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2005 - 04/14

UCAP Meeting of 04/14/2005


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University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, April 14, 2005
10:15 a.m., Board Room

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the March 31, 2005 meeting..........(Attachment)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. “Production Medicine Scholars Admission Pathway” Concentration..........(Attachment)

6. Review of the Quantitative Literacy Task Force Report...............Doug Estry
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7. Minors Subcommittee Update...............Cynthia Taggart

8. Round Table Discussion

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

Attachments: Minutes of March 31, 2005
Production Medicine Scholars Admission Pathway Materials

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UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 04/14/2005
Approved 4/28/05

University Committee on Academic Policy
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Henry Beckmeyer, Bridget Behe, Steve Dilley, Jeremy Hernandez, Jennifer Hodges, Kyle Martin, Helen Mayer, Folu Ogundimu, Sharon Pocock, Karthik Prasad, Sharon Senk, Kurt Stirewalt, Cynthia Taggart, Alexander von Eye

Members Absent: Renee Canady, C. Kurt Dewhurst, Rebecca Henry, Sulema Medrano, Rod Phillips, Ralph Putnam, Peter Tomchuck, Maija Zile

Others Present: Assistant Provost June Pierce Youatt, Dr. Dennis Banks, Department of Animal Science, Dr. Tom Herdt, College of Veterinary Medicine, Associate Dean Douglas Estry (College of Natural Science),

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

2. The minutes from the March 31 meeting were approved as written.

3. Comments from the Chairperson: Chairperson Ogundimu reported that the code of Teaching Responsibility was approved by the Faculty Council with only two minor editorial changes regarding office hours. It has been forwarded to the Academic Council.

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost: Youatt reported that the Working Group on Improvement of Undergraduate Education has met. She also encouraged UCAP members to read the Faculty Voice Report. Among other things the report recommends that UCAP and UCC be joined.

5. Production Medicine Scholars Admission Proposal: A proposal to add a new concentration in Production Medicine in the Department of Animal Science developed with consultation from the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) was presented by Dr. Tom Herdt, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Dennis Banks, Department of Animal Science. Up to 10 spots in the CVM will be held for students who complete this concentration with a GPA of at lest 3.2. The Production Medicine concentration has been developed in response to a shortage of veterinarians who are able to care for large farm animals. Issues discussed included the effects of the new concentration on the size of the entering CVM class, and the relation between the requirements for the proposed Production Medicine concentration and other limited enrollment CVM programs, e.g., the Veterinary Scholars program. Motion to approve the request was passed.

6. Dr. Douglas Estry, Associate Dean of the College of Natural Science, and co-chair of MSU’s Quantitative Literacy (QL) Committee presented highlights of the committee’s report. Among the points he made were the following:
a. QL is more than mathematics; it involves making sense of data within one’s own field.
b. QL is based on performance standards or defined competencies; these competencies will become the basis for assessment.
c. Students will have to satisfy the basic QL (mathematics) requirement by the end of their sophomore year; more advanced applications of QL will be addressed by courses within the students major.
d. The QL recommendations challenge the faculty in quantitative fields to think of QL as broader than mathematics. They challenge faculty from non-quantitative fields to think of how they can integrate quantitative components into their courses.
Discussion addressed the need for faculty and GA professional development, resources for implementing the requirements, flexibility in how QL would be implemented across programs, and accountability.

7. The subcommittee on Academic Minors had not met since the last meeting, so had nothing to report.

8. Roundtable: Chairperson Ogundimu and Assistant Provost Youatt asked all UCAP members to read the task force reports of Quantitative Literacy, Writing, and Integrative Studies, and to send comments to Robin Pline by next Monday afternoon. There is no need to write extensive prose; bullets, key questions, and next steps are enough. These will be cleaned up and sent back to UCAP members to review at the next meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 10:15.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 11:34 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon L. Senk