INSTRUCTIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

November 2001 October 2001

Date: December 7, 2001

 

Time Convened: 1:05 pm

 

Attendance:           Present  Absent

 

Tony Fresquez              x

Adel Heriba                              x

Allen Hatch                  x

Calvin Jumping Bull                   x

Cliff DeLong                             x

Darla Korol                  x

Dave Miller                  x

Deb Rogers                  x

Elaine Murphy  x

Ida Red Bear                            x                     

Jean Reeves                             x

John Bandy                              x (ill)

John Haas                                x

Kent Jensen                  x

Linda Alexander           x

Loren Young                x

Marty Red Bear                       x

Mike Fredenberg          x

Art Fisher                                 x (excused)

Lee Vigil                                   x

Kim He Crow                          x

Keeley Clauson            x

Stephanie Charging       x

           Eagle

Ellen Hernandez            x

Patricia Red Eagle                    x

Kari Baker                               x

 

Presenters

Sharis Red Feather

Jim Dudek

 

Meeting Content

 

I. Opening Prayer; Tony F.

 

 

 

II. Agenda

- It was moved (Loren Y.) and seconded (Kent J.) to accept the agenda as proposed

* motion passed (unanimously)

 

III. Minutes

- it was moved (Loren Y.) and seconded (Elaine M.) to accept the minutes from the last meeting as submitted

* motion passed (unanimously)

 

IV. Sub-committee Reports

i. Curriculum Checklist - Kent J.

- Kent reported that his sub-committee had developed a checklist, and would provide it to all committee members prior to the January meeting

 

ii. Core Requirements - Linda A.

- Linda reported that her sub-committee had met on November 30 to discuss various issues concerning the Core Requirements proposal, as follows:

 

a) Should history courses be designated as Humanities rather than Social Sciences? David M. said the question of where History fits is under discussion in the Humanities Department. It was agreed that the Core Requirements designation of History should reflect whatever is decided by the respective departments.

 

b) Should certain Human Services courses be counted as Social Services toward the Core Requirements? This was discussed by the subcommittee but not resolved.

 

c) Is there any reason to limit the number of core requirements credits? This was discussed by the subcommittee but not resolved.

 

d) The subcommittee proposal raises the number of Humanities and Social Sciences credits required in the core to 15, but then allows up to 6 credits of these to be met by Lakota Studies courses. A lengthy discussion (by committee members)ensued, resulting in general agreement. It was also suggested that, in order to retain equivalence with other South Dakota colleges and universities, OLC might require three semesters of Lakota Language for a BA. No action was taken.

 

e) The lower number of proposed AA core requirement credits was discussed briefly.

 

f) The subcommittee's proposal that core requirements include Intermediate Algebra (Math 134) plus one additional course with Math 134 as a prerequisite was discussed at length. It was agreed that Statistics was an acceptable second course, as would be other math or math-based science courses with Math 134 as a prerequisite. There were two alternate perspectives on the proposal. A few felt that math is too difficult for most OLC students, and a requirement of this type should not be allowed to prevent them from attaining a degree. Most on the committee felt, however, that OLC graduates will be better prepared to serve their community and succeed at other educational and employment opportunities if they are able to think quantitatively and work with mathematical concepts. There appeared to be a consensus that math should be required as proposed, but that a serious effort must be made to help students understand the material and pass the courses. Committee members generally agreed that it was a top priority to begin sending the message that OLC students are expected to achieve math proficiency, and to locate good peer tutors to help meet that goal.

 

IViii. Credit for Life Experience Subcommittee - Donna Korol

- Donna reported that Art F. received information from some Canadian bands, that Elaine M. is still in the process of contacting South African institutions, and that Dowell S. has provided North Central's standards for assessing these kinds of programs. Her subcommittee will bring a proposal to this Committee at the January meeting.

- Bush Foundation funds will be available for faculty who wish to be certified in this process; the certification goes with the individual, even if they leave the institution.

- The first session will run March, April & May. The second session will run June, July & August. Both sessions are an on-line certification course.

 

V. Chemistry Curriculum (SM&T Department) - Kent J.

- Kent reported that the Science, Math & Technology Department is requesting that the Survey of Chemistry course, Chem 104, drop the 1-credit lab and become a 3-credit course called Chem 103. The rationale is that most students taking this class go on to take a 2-semester Chemistry sequence with full labs. This change would not affect the nursing department, and Leslie Henry agrees that it will not harm the students in her degree program, either. 

