APRIL 27, 2010
Dr. Grant Venerable, Presiding in the absence of the President.
Dr. Ivory V. Nelson is in Harrisburg today for a very important meeting with the state legislator’s working with them for the benefit of the university. Dr. Venerable communicated
Dr. Nelson’s appreciation for all the hard work of the faculty during this challenging academic year.
Dr. Venerable reported that the Board of Trustees at the April 17, 2010 meeting agreed to postpone further action on a Board of Trustees resolution concerning the GRE, GMAT, etc. graduate admissions tests as the final requirement for our students for graduation pending recommendations from the university faculty. Dr. Venerable has spoken with some faculty members and discovered that this is a much bigger issue than imagined. We will work on this issue over the summer so that the Board can act at its September meeting.
Dr. Van Dover, Dr. Babatunde attended along with Dr. Venerable the ACTC meeting (Association for Core Texts and Courses) Dr. Venerable spoke last year there about Liberal Arts HBCU colleges. Dr. Venerable used W.E. B. Dubois’ book Souls of Black Folks (1903) and found his definition of a university there. Lincoln University had blended the HBCU concept with the Princeton model. We need to stay true to our founders. ACTC offer us an outlet to present our works in dialogue with colleagues from various institutions.
A. Approval of the minutes of the April 6, 2010. The minutes were approved with the following correction from Dr. Poe’s presentation concerning Black Studies at Lincoln University: Lincoln University does not offer even one course in the sciences about the roles of Blacks in Science instead of one course.
Report of the Curriculum Committee: Dr. Robert Langley:
B. Department of Physics recommended the redistribution of credits for Physical Science GSC 101 and 102 lecture and GSC161 and 162 lab courses. Currently they are 4 credits and 0 credits. The Physics Department faculty recommended that the lecture will be 3 credits and the lab will now have one credit. Under the current core requirements that non-science students can take one science course with a lab and one science course without a lab. The core requirement is now 7 credits in the natural sciences. The faculty approved this recommendation.
C. New computer science course: CSC 152 Introduction to Programming to provide an easier option than Computer Programming I, for non-science majors to fulfill the foreign language/computer science requirement . The faculty approved with 1 nay.
D. Education Department presented a proposal in the Graduate Program in association with the Barnes Foundation as a two credit hours as an elective: Art Analysis and Methodology Course. The course was approved.
E. Revamping of the Criminal Justice major into three emphases (minors): Forensic Science, Law Enforcement, and Legal Studies.
Grids for the three major emphases (minor) were distributed. There are 42 credits required for the major with 15 credits required for each of the three emphases (minor). The faculty made the following changes for Criminal Justices Majors (Forensic Science): The Natural Science requirement will be BIO 103 and 104 and the math requirement will be MAT 110 instead of MAT 106. CHE101 (Introduction to Chemistry) should be taken first and then the Introduction to Forensic Science (CHE208) should be taken in the junior year.
In all programs the following Humanities courses should be the Humanities core: 1st semester: Art 200 or Music 200 and the second semester: Religion 200 or Philosophy 200. The World Literature requirement should be either ENG 207 World Literature I or ENG 208 World Literature II. All references to the word electives in the grids: Natural Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences should be removed regarding the core curriculum requirements.
All amendments to the requirements for the three emphases grids were approved.
Dr. Poe wants HIS212 (Blacks in the 20th Century) to be consider as a general elective by students in the program. The curriculum program for Criminal Justice major as amended was approved by the faculty with one abstaining.
Report of the Educational Policies Committee: Dr. Grant Venerable
F. Undergraduate Minor in Psychology in Program Evaluation: Dr. Louden describe the need for this program. The minor was approved.
G. Master of Human Services Bachelor of Human Services Proposal: Dr. Virginia Smith.
Dr. Smith reported on the need for this program because some graduates are reporting employment problems because of their lack of a bachelor degree. These students are interested in getting a Master degree in Human Services, but they also need an undergraduate degree as well. We have admitted students without an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in the past. The Master’s program working together with the Sociology Department created a program for adult learners with portfolio assessment process which will approve up to a maximum of 45 credit hours granted for employment experience. They will pay a reduced rate for the number of credits allowed.
There is also a modified FYE course for these students. The need for this program is great because the requirements in this field working in the area need both an undergraduate degree as well as the masters in human services. We will create hybrid courses using some classroom time and some web supported materials combined. We are now considering offering some undergraduate courses at the graduate center in Philadelphia. We pay overload to some undergraduate faculty. We have asked for this program as a pilot program for 2 years with 25 students each year. We need to have adequate resources to support this program beyond the pilot two years will include the necessary financial support to hire the necessary adjunct faculty to provide the faculty needed. Some of the current undergraduate faculty would be invited to teach as part of their load one course here. This program will take us into the future. The Library will support this program by providing a person available to assist students with essential library services and that African American experience course will develop a hybrid taught section. No more than 50% of the 25 students in the first year should be alums of the Masters program.
The program was approved.
Approval of Candidates for 2010 Graduation: Dr. Renford Brevett.
Dr. Brevett distributed two lists of May graduates to the faculty: The graduate program and the undergraduate programs. Both lists were approved pending the necessary corrections and changes. The faculty are requested to contact the registrar between now and commencement to make all necessary changes in person or by email. The faculty will also need to cc to their Dean and Dr. Venerable. The faculty is also requested to contact the registrar with list of students who are graduating with double majors to make sure both are listed in the program with a cc to your Dean and Dr. Venerable.
The undergraduate list has four additional columns: (1) students completed their major program, (2) certified by the registrar that they completed the core curriculum, (3) cleared by the bursar (Zero balance) and (4) cleared to walk at commencement on Sunday. The commencement program will also include the December 2009 graduates.
Albert M. Bryson