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2000 - 09/14

UCAP Meeting of 09/14/2000


agenda status: approved


University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, September 14, 2000
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the August 31, 2000 meeting

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Election of 2nd Academic Council Representative

6. Field Trip Policy (Required Academic Activities) (Attachment B)

7. Reading Days Proposal (Attachment C)

8. Discussion of Subcommittee Structure & Membership

9. Roundtable

Please phone or E-Mail Robin Pline (353-5380; if you cannot be present.

Attachment A: Ausust 31, 2000 Draft Minutes
Attachment B: Field Trip Policy Materials
Attachment C: Reading Days Proposal Materials
Attachment D: Updated UCAP Member Roster


minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of 09/28/2000

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 09/14/2000

Approved 9/28/00
University Committee on Academic Policy
September 14, 2000

Present: Allison Berg, Roy Black, Howard Bossen, Cindy Gibbons, Sam Howerton, Fred Jacobs, Kurt Lausman, Charles McHugh, Shaun Phillips, Latonya Riddle, Barbara Steidle, Jon Sticklen, Jeanne Wald, Winston Wilkinson

1. The minutes were approved.

2. Chairperson Comments: Jeanne Wald reported that the public SIRS recommendation was forwarded to the Executive Committee of Academic Council (ECAC) by the Provost and ECAC forwarded the recommendation to the Academic Council. ECAC members raised the question as to the intent of UCAP regarding inclusion of graduate courses within the scope of the policy. As this had not been an explicit part of the UCAP discussions, Chairperson Wald asked the membership to clarify its intent. Sam Howerton, an officer of COGS, opined that there were several options: to include graduate students; to include but vary the questions; to exclude on grounds that graduate students were interconnected enough to share information informally. The committee decided that it would forward the issue of inclusion of the graduate courses to the University Graduate Council for consideration. The SPES policy recommendation will be discussed at the September 26th meeting of the Academic Council. Jeanne Wald and Fred Jacobs will attend that meeting.

3. Assistant Provost Comments: Barbara Steidle reported on the presentation by Steidle and Bolger at the first of this year’s Lilly Seminars, on Academic Integrity. National and some local data were presented on the extent of problems regarding academic integrity, the policies at other institutions, and the effects of those policies on academic integrity. In addition, attendees discussed potential responses to a variety of hypothetical academic integrity scenarios. The issue is one that UCAP will devote some attention to this year.

4. Election: David Imig was elected as UCAP’s 2nd representative to Academic Council.

5. Field Trip Policy: In response to a communication from the Academic Governance Office, the committee addressed the question of the need for a more extensive policy statement on field trips that cause students to miss other classes. This issue was previously discussed by UCAP without resolution. The committee’s report to the Faculty Council, which had been intended to alert faculty to the need to consider scheduling and the impact on students in their other classes, led Faculty Council to recommend that UCAP consider revising the policy. Information on this Faculty Council action had not been forwarded to UCAP until the end of the 1999-2000 academic year. Discussion by the present committee led to the conclusion that there doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut nor an expansive problem, so the committee again chose not to recommend any additions to the two current expectations: that field trips that imposed an additional cost to students are to be part of the legislation provided in the curricular approval process; and that faculty inform their deans so as to validate any necessary student absences.

6. Reading Days Proposal: The Reading Days proposal was discussed again. There were suggestions that feedback be solicited from the various college-level academic councils. In light of a comment from the student members to the effect that the Provost adamantly opposes such a move, Barbara Steidle was charged with determining if Provost Simon is open to UCAP’s discussion of a Reading Days proposal.

7. Subcommittee Assignments: Subcommittee assignments and charges were discussed. The following committee assignments were made:

a. Calendar – Joe Chartkoff (Chair), Shaun Phillips, Winston Wilkinson
b. Computer Requirement – Howard Bossen, Cindy Gibbons, Jon Sticklen
c. Academic Integrity and Climate – Kurt Lausman, Charles McHugh, (faculty)
d. Teaching Evaluation – Fred Jacobs (Chair), Charles McHugh, Latonya Riddle, Laura Roehler (?)
e. Student Groupwork – Roy Black (Chair), Kurt Lausman, Shaun Phillips, Jon Sticklen
    The following issues were suggested for discussion by the following committees:
      Academic Integrity and Climate
· teaching freshmen about academic integrity
· benchmarking against other institutions
· the role/effect of technology on academic integrity

Teaching Evaluation
· consider a variety of resources and perspectives
· review previous CIERT report for possible issues and recommendations
· review SIRS content analysis as a way of determining whether there should be any revision of SIRS or recommendations that might flow to units devising their own forms

Student Groupwork
· student evaluation in group assignments
· how to establish group projects for greatest effectiveness
· effective use of groups in the classroom

8. Howard Bossen raised the issue of control, maintenance, and funding of computer equipment at individual colleges. He reported that although this equipment is used by a particular college faculty, when the resource is purchased though support of Libraries Computing and Technology, LCT retains ownership and control and is often not sufficiently sensitive to faculty needs. This issue was referred to the Computer Requirement committee.

Meeting adjourned at noon.

Submitted by Fred Jacobs