- It was moved (Elaine M.) and seconded (Loren Y.) to accept reduce Chem 104 to a 3-credit course without a lab, designated Chem 103.

* motion passed (unanimously)

 

VI. Accounting Curriculum - Sheris Red Feather

- Sharis asked for the Committee's support for the proposed new Accounting degree, as presented at the last Committee meeting. There was conceptual agreement that any new curriculum is still subject to future changes in the Core Requirements, and a sense that an Accounting degree is needed on the Reservation.

- It was moved (Loren Y.) and seconded (Kent J.) to accept the new Accounting degree as proposed, with the exception that students would be allowed to choose between Lakota Culture or Lakota History, and with the caveat that any future changes to the Core Requirements would have to be reflected in this curriculum.

* motion passed (unanimously)

 

VII.  Management Information Systems Curriculum - Jim Dudek

- Jim D. presented the Committee with a revised draft of the Department of Applied Science & Technology's AAS Management Information Systems degree requirements (SEE ATTACHED). He talked the Committee through the changes and issues raised since the November 2 meeting, as follows:

a) English 103 has been added instead of Business Writing.

b) Students could take MIS 103 instead of just Computer Concepts.

c) There is no Study Skills class required, since this program receives Perkins funding through the State of South Dakota and must therefore follow certain state requirements.

d) Committee discussion led Jim to agree that they would drop Core Requirements to12 credits, increase Lakota Studies to 9 credits, and make one of these a Social Sciences elective.

e) "Visual Basic Programming" is a title change.

f) Several of these courses will come from the IT program.

g) C++ is a new course; some faculty wanted it to be from the IT courses, but this would increase the Math prerequisite, so Department of AST prefers to teach it through their program. This is primarily a database administration program, not programming.

h) There are three new courses in database management, plus SQL.

i) "Applied Data Communications" is just a title change.

j) Seminar in MIS replaces the old Internship, and has more classroom guidance.

k) Billi Hornbeck has approved the course numbering changes.

- There was a lengthy discussion about whether this program results in marketable skills, either on or off the Reservation, and whether the credits in this degree could transfer onto another status sheet if a student decided to go on for a 4-year degree. Those familiar with this vocation stated that there is a market for this terminal degree, and that students should be advised to enroll in this program only if they intend to complete it, get certified, and seek employment, since the credits (other than core requirements and Lakota Studies) will not transfer to another degree.

 - It was moved (Loren Y.) and seconded (Allen H.) to accept this new MIS degree curriculum as proposed, with the amendment that Core Requirements be dropped to 12 credits and Lakota Studies be raised to 9 credits (3 of which can be used to satisfy the core Social Science requirement--such courses to be specified), and with the caveat that any future changes to the Core Requirements would have to be reflected in this curriculum.

* motion passed (unanimously)

 

VIII. New Business

1. Tony F. stated that he has received feedback from various College Center staff that they need PicTel training. It was agreed that this should be provided sometime before the Spring semester starts.

 

2. Tony F. also stated that the College Centers are requesting regularly scheduled maintenance on computer and PicTel systems such as happens for the Piya Wiconi equipment. It was agreed that this request would be passed on to Cliff DeLong.

 

- It was moved (Loren Y.) and seconded (Kent J.) to adjourn.

* motion passed (unanimously)

 

Time Adjourned: 2:20 pm

 

Respectfully submitted by Deb Rogers, Secretary  _____________________________

 

this _________ day of __________________________, 2001.



INSTRUCTIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

 

Date: November 2, 2001

Approved Minutes

 

Time Convened: 1:05 pm

 

Attendance:           Present  Absent

 

Tony Fresquez              x

Adel Heriba                  x

Allen Hatch                  x

Calvin Jumping Bull                   x

Cliff DeLong                             x

Darla Korol                  x

Dave Miller                  x

Deb Rogers                  x

Elaine Murphy              x

Ida Red Bear                            x                     

Jean Reeves                             x

John Bandy                  x

John Haas                    x

Kent Jensen                              x

Linda Alexander           x

Loren Young                x

Marty Red Bear                       x

Mike Fredenberg          x

Art Fisher                     x

Lee Vigil                       x

Kim He Crow                          x

Keeley Clauson            x

Stephanie Charging       x

           Eagle

Ellen Hernandez            x

Patricia Red Eagle        x

Kari Baker                   x

 

Presenters

Sharis Red Feather

Jim Dudek

 

Meeting Content

 

I. Silent Prayer.

 

 

 

II. Agenda

- It was moved (Linda A.) and seconded (Kari B.) to accept the proposed agenda with deletion of item IV i. (Kent Jensen's report on Curriculum Checklist Subcommittee) since Kent was not present.

