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2005 - 01/13

UCAP Meeting of 01/13/2005


agenda status: approved


University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, January 13, 2005
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

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

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Add Admission as a Junior Requirements for the B.S...........(Attachment)
in Retailing (formerly Merchandising Management)

6. Change Admission as a Junior Requirement for the B.S...........(Attachment)
in Construction Management

7. Update on the Olin Policy....................................................................Renée Canady

8. Report on the Committee on College Reorganization (CCR)..........(Attachment)

9. XF Grade Update

10. Code of Teaching Responsibility Subcommittee Update..........Sharon Pocock

11. Round Table discussion

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

Attachment: Minutes of December 2, 2004
Retailing materials
Construction Management materials
CCR materials

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UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 01/13/2005
Approved 1/27/05

University Committee on Academic Policy
January 13, 2005
Meeting Minutes

Members present: Henry Beckmeyer, Bridget Behe, C. Kurt Dewhurst, Steve Dilley, Jennifer Hodges, Helen Mayer, Folu Ogundimu (chair), Rodney Phillips, Sharon Pocock, Karthik Prasad, Ralph Putnam, Sharon Senk, Kurt Stirewalt, Cynthia Taggart, Peter Tomchuck, Alexander von Eye, Maija Zile

Members absent: Lauren Beach, Renée Canady, Yadav Gopalan, Rebecca Henry, Jeremy Hernandez

Others present: June Pierce Youatt (Assistant Provost)

1. The meeting was called to order at 10:20 a.m. The agenda was approved.

2. The minutes of the December 2 meeting were approved with the following two minor (working) changes.

3. Comments from the Chairperson
Chairperson Ogundimu welcomed the committee members to the New Year and the
      business of UCAP for the semester. He indicated that the new MSU president, Lou Anna K. Simon expressed interest in closer collaboration with UCAP and wishes that UCAP will assert a more forceful voice on governance matters involving undergraduate education.
4. Comments from the Assistant Provost
      Assistant Provost June Pierce Youatt discussed the issue of establishingAcademic Minor options in the liberal arts and sciences. She suggested that a subcommittee be formed to propose the UCAP perspective and discuss the pros and cons of such an option. The following committee members volunteered for this subcommittee: Cynthia Taggart, Kurt Stirewalt, Bridget Behe, Karthik Prasad and Peter Tomchuck. Cynthia Taggart was named chair of this subcommittee. The subcommittee will report at the UCAP meeting on 1-27-2005.
5. Adding Admission as a Junior Requirement for the B.S. in Retailing
This follows the earlier request to UCAP to recommend the move of the Merchandising Management from the College of Human Ecology to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. UCAP discussed the proposal to (1) Change the language about admission to the Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising Management from the Department of Human Environment and Design to be consistent with the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing; and (2) Change the name of the Bachelor of Science degree program from Merchandising Management to Retailing. A motion to support the changes was approved.

6. Change Admission as a Junior Requirement for the B.S. in Construction Management
The proposal for this change contains, as one criterion for enrollment, a threshold of a GPA of 2.3. The basis for this particular threshold was discussed. It was noted that there was no rationale for the 2.3 threshold. UCAP members also questioned the number of students who would fall between the current GPA admission requirement, and the proposed GPA requirement. Additional questions were raised about advising, and into what programs students might be advised if they were not admitted to the major. The topic was tabled and will be discussed again at a future UCAP session. Representatives of the department will be invited to clarify questions regarding the change, including the GPA requirements.

7. Update on Olin Policy
      In a memo from Renée Canady the recommendation of the UCAP subcommittee on the issue was presented. The subcommittee recommended that the existing published University policies on this matter are sufficient for accommodating Olin’s concerns. The sub-committee recommended that students and faculty be broadly informed of the policy and that efforts by Dr. Moorer to minimize unnecessary student appointments are supported.
8. Report on the Committee on College Reorganization (CCR)
      The discussion on this topic focused on two issues: commentary on the options outlined in the report, and the principles enumerated in the CCR document. UCAP is being asked to provide feedback on both. There was discussion on what UCAP is being asked specifically to address, and Youatt indicated that it was hoped governance committees would review whether or not these principles were useful (and if so how) in making decisions about reorganization. At what levels? Are the principles mutually excusive? Can the principles be ranked ordered, some more important than others? Questions were raised about how and by whom the accepted set of principles would be determined. Another committee member noted that quality education is not part of the current list of principles. Ogundimu asked that each UCAP member provide some commentary, and suggested that an electronic exchange take place, with contributions to this exchange being made by January 24th. The final response from UCAP is due on January 28th.
9. XF Grade Update
      Youatt reported that an extensive search on MSU policies has yielded all the places within policy that refer to “penalty grades”. Language must be modified by UCAP in each of these instances. Recommended revisions will be presented at the January 27, 2005 meeting of the UCAP.
10. Code of Teaching Responsibility update
The subcommittee met on December 9, 2004, and will meet again on January 20, 2005.
      The University Ombudsman attended the first meeting and presented a reorganized draft of the Code of Teaching Responsibility. The subcommittee plans to revise this draft after consultation with faculty and student members.
11. Round Table Discussion
After a brief round table discussion, the committee adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by
Alexander von Eye