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2002 - 09/12

UCAP Meeting of 09/12/2002


agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, September 12, 2002
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the April 25 and August 29, 2002 meetings

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. College of Arts and Letters: 3+3 Program with MSU-DCL (Attachment)

6. Request for Moratorium on Admissions and Program Disbandment: (Attachment)
Family Consumer Resources Dr. Lillian Phenice, Acting Chairperson, FCE

7. Request to Require Specific Grades in Courses for Progression: (Attachment)
Clinical Laboratory Sciences Dr. Kathy Doig, Director, Medical Technology

8. 2002-2003 Sub-Committee Structure and Composition

9. Technology on Campus in Light of the Computer Requirement:
David Gift, Vice President for Libraries, Computing, and Technology

10. Roundtable

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

Attachments: April 25, 2002 Revised Draft Minutes
August 29, 2002 Draft Minutes
MSU/DCL 3+3 Option in Arts & Letters
Moratorium on Admissions in Family & Consumer Resources
Clinical Lab Sciences Request to Require a Specific Grade Point Average

minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 09/12/2002

APPROVED 9/26/02
University Committee on Academic Policy
September 12, 2002

Members Present: Henry Beckmeyer, Bridget Behe (Chair), Howard Bossen, Jon Sticklen (for Betty Cheng), Kathryn Day, Steve Dilley, James Gallagher, Chelsea Hasenburg, Patricia Mullan, Hillary Noyes, Georgia Padonu, Shaun Phillips, Sharon Senk, Juli Wade, Winston Wilkinson, Maija Zile

Others Present: Barbara Steidle (Assistant Provost)

Chairperson Behe called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.

1. Approval of the Agenda: The Agenda was approved without changes (although subjected to later modification under item 6, relative to striking ‘…and Program Disbandment’ from ‘Request for Moratorium on Admissions and Program Disbandment, Family Consumer Resources).

2. Approval of the Minutes of the April 25, 2002 and August 29, 2002 meetings: The April 25, 2002 minutes were approved with the wording change as noted (first paragraph, top of page two, relative to students ability to evaluate themselves). The August 29, 2002 minutes were approved without changes.

3. Comments from the Chairperson: Chairperson Behe had no comments, other than the taking of UCAP minutes would be shared among committee members using an alphabetical rotation. Minutes are also to be e-mailed to Robin Pline no later than the Wednesday following the scheduled UCAP meeting.

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost: Assistant Provost Steidle confined her comments to the UCAP website, and issues relative to departmental evaluation of graduate students, as required by the GEU contract (and heretofore expected under the Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities document).

5. College of Arts and Letters: 3+3 Program with MSU-DCL: A request to establish in the CAL, in collaboration with MSU-DCL, a 3 + 3 option for selected CAL students to earn a bachelor’s degree, after successful completion of a minimum of 91 credits at MSU and a minimum of 29 credits through subsequent enrollment at MSU-DCL. This plan would offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree based on approximately six years of full-time study. The expected declaration of interest in such a program was set at eight students. Students pay undergraduate tuition while completing MSU courses and MSU-DCL tuition while enrolled there. It was further understood that this is not a new program but rather follows acceptance of a similar program by James Madison College and MSU-DCL. Motion to accept the request was made by Dilley and seconded by Gallagher. Motion passed.

6. Request for Moratorium on Admissions and Program Disbandment, Family Consumer Resources: As noted, the agenda was changed/approved to reflect the alteration in this request, namely by striking ‘…and Program Disbandment’ and discussing, at this time, the moratorium on admissions to this specific program. Presentation and resultant discussion centered on the low enrollment the past 3-4 years (presently there are 2 sophomores, 1 junior and 4 seniors in the program), the difficulty replacing needed faculty members and the desire to “energize” the program. The intention of the department at this time is to “revive and revise” the program, thereby meeting the deadline of December 2003. A friendly amendment was offered (Shaun Phillips) to extend the moratorium past December 2003, until such time that a final decision was made as to the program. Motion passed, and accepted as a friendly amendment by the College and FCE department representatives present. The entire proposal was called to question. Motion was offered by Beckmeyer and seconded by Senk. Motion passed.

7. Request to Require Specific Grades in Courses for Progression: Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Dr. Kathy Doig, Director, Medical Technology, presented a request for UCAP to consider admission and retention changes in CLS. This proposal was presented in an attempt to enhance standards within the CLS major. Discussion centered around the issue that students may be dismissed from the clinical laboratory sciences major if they earn a grade below 2.0 in any of the courses required under paragraph 4.b. (not included). In response to a question as to how many courses this involved, Kathy Doig noted that there were 19 such courses. Students dismissed from CLS may then elect to major in medical technology or another major, or seek readmission to the CLS major after repeating courses and earning grades of 2.0 or greater. It was noted that the language offered in the request was “permissive” and does not specifically say that the student will be dismissed. When asked about the consistency with which this requirement would be applied, it was acknowledged that this had not been discussed by the faculty. It was noted by various committee members that this was a “tough policy” and that UCAP should have a “deep concern” about such a proposal. Further discussion centered on why different grade level standards were proposed for only one of the programs, if the issue was potential danger to the clients being served. The question was called and committee member Gallagher moved to reject/deny the request. Motion to deny the request passed.

8. 2002-2003 Sub-Committee Structure and Composition: Chairperson Behe announced that UCAP committee members could check the UCAP website for sub-committee assignments.

9. Technology on Campus in Light of Computer Requirement: David Gift, Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology presented a comprehensive overview of multiple items including: Remote access issues and progress, use trends and equipment investment in University micro labs, classroom technology trends, on-line and technology-mediated instruction, wireless networking and AUP (network acceptable use policy). As time became an issue, Mr. Gift was invited to return to further present and discuss the issues so noted, in addition to any others that may be deemed relevant to his office and the UCAP.

10. The meeting adjourned at 12: 13 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Henry Beckmeyer