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2001 - 09/27

UCAP Meeting of 09/27/2001


agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, September 27, 2001
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the September 13, 2001 meeting (Attachment A)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Request for Change in Admission Requirements: (Attachment B)
The School of Hospitality Business

6. ECAC Referral: Representation of Staff on Academic Council (Attachment C)

7. Review of Graduation with Honor/High Honor (9/13 Attachment B)

8. Criteria for Group Work (9/13 Attachment C)

9. Roundtable

Attachment A: September 13, 2001 Draft Minutes
Attachment B: Request for Change in Admission Requirements
Attachment C: Representation of Specialists in Academic Governance

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

minutes status: not approved

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 09/27/2001

Approved 10/25/01
University Committee on Academic Policy
September 27, 2001

Members Present: Henry Beckmeyer, Howard Bossen, George Cornell, Steven Dilley, James Gallagher, Douglas Henry, LaTonya Riddle, Jon Sticklen, Julie Wade, Winston Wilkinson

Others Present: Barbara Steidle (Assistant Provost)

1. Approval of Agenda:

An additional agenda item was added: Report by Don Straney, Assistant to the Provost, concerning the development of a link on the provost’s office website related to the September 11, 2001 terrorism attack. As amended, the agenda was approved.

2. Report of Don Straney on development of a link on the provost’s office website related to the September 11, 2001 terrorism attack:

A site is being developed to synthesize what went on, help in the development of a practical approach for such similar incidents in the future, and make available to the university community a place where they can share experiences and offer suggestions. An e-mail will be sent to all chairpersons and directors. The UCAP committee members suggested that an article in the State News might be helpful to publicize the link for students. It was suggested that this might be an appropriate place from which or to which the new subcommittee, charged with developing some guidelines and suggestions for faculty in dealing with crises,
could draw or contribute ideas.

Also, the Lilley Seminar series presentation on Cooperative Learning in early October will focus on the attack and will be led by Carl Smith of the University of Minnesota, who also holds a MSU appointment.

3. Approval of Minutes of the September 13, 2001 meeting (Attachment A):

The minutes of the September 13, 2001 meeting were approved.

4. Comments from the Chairperson:

Jon Sticklen suggested that committee members make themselves more aware of the Vision 2020 proposed land use policy for MSU and think about whether it has implications for academic policy.

5. Comments from the Assistant Provost:

Barbara Steidle commented on the development of a website related to the September 11, 2001 terrorism. The website is being developed by University Relations. Also, the economics department is developing a program on the economic impact of the attacks and other university departments have been encouraged to develop responses based upon the department’s expertise. There will also be an all-university symposium, the theme of which will be “Did the World Change on September 11?” in mid-to late-October. It is expected that there will be a series of related programs, some with a focus on Islam, designed to provide a fuller understanding of the religion and culture.

UCAP committee members had commentary and questions about various aspects of the administration’s response in the first few days after the attacks.

Another related item is how to handle situations involving MSU staff and/or students who are called to active duty with their reserve unit. The existing policy statement, which covers faculty, staff, and students is being reviewed and will be distributed shortly. For faculty and staff members, this is handled under the leave with no pay policies of the university. For students, professors are encouraged to be flexible in handling whether the student is able to finish the term; for students who cannot do so, withdrawal with refund can be arranged.
6. The School of Hospitality Business Request for Change in Admission Requirements: (Attachment B)

A presentation was made by Ron Cichy, director of The School of Hospitality Business, concerning the proposed status of the school as largely independent for admission and accreditation purposes from the School of Business. A motion to approve the proposal was made by Winston Wilkinson (seconded by Howard Bossen). The motion was approved unanimously.

7. ECAC Referral - Representation of Staff on Academic Council: (Attachment C)

The Executive Committee of Academic Council referred to UCAP a proposed recommendation for staff representation on Academic Council. Currently, staff (e.g., specialists, unionized employees) are not members of Academic Council.

Winston Wilkinson (seconded by Steven Dilley) moved that UCAP not discuss this agenda item because it did not involve a matter related to academic policy within the purview of UCAP. After discussion, the motion passed with one dissenting vote.

8. Review of Graduation with Honor/High Honor: (9/13 Attachment B)

Barbara Steidle discussed the honors/high honors number of graduates for the last academic year. Slight changes were made in the qualifying standards during the 1999-2000 academic year and the changes were first effective during the 2000-2001 academic year. The results from that year are within the guidelines set by the revised standards.

9. Criteria for Group Work: (9/13 Attachment C)

The criteria for group work agenda item was deferred to the next meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Steven Dilley