J. Philippe Abraham, Robert Andrea (Guest), Scott Barclay, Seth Chaiken, Richard Collier, Randall Craig, Rachel Dressler, Sue Faerman, Robert Gibson, Anne Hildreth, Trudi Jacobson, Sheila Mahan (Guest), Carolyn Malloch, Karin Reinhold-Larsson, Crystal Rion, Joan Savitt, Dave Smith, Lisa Trubitt
- The Chair announced he reported to the Senate Executive Committee last Monday on our
proposal for increasing our membership and modifying the requirements for the gen. ed. assessment subcommittee chair. The proposal will be passed on to the Senate. The Chair noted that the Senate Charter requires proposed revisions to be presented to the Senate three weeks in advance of their consideration. The Chair mentioned that under the new bylaws, councils like ours forego making their formal report to the executive committee and may now place our proposals directly on the Senate agenda.
- The Chair mentioned he would be reporting this afternoon to the Senate the information he
e-mailed this morning to all members.
- Today’s agenda will include a report from Sheila Mahan about last year’s legislation regarding
admission policy followed by continued discussion of Mission Review.
Name Change for L&CS:
A proposal for a name change
from the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) to
the Department of Latin American,
Sheila Mahan and Bob Andrea
attended the Council meeting to discuss the undergraduate admissions policy. A
report entitled “Fall 2004 Freshman and Transfer
Admissions Report” was reviewed. The SUNY selectivity matrix was created when
the Mission Review I process was introduced. The matrix report shows students
falling in either Group 1, 2, 3, or 4. Sheila mentioned that the University
falls under the “Highly Selective” category. This is a yearly updated report. The
change in composition of freshman class 1995-2004 was discussed. Groups 1 and 2
categories have risen while the Group 3/4/Special
Admits have decreased. Transfer students are not included on this page
since it only includes freshmen. Last year the University had a multi-cultural
admissions program. We were informed by the University’s lawyer that the
program did not conform to the Supreme Court’s decision in the
History Honors Program Proposed Revision:
The Asian and Ibero-American concentrations were not listed since these concentrations are being phased out of the major. The Department feels they do not have enough courses in these areas to support concentration, but these areas can still be pursued within the World History concentration, which is also an option in the proposed honors program.
The proposed honors requirements unnecessarily listed the major requirements, which caused some confusion. The honors program should be considered an overlay. The audit will continue to check the same major requirements it does now. As is now the case, whenever a student takes one of the honors courses (History 495Z, 496Z, and 497Z), the department will signify in which concentration category the course belongs. The audit will need to include a separate check for students in the honors program to verify that the three honors courses have been satisfactorily completed. In the catalogue, the History Department will provide only a brief explanation of the application process (including the application deadline) so as not to discourage students from applying. Dick Collier will present the proposed bulletin copy at a future meeting.
MSI 215 as an Admission & Degree Requirement:
This proposal will be turned over to the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing. The Committee will provide a report at a future UAC meeting.
Elimination of the Pre-“Fall 2000” General Education Program and Proposed Suffixes for General Education Categories:
The proposal requests that students under the so-called “Continuing” (pre-Fall 2000) General Education Requirements” be waived from those requirements except for the requirement to complete an upper division Writing Intensive course with the grade of C or better or S. This change become effective for students graduating in May, 2005.
In response to complaints of confusion from students and advisers concerning how to identify courses meeting one or more of the Fall 2000 General Education Program requirements in writing intensive, oral discourse, and information literacy, new suffices are being assigned to designate courses that fulfill these requirements. To do this, it is necessary to retire the suffixes that were assigned courses meeting the former (pre-Fall 2000) requirements. It was noted that utilizing A, B, and other suffixes is not compatible with DARS software.
The Dean requested members e-mail her with their comments. Due to time constraint, the proposal will be presented again at the next UAC meeting.
Discussion of Mission Review will continue at the October 18, 2004 meeting.
Due to the upcoming Columbus Day holiday, the UAC meeting will not be held next Monday. The next Undergraduate Academic Council meeting will be held Monday, 10/18/04, 2:00 PM, LC-31.
Notes taken by Joanne Baronner, Undergraduate Studies.