Undergraduate Academic Council

Meeting Date:
Thursday, March 18, 2004, 9:45 AM-11:00 AM.

Deborah Bernnard, Gerald Burke, Richard Collier, Robert Gibson, Anne Hildreth, Sue Phillips, Joan Savitt, Helene Scheck, Greg Stevens

Minutes from the March 11, 2004 meeting were reviewed and corrections acknowledged. The minutes, with required updates, were approved.

Chair’s Report:
- All UAC bills since September, 2003 have been passed by Senate and signed by the President.
- The proposed pilot for advisement and registration of new freshmen was discussed at the
3/15/04 Senate meeting. It was noted that EPC would review the policy at their next meeting.
The Chair also mentioned that UAC did not vote since certain points within the proposal are
undergoing further revision and overall policy issues need to be considered by UAC before
UAC votes on whether to endorse the proposal or not.

Social Welfare Major

Social Welfare major graduates will have a responsibility to provide services to vulnerable populations in our society. The School of Social Welfare is concerned that students who cannot master the course content in a reasonable time period are not able to become competent social work professionals. Grades lower than C twice in the same core course or in three different core courses indicate that a student is having difficulty in absorbing the material and carrying out the assignments necessary to perform as a professional social worker. Each core course meets the pre-requisite for the next course or courses in the sequence. If students have to repeat courses, they must wait until the course is offered again the following year. They also may not take other courses for which the course to be repeated is the pre-requisite. Thus, it could take several extra years to reach graduation, allowing the persistence of false hopes in the student. Also, since the number of field placements is not unlimited, it may close other students out of this major. A warning from the office of the Dean of the School of Social Welfare that any additional grade lower than a C in a core course will result in termination from the major will be sent to a student who (1) receives a grade of C- or lower in a core course, and (2) receives a grade of C- or lower in two different core courses, even having repeated such courses and earned a grade of C or better. The student has an option to utilize the School grievance process and may also petition for reinstatement in the major after a period of one semester. The Committee voted to pass the proposal after wording is amended under the “Procedural Process” section. Dick Collier will contact the School of Social Welfare regarding the changed wording.

Departmental, Free, and Applied Elective Credit

Per the Senate’s request, the Committee discussed the definition of applied elective and other types of credits and what to do about counting or not counting entire groups of courses for transfer credit at Albany. A copy of the policy from 1973, which was updated slightly in the 80’s, was reviewed. Transfer students and what we will or will not accept for transfer credits need to be discussed. ROTC, applied credits, or a combination can not exceed 12 credits. The definition of “liberal arts and sciences courses” was raised. The College of Arts & Science is considered a liberal arts curriculum, but there are some exceptions within certain majors. While a B.A. degree is considered liberal studies of the Arts, a B.S. degree involves more science courses. Concerning the prohibition on accepting “sectarian theology” credits, does a student have to accept the mission of the class in order to pass the course (e.g., Christian study classes)? Perhaps we should consider accepting 64 credits from a two-year school and then count backwards on what is required for a Bachelor’s degree at Albany? The Committee started to discuss the thought of working backwards from 120 to define what one would need to earn an Albany degree rather than trying to define what we could allow for transfer credit in the first place when the lecture center’s fire alarm system was activated and UAC adjourned. The discussion will continue at the next UAC meeting on 3/25/04.

The next Undergraduate Academic Council meeting will be held Thursday 3/18/04, 9:45 AM, LC-31.

Notes taken by Joanne Baronner, Undergraduate Studies