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Proposals Under Consideration 2012/2013

I. Academic Degree Program Eliminations

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

Reinstatement and renaming:

BA degree program in Women’s Studies proposal to be reinstated under a new name, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Stage 2 – Intent to Plan Proposals

MS in Spatial Informatics

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 2, Stage 2, reference: PCRRC Appendix)

2. Distribution to all members of Senate for information and review

  •  9/17/2012

3. Committee meeting with primary proponents of the FPP (if desired)

  •  no meeting requested/required

4. Campus-wide meeting to gather further comments regarding any concerns by the university community

  • Friday, September 21, 2012, 4:00 pm

2. PCRRC Recommendation to the Full Senate

  • Motion to Recommend Creation of the MS in Spatial Informatics
    In accordance with the University of Maine’s Fifteen Stage Process of New Academic Program Creation, the PCRRC has held public hearings on Friday, 21 September, 2012, on the stage two, Intent to Plan Review of the proposed MS in Spatial Informatics.  On the basis of these hearings, in which all attendees voiced unalloyed support for the program, the PCRRC recommends the Faculty Senate support this proposed program at this stage two review through passage of this motion.

3. Faculty Senate Action

  • Motion Passed in Full Senate on 17 October, 2012. See minutes or http://umaine.edu/facultysenate/motions-passed-2/2012-2013-motions/

MS in Bioinformatics

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 2, Stage 2, reference: PCRRC Appendix)

2. Distribution to all members of Senate for information and review

  •  3 October, 2012

3. Committee meeting with primary proponents of the FPP (if desired)

  •  no meeting requested/required

4. Campus-wide meeting to gather further comments regarding any concerns by the university community

  • Friday, October 19, 2012, 2:00 pm

2. PCRRC Recommendation to the Full Senate

  • Motion to Recommend Creation of the MS in Bioinformatics
    In accordance with the University of Maine’s Fifteen Stage Process of New Academic Program Creation, the PCRRC has held public hearings on Friday, 19 October, 2012, on the stage two, Intent to Plan Review of the proposed MS in Bioinformatics.  On the basis of these hearings, in which all attendees voiced unalloyed support for the program, the PCRRC recommends the Faculty Senate support this proposed program at this stage two review through passage of this motion.

3. Faculty Senate Action

  • PCRRC motion approved by Full Senate on 14 November 2012. See Faculty Senate Minutes of that date.

Stage 8 – Full Proposals

PhD in Communication

1. Submitted Full Program Proposal (FPP)

2. Distribution to all members of Senate for information and review

  • second distribution on 9/17/2012

3. Committee meeting with primary proponents of the FPP (if desired)

  • informational meeting on July 24 with President of FS

4. Campus-wide meeting to gather further comments regarding any concerns by the university community

  • Friday, September 21, 2012, 2:00 pm

5. PCRRC recommendation to the Faculty Senate either in support of the FPP or non-support of the FPP with the reasons explicitly stated.

  • Motion to Recommend Creation of the PhD in Communication
    In accordance with the University of Maine’s Fifteen Stage Process of New Academic Program Creation, the PCRRC has held public hearings on Friday, 21 September, 2012, on the stage eight, Full Program Review of the proposed PhD in Communication.  On the basis of these hearings, in which all attendees voiced unalloyed support for the program, the PCRRC recommends the Faculty Senate support this proposed program at this stage eight review through passage of this motion.

6. Senate Recommendation to the Administration

  • Motion Passed in Full Senate on 17 October, 2012. See minutes or http://umaine.edu/facultysenate/motions-passed-2/2012-2013-motions/

B.A. in Human Dimensions in Global Change

1. Submitted Full Program Proposal (FPP)

2. Distribution to all members of Senate for information and review

  • 9/18/2012

3. Committee meeting with primary proponents of the FPP (if desired)

  • informational meeting waived after email correspondence

4. Campus-wide meeting to gather further comments regarding any concerns by the university community

  • PCRRC recommends on 19 Oct 2012 waiver of a public hearing

5. PCRRC recommendation to the Faculty Senate either in support of the FPP or non-support of the FPP with the reasons explicitly stated.

