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2005 - 09/15

UCAP Meeting of 09/15/2005


agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy

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

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the September 1, 2005 meeting..........(Attachment)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Change in Requirements for BA Degree in Journalism..........(Attachment)

6. Dual Degree in Conjunction with MPP in Public Policy..........(Attachment)

7. Moratorium Extension on Admission to BS in Geophysics..........(Attachment)

8. Discussion of New Residential College/School Final Report

9. Roundtable Discussion

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

Attachments: September 1, 2005 Draft Minutes
UCC Journalism Materials
UCC Public Policy Materials
UCC Geophysics Materials

minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of 10/27/2005

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 09/15/2005
Approved 10/27/05

University Committee on Academic Policy
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Angela Allen, Dennis Banks, Renée Canady, Richard Hallgren, Rebecca Henry, Yen-Hwei Lin, Helen Mayer, Antonio Nunez, Alexander Plum, Sharon Pocock, Ralph Putnam (Chair), Sharon Senk, Bruce Vanden Bergh, Alex von Eye

Members Absent: Ken Boyer, Simplice Boyogueno, Pete Rossman, Kurt Stirewalt (Vice-Chair)

Others present: June Pierce Youatt (Assistant Provost and Dean)
    1. The meeting was called to order at 10:15. The agenda was approved with one revision – removal of agenda item number 6 (MPP in Public Policy). The College pulled this item from the agenda to make revisions.

    2. The minutes from September 1, 2005 were approved.

    3. Comments from the Chairperson: Ralph Putnam provided an update on the ANGEL group site for sharing comments related to UCAP business. Sharon Pocock mentioned that she sent her feedback on the New Residential College/School via ANGEL email, but was not sure it reached the full committee. Putnam agreed to send ANGEL tips to the full committee regarding how to post messages in the discussion forum as well as make sure emails are appropriately received.

    4. Comments from the Assistant Provost: June Youatt had no comments.

    5. Change in Requirements for BA Degree in Journalism: Putnam began the discussion by asking if this change request imposed a new requirement. Youatt responded that it was not, and that UCAP approved the requirement a year ago. Discussion ensued about which of the listed courses required a 2.0, or if it was an average of all (or some) of the listed courses. Given that the multiple interpretations of the proposed language, the committee agree by consensus that the request should be referred back to the authors for revision.

    6. Moratorium Extension on Admission to BS in Geophysics: This request extends the moratorium on admissions to the BS program a second year (i.e., one additional year). Youatt clarified that this request came from the department itself and that there are currently no students in the program; extending the moratorium will allow the department to keep the program essentially as a placeholder until more specific plans for its future can be made. The moratorium would have no impact on students. Von Eye moved recommendation of the request; Senk seconded. Motion to approve request passed unanimously.
    7. Discussion of New Residential College/School Final Report: Angela Allen and Sharon Pocock summarized written comments they had shared electronically, addressing the following issues: (a) financial and resource impact of the new college/school on the College of Arts & Letters; (b) avoiding GPA requirements for admission (beyond those already in place for undergraduate admission); (c) involvement of MSU, national, and international graduate students within the college/school.
      Youatt pointed out that, in terms of funding, students admitted to the new college/school will be new students (students currently beyond present enrollment targets). The projections show the college becoming self-supporting in four years
      (assuming10% out-of-state tuition). The proposed curriculum encourages students to work collaboratively with other colleges to complete graduation requirements, most likely the College of Arts & Letters.

      Allen asked for clarification of plans for advising personnel and their consistency with other colleges. Youatt replied that there is an academic advisor and part-time career consultant in the proposed budget.

      Canady asked if the Residential Option in Arts and Letters program (ROIAL) will go away with the advent of the college/school. Youatt replied that ROIAL is a compatible program that will not disappear, and that the ROIAL director, Dr. Anita Skeen, is involved in the college/school development, so there may be attempts at integration.

      Lin pointed out that the language proficiency requirement does not require students to take courses about general issues of language. Discussion of this issue resulted in its inclusion in UCAP’s written commentary on the report (attached).

      Lin raised concerns about the 18 credits concerning engagement added to the curriculum in the addendum. Lin stated that although she is sympathetic to the role of engagement within the college/school proposed curriculum, she is concerned about students who may want to add a second degree or major.

      Senk stated that comments Vanden Bergh made last meeting about the shorthand label for the new school/college was good. Discussion resulted in the inclusion of this issue in UCAP’s written commentary on the report (attached).

      Youatt added that the report will be presented to Academic Council on September 27 for endorsement.

      Putnam asked the committee for input on how to focus and structure our commentary. Youatt suggested that, because all program related policy decisions on the college/school will return to UCAP, we include in our commentary a statement that UCAP looks forward to seeing how our issues of interest (balance between resources, majors, and graduate student involvement) are being addressed.

      The committee agreed by consensus to endorse support for the direction of the proposal.

      Nunez asked if, because the issue of financial concerns is a recurring issue campus-wide regarding the college/school, we are taking on faith that this college/school will become economically self-sufficient. Youatt responded by saying UCFA will address that issue directly.

      Putnam stated that he would gather Pocock, Allen, and Lin’s comments and draft the statement of UCAP’s commentary and share electronically by the end of the day. Feedback should be sent to him, at which time he would revise the commentary and send to the Academic Council secretary for distribution to Academic Council members.
    8. Meeting was adjourned at 11:30am
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