Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 3:00 pm

Student Center Theater





1.      Opening Remarks by Provost Rafael Bras.

2.      Approval of minutes of previous meeting – November 16, 2010

3.      Request for nominees for faculty governance positions – Mr. Chris D’Urbano, Chair of the Nominations Committee

4.      Proposal for an update to the Institute’s Conflict of Interest Policy in the Faculty Handbook
See also further explanation in the attached presentation.  – Mr. Jeff Steltzer, Director of Conflict of Interest Management

5.   Proposal for a change in procedures followed by the Faculty Status and Grievance Committee as recorded in Section 14 of the Faculty Handbook – Dr. Paul Neitzel, Chair of the Faculty Status and Grievance Committee

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

a)   Statutes Committee (Ms. Jeanne Balsam, Interim Chair) 11/10/10, 11/16/10, 2/1/11.  Action items covered in items 4 and 5 above.

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

a)      Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Prof. George Riley, Chair): 11/30/10, 12/14/10, 1/4/11, 1/18/11, 1/25/11, 2/8/11
Action Items. From 11/30: CETL – allowing 3 courses to count for degree credit; Mgt – modification to BS degree in Business Administration so that 6 hrs from Engineering & Management minor can count toward degree requirements; Psych – change in course requirement specifications for psychology minor; approval of a list of courses carrying the Ethics attribute.  From 1/18: EAS – modification of the BS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences degree involving a change in the chemistry courses required; CoC – 1 new course & 1 deactivation; Modern Languages – modification to the BS in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies to add Chinese, French, and German tracks + 25 new courses & 4 deactivated; MSE – modification in the BS in Materials Science and Engineering degree, adding four semester hours to the requirements, changing course requirements, changing grade requirements, and specifying three 15-hour concentrations (Polymer & Fiber Materials, Structural & Functional Materials, or Biomaterials) from which students must choose + 17 new courses.     From 2/8: Public Policy and College of Management – new minor in Leadership Studies; Biology –modification of the BS in Biology as regards course requirements and course names, + 3 new courses & 2 deactivations;  Mgt – 1 new course; CoC – modification in the BD degree in Computer Science in the course requirements for a number of Threads + 2 new courses.

b)     Graduate Curriculum Committee (Prof. Julie Babensee, Chair):   1/20/11, 2/10/11
Action Items. From 1/20: ME – Two dual MSME degrees with Grenoble Institute of Technology, one to be offered at Grenoble INP Phelma in Grenoble (France), at GT Lorraine in Metz (France), and at GT Atlanta, and the other to be offered at Grenoble INP Ense3 in Grenoble, at GT Lorraine in Metz, and at GT in Atlanta; College of Engineering – MS in Enterprise Transformation (Executive Program) involving 17 new courses; Biology – 4 new courses & 6 deactivations; CoC – modification in the MS in Computer Science with 13 degree specializations, each with its own course requirements; CETL – grade mode changes to 3 courses and 2 variants thereof.  From 2/10: CoC – Change the MS and PhD programs in Computational Science and Engineering from 12-month programs to 9-month programs (i.e. no summer courses), modification of grade basis of one course and the credit hour range for another + 7 new courses; ECE – Two new dual MSECE degrees with Grenoble Institute of Technology, one to be offered at Grenoble INP Ense3, at GT Lorraine, and at GT Atlanta, another to be offered at Grenoble INP Phelma, at GT Lorraine, and at GT Atlanta + a third dual MSECE degree with Ecole Supérieure D’ingénieurs En Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE);  Computer Science, ISyE, and Mathematics – modification of the PhD with a major in Algorithms Combinatorics Optimization, involving changes in course requirements; School of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Policy – new dual Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Public Policy, including required courses, concentrations/specializations and a capstone research paper in both areas.

c)   Student Regulations Committee (Prof. Chuck Parsons, Chair: 2/10/11
Action items: Three recommended policy changes as follows: 1) to the No Hazing policy in the Student Organizational Code of Conduct, 2) to the Grade Substitution policy, and 3) to the Campus Alcohol Policy.

8.   Brief follow up message on the new Student Faculty Expectations document presented at the Nov. 16 meeting of the faculty. – Austen Edwards, student leader

9.      Any Other Business.


Ronald A. Bohlander

Secretary of the Faculty

February 14, 2011


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