Board of Trustees

Academic Affairs Committee

December 11, 2008



Members Present:  Mr. Jon LaSalle, Chair, Mr. Stephen Adamini, Mr. Samuel Benedict, Mr. Brian Cloyd, Ms. Mary Lukens, Mr. Gilbert Ziegler, Dr. Susan Koch, Dr. Les Wong, ex officio


The Academic Affairs Committee meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m.


Academic Senate Update

Dr. Andrew Poe, Chair, Academic Senate, provided an update on Senate activities.  In addition to regular business, the Senate is working on Liberal Studies Program review and Academic Program review. 


Charter School Board Approvals

Mr. William Pistulka, Charter Schools Officer, presented a proposed new board member list for the Walton Public School Academy.    


The motion duly made and seconded the Committee recommends to the Board of Trustees the approval of the list of board members.  This motion is part of the formal recommendations.


Mr. Pistulka also updated the Committee on other charter school activities. 


Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)


Dr. Paul Lang, Dean, College of Professional Studies and Dr. Rodney Clarken, Associate Dean and Director, School of Education, briefed the Committee on the School’s accreditation status.  An inquiry brief has been submitted to TEAC and an audit is scheduled for April 2009.  Progress toward TEAC accreditation is on schedule.


WNMU-TV Digital Conversion Update


Mr. Eric Smith, Director of Broadcast and Audio Visual Services, discussed activities related to technology infrastructure and the digital conversion. 


Sabbatical Leave Report


Dr. Susan Koch provided information on sabbatical leave requests.  Eleven NMU faculty have been awarded sabbaticals that will take place during the 2009-2010 academic year.


Roadmap Update


Dr. Susan Koch discussed the ongoing progress in the Academic Affairs Division related to the four priorities identified in the Roadmap to 2015.


Good of the Order


Provost Koch announced numerous accomplishments of NMU faculty and students.



Mr. LaSalle thanked the Committee and the meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.