Dean's Council Minutes - December 4, 2015

Dean's Council Minutes Friday, December 4, 2015


Ron Rosati, Scott Mickelsen (absent), Glenn Jackson, Eric Reed, Brad Ramsdale, Dottie Evans, Doug Smith, Barb Berg, Jennifer McConville, Mary Rittenhouse (absent), Catherine Hauptman (recorder)

The NCTA Dean’s Council Meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. with the above referenced individuals in attendance.


  • Dr. Rosati welcomed everyone to the meeting.


  • Minutes were approved as amended. The start time of the meeting was changed.


  • Jennifer McConville has scaled back the staff evaluation process and will continue on this process.
  • Jennifer will e-mail revisions to Dean’s Council and will review at the next Council.


  • Jennifer had each Dean’s Council member review the faculty evaluation process. Deadlines were discussed. Jennifer will send e-mails to remind the faculty of upcoming deadlines.
  • Dr. Rosati reminded Council members that faculty must provide class syllabi and student learning outcomes as part of the evaluation.


  • Dottie Evans provided an update on accreditations.
  • Dr. Kenya Taylor’s report and suggestions will be incorporated in the report.
  • Dottie provided a master “to do” list noting 13 items to complete by the end of the year.
  • Jennifer asked Dottie and student worker to reformat the budget spreadsheet.
  • The Accreditation steering committee meets again on December 7.
  • This item will continue to be on the Dean’s Council agenda.


  • Dr. Rosati gave each Council member the academic program list offered at NCTA.
  • Dr. Ramsdale raised concerns on the horticulture option being under AAS and not AS.
  • NCTA diplomas have only the major listed, not the option.
  • NCTA does not have a companion animal care certificate at this time, but there is an animal health care certificate.  A horticulture certificate is available, instead of a major.
  • Dr. Rosati will bring suggested revisions to the next Dean’s Council meeting.
  • Dr. Rosati discussed faculty work load with the Council.
  • Jennifer has created a faculty work load form as guidance to faculty.
    • If the faculty provides Jennifer their class rosters for Spring semester on MyRed, she will complete the workload form prior to the Council retreat.
    • This item will be thoroughly reviewed at the Dean’s Council retreat in January.


  • Dottie discussed procedures regarding classroom policy and syllabi.
  • Syllabi should be handed out the first week of each class. She recommends this change to the NCTA classroom policy.
  • The amendment to the current policy is “syllabi are accessible via Blackboard and/or handed out to students within the first week of the semester”.
  • Dr. Jackson moved to amend the NCTA Classroom Policy with the above statement; Dr. Smith second, motion carried.
  • Catherine will make the change and have it posted at the web site.


  • Eric Reed proposed that fulltime faculty members assigned to facilitate courses as teaching assistants will receive one-half equivalent credit hours in their teaching load for courses that meet the minimum enrollment threshold.
  • Dr. Rosati suggested we these individuals be titled as course facilitators. Eric will go into more detail with this proposal next week.


  • A Dairy Science option is being discussed under Animal Science. Ron will continue to update the Council as this proposal progresses.


  • An NCTA Open Forum will be December 16 at 4 p.m. in the Ed Center Auditorium.


  • Agenda
    • Budget, accreditation, faculty work load, program review, biosecurity, traffic patterns, signage


  • Travel per diem was discussed with the Dean’s council by Ron Rosati.
  • All campus travelers should be prudent on expenses, and not exceed 20% for Nebraska’s per diem rate.


  • Dr. Rosati reviewed the upcoming events on campus and holiday scheduling.


  • A Christmas lunch will be December 18 at 12 p.m. in the Student Union. It will be a catered meal so NCTA Food Service can participate.
  • Discussion of a signage on campus

 The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday December 10 at 12 p.m.