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Senate Committees - Program Creation and Reorganization Review Committee


The Program Creation and Reorganization Review Committee
is a standing committee of the University of Maine Faculty senate.

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Upcoming meetings and reviews:
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For posting of materials on this page, please forward them to:
Brian Robinson, Chair of the PCRRC - Brian_Robinson at umit.maine.edu



Proposals Under Consideration 2013/2014

I. Academic Degree Program Eliminations: Continued from 2012/2013 

  • B.S. in Aquaculture
    • Aquaculture open meeting held March 28 2014
    • PCRRC Recommendation Regarding the elimination of the B.S. in Aquaculture in the School of Marine Sciences. 
    • Background: The proposal to eliminate this program was submitted to the PCRRC by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture in October of 2012 and was held up with other program eliminations during the work to rule process. The open meeting was held on March 28, 2014, with all in attendance favoring the elimination of the program.
    • Motion: The Faculty Senate supports the recommendation of the PCRRC to eliminate the B.S. in Aquaculture in the School of Marine Sciences.
    • The motion was passed by the Faculty Senate on April 2, 2014
  • B.S. in Forest Ecosystem Science
    • Forest Ecosystem Science open meeting held March 28, 2014
    • PCRRC Recommendation Regarding the Elimination of the B.S. in Forest EcosystemsBackground: The proposal to eliminate this program was submitted to the PCRRC by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture in October of 2012 and was held up with other program eliminations during the work to rule process. The open meeting was held on March 28, 2014, with all in attendance favoring the elimination of the program.Motion: The Faculty Senate supports the recommendation of the PCRRC to eliminate the B.S. in Forest
    • The motion was passed by the Faculty Senate on April 2, 2014
  • B.S. in Wood Science and Technology
    • Wood Science open meeting held March 28 2014
    • PCRRC Recommendation Regarding the elimination of the B.S. in Wood Science and Technology.Background: The proposal to eliminate this program was submitted to the PCRRC by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture in December of 2012 and was held up with other program eliminations during the work to rule process. The open meeting was held on March 28, 2014, with all in attendance favoring the elimination of the program.Motion: The Faculty Senate supports the recommendation of the PCRRC to eliminate the B.S. in Wood Science and Technology in the School of Forest Resources.
    • The motion was passed by the Faculty Senate on April 2, 2014
  • B.A. in German
    • Open meeting BA in German, Feb 3, 2014
    • 2012 Proposal for Retention of German Major, posted Feb. 2014
    • Letter to PCRRC on language BA eliminations_Feb. 17, 2014
    • PCRRC Recommendation Regarding the Proposal to Eliminate the BA in GermanBackground: The proposal for program elimination of the BA in German has a long history commencing with recommendation for program suspension in the 2009-2010 Academic Program, Prioritization Working Group (APPWG). Efforts to sustain the program are documented in the PCRRC archives, including the Proposal for Retention of the German Major, dated October 22, 2012, but only recently added to the PCRRC website. By the time the Program Elimination Proposal for the Bachelor of Arts in German was submitted in February 11, 2013 the only two tenure-stream positions had been vacated and left unfilled, and the program was suspended in January 2013. The rationale, as stated, for eliminating the program was largely the loss of the two positions. The open meeting to consider the program elimination of the BA degrees in German and Latin was held on Feb.  3, 2014. Jane Smith, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, introduced the two program eliminations. She noted that she was not in favor of their elimination, and emphasized the effort made to creatively redesign the German program. There were six speakers who all stressed the importance of German and foreign languages in general, and a letter from 34 faculty members supporting language major retention.The 2012 proposal to retain German stated that as of the 2012/2013 academic year, no public University in Maine offers a major in German, and that UMaine is the only flagshipUniversity in New England that does not offer a major in German. The Blue Sky Plan proposes to “Make international and/or cross-cultural opportunities central to the undergraduate experience.” Although the BA in German is now suspended, we do not believe that it should be eliminated without further evaluation within the broader context of language needs and availability in the state of Maine.Motion: The Faculty Senate supports the recommendation of the PCRRC to keep the BA in German in suspension, rather than eliminating it, until May 30, 2015, pending the results of a Faculty-led campus and system review of language needs to support UMaine’s mission.
    • The motion was passed by the Faculty Senate on April 2, 2014
  • B.A. in Latin
    • Open meeting BA in Latin, see audio tape under BA in German
    • PCRRC Recommendation Regarding the Proposal to Eliminate the BA in LatinBackground: The proposal for program elimination of the BA in Latin originated with the 2009-2010 Academic Program, Prioritization Working Group (APPWG). Efforts to sustain the program are documented in the PCRRC archives. The open meeting to consider the program elimination of the BA degrees in German and Latin was held on Feb. 3, 2014. Jane Smith, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, introduced the two program eliminations. Multiple people spoke of the importance of German to modern languages, while emphasizing the importance of Latin to the Classics and for training teachers in high schools where it remains an important language. It was acknowledged that enrollments are low and that the program has been maintained by teaching efforts beyond the call of duty by individual professors. Given low enrollment and current financial problems across disciplines, the importance of Latin, as a major, needs to be weighed against continued Latin instruction and its importance to a variety of classical studies and to students who choose to pursue Latin further at another institution. We emphasize the importance of Latin training and the potential for development through cross disciplinary pursuits in multiple fields of classical study, in art, history, philosophy and languages, but (by a divided vote) we accept the proposal to eliminate the major in Latin.Motion: The Faculty Senate supports the recommendation of the PCRRC to eliminate the BA in Latin.
    • The motion was passed by the Faculty Senate on April 2, 2014
  • Master of Music in Conducting
    • Open hearing for elimination of the Masters of Music in Conducting held April 28, 2014
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  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Open hearing for elimination of the Master of Public Administration held April 25, 2014
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  • BA in Public Management
    • Open hearing for the elimination of the BA in Public Management was held on April 25, 2014, see recording for the MPA open meeting.

