December 5, 2013
A meeting of the University Council was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 3 p.m. on the MCV Campus in the Larrick Center.
The following members and alternates were present:
Officers: Dr. Beverly Warren, Vice Chair
Administration: Cathleen Burke, Ann Casebolt-Nichols, James Coleman, Cecil Drain, Marti Heil, Pam Lepley, Christina Lindholm, Laura Moriarty, Quincy Byrdsong, John Ulmschneider, Frank Macrina
Faculty: Holly Alford, Robert Andrews, Donald Brophy, John Cyrus, David Fauri, Peter Kirkpatrick, June Nicholson, Fay Parpart, Amrita Sule, Denise Branch, Alfred Certosimo, Andrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, Linda Haddad, Paula Kupstas, Allen Lee, Kurt Stemhagen, Robley Wood, Vickie Connors
Classified Staff: Elizabeth Beirne, Chris Costello, Pam Mason, Katherine Poarch, Eileen Truax, Felita Tucker-Battle, Elizabeth Woodhead
Students: Bogna Ignatowska-Jankowska, George Pottanat
Guests: Juanita Sharpe, David Linton, William King, Anne Buckley, Jane Lalick, Robert Balster, Valarie Carter, Daymon Smith, Jose Dula
Items For Action
- Minutes of a meeting held November 7, 2013: Dr Warren -Approved
- President's Report: Dr. Warren
VCU submitted its Compliance Report to SACS in September. Laura Moriarty led this endeavor. Recently, SACS Vice President Mark Smith traveled to Richmond to do a pre-review visit and provided very good news. There were 85 standards for compliance; VCU only has nine citations left to address. University Council representatives need to make sure that all faculty, staff, and students know that February 11-13 is the timeframe for the SACS onsite review.
In addition, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), currently in draft form, had a steering committee of 40 faculty members who have been working diligently over the last year. The QEP will be posted for review and comments. An email will be sent with a link for the university community to respond.
Items for Approval (Consent Items)
- VCU Payment Card Policy: Kevin Davenport - Approved
- Assessing Student Learning Outcomes Policy: Scott Oates - Approved
- New Programs:
- Proposal to establish a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Education: Christine Walther-Thomas and Henry Clark - Approved
- Proposal to establish a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis: Christine Walther-Thomas and Henry Clark - Approved
- Proposal to establish a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Online Teaching for K-12 Educators: Christine Walther-Thomas and Henry Clark - Approved
- Proposal to establish a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Christine Walther-Thomas and Henry Clark - Approved
- Organizational Changes
- Proposal to move the Department of Health and Human Performance from the School of Education to the College of Humanities and Sciences and rename the Department of Health and Human Performance to the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences: James Coleman and Edmund Acevedo - Approved
Items for Review (Consent Items)
- New Programs
- Proposal to establish a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Addiction Studies with two Concentrations - Quincy Byrdsong and Robert Balster
- Intermediate International Addiction Studies Concentration
- Advanced International Addiction Studies Concentration
- Both concentrations are aimed at students who are interested in enhancing their education in the area of addiction but do not want or need to complete an original research project as required for the related MS program.
- University Policies
- Policy on Research-Related Institutes and Centers - Ann Nichols-Casebolt
- This Policy aims to promote visibility, transparency, and accountability across all institutes and centers. Centers developed under Monroe Park are covered in addition to VCUHS centers. It was widely vetted by research officers, approved by Academic Affairs, and has been presented to the Cabinet.
Items For Information
- Strategic Discussion of VCU Research - Frank Macrina
- Core staff in the Office of Research were discussed. Dr. Macrina led the group in a discussion about the VCU Research Enterprise and its strengths, challenges, and recommendations.
The meeting concluded at 4:33 p.m.