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2001 - 01/25

UCAP Meeting of 01/25/2001


agenda status: approved


University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, January 25, 2001
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the January 11, 2001 Meeting

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Modes of Evaluating Teaching

6. Update on Joint UCAP-ICTC Subcommittee

7. Roundtable

Attachment: January 11, 2001 Draft Minutes

Support Documents: Teaching Evaluation Materials from Fred Jacobs

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


minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of 02/08/2001

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 01/25/2001

Approved 2/8/01
University Committee on Academic Policy
January 25, 2001

Present: J. Roy Black, Joe Chartkoff, Cindy Gibbons, David Imig, Fred Jacobs, Stephen Lacy (for Howard Bossen), Kurt Lausman, Rod Phillips, Shaun Phillips, Jon Sticklen, Winston Wilkinson

Others: Barbara Steidle (Assistant Provost)

1. Comments from the Assistant Provost: Barbara Steidle briefly reported on a meeting sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities regarding technology and pedagogy, which she and several MSU faculty attended. Two significant points that were made were 1) that it takes large amounts of time to incorporate technology in the classroom, but 2) there is significant improvement in the quality and speed of student feedback that can be used to focus on topics that students are having difficulty with.
    MSU is sending faculty and staff to other such national meetings with the ultimate goal of organizing a set of seminars or brown bag lunches to help faculty with these technology/teaching issues.
2. Comments from the Vice Chairperson: Jon Sticklen announced that Robin Pline is now maintaining UCAP’s website, and he encouraged UCAP members to send potential website material to her.

3. David Imig questioned whether the new University copyright policy currently being discussed is within the domain of UCAP. The consensus was that it was, and it was decided to 1) distribute the current copyright proposal to all UCAP members, and 2) invite a knowledgeable individual to our next meeting to explain the current proposal.

4. The minutes and (a slightly edited) agenda were approved.

5. Weekly meetings of the Joint UCAP-ICTC Subcomittee continue. Jon Sticklen reported that there were 400 responses to the “student needs” survey and that the results are on the University website with a link on the UCAP website. He also indicated that there would be another survey soon that would elicit faculty’s perceptions about their own technology support needs. The ultimate goal is to create materials (e.g., CD-ROM, manual) for students and parents that will help them deal with the new computer requirement and to develop seminars, workshops, CD-ROM’s, etc., to help faculty prepare for the requirement.

6. There was discussion of the teaching evaluation conversation with Provost Simon at the last UCAP meeting. Seeking a framework for future discussions, Jon Sticklen suggested that UCAP members think about the following four broad topic areas in anticipation of our next meeting:

1. How to evaluate teaching beyond the use of SIRS.
2. How to work teaching evaluations more systematically into the system of faculty evaluation than is currently done.
3. How to re-shape campus culture so that the significance of teaching and its actual current impact on evaluation for annual merit and promotion is more widely and accurately understood.
4. How to re-shape the actual, current reward system so that teaching is rewarded more meaningfully as a serious component of faculty activities.

7. Meeting was adjourned.

Minutes Submitted by Fred Jacobs

UCAP MINUTES 1.25.01.doc