  • Motion to Recommend Creation of the BA in Human Dimensions of Climate Change
    In accordance with the University of Maine’s Fifteen Stage Process of New Academic Program Creation, the PCRRC has discussed the proposed BA in Human Dimensions of Climate Change, which the Senate had approved on 19 October, 2011, to pass stage eight, as a Full Program Review, but under the original title of a proposed BS in Climate Change and Culture.  Since then, the Faculty who originated the proposal have changed the name to a BA in Human Dimensions of Climate Change, altering also some program details principally in the particular balance of courses between Anthropology and the Physical Sciences.  In reviewing their alterations, the PCRRC agreed that the proposal remained true in both substance and intent to its passed stages two and eight iterations, and so recommends the Senate support the continuation of this proposal at stage nine, in which the Provost’s Council considers approval of the program.

6. Senate Recommendation to the Administration

  • Link to minutes containing motion on 14 November 2012 <forthcoming as appropriate>

IV. Unit Reorganization Proposals

  • Proposal for the Institute for Leadership and Democracy:

                                   Proposal (Posted 10/9/13)

The PCRRC has reviewed the proposal to move the School of Policy and International Affairs from the Graduate School to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Reservations were presented about the benefits of the move by the Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy in the Maine School of Business.  These were distributed and posted and a committee meeting was held with deans, directors and chairs of the units involved.  Responses were made to the questions raised and although not to the satisfaction of the original respondent there was strong support by all of the participating units.  The committee decided that positive affects of the move were presented and that these do not appear to negatively impact students or faculty.  Therefore the PCRRC recommends that the move of SPIA from the Graduate School to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences be approved without further meetings.

 

 

Proposals Under Consideration 2011/2012

I. Academic Degree Program Eliminations

- one action pending from the previous year concerning the MS in Accounting was processed in 2011/2012. See below.

II. Academic Degree Program Suspensions

- none submitted in 2011/2012 (several program suspensions from the previous year yet need to be finally acted upon and resolved within three years of the suspension)

III. New Academic Degree Program Proposals

Stage 2 – Intent to Plan Proposals

- PhD in Communication submitted in 2010/2011 was processed during 2011/2012 as indicated below.

Stage 8 – Full Proposals

- BS in Climate Change and Culture submitted in 2010/2011 completed as shown below in 2011/2012

IV. Unit Reorganization Proposals

- none submitted to date



Proposals Under Consideration 2010/2011

While individual actions are itemized below, compiled reports and recommendations include the following:

I. Academic Degree Program Eliminations

Proposal to Eliminate Academic Degree Program of MS Accounting

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 3, IV. A)

2. Response by Affected Program Submitted to Faculty Senate (Chap 3, IV. B)

  • MSA Program transformed into a concentration in the MBA program. No concerns were expressed or  forthcoming from involved faculty or students.

3. Notice of Campus Hearing (Chap 3, IV. C)

  • None held due to lack of comment and/or controversy.

4. Result of PCRRC Vote … Acting for Full Senate (Chap 3, IV. D) Note: PCRRC action may include recommendation for vote of full senate prior to transmittal to Provost

5. Recommendation of Provost to President (Chap 3, IV. E)

  • … to be announced

6. Recommendation of President to Board of Trustees (Chap 3, IV. F)

  • …to be announced

II. Academic Degree Program Suspensions

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Arts in German

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

Petition to Keep Umaine’s Language Majors

    Statement by

Gisela Hoecherl‐Alden

    . See additional “Support of Languages” letters under Latin Suspension Proposal

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • The PCRRC strongly recommends that all faculty senators and administrators study the posted material. The PCRRC supports revision of the Suspension Proposal (already approved and posted above) such that the date for elimination, reorientation or reinstatement of the program is extended to December 2012 to allow for the best implementation strategy for suggestions arising from a self-study and recommendations arising from an external review. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

  • Rejection of the administration’s own revised proposal of 17 Nov 2010 and rejection of the Senate recommendation both of which recommended a one-year extension to the date for elimination, reorientation or reinstatement of the program. See Submitted Proposal under I and see Letter of Response of President Kennedy (24 Jan 2011).

