1 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2007 in Lyceum 110


PRESENT:        Dr. Canty, Dr. Fant, Dr. Cleland, Dr. McCaffrey, Dr. Rutherford, Ms. Riley-Huff, Dr. Watt, Dr. Lackey, Mr. Upton, Dr. Murchison, Dr. Eftink


ABSENT:          Dr. Wilder, Dr. Irvin, Dr. Bush, Ms. Bounds, Ms. Mauldin

             1. Approval of Minutes.

              The chair announced that Chancellor Khayat had approved the minutes of the September 7, 2007 meeting, without exception.

             2. Continuation of Discussion of Environmental Studies 101 as a Humanities Course (see Attachment #3).

             Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth and Dr. Holly Reynolds were present to discuss with the Council the merits of allowing the Environmental Studies 101 (ENST 101) course to fulfill the requirements for a humanities course. Dr. Fisher-Wirth described the content of the course and distributed a representative reading list, proposing to change the prefix of the course to ENVS 101 and to rename the course as “Humanities and the Environment.” She described how faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts have been interested in developing a proposed minor in Environmental Studies for quite a while. ENVS 101 would be the first course in the sequence that faculty expects to become a minor in Environmental Studies. Dr. Fisher-Wirth proposed that ENVS 101 count for overall Humanities credit, as do similarly designed courses in Afro-American Studies, Southern Studies, and Gender Studies. Dr. Holly Reynolds confirmed that the original Environmental Studies 101 course was vetted through the C & P Committee in the College of Liberal Arts and through the College of Liberal Arts Humanities Council.

             The Council discussed the issue at length. At least one member of the Council opposed to the proposal indicated the problem was with the prefix and calling the course Environmental Studies, which gave the impression that it was a science course. It was concluded that a science course would definitely be in any proposed minor and that several courses could fulfill the science part of an environmental studies minor. Dr. Reynolds indicated that although the minor had been discussed, the minor is not currently on the table. After further discussion and on a motion by Dr. Rutherford, and a second by Dr. Watt, the Council voted three to two to approve ENVS 101, Humanities and the Environment, as fulfilling the requirements for a humanities course. Eddie Upton confirmed that the course would be listed in the catalog under the College of Liberal Arts rather than as a department specific course.

             3. Courses (see Attachment #1).

             On a motion by Dr. Watt and a second by Dr. Rutherford, the Council unanimously approved the course additions, deletions, and changes in the College of Liberal Arts. It was noted that HIS 324 is cross listed as AAS 324 and GST 321.

             4. Other Catalog Changes (see Attachment #2).

             On a motion by Dr. Watt and a second by Dr. McCaffrey, the Council unanimously approved the other catalog changes for the College of Liberal Arts on page 1 of attachment #2.

             On a motion by Dr. McCaffrey and a second by Dr. Rutherford, the Council unanimously approved the catalog changes for the Marketing Communications major in the School of Business on page 2 of attachment #2.

             5. Demonstration of Academic Council Workflow Interface.

             Associate Provost Maurice Eftink, along with Anil Vinjamur and Laurie Richlovsky from IT, presented the new electronic workflow process. The workflow will send proposals for new courses, catalog copy for academic programs, proposals from curriculum and policy committees, and the resulting agenda, minutes, and reports to Undergraduate Council and Graduate Council. The interface will allow deans to view the agenda and minutes of Academic Council.

             6. Adjournment. The Council adjourned at 2:30 p.m.


Approved by Council of Academic Administrators on December 10, 2007.

APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on January 28, 2008.