificate
Change in Programs Attachment H – Passed – FS.36.052
College of Mays Business School
Department of Business
              CERT-CG60  Finance - Certificate
Change in Programs Attachment I – Passed – FS.36.053
College of Mays Business School
Department of Business
              CERT-CG62  Supply Chain and Operations - Certificate
Change in Programs Attachment J – Passed FS.36.054
College of Mays Business School
      Department of Information and Operations Management
              CERT-CG68  Business Intelligence and Analytics - Certificate
Change in Programs Attachment K – Passed FS.36.055
College of Education and Human Development
      Department of Educational Psychology
              MED-BIED     Master of Education in Bilingual Education
Change in Programs Attachment L – Passed FS.36.056
College of Education and Human Development
      Department of Educational Psychology
              MED-SPED    Master of Education in Special Education
Change in Programs Attachment M – Passed FS.36.057
College of Engineering
      Department of Computer Science and Engineering
              MS-CECN                      Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Change in Programs Attachment N – Passed FS.36.058
College of Engineering
      Department of Chemical Engineering
              MS-CHEN                      Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Change in Programs Attachment O – Passed - FS.36.059
College of Engineering
      Department of Computer Science and Engineering
              MS-CPSC                       Master of Science in Computer Science
Change in Programs Attachment P – Passed FS.36.060
College of Engineering
      Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
              MS-ENSM                     Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management
Change in Programs Attachment Q – Passed FS.36.061
College of Mays Business School
      Department of Management
              MS-HRMT                     Master of Science in Human Resource Management
Change in Programs Attachment R – Passed FS.36.062
College of Engineering
      Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
              MS-INEN                       Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Change in Programs Attachment S – Passed FS.36.063
College of Engineering
      Department of Nuclear Engineering
              MS-NUEN                     Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
New Courses – Attachment T – Passed FS.36.064
ANSC 495                  International Agriculture and Animal Production
FINC 342                   Introductory Finance for the Petroleum Ventures Program
HORT 424                 Horticulture as a Medium for Creative Expression
New Courses – Attachment U – Passed FS.36.065
Texas A&M University at Galveston
MAST 226                 Museums, Law and Ethics
SOCI 240                   Tourism, Culture and Place
Change in Courses – Attachment V – Passed FS.36.066
AGCJ 305                  Theory and Practice of Agricultural Publishing
AGEC 340                 Agribusiness Management
AGSM 335                Water and Soil Management
AGSM 337                Technology for Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering
AGSM 473                Project Management for Agricultural Systems Technology
ANSC 302                  Basic Beef Cattle Production
ANSC 436                  Texas Panhandle Beef Production Tour
ANTH 417                 Naval Warfare and Warships in Ancient Greece and Rome
ARTS 325                  Digital Painting
BAEN 320                 Engineering Thermodynamics
BAEN 460                 Principles of Environmental Hydrology
BMEN 207                Computing for Biomedical Engineering
BMEN 350                Statistics for Biomedical Engineering
BMEN 448                Healthcare Technology in the Developing World
CHEN 382                 Bioprocess Engineering
COMM 320              Organizational Communication
COMM 327              American Oratory
CVEN 305                 Mechanics of Materials
CVEN 322                 Civil Engineering Systems
CVEN 403                 Applied Civil Engineering Surveying
CVEN 424                 Civil Engineering Professional Practice
CVEN 450                 AutoCAD in Civil Engineering
ECEN 215                  Principles of Electrical Engineering
ECEN 303                  Random Signals and Systems
ECEN 322                  Electric and Magnetic Fields
ECEN 350                  Computer Architecture and Design
ECEN 403                  Electrical Design Laboratory I
EHRD 408                 Globalization and Diversity in the Workplace
ESET 329                   Six Sigma and Applied Statistics
ESET 455                   Wireless Transmission Systems
GEOG 201                 Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 213                 Planet Earth Lab
GEOG 450                 Field Geography
GERM 221                Field Studies I
GERM 222                Field Studies II
GERM 321                German Culture and Civilization I
IDIS 343                     Distribution Logistics
KINE 406                   Motor Learning and Skill Performance
LBAR 332                  Studies in European Civilization and Culture II
MEEN 221                Statics and Particle Dynamics
MEEN 315                Principles of Thermodynamics
MEEN 368                Solid Mechanics in Mechanical Design
MEEN 461                Heat Transfer
MEEN 475                Materials in Design
