|The faculty senate met March
15 in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Tim
Steckline, Charles Lamb, Barb Chrisman, Steve Babbitt,
Don Chastain, Randalei Ellis, John Glover, Margaret
Lewis, Rena Faye Norby Student: Scott Biggin.
Motion to approve agenda Barb Chrisman, Don
Minutes approved by motion from John Glover, Steve
Dr. Lyle Cook attended the meeting to discuss with the
- The Board of Regents office has indicated that
independent studies have to be self-supporting.
They are to have limited faculty involvement and
should not be courses which are in the regular
- Self-support directed studies courses may be
taken and the instructors could be compensated
- There are areas which have been designated as
economic development areas at our institution.
Emphasis is on biology, health services
administration, and entrepreneurial studies.
Students with undecided majors are
encouraged to select one of these as
a major. Under the current funding, this will
impact upon the funds received by the
institution. Funding in this category this past
year was $93,000+.
- In the curriculum area changes are being
fast-tracked and mostly handled on a local level.
Philosophy is in place, procedure not complete as
- Transfer of credits from technical schools in the
state is in place. The BOR office did a list of
schools and what would transfer. At Black Hills
State University the industrial technology
department will participate in a program which
will give the Bachelor of Applied Technical
Science (BATS) to students making these
transfers. Rising junior exam will be taken at
the technical institution prior to coming to our
institution. These students will need to pass the
tests with same criteria as our own students.
- The regents are looking at minimal ACT scores to
be used for mathematics and English placements.
In mathematics the current discussion is 20 ACT
score to be placed in college algebra; 18 ACT
score for intermediate algebra; below 18 ACT
score, remedial course will be necessary. The
English placement score for English 101, 102
courses will be 18 ACT score.
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- Scholarship Academic suspensions are being
reviewed. Appeals for suspension are to be
tightened. Students who are admitted
provisionally do not usually attain the goals
established. Not cost effective to keep
It was announced that there are to be additional
language courses offered next year. French and German are
to be added to offerings. Dr. Theisz and Dr. Salomon will
teach these courses.
Scott Biggin reported on the student senate desire to
beautify Jonas. The idea has been brought forward to have
the student senate purchase benches to be placed in the
Jonas halls. The faculty senate members expressed concern
in regard to this issue. Other means of improvement for
the appearance of Jonas were expressed. The possibility
of having art works hanging in the halls was
enthusiastically received. It was suggested that the
student senate might consider starting a project to
purchase student art pieces for a collection which could
be placed in the building. The collection of Charles
Russell works which had previously been in the Student
Union building are currently stored in the Archives in
the library. It was suggested that they might use some of
these to start a display in Jonas. A suggestion was made
that it might be possible to get alumni and community
support for an art display. It was also noted that some
different color paint on the walls might freshen the
appearance of the facility.
Scott also discussed the concerns regarding internet
services for students. The student senate members have
had discussions with Arnie Hemmingson regarding upgrades
to servers for student use. If the student fee increase
is approved by the BOR, some of the money might be used
The curriculum committee report which included the
change in college algebra to unlink the lab from the
course was reviewed. The course will now be at the
required three-hour level for general education. The lab
was renumbered to Math 102L. Experimental courses were
also presented in this document. These experimental
courses are: FRE 101 Introductory French I; GER 198
Introduction to German I and GER 199 Introduction to
German II; PHIL 490 Special Topics in Philosophy; and
POLS 492 Contemporary Political Philosophy. Motion was
made to approve the changes and additions from the
curriculum committee. Passed.
Meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted Barb Chrisman, recording