COMMITTEE: Educational Policies and Planning Committee

 

MEETING DATE: September 8, 2006

 

PERSON PRESIDING: Dale Knickerbocker

 

REGULAR MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Linda Kean, Dale Knickerbocker, Jim Mitchell, & Sandra Warren

 

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Linner Griffin, George Kasperek, & Mark Taggart

 

OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Sharon Bland, Sylvia Brown (Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, School of Nursing), Linda Steele (Director, Nurse Practitioner Program, School of Nursing)

 

 

 

ACTIONS OF MEETING

 

Agenda Item: Approval of August 25, 2006 meeting minutes

 

Discussion: Dr. Knickerbocker asked review and discussion of the meeting minutes. Corrections were made to the attendance list.

Action Taken: Linda Keen moved acceptance of the minutes as corrected. Seconded byu Linner Griffin. Unanimous approval

 

Assigned additional duties to: N/A

 

 

 

Agenda Item: Status of EPPC members as Graduate (voting) Faculty

 

Discussion: Dr. Knickerbocker asked each member to confirm their status as voting Graduate Faculty. He will send a reminder to members.

Action Taken: N/A

 

Assigned additional duties to: N/A

 

 

 

Agenda Item: Consideration of Adult Nurse Practitioner Concentration (School of Nursing)

 

Discussion: Drs. Sylvia Brown and Linda Steele described the proposed program including the course sequence concentration. In response to EPPC member questions, they explained:

                     the School of Nursing has sufficient faculty and space resources to offer this program,

                     this program is 5Sh less than the existing nurse practitioner program but provides a sound foundation for graduates to sit for national certification exams,

                     the growing industry demand for Adult Nurse Practitioners (particularly in specialization areas), and

 

Action Taken: Linda Kean moved approval of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Concentration. Seconded by George Kasperek. Unanimous approval.

 

Assigned additional duties to: N/A

 

 

 

 

Agenda Item: Deletion of Sign Language Studies and Pre-Interpreting minor (School of Allied Health)

 

Discussion: Due to a meeting with the Chancellor, Dr. Stephen Thomas (Dean of School of Allied Health Sciences) was not able to attend. Dr. Knickerbocker reviewed reasons for this request including 1.) low enrollment, 2.) interpreting skills cannot be effectively taught as a minor or minor option, and 3.) loss of grant funding to support this minor.

Action Taken: Linda Keen moved to approve deletion of the Sign Language Studies and Pre-Interpreting minor. Seconded by Linner Griffin. Unanimous approval.

 

Assigned additional duties to: N/A

 

 

 

Agenda Item: Discontinuation of BS Physician Assistant Program

 

Discussion: On behalf of Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dr. Knickerbocker explained the background for this request due primarily to the fact that physician assistant licensing now requires completion of a masters degree in this area. EPPC members questioned whether ECU offers sufficient opportunities for undergraduate studies to prepare for the graduate work and learned students typically pursue degrees in Health Services Management, Biology, or other sciences.

Action Taken: Jim Mitchell moved to approve discontinuation of the BS Physician Assistant Program. Seconded by George Kasperek. Unanimous approval.

 

Assigned additional duties to: N/A

 

 

NEXT MEETING: September 22, 2006 (1:00 3:00)

 

ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED: proposed DDS program; potential Technology and Computer Science certificate

 

 

 

Minutes by Sandra Warren