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2006 - 02/02

agenda status: approved

REVISED University Committee on Academic Policy

Meeting of Thursday, February 2, 2006
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes of the January 19, 2006 meeting.

3. Comments from the Chairperson

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost

5. SOCT for Summer Semester

6. Final Examination Policy – Proposed Change..........(Attachment)

7. Audiology & Speech Science Name Change........(Attachment)

7a. Inclusion of Multiple Majors on Student Diplomas
7b. Discussion Regarding the University Grading Scale

8. Roundtable

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

Attachments: January 19, 2006 Minutes
Final Exam Policy Materials from Asst. Provost Stanford
Audiology & Speech Science Name Change Materials

minutes status: not approved

UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 02/02/2006
Approved 2/16/06

University Committee on Academic Policy
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Dennis Banks, Renee Canady, Richard Hallgren, Rebecca Henry, Yen-Hwei Lin, Kyle Martin, Helen Mayer, Philip Moon, Tony Nunez, Edmund Outslay, Nikole Patson, Sharon Pocock, Ralph Putnam (Chair), Sharon Senk, Kurt Stirewalt, Colleen Tremonte, Bruce Vanden Bergh, Alexander von Eye, Keri Zolman

Members Absent: Angela Allen

Others Present: Assistant Provost and Dean June Youatt

1. Approval of Agenda: Two items 7a and 7b were added to the agenda and then approved.

2. Approval of Minutes of the January 19, 2006 meeting: Minutes were approved.

3. Comments from the Chairperson: Welcome to our new representative from COGS (Nikole Patson) and James Madison College (Colleen Tremonte).

4. Comments from the Assistant Provost: Process is continuing with the Working Group on Undergraduate Education reviewing their work and all recommendations.

5. SOCT for Summer Semester: Student Opinions on Courses and Teaching (SOCT) – Issue and background brought to UCAP by Assistant Provost Youatt: SOCT is a method by which students can give feedback on classes and faculty. The system used to be slow and tedious, but now is much faster because it is completely online. The system is built to compare sections, by faculty member, under the same course number so that students can make more appropriate decisions regarding class choice. Feedback is cumulative over the Fall and Spring semester up to two years, with overall student response rate around 30 percent. Some students and faculty have raised the question of whether the Summer Term should be included in the program. (Only the Fall and Spring Semesters are currently included.) ASMSU representatives will present this issue to ASMSU for consultation and report back to UCAP.

6. Final Examination Policy: UCAP discussed a proposal from Linda Stanford, Assistant Provost for Academic Services and University Registrar, to transfer the approval for a change in the scheduling of a final examination from “Undergraduate Committee of the Assistant Deans Group” to the Office of the Registrar based on the approval of the Assistant/Associate Dean responsible for the offering of the course. UCAP unanimously approved supporting the proposal.

7. Audiology & Speech Science Name Change: UCAP discussed a request from ECAC for commentary on a proposal to change the name of the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences to the “Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.” UCAP unanimously approved supporting the proposal.

7. a. The Inclusion of Multiple Majors on Student Diplomas: The Registrar will be invited to the next meeting to discuss this issue with the committee.

7. b. Discussion Regarding the University Grading Scale: ASMSU has discussed this issue and come to the general conclusion that the general Grading Scale should stay the same at MSU. Nonetheless, they did report that an increasingly precise grading scale might more accurately reflect student achievement in a course.

8. Roundtable: Dennis Banks reported on Athletic Council’s upcoming presentation to ECAC on February 7.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:03 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by
Kyle Martin