Faculty Senate Approves Colonnade Courses, General Education, and Academic Affairs Policies – WKUHerald.com

During the last meeting of the Faculty Senate of the semester on December 12, 2019, several actions regarding the funding of academics were adopted.

The WKU Faculty Senate today held its Budget and Finance Committee meeting in which the senators approved the minutes, colonnade courses and general education, as well as the policies of the academic affairs.

Due to the closure of the WKU last Thursday, January 20, the meeting has been rescheduled to today, January 27.

Susan Eagle, WKU chair for the American Association of University Presidents, released a report on two Kentucky House bills that are impacting secondary education.

HB 14 and HB 18 are bills that “propose broad and indefinite restrictions on the teaching of race, gender and religion in K-12 and post-secondary grades,” the report says.

Rob Hale, Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Excellence, discussed the removal of three academic affairs policies and the revision of another, all of which are now incorporated into the faculty handbook.

The majority of the Senate voted to approve the revisions to this A.A. policy.

Patricia Todd, Chair of the Colonnade General Education Curriculum Committee, reported on 14 Colonnade courses. Nine courses, including History of HIV/AIDS (HIST 309) and Introduction to Economics (ECON 150) were approved.

Analytics and Technology (CS 131) and Healthcare Organization and Management (HCA 340) were approved with “friendly” changes. The Fundamentals of Public Relations (PR 225) was approved with the “Colonnade Objectives”. Race, Class and Crime (CRIM 361) was “returned to Dean for edits”. Global Health Service-Learning Practicum (HCA 459) has been filed.

The majority of the senate, 41, voted to approve the report while three abstained.

The next Budget and Finance Committee meeting will be at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 24.

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