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Senate Summary | April 2023

If you missed the Academic Senate meeting on April 10, 2023, or need a refresher, then keep reading for the highlights from the meeting. For more information on the Academic Senate, click here.

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New Master of Science Systems Engineering

Mark Minor, Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Committee chair, presented on the following:

The MSSE degree is a coursework only degree focused on core curriculum related to systems engineering, engineering and general electives to provide additional breadth and depth, and a culminating experience applying knowledge gained in the program. A main campus degree is the primary focus of this proposal, but online course offerings are being developed with the goal of offering an online degree in collaboration with University Connected Learning.

Digital Dentistry Degree and Certificate

Dr. Mark Ludlow, DMD, M.S., section head for digital dentistry, Marjean Nielsen, director of education, and Jaron Smith, masters and certificates program manager presented on the following:

The Digital Dentistry Program is designed to provide dental professionals the opportunity to explore and receive training in utilizing digital dentistry equipment and software. The Certificate in Foundational Digital Dentistry offers a broad overview of the digital dentistry landscape and focuses on the areas of radiology, prosthodontics, restorative and implant dentistry, and implementing these technologies into a dental practice. Students also have the option to continue into or matriculate directly into, the Master of Digital Dentistry Program, which focuses on more advanced application of digital dentistry technology. Advanced topics include implants and prosthetics, endodontics, orthodontics and oral surgery. The Digital Dentistry Program provides students with faculty-mentored learning experiences that increase their knowledge and skills in digital dentistry, setting dental health care providers apart for meeting the needs of their patients, as well as fostering research in oral health care.

Master in Public Health (MPH)/Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Dual Degree

Jennifer Coombs, PA-C, Ph.D., director of Graduate Studies of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies, presented on the following:

We are pleased to propose a dual degree program that combines the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) with a Master of Public Health (MPH). The program is tailored to provide students with a distinctive skill set that can enhance their capacity to serve patients in primary care clinical settings, particularly in underserved areas and simultaneously contribute to public health efforts.
The proposed curriculum includes core courses in both MPAS and MPH. Students will also complete clinical rotations and public health practicum experiences, providing them with valuable hands-on learning opportunities.
This dual degree program offers numerous benefits, including increased job opportunities and a broader understanding of health care. The program is designed to attract a diverse group of students who are committed to improving health care and making a difference in their communities.

Both the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs have received high rankings by U.S. News & World Reports, further solidifying the exceptional quality of education that students can expect from this dual degree program.


2023 Legislative Session Results

Jason P. Perry, vice president for government relations and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, presented the results of the 2023 legislative session.

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New Ethnic Studies Emphases

Edmund Fong, chair of the Division of Ethnic Studies, presented on the following:

The Division of Ethnic Studies proposes to establish four new emphases within its major. These emphases are an Asian American Studies emphasis, an American Indian Studies emphasis, a Latinx Studies emphasis and a Migration and Diaspora Studies emphasis. These emphases will allow our majors to showcase on their transcripts that they have developed a particular expertise within a particular group and/or within a specific theme relevant to the field of Ethnic Studies.

2022-23 Graduate Assembly Task Force report

Dave Kieda, dean of the Graduate School, gave the following report:

The Graduate Assembly Task Force met during fall 2022 and spring 2023 to develop a plan for the formation of a Graduates and Professional Student Assembly at the University of Utah. After surveying the different types of graduate assemblies in place at peer intuitions (Pac-12, Big-10, University of California system, etc.) and considering various options, the task force centered on forming a graduate student representative body within ASUU through the using the mechanism of the ASUU College Student Councils (CSC). A graduate student council (GSC), equivalent to a CSC, would be formed and be responsible for writing the GAPS constitution and bylaws during 2022-24. Once it has its bylaws established, the GSC can enter a conversation with ASUU about how it can more fully participate within the student government.

A joint resolution for the creation of the GSC was written in March 2023 and has been submitted to the ASUU Senate Exec and ASUU Assembly for a vote. With the creation of the Graduate Student Council, the work of the Graduate Assembly Task Force is completed.