Undergraduate Academic Council

Meeting Date:
Thursday, February 5, 2004, 9:45 AM-11: 20

Present:
Deborah Bernnard, Gerald Burke, Richard Collier, Sue Faerman, Robert Gibson, Reed Hoyt, Trudi Jacobson, Clarence McNeil (Guest), Sue Phillips, Joan Savitt, Helene Scheck, Greg Stevens

Minutes:
Minutes from the December 11, 2003 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted, and minutes were approved.

Chair's Report:

- The Chair reported that the Council has no bills to submit for Senate approval at the next
Senate meeting on February 9th. Council proposals must be completed for submission to
the Senate Executive Committee's next meeting on February 23rd to be on the agenda of the
Senate's next meeting March 1st.

- The President signed bills for elimination of the Gen Ed Honors Program and the revision to
the Dean's list criteria/Dean's commendation for part-time students.

- The Chair announced Council membership changes. Steve Messner is out on sabbatical. John
Delano will remain on the Council and committees but will not attend most Council meetings
due to a time conflict with departmental meetings. John Pipkin has been named Chair of the
Geography and Planning Department. John has resigned from the Council but will remain on
CAS. Since Anton Konev will not be attending the Spring semester, he will no longer be
present at UAC meetings.

- At next week's meeting, Sheila Mahan and Bob Andrea will present the newly updated
admissions policy to Council.

- Although February 12th is a floater holiday, the Council will hold its meeting.

- The Chair continues to collect the Spring, 2003 UAC minutes.

Discussion for Need of More UAC Members
It was noted that more teaching faculty are needed for Council membership, and the Chair will discuss the need with Marjorie Pryse. It was suggested that Jayne VanDenburgh discuss with the Student Association a student representative to replace Anton Konev.

English Curriculum Proposal Addenda and Curriculum Proposals

The writing sequence is still in effect. It was questioned whether it should be phased out as new students declare in the new English major? The English Department must submit a proposal to Council requesting elimination of the writing sequence. Helene Scheck has the Eng 410 forms and will pass them along. For #7, Proposal, Item III, Transfer Students, it was determined the last paragraph should be eliminated. Since transfer courses do not have "200 level electives" (AENG 020 is not allowed as a transfer equivalency), waivers will be granted.

It was questioned whether a "C" or better is required in Eng 210 to qualify for upper level courses and/or to declare an English major and/or to be eligible for graduation. It was noted that if students devoted more attention to Eng 210, their performance would improve in 400 level courses. Under-prepared students in the 400-level courses are those who performed poorly at the 210 level. Is this an admission or graduation issue? If Eng 210 is an admissions issue, the result could be no direct transfer admission to the program, a serious impact on community colleges. Page 13 of the proposal states "Students must complete A Eng 210 with a grade of C or higher to major in English." But since the 400-level courses require a C or better in 210, if the English Department enforces this rule, students will be deemed adequately prepared. It was noted that a 2.0 GPA in an English major is required before a student is eligible to graduate.

Helene will discuss with the English Department the rule of a C or better along with the completion of Eng 210 being prerequisites for 400 level courses as well student eligibility for graduation. It was noted that if the English Department does not enforce this rule, it then becomes a graduation problem. It was noted that since Eng 310 is required for the major and since a C in 210 is required to take Eng 310, simply enforcing this rule will prevent a student from majoring in English until the student receives the C in 210.

It was noted that students declaring a minor in English are not required to take Eng 210. The major is being changed, not the minor.

A suggestion was made to encourage the English Department to strongly promote mentors in helping students. It is hopeful the new major will become available for the Fall, 2004 semester.

Dean Faerman suggested some type of credit limit (e.g., 18 credits) be established to prevent lower level students from taking the upper level classes.

Revision of the Economics Minor

Eco 300 or 301 were previously required for an Economics minors but will no longer be required. This change was approved and may be implemented after reporting to the Senate.

Student Integrity

Dick Collier reported the Library's plagiarism and related information is now on the web.

General Education Revisions

Several changes have been proposed by the Gen Ed Committee. These were referred to committees of UAC. The Gen Ed Committee approved the Bulletin wording for oral discourse/gen ed. Focus groups have developed our own local learning objectives which are now on the website.

SUNY-Wide Assessment

Dick Collier noted a special committee is being established by the SUNY Faculty Senate concerning this issue. A proposal is expected in late March.

Other Business:

100-level course enrollments by seniors were discussed. The Dean will mail a memo to all departments inquiring which Fall, 2004 classes should not allow senior registration, which classes would allow some senior enrollment, etc. The Dean will contact Sheila Mahan to obtain the query showing the results of seniors' registration doubling since last semester for 100 level classes. The query will be shared at a future Council meeting.

Upcoming Issues/Items to be Discussed
- New admissions policy, including the admissions policy for international students.

The next Undergraduate Academic Council meeting will be held Thursday 2/12/04, 9:45 AM, LC-31

Notes taken by Joanne Baronner, Undergraduate Studies