Faculty Senate to discuss adding major, minor


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Erin Rosacker takes pictures of the slides that Associate Provost for Faculty, Dawn Bratsch-Prince, is presenting at the faculty senate meeting held in the Memorial Union on Oct. 9.

Kaitlyn Hood

Reflection and revision is the theme of the upcoming Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday.

The Senate will be discussing a resolution for Erin Rosacker, the renaming of the major and minor in information assurance and an addition of a business analytics major and minor.

The Senate will be discussing the addition of a proposed major and minor in business analytics.

According to the request to implement the program, “Planning a new academic degree program provides an opportunity for a Regent university to demonstrate need and demand as well as the university’s ability to offer a quality program that is not unnecessarily duplicative of other similar programs offered by colleges and universities in Iowa.”

The minor is needed because it will provide students with experience in technology and analysis techniques that are commonly practiced and in high demand in the workforce, according to the program proposal for the minor.

In addition to the proposal of the business analysis major and minor, there is a proposal for a name change to the information assurance major and minor.

This proposal will change the information assurance programs to cyber security.

“The term information assurance was the common term used in 2000 to describe degrees in cyber security,” according to the proposal. “While the term Information Assurance is still used in a broad sense most degree programs have changed their names to Cyber Security or something similar. Also ISU has just created an undergraduate degree in Cyber Security, and changing the [MS and ME] degree to Cyber Security will keep the naming structure consistent.”

Rosacker is a communications specialist in University Relations, and according to a resolution proposed by Faculty Senate, “The Faculty Senate of Iowa State University commends Erin M. Rosacker for her 13 years of years of service in reporting the proceedings of the meetings of the Faculty Senate, and is appreciative of her professionalism and of her many positive interactions with faculty senators throughout this term, effectively communicating Faculty Senate actions to the University community.”

The senators will also hear from David Cantor with his monthly update on the WorkCyte/Workday upgrade.