TO: All Faculty

FROM: Brian U. Adler

         Vice President for Academic Affairs

SUBJECT: General Faculty Meeting                                

DATE:  November 24, 2008


                                                              General Faculty Meeting

                                                   Student Success Center, Room 2417

                                                  Friday, December 5, 2008 – 10:00 A.M.


1.         Call to Order

2.         Approval of Minutes of April 30, 2008

3.         Remarks by the President

4.         Reports by Committees:

     Academic Affairs

     Academic Grievances


     Business and Finance

     Faculty Affairs

     Graduate Affairs

     Institutional Research

     Institutional Review Board

     Instructional Technology

     Scholarships & Financial Aid

     Student Affairs

     University and Alumni Relations


5.         New Business

A.  Academic Proposals


     (1)  Department of Chemistry


            Addition – Course- Approved by the Faculty Senate 

                                                            ENVS 1100 – Introduction to Environmental Science (3-0-3)

                                          The proposed course is designed to provide non-science and science major students with an introduction to modern environmental science. This course seeks to help students explore the reasons behind major environmental issues and the consequences these issues have. Emphasis will be on general topics such as biodiversity, environmental chemistry, pollution, global climate change, sustainability, energy alternatives, waste management, and environmental policy.  Add to Core D, non-lab science for non-science and science majors.


       (2)  Department of Music


              Substantive Change – Program - Approved by the Faculty Senate

                                          BA Music Foreign Language Requirement Change

                                          To change the Foreign Language requirements from 2001 and 2002 to 1002 and 2001, in order to be in line with the BA Music degrees at other USG institutions.


                                (3)  College of Arts and Sciences 


                                       Other - Approved by the Faculty Senate

                                                This Proposal Creates a Policy for the Acceptance of IB Credit

                                          This proposal provides a table listing course credit to be awarded to entering students based on their scores on higher level examinations taken in the international Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB), which is similar to credit awarded based on examinations taken in the Advanced Placement Program (AP).  This table is consistent with practice at other USG institutions and responds from a directive issued by the BOR in February of 2008.



            B.  University Statute Change – Approved by the Faculty Senate


            C.  Academic Policy Changes – Approved by the Faculty Senate


6.         Announcements


7.         Adjourn