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2005 - 10/27

UCAP Meeting of 10/27/2005


agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy

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

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the September 15, 2005 meeting..........(Attachment)

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. Revisit the Change in Requirements for BA Degree in Journalism
(bring original materials submitted for September 15 meeting)

6. Change in Requirements for BM Degree in Music Performance..........(Attachment)

7. 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 15, 2005 Draft Minutes
UCC Music Performance Materials

minutes status: approved

approved at meeting of

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 10/27/2005
Approved 12/1/05

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

Members Present: Dennis Banks, Simplice Boyogueno, Gene Burns, Renée Canady, Richard Hallgren, Rebecca Henry, Yen-Hwei Lin, Helen Mayer, Chukwukadibia Orji, Sharon Pocock, Ralph Putnam (Chair), Sharon Senk, Kurt Stirewalt (Vice-Chair), Bruce Vanden Bergh, Alexander von Eye, Keri Zolman

Members Absent: Angela Allen, Ken Boyer, Richard Hallgren, Alexander Plum, Pete Rossman,

Others present: June Pierce Youatt (Assistant Provost and Dean), Curtis Olson (School of Music), David Rayl (School of Music)
    1. Meeting began at 10:15 with approval of the agenda.

    2. Minutes from the September 15, 2005 meeting were approved.
3. Comments from Assistant Provost: Academic Council supported and Board of Trustees approved the proposal for a new residential college in the arts and humanities. Provost Wilcox will soon recommend an acting dean of this new college, which has yet to be named.
    UCAP will need to eventually consider a proposal for relocating the Department of Apparel and Textile Design. Final action on the College of Human Ecology will not be taken until the future of each program is resolved.
        Last year, UCAP recommended to the Provost the adoption of a penalty grade for use in cases of academic dishonesty. This recommendation appears to have fallen through the cracks during the transition between acting Provost Hudzik and Provost Simon. Dean Youatt has therefore agreed to write a new letter to Provost Wilcox.
    4. Change in requirements for BA Degree in Journalism: We continued discussing the proposal to change the graduation requirements for education students majoring in journalism. This proposal was tabled during the last meeting due to unclear language regarding the GPA requirement. June Youatt clarified the intent of the new language. Sharon Senk argued that the 2.0 requirement was not lowering standards, as education students are still required to have a 2.5 in order to do an internship, which is required for graduation. The committee approved the requested change without dissent.

    5. Change in Requirements for BM Degree in Music Performance: We were joined by Curtis Olson and David Rayl from the School of Music to discuss the proposed changes to the requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree. The proposed changes will increase the total number of credit hours required for graduation and will affect around 10 students per year. Briefly, the changes include: (1) an increase in credits for voice lessons, (2) expanding the vocal literacy requirement from two semesters to 3 semesters, an increase in two credit hours. The first increase is important for accreditation and is consistent with programs at peer institutions. The increase in vocal literacy is consistent with the national average. The Bachelor of Music program is a professional program, and it was noted that other professional programs exceed the 120 credit hour limit. It was explained that they reviewed the possibility of reducing other areas without increasing total credits, but that no such cuts were possible without decreasing the quality of the program. Moreover, whereas students typically take between 15 and 18 hours per semester, the changes should not increase time to graduation. The committee approved the proposal without dissent.

    6. Roundtable discussion:
        Rebecca Henry reported that the College of Human Medicine is currently evaluating the proposal to move to Grand Rapids.

        Brief update on quality fund proposals: Provost Wilcox has granted preliminary approval of roughly $5 million.

    7. Meeting adjourned at 11:40 am.