PETE 418                   Deterministic Reserves Evaluation
POLS 306                  Contemporary Political Problems and Issues
POSC 326                  Commercial Egg Industry
POSC 333                  Instincts and Behavior
POSC 411                  Poultry Nutrition
PSYC 319                   History and Systems of Psychology
SCSC 311                   Principles of Crop Production
VTPB 303                  Medical Communication in the International Community
Change in Courses – Attachment W – Passed FS.36.067
Texas A&M University at Galveston
MAST 252                 Crafts of the Maritime World
MAST 265                 Elissa Sail Training
POLS 366                  Political Conflicts of the Middle East
Change in Courses – Attachment X – Passed FS.36.068
Texas A&M University at Qatar
BS-CHEN-QT             Chemical Engineering – BS, Qatar Campus
BS-ELEN-QT              Electrical Engineering – BS, Qatar Campus
BS-MEEN-QT            Mechanical Engineering – BS, Qatar Campus
BS-PETE-QT              Petroleum Engineering – BS, Qatar Campus

Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal - Attachment Y – Passed FS.36.069
College of Geosciences
      Department of Geography
              CERT-CU14    Diversity - Certificate
W&C COURSES          
C Courses Attachment Z – Passed FS.36.070
GEOG 215-C   Geospatial Cornerstone
PHYS 328-C    Experimental Physics II
W Courses Attachment AA – Passed FS.36.071
BICH 491-W             Research
ECMT 463-W            Introduction to Econometrics
GENE 491-W            Research
GEOG 435-W           Principles of Plant Geography
HLTH 481-W             Seminar in Allied Health
MMET 301-W          Mechanical Power Transmission
PHLT 310-W             Public Health Writing
PHLT 311-W             Narrative Approach to Public Health
RPTS 474-W             Management of Programs and Services for Youth

AUGUST 2018:
Change in Courses – Attachment BB – Passed FS.36.072
ALEC 608                  Leadership of Volunteers
ALEC 623                 Survey of Evaluation Strategies for Agriculture
ECEN 602                  Computer Communication and Networking
ECEN 605                  Linear Multivariable Systems
ECEN 608                  Modern Control
ECEN 620                  Network Theory
ECEN 622                  Active Network Synthesis
ECEN 665                  Integrated CMOS RF Circuits and Systems
ECEN 676                  Advanced Computer Architecture
ECEN 760                  Introduction to Probabilistic Graphical Models
ECEN 768                  Bioelectronics
MGMT 680               Business and Corporate Strategy
PETE 602                   Well Stimulation
PETE 645                   Upscaling of Geologic Models for flow Simulation
PETE 647                   Petroleum Thermodynamics
PETE 651                   Probabilistic Reserves Evaluation
PETE 653                   Linear and Nonlinear Rock Mechanics
PETE 659                   Rock Mechanics Related to Hydraulic Fracturing
PHPM 644                Texas Training Initiative     For Emergency Response (T-Tier)
New Courses – Attachment CC – Passed FS.36.073
COMM 245              Difficult Dialogues on Power, Privilege, and Difference
COMM 338              Critical Race Discourse
COMM 343              Communication and Cultural Discourse
COMM 346              Media, Culture and Identity
CVEN 449                 Visualization and Building Information Modeling in Structural Engineering Design
ENGR 432                 Subsea Project Implementation
MAST 250                 Archaeological Field Methods
PHIL 470                   Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law
SOCI 377                   Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar
SOCI 450                   Social Entrepreneurship
SOCI 476                   Entrepreneurship Practice
STAT 312                   Statistics for Biology
VIBS 111                   Biodefense, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
Change in Courses – Attachment DD – Passed FS.36.074
ANTH 403                 Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 404                 Women and Culture
ANTH 425                 Human Osteology
BSN-NURS                Nursing – BS, Traditional BSN
CHEM 220                Physics and Chemistry of Inorganic Materials
COMM 407              Gender, Race and Media
CSCE 314                   Programming Languages
ECON 318                 The Economics of Gender and Race
ENGR 380                 Seminar Series in Engineering Project Management
FIVS 401                    Forensic Soil Science
HLTH 342                  Human Sexuality
KINE 318                   Athletic Injuries
PHLT 445                  Applications of Public Health
VIBS 305                   Biomedical Anatomy
VIBS 343                   Histology
Course Inactivation – Attachment EE – Passed FS.36.075
CHEM 111                Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112                Fundamentals of Chemistry II
STLC 001                   Basic Mathematical Skills
STLC 002                   Basic Writing Skills
STLC 003                   Basic Reading Skills
Program Change Request – Attachment FF – Passed FS.36.076
MINOR-ENGL          English – Minor
Special Consideration – Attachment GG – Passed FS.36.077
CERT-PRAR              Proficiency in Arabic – Certificate
W & C Courses
New Core Component Proposal – Attachment HH – Passed FS.36.078
Courses Submitted for W Certification:
ATMO 456-W           Practical Weather Forecasting
CLAS 410-W             Seminar in Classical Studies
