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ASA Committee Minutes -- Jan. 24, 2002 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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In Open Session
The Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, January 24, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Board Room, University Club, Belknap Campus, with the members present and absent as follows:

Present: Mr. Milton M. Livingston, Chair
Mr. Carlton Brown, Vice Chair
Dr. Richard Feldhoff
Ms. Annette Schnatter
Absent: Ms. Marie Abrams
Ms. Sandy Metts Snowden
Ms. Mary Yarmuth
Trustees Present: Ms. Melissa Long Shuter
From the University:
Dr. Carol Garrison, Provost
Dr. Ron Moore, Vice President for Information Technology
Ms. Angela Koshewa, University Counsel
Dr. Terry Singer, Dean, Kent School of Social Work
Dr. Mary Mundt, Dean, School of Nursing
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate Vice President,     Communications & Marketing
Mr. John Drees, Assistant Director, News and Public     Information
Ms. Kathleen Smith, Assistant Secretary
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison
Guests Dr. Sally Weinrich, School of Nursing
Dr. Michiel Adriaan Van Zyl, Kent School of Social Work

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Livingston called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m.

Approval of Minutes, October 22, 2001

Dr. Feldhoff made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brown, to approve the minutes of October 22, 2001. The motion passed.

II. Information Item: Presentation by Dr. Sally Weinrich

Dr. Mary Mundt, Dean of the School of Nursing, introduced Dr. Sally Weinrich, Oncology Nurse Researcher. Dr. Weinrich briefed the Board regarding her prostate cancer research studies. The American Cancer Society has funded $708,000 for her three-year study. With the grant, Dr. Weinrich will identify and target 3,600 households in the county with the lowest income and highest mortality rates from prostate cancer. She theorized the two major obstacles preventing men in these groups from taking advantage of opportunities for early detection and treatment of prostate cancer are cost and lack of education. Other potential reasons may be reluctance among family members to discuss prostate cancer openly and a culture of poverty in which immediate needs take precedence over concerns about long-term survival.

Dr. Weinrich also has an ongoing prostate cancer study that deals with the quality of life of prostate cancer patients and their partners during the first year following therapy, a critical period when side effects tend to be most severe. She has a grant from the Walther Cancer Institute totaling more than $23,000 to refine and pilot a prostate care intervention program.

She discussed the benefits of prostate screening through annual examinations and blood tests, and outcome variables. She shared preliminary data for the pilot study.

She thanked the University and the Board for their support of the project. Dr. Weinrich observed her current research project may contribute overall to the University's strategy to become an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. Dr. Garrison noted that the aspects of the collaborative efforts between the James Brown Cancer Center and the research underway by Dr. Weinrich support the research effort needed to become an NCI Cancer Center.

Dr. Garrison acknowledged the outstanding work of Dean Mundt and the School of Nursing faculty members. Other UofL deans have adopted Dr. Mundt's plan of action as a model to increase research in their schools. Dr. Garrison stated also that researchers in both the School of Nursing and School of Medicine are active in teaching students.

Chair Livingston thanked Dr. Weinrich and Dean Mundt and noted this presentation would be good for the full Board.

III. Information Item: Presentation by Dr. Michiel Adriaan Van Zyl

Dean Terry Singer introduced Dr. Van Zyl, Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Van Zyl gave a brief presentation of research areas at the Kent School of Social Work-Welfare reform evaluation; child welfare training evaluation; child welfare training resources center; domestic violence; family courts and high conflict families; juvenile justice training evaluation; drug addiction prevention and treatment. Dr. Van Zyl also recognized the South African Project, a community development project to export the knowledge in Kentucky to South Africa-the research exchange that brought him to UofL.

Dr. Van Zyl noted that in 1997, Kent School received approximately $1M in research grants and contracts; in 2002 the projected grants and contracts are $3.5M with obligations for an additional $1M, for a total of $4.5M. Dr. Van Zyl reported that 16 faculty members engage actively in funded research.

Dean Singer observed that four years ago Kent School had 30 staff members; today there are over 65. Dr. Singer stated the doctoral program is in its 5th year, and currently has 37 students enrolled; to date, three students have graduated and two are nearly ready to graduate. Dr. Garrison indicated this joint program with the University of Kentucky has flourished for UofL. UK, however, has experienced some lag in recruiting doctoral students.

Dr. Singer informed the committee regarding the required field placement practicum. With involvement from community agency personnel, the practical experience creates a very exciting sense of accomplishment for the students.

Dr. Singer noted the two different tracks in the masters program and the integration of the clinical aspects with coursework. Dr. Singer advised that currently there are five faculty members participating in clinical practice at Kent School. Dr. Mundt joined in regarding the collaborative effort with Kent School and described two clinics where students and faculty practice together.

Dr. Van Zyl thanked the Board for its support of Kent School's research programs and acknowledged the excellent leadership of Dr. Singer.

IV. Action Item: Approval of Post-Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

Provost Garrison asked Dr. Terry Singer, Dean of the Kent School of Social Work, to present this proposal. Dean Singer remarked about the Kent School's commitment for social work and family therapy, noting that the marriage and family therapy program brings in about $1M in extramural funding. The new program will prepare professionals in the practice of marriage and family therapy. It will provide a mechanism for individuals with a master's degree to pursue advanced study and supervised practice in the field. These professionals are often in positions in which they are responsible for working with families, but lack specialized knowledge and skills to work with the entire family unit in their communities. Equipping human service professionals with marriage and family therapy skills increases their ability to effect sustainable change for families and within the communities they live and work. Professionals with these dual credentials are particularly well suited to employment in a variety of settings even in times of economic downturn.

Dr. Singer reported that there are currently two MFT master's degree programs in the Commonwealth but no other programs designed to augment the credentials of those professionals who already possess a master's degree and have experience. This Certificate program will contribute to meeting that need. Students will be required to take eighteen (18) hours of course work and be engaged for two calendar years in continuous supervised practice in a practicum setting.

The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council have approved the Post-Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Certificate programs of less than 24 hours do not require approval of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

Dr. Feldhoff made a motion, which Mr. Brown seconded, to approve

the President's recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the creation of a Post-Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.

The motion passed.

V. Information Item: Proposal on Committee Structure

Ms. Smith discussed the effort to schedule committee meetings on separate days, thus allowing committees more time to complete their agendas, as well as receive in-depth reports about the resources of the university. With the committees comprising smaller groups, it is easier to change the meeting venues and adjust to specific interests of committee members. Ms. Smith informed the committee of the staff's commitment to provide a preliminary, draft and confidential copy of the minutes to the full Board approximately 48 hours following each meeting. She requested the Board discard the draft copies after reviewing them because official minutes will follow in the usual manner. Dr. Garrison noted that meeting on separate days allows the University to schedule informative presentations, and to docket more time for interaction between the committee members and University staff. She recounted that this idea germinated at the CPE trusteeship conference where trustees expressed frustration over the lack of time to delve into detail. Ms. Smith said staff would schedule the March committee meetings by the first week in February. Dr. Feldhoff expressed some reservations, but was willing to try the separate committee meeting days. He believed the entire Board would benefit from the excellent presentations at today's meeting. Chair Livingston also noted his strong feelings that each Board member has a responsibility to be involved and to be informed. He would voice his opinion further when this item will be discussed at the full Board meeting in April. Dr. Garrison reiterated this experiment was Board generated and staff will respond to the Board's preference.

VI. Adjournment

There being no further business, Chair Livingston adjourned the meeting at 2:45 p.m.

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