December 13, 2016

Faculty Senate approves several program changes 

By Dan Menningen

Faculty Senate passed curriculum changes to a major and a minor and   declared the School of Film, Television and Interactive Media its own school in the College of Liberal Arts. It also passed more agreements with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Notre Dame College.

The senate passed a change to the biology major by moving BIO 491, Honors Research, and BIO 492, Honors Thesis and Defense, into independent research courses. These courses will be part of the courses that are limited to eight of the 19 upper division elective credits. This change was a correction to a previous error. BIO 391, Writing in Biology, was added to the list of independent research courses.

Additions of upper-level requirements were approved to the philosophy minor to put the minor in line with others at Cleveland State University. The total credit hours necessary to receive the minor will remain at 18.
The School of Film, Television and   Interactive Media was approved to become its own school in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. It was assured to the senate by the University Curriculum Committee that no changes will be made to the curriculum, admissions and standards or faculty governance at this time.

Faculty Senate approved a music 2+2 agreement with Tri-C and a 3+3 agreement between Notre Dame College and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The agreement with Notre Dame College will allow students to attend Notre Dame College for three years then transfer the earned credits to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to finish their education and earn a law degree.
Students will do double duty as they complete their fourth year of the undergraduate degree and first year of law school at the same time, saving the student time and money, according to the Admissions and Standards Committee.

President Ronald M. Berkman spoke to the senate about the increasing interest in competency-based education. Competency-based education is the idea that students take as much time as they need to learn the required material instead of being on a semester based time frame. Students can go as fast or as slow as they desire to learn the material assigned. Students’ progress in the class based on what they know, not when they know the material.

Jennifer McMillin, the new director of Sustainability at Cleveland State, addressed the senate regarding her plans to help make Cleveland State a greener campus. She talked about increasing recycling, having more assignments given  and completed electronically and her plan to localize the food at Cleveland State. McMillin spoke on the possibility of having a sustainability minor or emphasis in the future.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will take place on Feb. 8 in the Student Center, room 311.





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