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2005 - 02/24

UCAP Meeting of 02/24/2005


agenda status: approved


University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, February 24, 2005
10:15 a.m., Board Room

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the February 10, 2005 meeting..........(Attachment)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Working Group to Improve Undergraduate Education

6. Add Admission as a Junior Requirements for the B.S.
in Kinesiology Revisited (bring materials from previous meetings)

7. Code of Teaching Responsibility Subcommittee Revisions - Sharon Pocock..........(Attachment)

8. Food Industry Management Grade-Point Requirement..........(Attachment)

9. Round Table discussion

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

Attachment: Minutes of February 10, 2005
Revised CTR Draft 2/17/05
Food Industry Management Materials


minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of 03/17/2005

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 02/24/2005
Approved as amended 3/17/05

University Committee on Academic Policy
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Renee Canady, Kurt Dewhurst, Rebecca Henry, Jennifer Hodges, Gerry Ludden (substitute for Sharon Senk), Helen Mayer, Folu Ogundimu (Chair), Rodney Phillips, Sharon Pocock, Ralph Putnam, Kurt Stirewalt, Cynthia Taggert, Alex von Eye, Maija Zile

Members Absent: Henry Beckmeyer, Bridget Behe, Steve Dilley, Jeremy Hernandez, Kyle Martin, Sulema Medrano, Karthik Prasad, Peter Tomchuck

Others Present: June Pierce Youatt (Assistant Provost and Dean), Deb Feltz (Kinesiology Department), Judy Whipple (Department of Agricultural Economics), Eunice Foster (Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources)

1) The meeting was called to order at 10:18 AM and the agenda was approved.

2) The minutes from the February 10, 2005 meeting were approved with the following change to the sentence in item #6 stating, “The concern relates to the problem of some students having an unfair advantage over other students as a result of access to old (previous) tests, returned to some students and not others.” Delete “returned to some students and not others.” Sentence should read, “The concern relates to the problem of some students having an unfair advantage over other students as a result access to old (previous) tests.”

3) Comments for the Chairperson: Folu Ogundimu informed UCAP that the Academic Council met Tuesday Feb. 22nd. However there was not a quorum so it was an unofficial meeting. UCAP’s response to College Reorganization was presented with no questions following. Reminder that UCAP is to designate representatives for the Ad Hoc Committee for improvement of undergraduate education.

4) Comments from the Assistant Provost: June Youatt indicated that she is attending a retreat in which president Simon has invited all Deans. Discussions are to revolve around the strategic direction of the University.

5) Working Group to Improve Undergraduate Education: ECAC has requested that UCAP nominate/identify 3 faculty committee members to participate in the Ad Hoc committee. Cynthia Taggert, Kurt Stirewalt and Rodney Phillips all volunteered to be UCAP representatives on the Ad Hoc committee for Improvement of Undergraduate Education. Gerry Ludden nominated Sharon Senk as a fourth member. An email will be sent to Sharon requesting her participation. Since only 3 UCAP members were requested, June Youatt indicated that it would be a good idea to have a fourth as an alternate.

Discussion followed as to how UCAP wanted to proceed with providing input to the Ad Hoc group. It was decided to set up a calendar and provide dates in which each report will be discussed. Assign homework for UCAP members in order to generate responses and discussion at each meeting.

6) Add Admission as Junior Requirements for the B.S. in Kinesiology Revisited: UCAP reconsidered the proposal to add a minimum 2.0 GPA requirement in five specific courses to advance in the Kinesiology program. In response to UCAP’s previous request for quantitative evidence illustrating how a 2.0 in each individual class is more of an indicator of student success than overall GPA in all of the classes collectively, Deb Feltz of the Department of Kinesiology provided UCAP with a comparison of courses at other University’s similar to MSU, a correlation between student performance in required courses and sequential KIN courses and a T-Test group statistics report showing student performance in sequential KIN courses with below 2.0 and above 2.0 GPA in required courses. Discussion followed as it related to the relevance and significance of the quantitative information provided. A motion was made to support the request to require a 2.0 GPA in each of the required courses. Motion was approved with one abstention.

Discussion followed regarding UCAP needs on a policy that states what information is necessary for review of future requests to require a 2.0 GPA or higher for a given course for advancement in a major or program. Alex von Eye agreed to draft a policy with more descriptive guidelines and submit it to June Youatt for UCAP review.

7) Code of Teaching Responsibility Update: Sharon Pocock provided a second draft of the CTR. The new draft reflects the instructor accessibility changes discussed at the previous UCAP meeting. In addition, Sharon had researched how other universities may control the use of old exams and the access to those exams, nothing was found. Further discussion ensued regarding paragraph 4, options A, B and C. A motion was made to accept the CTR using option A in paragraph 4 with the agreement that a subcommittee is formed to discuss the testing policy issues. Discussion continued regarding paragraph 5 and the policy about handing back exams and papers. It was decided to table all motions and have the CTR subcommittee speak with Stan Soffin’s office regarding integrity of tests and the policy of returning term papers, test and other projects to students.

8) Food Industry Management Grade-Point Requirement: Judy Whipple and Eunice Foster presented their request to add MSC 351 to the list of courses in which students are required to earn a 2.0 in order to progress in the major. This change in GPA requirement was approved through “normal” University processes in 2000-2001. However, the change included all FIM and ABM courses and when it was printed in the academic programs book the MSC was not listed as one of the required courses because it is a cross-listed course between MSC and FIM. The request to require a 2.0 in MSC 351 courses was documented by industry feedback and student performance since the approval of original request in 2000-2001. A motion was made to support the request to add MSC 351 to the list of courses in which a student must earn a 2.0. The motion was approved.

9) Round Table Discussion: Jennifer Hodges attended the Military Education Advisory Committee (MEAC) meeting. Discussions regarding curriculum updates for reserve officer training were approved. They are now currently moving through grant requests.

10) The meeting was adjourned at 12:06 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Helen Mayer