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2004 - 04/29

UCAP Meeting of 04/29/2004


agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, April 29, 2004
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the April 15, 2004 meeting..........(Attachment)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Elections for 2004-05 UCAP Officers

6. Grade Inflation Subcommittee Report....................Bridget Behe
originally distributed at the March 18 meeting..........(Attachment)

7. Revisit Code of Teaching Responsibility..........(Attachment)

Please phone or E-Mail Robin Pline (353-5380; if you cannot be present and send a substitute in your place.

Attachments: April 15, 2004 Minutes
3/15/04 Grade Inflation Subcommittee Report
Code of Teaching Responsibility document with revisions

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UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 04/29/2004

Approved 9/2/04
University Committee on Academic Policy
April 29, 2004
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Henry Beckmeyer, Bridget Behe, Bhavisha Bhalsod, Betty Cheng, Ernest Drake, Jeremy Hernandez, Jennifer Hodges, Patricia Mullan, Folu Ogundimu, Georgia Padonu, Helene Pazak, Rodney Phillips, K. Ramesh, Sharon Senk, Cynthia Taggart, Alex von Eye, Dan Weber, Maija Zile

Others Present: Assistant Provost June Youatt

Members Absent: Janet Bokemeier, Chris Wheeler, Tim Howes

1. The meeting was called to order at 10:17 a.m. The agenda was approved.
    2. Minutes of the April 15, 2004 meeting were approved with the following correction: Betty Cheng was incorrectly listed as absent. The minutes were changed to show her presence.

    3. Comments from the Chairperson: Chairperson Behe thanked the members of the committee for their work during the past year. She also thanked those members whose term of office expires with this last meeting of the academic year.
      Chairperson Behe also reminded members that the television news show, Primetime, scheduled for this evening, would visit/report the issue(s) of grade inflation and academic integrity.
    4. Comments from the Assistant Provost: Assistant Provost Youatt distributed a report from the Princeton Weekly Bulletin (4/19/04) relative to proposals to curb grade inflation.
      She also spoke on the potential for developing expanded undergraduate programs off-campus. This may include the possibility for joint programs with Ohio State University and Purdue University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These programs, if approved and implemented, would offer U. S. degrees to students in the UAE. UCAP was asked to consider what types of questions or concerns that might be raised around implementation of these types of programs.
    5. Elections of 2004-2005 UCAP Officers: Chairperson: Folu Ogundimu; Vice-Chairperson: Rod Phillips; Secretary: Rotating; Second Representative to the Academic Council: Bridget Behe; Representative to the Military Education Advisory Committee: Jennifer Hodges; Representative to the Athletic Council: Steve Dilley.

    6. Grade Inflation Subcommittee Report: Chairperson Behe reviewed the report and reviewed the recommendations. The report was approved as submitted.

    7. Revisiting the Code of Teaching Responsibility: Discussion regarding wording relative to changes in the syllabus was active and, in that Chairperson Behe wanted to move these recommendations forward to the University Graduate Council (UGC). Discussion focused specifically on the recommended language regarding substantive changes in the syllabus. It was moved, seconded and approved to change the paragraph that outlines the responsibilities of the instructor relative to change to read: “The instructor of record is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the syllabus and all changes thereof.”
There being no further business, UCAP adjourned at 10:52 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Henry Beckmeyer