Meeting Date: 
March 28, 2022
Date: 
Mon 03/28/2022 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting
Agenda: 
  1. Report Back from University Budget Advisory Committee

  1. Program Proposal
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS), Key #587 – Change Undergraduate Major
  • Design for Social Impact Certificate, Key #751 – New Undergraduate Certificate

  1. Other Business
Minutes: 

Voting members present: Tekla Bude, Frank Chaplen, Reni Powell, Shawn Tucker
Voting members absent: Filix Maisch

Report Back from University Budget Advisory Committee

  • The committee has not met recently so there is no update.

Program Proposal

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS), Key #587 – Change Undergraduate Major
    • The startup package appears much too small.
    • Unrealistic expectation on the price of the mass spectrometer (GCMS) and no budget for a technician to run the machine.
      • No explanation or justification on why the equipment is needed.
    • Is it normal for an instructor to head up a program like this? Shouldn’t it be run by a tenure/tenure-track/research faculty member?
      • Cascades has a different model as they have far fewer tenure/tenure-track/research faculty.
    • How are they estimating the enrollment numbers? Are they using a model?
    • What new courses are going to be developed by the incoming professor? Will other new materials or equipment be required? Are there funds set aside if more equipment or materials is needed?
    • A nursing pre-med is being developed at Cascades.

Action: Motion to return proposal to request explanation on size of the startup package, request justification on the GCMS, request explanation on the price of the GCSM and ask for an explanation of the enrollment figures; motion seconded and passed with 4 votes in favor, 0 votes in opposition and 0 votes in abstention.

  • Design for Social Impact Certificate, Key #751 – New Undergraduate Certificate
    • The narrative appeared to be lacking some detail – it seemed like they have under-estimated the FTE.
      • After reading through the entire proposal more closely, the narrative makes more sense and FTE appears to be have been budgeted correctly.

Action: Motion to approve; motion seconded and passed with 4 votes in favor, 0 votes in opposition and 0 votes in abstention.

Other Business

  • No other business.