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2000 - 09/28

UCAP Meeting of 09/28/2000


agenda status: approved


University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, September 28, 2000
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the September 14, 2000 meeting

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Reading Days Proposal*

6. Roundtable

7. Sub-committee Organization & Definition of Tasks

Attachment: September 14, 2000 Draft Minutes
*Distributed with agenda for 9/14 meeting

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Other Materials Given to UCAP Members:

minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of 10/26/2000

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 09/28/2000

Approved 10/26/00
University Committee on Academic Policy
September 28, 2000

Present: Allison Berg, Roy Black, Joseph Chartkoff, David Imig, Fred Jacobs, Kurt Lausman, Charles McHugh, Shaun Phillips, Latonya Riddle, Jon Sticklen, Jeanne Wald, Winston Wilkinson

Other: Barbara Steidle

Minutes Prepared by Charles McHugh

1. Meeting was called to order at 10:20

2. Agenda was approved

3. Minutes from the September 14, 2000 meeting were approved

4. Chairperson Remarks: Jeanne Wald expressed concern that follow-up questions regarding computer requirement being steered to UCAP indicated a lack of information on the requirement and its implementation. Barbara Steidle commented that certain questions should be directed to the joint UCAP-CCSAC (Computer and Communications Systems Advisory Committee) subcommittee. Steidle indicated that information on the requirement was available to all prospective students through the application brochure, in Academic Programs, and on several existing websites. Questions about financial assistance will be addressed in a special mailing to all admits. Admissions counselors have been briefed for questions. Jon Sticklen asked what are the range of expectations faculty may have of students in their courses with regard to technology and computers. Steidle replied that in 100 level courses professors could probably expect all students to be in compliance with the computer requirement or have access to University facilities. Fred Jacobs added that after looking at classes using CAPA, a program used for testing and homework submission in many of the Physics courses, he believed that all professors could safely expect students to have access to computers.
    Wald reported that the public SPES policy statement was removed from agenda at Academic Council and referred to the Faculty Council. The student members of the Council left
in protest and broke the quorum. The issue will be revisited at Executive Committee of
Academic Council next week. UCAP members were urged to provide any articles regarding
SPES they have saved. UCAP should be flexible in what it expects from Council in order to
pass this policy. Possible addition of questions may be a necessary concession. Steidle
    raised the question of the timing and extent of concessions that the committee would entertain. Winston Wilkinson added that we are forgetting the original intent of SPES and that there should be no flexibility on the questions. There was some discussion intended to provide guidance to the chairperson by the committee members.
5. Assistant Provost Remarks: Barbara Steidle commented that student members of the SPES subcommittee should be present during the Faculty Council discussion of Student
Public Evaluation System forms and that the chairperson would move for permission
to have them speak as questions arose.

6. Reading Days: Wald asked for comments solicited from constituents. Wilkinson observed that there may not be a need for any formal policy as professors can already elect to offer their students reading days if they see fit. Kurt Lausman offered input from education saying that the policy could be more feasible if it were reduced from a week to a Thursday and Friday off. Jacobs asked what evidence was there of actual impact on schools that had reading days: did they lead to better integration of the materials; was there any impact on grades; indeed, are there any reliable data that would guide the decision-making? Consensus was reached that the committee on calendar issues should investigate further and members were again encouraged to poll their constituencies if they had not done so.

7. Round Table:
    Jon Sticklen announced that the UCAP website is functional and that he would appreciate input from the members as to functionality. Are there other items members might like to see?

    Joseph Chartkoff commented that, as the University moved to increased on-line presentation of materials such as the Schedule of Courses, it should consider that the costs were being shifted to the printers and units of the material. Steidle indicated that paper copies are available by request.
Charles McHugh commented on coursepack costs and University Printing possibilities.
He noted that ASMSU would like to get the Bookstore to offer these coursepacks at cost.
Faculty who commented noted different experiences with University Printing.

8. Meeting Adjourned at 11:50