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1999 - 10/28

UCAP Meeting of 10/28/99


agenda status: approved


Meeting of Thursday, October 28, 1999
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the October 14 meeting ...

3. Comments from the Chairpersons

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Report on Proposals by ad hoc Committee on National and University Awards
report being critiqued...
critique by Winston Wilkinson ...

6. Amendment to Criteria for Progression to the Internship in the College of Education
Cass Book ...

7. Continuation of discussion: Student Laptop Computer Proposal
(report from Nat Sci...)
(orig proposal from Provost...)
(Chartoff Report on natl conf concering the issue...)
(other incl UCAP 97-98 report ...)

8. Discussion of SIRS Issues ... material previously distributed (see...)

9. Roundtable

Attachment: Draft Minutes from Oct. 14 meeting

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minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of 11/11/99

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 10/28/99

Approved 11/11/99
University Committee on Academic Policy
October 28, 1999

Present: Stephen Bentley, J. Roy Black, Eric, Bonten, Howard Bossen, Joseph Chartkoff,
Cleo Cherryholmes, Rachel Fisher, Cindy Gibbons, David Imig, Fred Jacobs, Folke Lindahl, Tony Roath, Jon Sticklen, Jeanne Wald, Winston Wilkinson

Others: Barbara Steidle (Assistant Provost), Cassandra Book (Assoc. Dean, College of Education)

1. Agenda was approved.

2. Minutes of October 14, 1999, were approved with the following corrections. (1) On page 2, the third option for computer hardware should be “express no preference”. (2) Ref. Asst. Provost Paul Hunt, in sentence 2, paragraph 2, page 2: change to read “to further interact with Paul Hunt”.

3. Co-chairpersons Wald and Sticklen declined to comment at the scheduled point on the agenda.

4. Asst. Provost Steidle declined to comment at the scheduled point on the agenda.

5. Winston Wilkinson reported on his review of a report on proposals by the ad hoc Committee on National and University Awards. The committee had proposed eight recommendations to change awards procedures. Six of the proposals were aimed at streamlining nominations procedures. Winston Wilkinson supported UCAP’s endorsement of the proposals. Fred Jacobs objected on grounds that the current awards system was not an effective source of motivation for faculty and staff—that the huge amount of time needed to develop and process nominations overshadowed any benefits, making the procedure non-value-added. Winston Wilkinson noted that similar views were expressed on the ad hoc Committee but that it was a minority opinion. UCAP voted to add the following sentence to the report: “Therefore UCAP endorses the Committee’s report.” The vote was 14 in favor and 1 opposed. UCAP subsequently voted to formally endorse the report itself. This vote was 14 in favor and 1 opposed.

6. Cass Book returned to UCAP to request an amendment to Criteria for Progression to the Internship in the program rules of the College of Education. The requested amendment proposed adding to the requirements the relevant State certification tests as a prerequisite to entrance into the internship and therefore, as part of the definition of program completion. For students in primary education, the relevant test would be the State Certification Examination in elementary education. For students in the secondary education program, the relevant tests would be the secondary major and minor subject area tests. MSU, unlike most other institutions, has allowed its students to take these tests while or after student teaching, rather than as a precondition for entering student teaching. Changes in Federal Title II policies for reporting on student progress appear to make MSU’s practice problematic with regard to Federal requirements. UCAP voted to accept the College of Education’s proposal that the passing of subject matter and certification examinations be added to the definition of program completion, and as a prior condition to entering internship. The vote was 13 in favor, none opposed, and 2 abstaining.

7. UCAP continued its discussion of the Student Laptop Computer Proposal. The committee discussed the issue of the specific recommendation regarding a computer requirement it would make to the Provost. The committee voted to recommend to the Provost that students matriculating starting in Fall 2001 be required to possess an Internet-compatible computer. The vote was 14 in favor, 1 opposed. The committee subsequently decided that discussions with Paul Hunt about computer concerns should be advanced. A representative group, consisting of Co-Chairs Wald and Sticklen, along with David Imig, Howard Bossen and Joe Chartkoff, should meet with Dr. Hunt first, to discuss UCAP’s concerns about the implementation and implications of a computer requirement, as expressed previously. Then Dr. Hunt would meet with the whole committee for fuller discussions if the committee desired further discussion. Jeanne Wald is to arrange the initial meeting.

8. The discussion of SIRS issues was tabled due to the lack of time to continue.

9. Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Joseph L. Chartkoff
College of Social Science