Missouri State University

Committees and Special Initiatives

Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate Class Scheduling

The ad hoc committee is charged to review the efficiency of the current class schedule times and make recommendations to the Provost concerning any changes that might be made.  The committee should avail itself to available scheduling and enrollment data in its review.  This should include class level, type (general education, specific major, graduate-undergraduate), and departmental/program data.  The committee may also wish to interview selected individuals.  The committee is charged to respond to the following:

  • What is the distribution of class offerings throughout the day?
  • What is the enrollment distribution by relevant categories?
  • How are buildings and classrooms being utilized?
  • What recommendations could be made to most efficiently utilize classrooms?
  • What recommendations could be made for the most effective enrollments throughout the day?

Committee membership:

Bill Cheek, Chair
Krista Bassen, Administrative Services
Carolyn Cardenas, Art & Design
Kathy Davis, Advisement Center
Gloria Galanes, COAL
Christopher Herr, Theatre and Dance and Faculty Senate
Robert Hornberger, Registrar

Additional committee information

Presidential Task Force on Online Education and Alternative Credit

The University environment faces increasing challenges due to the fact that learning and the accompanying development of an educated citizenry is available from many different sources and forms. At the same time one of the goals of public-supported higher education is to graduate a large number of students at a minimum of cost to both the student and the state. Hence, it has become imperative that we periodically review and evaluate how we balance these simultaneous challenges and goals.

This task force is charged with evaluating the issues and making recommendations concerning the following:

1)   How should the university position itself in relation to MOOCs and other online education as a long-term strategy? In what ways can and should an education at MSU differ from one conducted largely or entirely via MOOCs and online, and how do we reach that goal?  How does MSU continue to brand itself in this marketplace? How will online education, including MOOCs affect on-campus enrollment over the next 15 years?

2)   Should MSU accept and/or give college credit for learning that has been achieved through MOOCs, or other similar avenues?   If so, what are the conditions and limitations for granting this credit?   How would it work?

3)   Is it feasible that MSU will participate in making a portion of the intellectual capacity of its faculty available and disseminated in ways that do not bring college credit to all those receiving, such as MOOCs?  If the answer is yes, how and under what circumstances might this occur?

4)   When students enter college and successfully are placed in and complete an advanced-level course without taking the normal entry-level course in the discipline, such as taking calculus without taking college algebra, should there be a way to transcript and give credit for the normal pre-requisite course?  Alternatively, should a student in this circumstance have a reduced number of credit hours for graduation?

5)   The current MSU credit-by-exam policy is seldom made available and it is very little utilized.  Should the opportunity for credit-by-exam pathway be more widely promoted and made available to students?

Committee membership:

John Bourhis, Communication Cherri Jones, Library
Richard Callahan, Technology and Construction Management Stan Leasure, Finance and General Business
Melida Gutierrez, Geography, Geology and Planning Arden Miller, Psychology
Lora Hobbs, Religious Studies David Mitchell, Economics
Joe Hulgus, Counseling, Leadership and Special Education Lloyd Smith, Computer Science
Beth Hurst, Reading, Foundations and Technology Pam Trewatha, Agriculture
Julie Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages Dianne Twigger, Mathematics
Jason Jolley, Modern and Classical Languages Rose Utley, Nursing

MOOC meetings

Task Force Meeting Report—April 24, 2013

General Education Task Force

The Task Force has completed most of its charge for review and revision of General Education.  The Senate Committee on General Education and Interdisciplinary Programs (CGEIP) posts updates through the general education website.

 

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