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Arts in Latin

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

Letters to President Kennedy
Jeremy Swist

    ,

James Brophy

    ,

Hilary Clark 1

    ,

Hilary Clark 2

    ,

William Guida

    ,

Michael Howard

    ,

Michael Palmer

    , New England Classical Association

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    /

p2Statements
Maria Tijan Wieck

    ,

Tina Passman

    ,

Jay Bregman

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • The PCRRC strongly recommends that all faculty senators and administrators study the posted material. The PCRRC supports revision of the Suspension Proposal (already approved and posted above) such that the date for elimination, reorientation or reinstatement of the program is extended to December 2012 to allow for the best implementation strategy for suggestions arising from a self-study and recommendations arising from an external review. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

  • Rejection of the Senate recommendation of a one-year extension to the date for elimination, reorientation or reinstatement of the program. See Letter of Response of President Kennedy (24 Jan 2011).

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Arts in Theater

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

  • No responses received

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • No responses were received from faculty affected by the Bachelor of Arts in Theater program. The program suspension proposal states that the Theater BA program will be considered for reinstatement or elimination by 31 December 2011. During the suspension period, the program will have the opportunity to modify its curriculum, propose new courses and course eliminations associated with the revised curriculum and request appropriate institutional approvals for the proposed modifications. With the knowledge that the program will lose a faculty position by 2014, the faculty of the Theatre/Dance division has already developed a new theatre major that can be taught with one less faculty member and it has also revised the minor.  The revision proposal reduces the theater major requirements from 42 credits to 33 credits.  While maintaining the integrity of the major curriculum, the faculty has streamlined the program by eliminating courses, merging courses, and introducing two new interdisciplinary courses.  The Academic Council of the CLAS has already approved the proposal and it now is going forward to the UPCC. Hearing no additional comments from the affected faculty, the PCRRC concurs in the suspension plan. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

  • Concurrence with Faculty Senate recommendation. See See Letter of Response of President Kennedy (24 Jan 2011).
  • FINAL ACTION: Bachelor of Arts degree program in Theater was reinstated. See Board of Trustees agenda information item of July 2012.

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

    1.

Proposal to Extend the Reinstatement or Elimination Date

    for the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Major and Graduate Specializations

 

    2.

Women’s Studies Response to Achieving Sustainability Report

    3.

Argument for Women’s Studies Graduate Concentration

    4.

Graduate Concentrations Earned

    5.

National Women’s Studies Data

    6.

UMaine Women’s Studies Courses, Fall 2010

    7.

UMaine Women’s Studies Courses, Spring 2011

    8.

Letters Of Support

    (large: 62 MB)

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • The PCRRC strongly recommends that all faculty senators and administrators study the posted material. The PCRRC supports the request of the affected faculty (posted on the PCRRC web site) to revise the Suspension Proposal such that the date for elimination, revision or reorientation of the program components be extended to December 2012 to give the affected faculty members time to implement any strategies arising from the upcoming detailed program evaluation. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

  • Rejection of the Senate recommendation of a one-year extension to the date for elimination, reorientation or reinstatement of the program. See Letter of Response of President Kennedy (24 Jan 2011).

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Arts in Public Management

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

    Reference Documents Submitted by Faculty of Public Administration
    00

Statements and Recommendations by Department of Administration Faculty

    Attachments:

Strategic Investment Fund
Maine Academy Agreement

    01

What is Public Administration Education

    02

Retain the BA in Public Management

    03

Retain the Masters of Public Administration

    04

UMaine Undergraduate Statistics

    04a

UM-Augusta Information

    05

UMaine Graduate Statistics

    06

Letters of Support

    , Further Letters:

Baker

    ,

Curtis

    ,

Donahue

    ,

Leach

    ,

McIntire

    ,

School of Nursing

    +

attchmnt

    07

Op-ed, editorial pieces

    08

Alumni

    09

Last budget for department

    10

Maine Town and City Manager Resolution

    11

Letter from Accrediting Body

Audio File of Public Hearing

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(technological difficulties caused only the first half of the forum to be recorded)

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • The PCRRC strongly recommends that all faculty senators and administrators study this material. In the first referenced document listed above, faculty members of the Department of Administration make three recommendations:
    Recommendation on the Merits: Retain the University’s Bachelor of Arts in Public Management and it’s Master of Public Administration.
    Recommendation on the Prospects: Explore and support collaborative approaches through which vested universities in the University of Maine System can use their combined public administration resources synergistically.
    Recommendation on the Process:Treat APPWG’s recommendations about public administration programs as a call for realigning how public administration education can be provided statewide.These recommendations are explained in the document and further supported in the linked supporting materials above.  The PCRRC urges the administration to thoroughly and strongly consider these faculty statements and the documentation posted on the PCRRC web site in the decision-making concerning the suspension proposal and any further proposals for elimination, reorientation or reinstatement of the programs. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

  • Rejection of the Senate recommendation. Willingness was expressed to explore with other system universities the delivery of a statewide program in public administration. See Letter of Response of President Kennedy (24 Jan 2011).