GERM 310-W           Composition
NFSC 204-W             Perspectives in Nutrition and Food Science
SOCI 420-W              Advanced Methods of Social Research
SPED 310-W             Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
STAT 182-W             Foundations of Statistics
______________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
Core Curriculum Council Attachment II – Passed FS.36.079
New Courses Submitted for International and Cultural Diversity Designation
ACCT 445-ICD              International Accounting
ANTH 229-ICD             Introduction to Folklore
ANTH 317-ICD                     Introduction to Biblical Archaeology
ANTH 403-ICD             Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 427-ICD             Human Biological Variation
ARAB 475-ICD             Media and the Middle East
ARCH 212-ICD                    Social and Behavioral Factors in Design
ARCH 246-ICD             Foundations of Historic Preservation
ARCH 249-ICD                     Survey of World Architecture History I
ARCH 250-ICD                    Survey of World Architecture History II
ARCH 346-ICD                     Architecture, Heritage and Culture
ARCH 350-ICD                     History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Architecture
ARCH 438-ICD             History and Design of Sacred Architecture
ARTS 150-ICD                      Art History Survey II
COMM 335-ICD          Intercultural Communication
COMM 340-ICD  Communication and Popular Culture
ENGL 219-ICD                    Literature and the Other Arts
ENGL 333-ICD                    Gay and Lesbian Literature
ENGL 474-ICD             Studies in Women Writers
EURO 456-ICD             Contemporary Italy
FILM 215-ICD              Global Cinema
FILM 251-ICD                      Introduction to Film Analysis
FILM 299-ICD              History of Film
FREN 301-ICD              French Society and Culture in Evolution
FREN 322-ICD              French Literature II
FREN 336-ICD              Politics, Culture and Society in Contemporary France
GEOG 201-ICD                   Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 202-ICD                   Geography of the Global Village
GEOG 301-ICD                   Geography of the United States
GEOG 306-ICD            Introduction to Urban Geography
GEOG 325-ICD            Geography of Europe
GEOG 327-ICD            Geography of South Asia
HLTH 334-ICD              Women’s Health
INTS 201-ICD               Introduction to International Studies
INTS 321-ICD               Political Islam and Jihad
ITAL 455-ICD               Italian Cinema
JAPN 201-ICD                      Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 202-ICD                      Intermediate Japanese II
MGMT 452-ID             International Management
MGMT 453-ICD          Emerging Economies:  Brazil, Russia, India, China
PSYC 208-ICD              Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Minority Experience
PSYC 209-ICD              Psychology of Culture and Diversity
RELS 312-ICD                       Contemplation in the Modern World
SCMT 340-ICD             Global Supply Chain Management
SCSC 420-ICD              Brazilian Agriculture and Food Production Systems
SPAN 201-ICD             Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 202-ICD                     Intermediate Spanish II
SPMT 336-ICD                     Diversity in Sport Organizations
TEFB 273-ICD              Introduction to Culture, Community, Society and Schools
THAR 201-ICD             Introduction to World Theatre
WGST 210-ICD            Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
WGST 452-ICD            Women and Gender in Italy
New Courses Submitted for Cultural Discourse
AFST 201-CD                        Introduction to Africana Studies
ANTH 210-CD                      Social and Cultural Anthropology
ARTS 339-CD                       Contemporary Art Survey
ARTS 349-CD                       The History of Modern Art
CARC 101-CD                       Cultural and Social Issues in the Natural, Built, and Virtual Environment
COMM 338-CD                   Critical Race Discourse
COMM 343-CD                   Communication and Cultural Discourse
COMM 346-CD                   Media, Culture and Identity
INST 222-CD                        Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society
LMAS 201-CD                      Introduction to Latino/Mexican American Studies
SPMT 304-CD                      Sport Psychology Management and Practice
SPMT 319-CD                      Sociology of Sport
Texas A&M University at Galveston
New Courses Submitted for International and Cultural Diversity Designation Attachment JJ – Passed FS.36.080
MARA 440-ICD                    Global Economy and Enterprise Management
MARS 210-ICD                    Marine Geography
MAST 411-ICD                    International Maritime Culture
Proposed Revisions to Student Rules Attachment KK – Passed FS.36.081
Rule 15                  Graduation with (Latin) Honors
Rule 16                  University Honors Program
Proposed Revisions to Student Rules Attachment LL – Passed FS.36.082
Rule 24                  Student Conduct Code
Rule 26                 Student Conduct Proceedings
Rule 27                  Sanctions (Sections 27.1.2, 27.1.3 and 27.1.5)
Rule 27                  Sanctions (Section 27.4.2)
Rule 47                  Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Texas A&M Students for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Related Retaliation (SSDDSR)