GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

COMBINED MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY,
GENERAL FACULTY ASSEMBLY, AND THE ACADEMIC SENATE

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 3:00 pm

Student Center Theater

 

AGENDA

 

 

1.      Opening Remarks by the President.

2.      Approval of minutes of previous meeting – November 17, 2009

3.      Description of organizational changes in Administration and Finance (Ms. JulieAnne Williamson, Asst. VP, Administration & Finance)

4.      Request for nominees for faculty committees (Prof. Kirk Bowman)

5.      Discussion of proposed state legislation to change rules concerning carrying guns on campus (Mr. Robert Pikowsky, Chair of Welfare & Security Committee)

6.      Approval of Minutes of Standing Committees of the General Faculty.

a)      Faculty Benefits Committee (Prof. Bettina Cothran): 9/28/09, 10/26/09.  No action items.

b)      Welfare and Security Committee (Dr. Bob Pikowsky): 9/8/09, 10/13/09, 11/11/09

7.      Approval of Minutes of Standing Committees of the Academic Faculty.

a)      Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Prof. George Riley): 12/15/09, 1/5/10, 1/12/10, 1/26/10, 2/9/10
Action Items. From 1/12: Mgt – allow two Mgt/ME cross-listed courses to count as electives for BS in Mgt and for Engineering & Mgt Minor; LCC – degree modifications to BS in Computational Media to require CS 1332 instead of having one of the free electives, and a minor mod to the Women, Science, & Technology minor to add an Econ course to the list approved electives; EAS – 5 new courses, change in core elective list for BS in EAS, and addition of Geophysics Track to Minor in EAS; Modern Languages – 23 new courses, 9 courses deactivated, new degree in BS in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (BSALIS). From 2/9: Chemistry – 2 new courses and a process for handling transfer credits; Biology – 1 new course;
New Guidelines approved for Special Topics Courses:

·         It is encouraged (but not required) to offer new courses as Special Topics courses twice before applying for status as a New Course with a permanent course number.

·         If an application is made for a New Course and it has not been given as a Special Topics course first, an explanation should be given in the application paperwork.

·         It is recommended that a given course be given no more than three times as a Special Topics course before applying for status as a New Course with a permanent course number.

·         The appearance of the student record and effects on degree auditing should be considered in the use of Special Topics courses for satisfying degree requirements.

b)     Graduate Curriculum Committee (Prof. Julie Babensee):   1/14/10, 2/11/10
Action Items. From 1/14: EAS – 5 new courses; HTS – 9 new courses, 4 deactivated, and creation of a History Track & a Sociology Track in the MS in History and Sociology of Technology and Science degree; Biology – 1 new course.  From 2/11: Public Policy – 1 new course, 1 deactivated; Management –an exception made to pass/fail policy to allow 4 credit hours of pass/fail;
New Guidelines approved for Special Topics Courses:

·         It is encouraged (but not required) to offer new courses as Special Topics courses at least once before applying for status as a New Course with a permanent course number.

·         If an application is made for a New Course and it has not been given as a Special Topics course first, an explanation should be given in the application paperwork.

·         It is recommended that a given course be given no more than three times (or twice if that is the preference of the college) as a Special Topics course before applying for status as a New Course with a permanent course number.

·         The appearance of the student record and effects on degree auditing should be considered in the use of Special Topics courses for satisfying degree requirements.

·         Schedulers should record secondary titles in Banner.

 

8.      Presentation of a planned merger of the Schools of Materials Science and Engineering and Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering (Dr. Anselm Griffin)

9.      Any Other Business.

 

Ronald A. Bohlander

Secretary of the Faculty

February 16, 2010

 

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