Program Suspension: Master of Public Administration

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

  • See reference documents above under “Bachelor of Arts in Public Management”

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • See the documentation and recommendations listed above under “Bachelor of Arts in Public Management.”
    The PCRRC urges the administration to thoroughly and strongly consider the faculty statements and the documentation posted on the PCRRC web site in the decision-making concerning the suspension proposal and any further proposals for elimination, reorientation or reinstatement of the programs. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

  • Rejection of the Senate recommendation. Willingness was expressed to explore with other system universities the delivery of a statewide program in public administration. See Letter of Response of President Kennedy (24 Jan 2011).

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Science in Forest Ecosystem Science

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

  • No responses received

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • No responses were received from faculty affected by the Bachelor of Science in Forest Ecosystem Science. This suspension and imminent elimination is part of the plan for consolidation of the five current separate degree programs in the School of Forest Resources. Impacts on current faculty and students appear to be minimal. The program suspension proposal states that the proposal to eliminate the degree is expected to be prepared, reviewed and evaluated in less than one calendar year from the issuance of the suspension. Hearing no comments from the affected faculty, the PCRRC concurs in the suspension plan. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Science in Wood Science and Technology

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

  • No responses received

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • No responses were received from faculty affected by the Bachelor of Science in Wood Science and Technology. This suspension and imminent elimination is part of the plan for consolidation of the five current separate degree programs in the School of Forest Resources. Impacts on current faculty and students appear to be minimal. The program suspension and elimination in Wood Science and Technology is requiring the faculty to modify the degree program in Forest Operations Science to better meet future needs in the forest products industry, and course proposals to modify the degree will be submitted by the Spring of 2012.  It is understood that the degree title will be changed to better reflect the new curriculum content in Forest Bioproducts and Bioenergy although a final decision on the changed title has not been made. The proposal to eliminate is expected to proceed in tandem with the modifications. Hearing no comments from the affected faculty, the PCRRC concurs in the suspension plan. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

Program Suspension: Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture

1. Submitted Proposal

2. Response(s) by Affected Program (if any)

  • Response by Dr Ian Bricknell, Director, Aquaculture Research Institute
  • Response by Paul S. Anderson, Director, Maine Sea Grant College Program

3. Actions by PCRRC and/or Disposition

  • The PCRRC strongly recommends that all faculty senators and administrators study the posted material. No specific requests were made for actions by the PCRRC. The suspension proposal states that faculty having expertise in aquaculture will continue to deliver courses on the topic and those courses will contribute to fulfillment of the aquaculture concentration within the B.S. in Marine Sciences. The suspension of the B.S. degree in aquaculture is not linked to the elimination of any current personnel. Receiving no specific requests for action by the PCRRC, the PCRRC concurs in the suspension plan. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

4. Recommendation of President to Vice-Chancellor

III. New Academic Degree Program Proposals

Stage 2 – Intent to Plan Proposals

PhD in Communication

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 2, Stage 2, reference: PCRRC Appendix)

2. PCRRC Recommendation to the Full Senate after Meeting with Proponents

  • 10/18/11 meeting with proponents Nathan Stormer and Dan Sandweiss

3. Faculty Senate Action

Stage 8 – Full Proposals

B.S. in Climate Change and Culture

1. Submitted Full Program Proposal (FPP)

2. Distribution to all members of Senate for information and review

  • May 1, 2011

3. Committee meeting with primary proponents of the FPP

  • occurred on 9/28/11 with  proponents Kristin Sobolik, Jim Roscoe, Joseph Kelley, and Scott Johnson

4. Campus-wide meeting to gather further comments regarding any concerns by the university community

  • occurred on 10/7/11 and included the proposal’s proponents, members of the PCRRC, and members of the campus community

5. PCRRC recommendation to the Faculty Senate either in support of the FPP or non-support of the FPP with the reasons explicitly stated.

