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2006 - 08/31

agenda status: approved

University Committee on Academic Policy
Meeting of Thursday, August 31, 2006
10:15 a.m., Board Room, Administration Building

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Approval of the Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes of the April 27, 2006 meeting.

4. Comments from the Chairperson

5. Comments from the Assistant Provost

6. Review of UCAP Responsibilities

7. Old Business

    a. AD Grade Marker and Academic Integrity
    b. Dean’s List Policy (Attachment)
    c. Religious Observance (update of subcommittee)
    d. Undergraduate Instructional Assistants (update of subcommittee)
    e. Fall Break (Attachment)
    f. CLEP (Attachment)
8. New Business
    a. College of Music Proposal (Attachment)
    b. Course Repeat Policy
    c. Option of Declaring Major at 30 Credits Instead of the Current Junior Standing.
    d. Proposal to Change the Writing Requirement (Attachment)

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Attachments: April 27, 2006 Draft Minutes
Dean’s List Policy
Fall Break
College of Music Proposal
Writing Requirement Change Proposal

minutes status: approved

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UCAP Minutes for meeting held on 08/31/2006

Approved 9/14/06
University Committee on Academic Policy
Thursday August 31, 2006
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Dennis Banks, Renée Canady (Vice-Chair), R. Sekhar Chivukula, Peter Cobbett, Doug Estry, Richard Hallgren, Yen-Hwei Lin, Folke Lindahl, Helen Mayer, Philip Moon, Tony Nunez, Ralph Putnam (Chair), Brandon Sethi, Jon Sticklen, Bruce Vanden Bergh, Alex von Eye, Keri Zolman

Members Absent: Edmund Outslay

Others Present: Doug Estry (Acting Associate Provost and Dean)

1. The meeting was called to order at 10:20 am. Roundtable committee member introductions were done.

2. Agenda was approved.

3. Minutes from April 27, 2006 were approved

4. Comments from the Chairperson:
      a) Ralph Putnam welcomed the Acting Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Doug Estry.
      b) The charge of UCAP was described as consultative to the Provost, with the exception of grading issues, where the committee can make decisions.
      c) The officers of the committee were introduced: Ralph Putnam (Chair), Renée Canady (Vice-Chair), Dennis Banks (Athletic Council Rep), R. Sekhar Chivukala (Military Education Advisory Committee Rep), Yen-Hwei Lin (2nd Rep to Academic Council)
5. Old UCAP Business:
      a) AD grade marker and Academic Integrity: in its last term, the UCAP decided to introduce a grade marker for violations. This decision needs to be reactivated. UCAP is waiting for a statement from the Graduate Council. In a related matter, the ASMSU proposes using an honor code. This proposal will be revisited also. A sub committee was formed with Brandon Sethi, Jon Sticklen, and Peter Cobbett as members.
      b) The dean’s list policy was revisited. The question that carried over from UCAP’s last term was whether performance in graduate courses should count toward the dean’s list award. Affected are students who are simultaneously enrolled in Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. The questions raised concerned (i) whether courses taken toward the master’s program should count for an undergraduate award, and (ii) whether a student can be considered for the dean’s list if his/her number of undergraduate credits in a semester is below 12.
      c) A new subcommittee was formed to discuss issues of religious observance. Members are Richard Hallgren, Folke Lindahl, Sekhar Chivukula, and Philip Moon.
      d) No policies are currently in place concerning Undergraduate Instructional Assistants (UIAs). Neither the UIAs nor the students they teach are protected. Recommendations for policies are needed. The subcommittee that had been formed in the last UCAP term (Philip Moon, Keri Zolman, Richard Hallgren, Bruce Vanden Bergh) will report at the next meeting.
      e) A Fall Break subcommittee was formed. Members are Renée Canady, Brandon Sethi, and Keri Zolman.
      f) MSU testing office administrator requested that the deadline for CLEP testing be waived. It was discussed that the implications of such a decision need to be made explicit, and it was asked whether policy changes are needed and who the decision makers for this request are. This issue will be taken up again in a future meeting.
6. New UCAP Business:
      a) The proposal concerning the College of Music needs to be acted on soon. It will be discussed at the next meeting.
      b) The course repeat policy and providing students with the option of officially declaring their major at 30 credits rather than the current 56 needs to be discussed. One question is whether courses in which a student earned a 2.0 or better can be repeated. It was decided to ask the Undergraduate Associate Deans to prepare proposals.
      c) There was a motion to recommend the proposed changes to the Writing Requirement. The motion was supported.
7. Roundtable:
      a) Dennis Banks discussed the role of the UCAP representative to the Athletic Council. The representative provides feedback to UCAP. It was recommended that a meeting with the SASS coordinator take place. Input for this meeting was requested.
      b) Jon Sticklen noted that the new alias for the UCAP website is UCAP.MSU.EDU.
      c) Ralph Putnam indicated that an Angel option for the committee will be implemented soon.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:58 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by
Alexander von Eye