- Discussion: it was mentioned that we should have a report even when a subcommittee chair is absent.

*motion passed

- John Bandy arrived, and moved to add another agenda item (Faculty Opinion Survey). Seconded (Kari B.)

*motion passed

 

III. Minutes

- John B. asked that the minutes reflect the fact that he was at a conference during the last Instructional Affairs Committee meeting.

*minutes approved as amended

 

IV.ii. Core Requirements Subcommittee

- Subcommittee Chair Linda A. presented draft materials from the Subcommittee for the Committee's input (SEE ATTACHED).

- Discussion: the following issues were raised and discussed at length:

            1. number of Lakota Studies credits required as part of core curriculum

            2. number of requirements for AA degrees       

            3. the frequency of catalog changes

            4. requiring College Algebra for BA/BS degrees

- Mike F. recommended that people give additional input to members of the Subcommittee prior to their next meeting.

 

IViii. Credit for Life Experience Subcommittee

- Subcommittee Chair Darla Korol gave a brief report, mentioning that various individuals had made contact with similar programs in Canada and South Africa

- The question of when Bush Grant money would be available to fund this training was raised, and it was determined that the decision on the money would be announced well in advance of any relevant deadlines.

 

IViv. Mileage Reimbursement Subcommittee

- Subcommittee Chair Loren Young presented a proposed policy for the Committee to adopt or amend (SEE ATTACHED).

- Discussion: the following issues were raised and discussed at length:

            1. cost of funding the proposed change, especially if it applied to adjuncts as well

            2. emphasizing reservation college centers over He Sapa in Rapid City

            3. equity of having different reimbursement policies for different centers

- It was moved (Linda A.) and seconded (Loren Y.) to adopt the proposal as written. Then that motion was withdrawn, and it was moved (Linda A.) and seconded (Loren Y.) to adopt the motion as amended to specify clearly that it referred only to full-time faculty.

* motion failed  on a 7 (for) to 8 (against) vote

 

V. Vision & Purposes

- Tony Fresquez presented the Committee with three pages from the Policy Manual currently under revision, and asked for the Committee's input (SEE ATTACHED). In response to a question, he said that the Committee may review and comment on the entire Manual, but that these three pages simply needed attention.

- The Committee will take up the Policies at our December meeting as a "Committee of the Whole" rather than in a Subcommittee.

 

VI. Accounting Curriculum -- Proposed Changes

- Sheris Red Feather presented the Committee with a draft proposal to alter the Applied Science & Technology Department's BS Accounting degree requirements (SEE ATTACHED). She explained that it reflects a slower, more thorough approach to teaching the classes.

- In response to a question, she said it was their intention to begin this next fall, if they can get it approved and in the catalog in time.

 

VII. New Business

1.  Management Information Systems Curriculum -- Proposed Changes

- Jim Dudek presented the Committee with a draft proposal to alter the Applied Science & Technology's AAS Management Information Systems degree requirements (SEE ATTACHED). He explained that it is different from the IT degree program because it focuses on data management rather than computer network systems. The OLC MIS program is funded by the State through a national grant.

- The following issues were raised and discussed briefly:

            1. preventing duplication between some of these MIS classes and CSc or IT

 classes

            2. the number of Lakota Studies credits required for this degree

            3. watching out for duplicative course numbers, which will not be accepted by the

 registrar

4. the frequency of changes to the catalog and status sheets

- Mike F. suggested that the Committee needs to settle on core requirements before approving any new degree curriculum changes.

 

2. Native American Day Proposal

- Tony Fresquez conveyed the proposal that OLC celebrate Native American Day as a no-staff, non-instructional day.

- The following issues were raised and discussed:

            1. some people have heard others make fun of OLC for being the only institution

 not celebrating Native American Day

            2. instructors are concerned about finding times to make up the missed class

            3. it was proposed that the college incorporate an extra Monday in December into

            its fall semester schedule to cover the lost Monday if Native American Day is

            taken as a non-instructional holiday

            4. it was proposed that we allow instrudctors to decide whether or not to make up

            missed classes

            5. it was proposed that Native American Day be celebrated with significant

 events rather than a day off (such as the Four-Directions Walk at Wounded Knee)

- It was moved (Linda A.) and seconded (John B.) to table the proposal.