 

II. Academic Degree Program Suspensions

- none proposed to date (several program suspensions from a previous year yet need to be acted upon and resolved – within three years of the suspension)

III. New Academic Degree Program Proposals

Stage 8 – Full Proposals

MS in Spatial Informatics

  • The Motion to Recommend Creation of the MS in Bioinformatics (Phase 2) was approved by Full Senate on 14 November 14, 2012.
  • The Full Proposal for MS in Spatial Informatics was submitted on March 11, 2014
    • Open meeting for Spatial Informatics held March 28, 2014
    • PCRRC Recommendation Regarding the creation of the M.S. in Spatial Informatics
    • Background: The Full Program Proposal for the M.S. in Spatial Informatics (representing stage eight of the University of Maine’s Fifteen Stage Process of New Academic Program Creation) was submitted to the PCRRC on March 11, 2014. An informational meeting was held on March 19. The open meeting was held on March 28, 2014, with five in attendance, all in favor of the new program, and with proceedings and documentation posted on the PCRRC website.Motion: The Faculty Senate supports the recommendation of the PCRRC to create the M.S. in Spatial Informatics in the School of Computing and Information Science.
    • The motion was passed by the Faculty Senate on April 2, 2014

IV. Unit Creation Proposals (non-degree)

  • Proposal for the Institute for Leadership and Democracy:

                                   Proposal (Posted 10/9/13)

  • Proposal Withdrawn for the Institute for Leadership and Democracy (December 9, 2013)

V. Unit Reorganization Proposals

COEHD proposal to create three new departments within the college.

Motion: Unit Reorganization Proposal of the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) to create three new departments within the college.

COEHD does not have departments. Three new departments are proposed, including A) Exercise Science and STEM Education; B) Teacher and Counselor Education; and C): Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Human Development. The COEHD proposal was posted on the PCRRC website on August 21, and the open meeting was held on October 4, 2013, attended by Dean Nichols and seven faculty including the new chairs, and four PCRRC committee members. Everyone at the meeting was in favor of the new departmental organization. Concern was raised regarding departmental names to assure that the disciplines are clear to students. It was agreed that naming and content of the departments was an ongoing project, but that the number of departments and their makeup took into consideration existing programs and faculty. The PCRRC committee voted to recommend that the Faculty Senate support the full proposal for the creation of new departments in the College of Education and Human Development

Motion passed by Full Senate on October 16, 2013

 

 

 

 


 


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