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2003 - 01/09

UCAP Meeting of 01/09/2003


agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy
Meeting of Thursday, January 9, 2003
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the December 5, 2002 meeting....................(Attachment)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Election of Vice-chair for Spring Semester 2003.............................(Bridget Behe)

6. Admission Requirement Change for Vet. Tech. B.S. Degree...................(Attachment)

7. Sub-committee report on instruction importance........................(James Gallagher)

8. Sub-committee report on academic integrity.............................(Patricia Mullan)

9. Roundtable

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

Attachments: December 5, 2002 Draft Minutes
Veterinary Technology Materials

minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 01/09/2003

Approved 2/6/03
University Committee on Academic Policy
January 9, 2003

Members Present: Bridget Behe (Chair), Betty Cheng, James Gallagher, Patricia Mullan,
Folu Ogundimu, Georgia Padonu, Gary Stollak, Winston Wilkinson, Maija Zile

Others Present: June Youatt (Assistant Provost), Helen Meyer, Helene Pazak, Jan Krehbiel,
Ed Rosser (College of Veterinary Medicine faculty)

The meeting was called to order at 10:20 a.m. by chairperson Bridget Behe.

1. Agenda was approved.

2. Minutes of the December 5, 2002 meeting were approved.
    Comments from the Chair: Bridget Behe welcomed the new members. She reminds members to send substitutes if they are unable to attend.
4. Comments from the Assistant Provost: June Youatt, reported on feedback regarding UCAP recommendations to offer English Language courses for foreign students for credit at a 100 level. English Language Center would like to have their courses approved at the 200-level.

5. Election of Vice Chair for Spring Semester 2003: Patricia Mullan has agreed to be Vice Chair for spring 2003 upon Juli Wades departure. The committee voted unanimously to approve her nomination.

6. Admission Requirement Change for Veterinary Technology B.S. Degree: Behe invited the Veterinary Medicine guests to explain their proposal to the committee. Helene Pazak described the program. She explained the existing difficult course system by providing examples. They now have five 7-credit courses which provide difficulties – big blocks, tremendous loads, no flexibility, very stressful, loss of students. The advantages of the proposed program are – flexibility, will allow 15 credits to be taken across campus (e.g. epidemiology), diversity possible. The major changes proposed would 1) give a fall start date as opposed to spring, 2) break up the five 7-credit course blocks into smaller components, and 3) incoming GPA would be changed from 2.0 to 2.5 to obtain better retention. The proposed changes modify course requirements and change the minimum number of credits which must be complete prior to admission. Discussion followed. Behe pointed out that in the present system, after admission in early spring, the accepted students must wait until the following January to start. The fall start date seems more reasonable. Pazak assured the committee that transition teaching is in process now. Youatt commented on the tremendous commitment with the present big-block courses. If one fails, a student must wait a year to repeat. She expects that more flexibility will better-serve the present-day student body – including many non-traditional students. Members questioned the two tracks of electives and the difference between the BS program, certification program, and licensing of Vet. Tech. The Vet. Tech. Faculty confirmed that the overall change is basically restructuring to improve the existing program. Behe pointed out that financial costs were not addressed. UCAP approves the change in credits for admission from 56 to 28. It also approves the start date to be fall semester, and the requirement of a 2.5 GPA for admission, although there was some concern that the 2.5 GPA requirement may still be too low for this demanding field. UCAP approves the request for restructuring the Veterinary Technology B.S. program.

7. Subcommittee Report on Instruction Importance: Due to member illness the committee has not progressed. Padonu, Malik, Ogundimu and Behe will continue this work.

8. Subcommittee Report on Academic Integrity: Patricia Mullan reported that the subcommittee reviewed materials from the office of the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, “Student Guidelines” and “Spartan Life”. She met with Howard Brodie, chair of the ethics committee, and looked at the Todaro report. Many course packs and syllabi already include sections on ethics and related topics, but it was suggested that class materials include information on academic integrity and what is expected. Mullan feels the existing policies are decentralized, and do not necessarily promote academic integrity. Gary Stollak stated the policies should be in the syllabus – as a contract. Folu Ogundimu believes there should be a standard statement in the syllabus – a full disclosure/definition of professional conduct to be in the Handbook. The University could provide a boiler-plate type statement. Mullan also feels this policy information should be organized and provided on the web. Betty Cheng stated that a distinction should be made between unintentional and intentional plagiarism – need explicit examples. Consequences need to be made aware to the students. Mullan asked if Youatt could get info from the departments regarding their current methods and how they deal with these problems – what do they already have in place, or is there faculty discretion to decide? Some committee members feel it is impossible to track multiple offenders. Others suggested we have an XF grade for such students. Behe said the subcommittee should look at a) how to obtain the information from departments, b) guidelines for a statement to be placed in syllabi, c) exploring consequences. Wilkinson suggested that the statement be put on the website and the students asked in the syllabus to read it. Behe commended the subcommittee’s work as excellent. Youatt also pointed out that the Ombudsman has information on academic integrity.

The meeting adjourned at 12:00 noon.

Respectfully submitted,
Maija Zile