* motion passed

 

3. Faculty Opinion Survey

- John Bandy presented the Committee with a proposal to initiate a survey of faculty and staff about their opinions on select OLC administrative issues, to be designed and administered by the Human Services Department (SEE ATTACHED). He explained that the questions were being selected by an analysis of issues raised in faculty conversations.

- After a brief discussion, it was recommended that he bring the proposal to the Faculty Society for action, rather than this Committee.

- It was moved (Loren Y.) and seconded (Linda A.) to table the request for this Committee's involvement.

 * motion passed

 

It was moved (Linda A.) and seconded (Loren Y.) to adjourn.

* motion passed

 

Time Adjourned: 2:50 pm

 

Respectfully submitted by Deb Rogers, Secretary  _____________________________

 

this _________ day of __________________________, 2001.


INSTRUCTIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

Amended Minutes -- Approved

 

Date: October 12, 2001

 

Time Convened: 1:10 pm

 

Attendance:           Present        Absent

 

Tony Fresquez              x

Adel Heriba                  x

Allen Hatch                  x

Calvin Jumping Bull                               x

Cliff DeLong                                         x

Darla Korol                  x

Dave Miller                                          x

Deb Rogers                  x

Elaine Murphy            x

Ida Red Bear                                        x

Jean Reeves                                         x

John Bandy                                          x        (excused--attending important conference)

John Haas                                            x

Kent Jensen                  x

Linda Alexander         x

Loren Young                x

Marty Red Bear                                   x

Mike Fredenberg          x

Art Fisher                     x

Lee Vigil                       x

Kim He Crow             x

 

Meeting Content

 

1. Nomination and Voting for New Officers

a) Chair:

- nominations for chair included Darla Korol, Mike Fredenberg, and John Bandy

- Mike Fredenberg was selected as Chair

b) Vice Chair:

- nominations included Linda Alexander, Deb Rogers, Dave Miller

- Linda Alexander was selected

c) Secretary:

- nominations included Loren Young, Deb Rogers

- Deb Rogers was selected

 

2. Old Business

a) mileage reimbursement is an on-going charge of this committee

b) examining core requirements and prerequisites is an on-going charge of this committee

c) the issue of distance learning was tabled indefinitely last spring

 

3. New Business

a) Darla requested that the issue of academic credit for life experience be added to the committee's work; people agreed

b) We have been asked to add the search and screen procedures for academic vice president to our charge. If we do, it would be as part of the review of the policy handbook. People were not sure that this would fall under our purview; it may fall to the Institutional Development Committee instead. We will find out when the draft policy handbook comes out (probably by November's committee meeting).

c) We discussed the various problems that can come up between departments related to new courses, curriculum, and prerequisites. It was agreed to cover these topics under the subcommittee charged with core requirements and prerequisites, and additionally to develop a checklist for any new courses or curriculum that are proposed.

d) We brought together all the above discussion in the form of a list of six subcommittees for this committee, as follows:

1st. Curriculum Checklist (Kent Jensen will chair; this subcommittee will meet immediately following today's Instructional Affairs committee meeting)

2nd. Core Requirements and Prerequisites (Linda Alexander will chair; this subcommittee will meet Friday October 19th at 11 am)

3rd. Vision and Purposes (we will handle this in committee rather than holding separate

 subcommittee meetings)

4th. Policy Handbook Review (we will take this up when the draft is issued)

5th. Academic Credit for Life Experiences (Darla Korol will chair; she will submit materials to subcommittee members via e-mail, and they will respond as soon as possible)

6th. Mileage Reimbursement (Loren Young will chair; he will submit a draft proposal to subcommittee members next Friday, and they have until Oct. 6th to respond)

 

e) Darla reported that North Central Credits is interested in the process of certifying adults for academic credit for life experience; there will be an on-line training that runs from March through July; she and Samuel Saunders will receive certification; anyone else who is interested should let her know so people can sign up as a cohort.

 

 f) Proposals were offered to the Curriculum Checklist subcommittee as follows:

- provide a routing paper, properly filled out, as an example of how it is done

- need to show an altered status sheet, plus an old one to see the differences

- need to tell the course sequence for the degree; tell how long it will take to obtain the

 degree

- do they need to project course frequency? This was discussed, but not agreed upon.

 

Time Adjourned: 2:15 pm

 

Respectfully submitted by Deb Rogers, Secretary  _____________________________

this _________ day of __________________________, 2001.