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1999 - 10/14

UCAP Meeting of 10/14/99


agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, October 14, 1999
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the meeting of September 30,1999 ...

3. Comments from the Chairpersons

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Referral of Report of the ad Hoc Committee on National and University Awards*

6. Definition and referral of SIRS issues*

7. Discussion on Student Laptop Computer Proposal
original proposal from Provost...
background ...

8. Roundtable

*Please bring the following materials that were distributed for 9/30 meeting:
Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on National and University Awards
SIRS materials ...

minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of 10/28/99

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 10/14/99

Approved 10/28/99
University Committee on Academic Policy
October 14, 1999

Present: Stephen Bentley, Howard Bossen, Joseph Chartkoff, Rachel Fisher, Cindy Gibbons, David Imig, Fred Jacobs, Folke Lindahl, Gerald Osborn, Tony Roath, , Jon Sticklen, Jeanne Wald, Winston Wilkinson

Others: Barbara Steidle

1. Agenda was approved.

2. Minutes of September 30th, were approved.

3. Jeanne Wald, Co-Chair, distributed an example of an introductory statement for UCAP members to E-Mail college faculty (see handout). Included in the example was the new UCAP WEB page address.

J. Wald asked Rachel Fisher for feedback from a workshop entitled ACheating vs. Collaboration@, presented by Karl Smith for the Lilly Fellowship Workshops. R. Fisher discussed the workshop and UCAP concluded that K. Smith may be of assistance in framing discussions and solutions about learning environments at MSU. Barbara Steidle will pursue.

4. Barbara Steidle, Assistant Provost, provided a report on National and University Awards which the Executive Committee of Academic Council had forwarded to UCAP for review and comment. Winston Wilkinson volunteered to review the document. B. Steidle then provided a background report on the SIRS forms and ASMSU requests - particularly focusing on the intent and legal implication of the forms. Student representative Stephen Bentley volunteered to join Fred Jacobs and Cindy Gibbons (existing sub-committee) to examine the issue in more depth, and to present the issue to UCAP at a future meeting. An example of a new website created by an MSU student and labeled AGrading Your Professor@ was distributed for information.

5. Jeanne Wald opened the discussion on the Laptop Computer Proposal, referring UCAP members to a memo from Dr. Lou Anna Simon, Provost (see attachment B) and asking members to organize discussions and recommendations around: 1) the principle 2) type of hardware, and, 3) continuing issues. Members debated principle. After discussions including such aspects as relevance, ownership, security, priority, pedagogy, teaching-learning strategies, and resources, UCAP unanimously voted to support the following principle: AAll students matriculating at Michigan State University in 2001 will be required to possess an Internet-compatible computer@. While there were many reasons, one of the major reasons UCAP members voted to support the principle hinged on financial aid for disadvantaged students.
Because of time, detailed discussions and votes about type of hardware, and issues were deferred to the next meeting. However, Jeanne Wald and UCAP members concluded that there were three options about hardware: 1) require laptops, 2) recommend laptops, 3) require computers, without preference.

Jeanne Wald asked members for their opinion on the benefit, and timing, of another dialog with Paul Hunt. All agreed that it would be of help to interact further with P. Hunt.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Gibbons, RN PhD