Educational Policies and Planning Committee
April 9, 2010
I. Call to order: Edson Justiniano, Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. on April 9, 2010 in Rawl Annex 142.
The following persons were present:
Members: Rose Allen, Deedee Glascoff, James Holloway, Edson Justiniano, Janice Lewis
Ex-Officio Members: Linner Griffin, George Kasperek, David Siegel
Guests: Sharon Bland
Absent: Justin Perry
Excused: Margaret Bauer, Scott Gordon, Dale Knickerbocker
II. The minutes of the March 19, 2010 meeting were approved as presented.
III. The Chair announced an addition to the agenda: Special Education Concentration in the Masters of Arts in Teaching.
IV. Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Certificate Program
Professor Michael O’Driscoll presented a request from the Department of Geological Sciences for a new Certificate in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology. The proposed program does not require new courses, new faculty or additional financial resources. Motion passed unanimously to approve the new certificate.
V. Community Health Center Management Certificate Program
Professor Chris Mansfield presented a request from the Department of Public Health for a new Certificate Program in Community Health Center Management. He was accompanied by Professor Elizabeth Layman from the Department of Health Services and Information Management and a student, Brian Loveland. Professors Mansfield and Layman explained the program is a collaborative endeavor of the two departments that will prepare individuals to administer, lead and develop community health centers for North Carolina. Its creation was specifically requested by the North Carolina Community Health Center Association, which provided financial support. Motion passed unanimously to approve the new certificate.
VI. PhD in Epidemiology
Professor Suzanne Lea presented a request from the Department of Public Health for authorization to plan the PhD in Epidemiology. Professor Lea explained the support to be provided to the students in the program from the Department and the Division and clarified that the PhD was not expected to change the support provided to MPH students. She addressed the need for the program nationally and locally and noted that senior faculty with experience directing PhD research will be hired. Motion passed unanimously to approve the request for authorization to plan the PhD.
VII. Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management
Professors Xiaoming Zeng and Elizabeth Layman presented a request from the Department of Health Services and Information Management for review of the proposed Notification of Intent to Plan the Master of Science degree in Health Informatics and Information Management. The MS will have two tracks: Applied Health Informatics and Registered Health Information Administrator. The current BS degree in Health Information Management will be discontinued once the MS is in place, as the MS is becoming the entry level degree for professionals in this field. Motion passed unanimously that signified the EPPC’s permission for the Department to move ahead with the Notification of Intent to Plan.
VIII. New Concentrations in the Master of Science in Software Engineering
Professor Nasseh Tabrizi presented a request from the Department of Computer Science to add concentrations in Software Design and Development and in Software Project Management and Quality Assurance to the MS in Software Engineering degree. Professor Tabrizi noted that the impact on faculty will be minimal, as faculty already have the specialized knowledge to support both concentrations. He expects enrollment will be balanced between the two concentrations. Motion passed unanimously to approve adding the two concentrations to the MS in Software Engineering degree.
IX. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate
Professor Lida Cope presented a request from the Department of English for a new Graduate Certificate in TESOL. The certificate will consist of three existing courses. It will be open to non-degree students as well as degree-seeking graduate students. Motion passed unanimously to approve the new certificate.
X. Discontinuation of Spanish Undergraduate Certificate
Professor Purificación Martínez presented a request from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to discontinue the Departmental Certificate in Spanish because faculty have conclusive data that indicates that with only 15 sh in Spanish, students do not reach an intermediate level of linguistic competence sufficient for use in the workplace. She clarified that students presently working toward the certificate will be accommodated.
Motion passed unanimously to approve the discontinuation of the certificate.
XI. Special Education Concentration in the Masters of Arts in Teaching
Professor Alana Zambone presented a request from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for a new Special Education concentration in the MA in Teaching degree. Special Education is a “high need” area in the state and nationally. The concentration will require six new courses, which can be taught by current faculty. Motion passed unanimously to approve the request to add the new concentration.
XII. Committee business
The minutes of today’s meeting will need to be approved via e-mail. The Chair will send out the committee’s annual report, which also will need to be approved via e-mail. After discussion, the committee agreed to include in the annual report a recommendation that materials relevant to agenda items should be submitted to the EPPC mailing list at least one week before the next scheduled EPPC meeting (rather than being submitted to the Chair and posted on SharePoint) and that the agenda should be sent out on the Monday prior to the meeting.
There being no further business, Chair Justiniano adjourned the meeting at 3:20 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Janice S. Lewis