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2005 - 01/27

UCAP Meeting of 01/27/2005


agenda status: approved

2nd Revision

University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, January 27, 2005
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the January 13, 2005 meeting..........(Attachment)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Construction Mgt. Junior Requirement Revisited

6. Add Admission as a Junior Requirements for the B.S...........(Attachment)
in Kinesiology

7. Add New Academic Program – B.S. in Diagnostic Molecular Science..........(Attachment)

8. Response to the Committee on College Reorganization (CCR) Report

9. Code of Teaching Responsibility Subcommittee Update..........Sharon Pocock
10. Olin Class Excuse Policy

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 January 13, 2005
Kinesiology materials
Diagnostic Molecular Science materials
CTR Draft Report

minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 01/27/2005
Approved as Revised 2/10/05

University Committee on Academic Policy
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Henry Beckmeyer, Bridget Behe, Renee Canady, C. Kurt Dewhurst, Steve Dilley, Rebecca Henry, Jeremy Hernandez, Jennifer Hodges, Kyle Martin, Helen Mayer, Folu Ogundimu, Rod Phillips, Sharon Pocock, Karthik Prasad, Ralph Putnam, Sharon Senk,
Cynthia Taggart, Peter Tomchuck, Alex von Eye, Maija Zile

Members Absent: Medrano Sulema and Kurt Stirewalt

Others Present: Assistant Provost Linda Stanford (for June Youatt), Prof. R. von Bernuth, Assoc. Dean E. Foster, Mr. A. Seidel, Prof. John Gerlach, Ms. Lindsay Hengesbach, Dr. Kathy Doig
    1. The meeting was called to order at 10:16 am. The agenda was approved, with the addition of item 10b: a discussion of the addition of Academic Minors

    2. The minutes from the January 13 meeting were approved as written.

    3. Comments from the Chairperson: Chairperson Ogundimu reported that the documents produced by the three task forces were presented at Academic Council earlier in the week and were also posted on-line ( Forthcoming would be a cover memorandum from the Provost to shape assignments for potential action in academic governance. UCAP members were encouraged to review the reports at their earliest convenience, along with the 1991 CRUE Report and the CORRAGE Report.

    4. Comments from the Assistant Provost: Assistant Provost Linda Stanford was attending in lieu of Assistant Provost June Pierce Youatt. She reiterated the charge of UCAP was to examine and act upon issues of academic practice and policy.

    5. Change Admission as a Junior Requirement for the B.S. in Construction Management. The proposal for a change in the completion of at least 56 credits with a cumulative University grade-point average of at least 2.30 was addressed. Discussion involved the academic and resource allocation basis for the request. Prof. von Bernuth indicated that while accreditation does not dictate G.P.A., it does refer to student:faculty ratio, especially when, in this case, it exceeds the average by two to three times. Motion to approve the request with the suggestion to clarify language in the introductory text of the course catalog to show the program has limited enrollment and that certain skill levels are needed for success in the program was passed. The college should be instructed to send the text directly to University Curriculum and Catalog.

    6. Creation of a new academic program – B.S. in Diagnostic Molecular Science was developed to meet the increasing demand for persons with skills in molecular biology combined with clinical experience. Motion to approve the request as indicated in the first version (with the calculus requirement of the college – MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I or MTH 132 Calculus 1 - intact) was passed.

    7. Request to Add Admission as a Junior Requirement for the B.S. in Kinesiology was discussed. The request included a requirement for a change in admission to include completion of five prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each of the five courses, not an average G.P.A. UCAP requests the Assistant Provost to invite representatives of the unit to its next meeting for an explanation of why the use of a minimum G.P.A. not an average G.P.A. was considered the desirable option for the proposed change. UCAP noted that the unit provides an academic rationale for the change in some of the prerequisite courses but not for others. UCAP requests the unit to provide an academic rationale for the proposed change for each of the five listed courses. Furthermore, UCAP requests clarification on why the unit believes the proposed change will have no impact on any students as stated in Item #6 of the ‘Request for Changes In An Academic Program’ form. No further action was taken.

    8. UCAP has been asked to respond to the Committee on College Reorganization (CCR) Report by February 4. Chairman Ogundimu assimilated the responses he had received from UCAP members. A draft response was circulated. Reaction to the draft is due to the Chairman by 28 January with his second draft back to members by 30 January. The final comments are then due by February 2 back to the Chair for a final draft that will be sent to ECAC after the endorsement of members.

    9. Due to lateness of the hour, the remainder of the agenda items were tabled.

    10. The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 pm.
    Respectfully submitted,

    Bridget K. Behe