Dean's Council Minutes Thursday, January 14, 2016
AttendeesRon Rosati, Glenn Jackson, Eric Reed , Brad Ramsdale, Dottie Evans, Doug Smith (absent), Barb Berg, Jennifer McConville (absent), Mary Rittenhouse, 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. Ron Rosati welcomed Dean’s Council members to the meeting
APPROVE MINUTES FROM 1.5.2016 RETREAT
- Eric Reed moved to accept the minutes as written, Mary Rittenhouse 2nd, motion carried.
NEW COURSE APPROVALS FOR AMS
- Mary Rittenhouse proposed a new course approval for ECN 1103 Survey of the Ag Industry.
- This course is designed for non-transfer students and would take the place of microeconomics. It would give students a better understanding of how the agricultural markets work.
- The title of the course and the description of the course were discussed by the Dean’s Council members. The title will be changed to Intro to Ag Econ.
- Mary also distributed a course approval form for AIT 1083 Software Productivity. This would replace the course on spreadsheets.
- The course will address competency and applications of computer skills. Software covered includes: operating systems and environments, spreadsheets, word processing, marketing tools and data bases.
- Mary R. will take the approval forms for each course to the Academic Council on February 9th for approval. The courses will begin in the Fall of 2016.
- Dottie Evans gave the Dean’s Council an update on Accreditation.
- Criterion talking points will be distributed to faculty January 30th and need to be returned to Dottie on February 19th.
- On February 24th Dottie will hold an Open Forum to discuss the Assurance Argument.
- The college-wide assessment report needs to be completed by Dr. Brad Ramsdale and he will bring it to the next assessment meeting Thursday, January 21st.
- The assessment committee will also perform the graduation surveys. Dr. Ramsdale and the assessment committee will propose the best process for this.
- Dr. Rosati discussed the option of NCTA offering online programs. NCTA has no programs online. We do have courses offered online. Higher Learning Commission is sending an extra accreditor in March to our site visit to evaluate this. Eric Reed and Brad Ramsdale volunteered to begin working on what NCTA needs to have online programs.
- Catherine will set up a meeting with Eric, Brad, and Ron to further discuss the online initiative.
ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR 9 MONTH FACULTY – FINALIZE
- Dean’s council reviewed the Attendance policy for NCTA 9 month faculty.
- Glenn moved that we accept the NCTA Academic Year Faculty attendance policy, Mary Rittenhouse 2nd, motion carried.
- Catherine will send to Dottie Evans to put on the website and send around to the Faculty.
TRAFFIC COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
- Eric Reed discussed the traffic committee recommendations and handed out a map of the NCTA campus reflecting these changes. The yellow highlights on the map were the priorities which included a fence and gates by the horse barn. Eric also handed out a list of priorities.
- Ron Rosati will take this for Executive staff approval. Traffic committee recommendations will then be brought back to our next Dean’s Council.
COMMON DRIVES DRIVE ACCESS
- Concerns were brought up to the Dean’s Council that the common drive on the network is accessible to students. Catherine will ask Justin to come to our next meeting to discuss this. The Common Drive needs to be reorganized as well.
- This item will be on next week agenda’s items.
- A draft list of the NCTA committee members was handed to each Dean’s council member.
SPRING TEACHING AND LEARNING SYMPOSIUM
- Dr. Rosati would like a few faculty members to attend UNL’s Spring Teaching and Learning Symposium on April 1.This agenda item will be discussed at the next Dean’s Council.
- NCTA is about to submit the substantive change to the HLC for the Lincoln Veterinary Technology program. Dr. Jackson will work with Dr. Rosati today to complete the form.
- Dr. Ronnie Green sent enrollment goals and by 2021 would like NCTA to have 200 additional residential students enrolled.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM
The next meeting will be Thursday, January 28 at 12 p.m. in the Ag Hall Conference room.