6. Senate Recommendation to the Administration

IV. Unit Reorganization Proposals

Proposal to Transfer School of Social Work (SSW) from the College of Business, Public Policy and Health to the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture (NSFA)

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 4, Phase 2: Informal Phase)

2. Disposition arising from Informal Phase

  • The PCRRC witnessed no substantial objections to the move. Having received no negative comments from affected faculty concerning the proposal, the PCRRC believes that this reorganization action should cease with the informal review phase that has now been completed. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

3. Action of President

Proposal to Transfer Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 4, Phase 2: Informal Phase)

2. Disposition arising from Informal Phase

  • The PCRRC witnessed no substantial objections to the move. Having received no negative comments from affected faculty concerning the proposal, the PCRRC believes that this reorganization action should cease with the informal review phase that has now been completed. (This recommendation approved by vote of the Full Senate on 15 Dec 2010)

3. Action of President

Proposal to Create a School of Computing and Information Science

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 4, Phase 3, Formal Proposal)

2. Open Meeting for receiving Oral Testimony (April 25, 107 D.P. Corbett Hall)

  • Audio File of Open Public Meeting

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3. Written Comments Received on or before April 25, 2011 to the formal proposal

  • None received

4. PCRRC Written Opinion on the Proposal and Recommendation to the Full Senate

5. Action of the Senate

  • Motion approved recommending expedient creation of the School (April 27, 2011)

6. Action of President

  • tba (date Month 2011).


Proposals Under Consideration 2009/2010

 

I. Academic Degree Program Eliminations

none

II. New Academic Degree Program Proposals:
Stage 2 – Intent to Plan

Intent to Plan Proposal for New Bachelors Degree in Climate Change and Culture

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 2, Stage 2, reference: PCRRC Appendix)

2. PCRRC Recommendation to the Full Senate

  • PCRRC recommended moving ITP forward on Dec 3, 2009

3. Faculty Senate Action

  • Faculty Senate recommended moving ITP forward on Dec 16, 2009 (see minutes of Faculty Senate meeting)

III. New Academic Degree Program Proposals:
Stage 8 – Full Proposals

Full Proposal for PhD Degree in Anthropology and Environmental Policy

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 2, Stage 8, reference: PCRRC Appendix)

2. PCRRC Meeting with Primary Proponents of the Proposal

  • Held Friday Jan 22 at 11:00 in 336 Boardman Hall

3. Notice of Campus Hearing hosted by PCRRC on the Full Proposal

4. Recommendation by PCRRC of Support or Non-support to the Faculty Senate

5. Action by the Faculty Senate on the Full Proposal

  • Motion of the PCRRC passed and letter forwarded by the President of the Senate to the Provost

IV. Unit Reorganization Proposals

Proposal to Move Existing School of Economics faculty and programs in the College of Business, Public Policy and Health to join the existing School of Economics faculty and programs in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture

1. Submitted Proposal (Chap 4, Phase 2: Informal Phase)

2. Disposition arising from Informal Phase


Proposals Under Consideration 2008/2009

 

I. Program Eliminations

Proposal to Eliminate Academic Degree Program of BS Environmental Management and Policy

I. Submitted Proposal (Chap 3, IV. A)

2. Program Response Submitted to Faculty Senate (Chap 3, IV. B)

  • waived

3. Notice of Campus Hearing (Chap 3, IV. C)

4. Result of PCRRC Vote … Acting for Full Senate (Chap 3, IV. D) Note: PCRRC action may include recommendation for vote of full senate prior to transmittal to Provost

5. Recommendation of Provost to President (Chap 3, IV. E)

  • … to be announced

6. Recommendation of President to Board of Trustees (Chap 3, IV. F)

  • …to be announced

Proposal to Eliminate Academic Degree Program of BS Information Systems Engineering

I. Submitted Proposal (Chap 3, IV. A)

  • Dean of Engineering defers to the proposal submitted by the department faculty as set forth in 2.

2. Program Response Submitted to Faculty Senate (Chap 3, IV. B)

3. Notice of Campus Hearing (Chap 3, IV. C)

4. Result of PCRRC Vote … Acting for Full Senate (Chap 3, IV. D) Note: PCRRC action may include recommendation for vote of full senate prior to transmittal to Provost

5. Recommendation of Provost to President (Chap 3, IV. E)

  • …to be announced

6. Recommendation of President to Board of Trustees (Chap 3, IV. F)

  • …to be announced
 


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