Undergraduate Academic Council - MINUTES


Meeting Date:
Thursday, September 18, 2003, 9:45 AM-11:10 AM

Present:
Richard Collier, Sue Faerman, Robert Gibson, Gerald Burke, John Delano, Anne Hildreth, Reed Hoyt, Trudi Jacobson, Faridah Jivani, Steve Messner, Sue Phillips, Anton Konev, Joan Savitt, Helene Scheck, Joshua Smith, Greg Stevens

Minutes:
Minutes from the September 11, 2003 meeting were reviewed and corrections acknowledged. The minutes, with required updates, were approved.

Handouts: UAC 2003/2004 Committee Structure and Items for Consideration
The Chair distributed a "UAC 2003/2004 Committee Structure" handout and a list of possible matters that UAC might consider. The priority of the order in which items should be considered was discussed. The Chair mentioned that some listed items resulted from previous meetings between Dean Faerman and the Chair or were unresolved items from last year.

The Chair for the Curriculum Committee still needs to be determined.

Item #1 Monitoring 100-Level Course Enrollments
Monitoring of the effect of the waiver of the restrictions on advance registration by seniors in 100 level courses. This item is a follow-up to the Council's 9/11/03 meeting.

The Chair mentioned that this issue would be presented as an information item in her report at the upcoming Senate meeting September 22nd.

The question was raised whether tracking of senior 100-level course requests was feasible. Perhaps once a class closes and student requests emerge, we could track at that point.

In regards to departments holding seats for transfer students, Dean Faerman mentioned the need to work with all departments on this issue. Dick Collier mentioned History and Arts Gen Ed classes as examples of courses new transfers require due to unavailability of these courses at their community college.

Some Gen Ed category descriptions in the Bulletin are not in conformity with approved courses for the current Gen Ed program. 1992 Gen Ed is based on 100-level. The current Gen Ed stretches across four years. There is a need to change language to match what is the actual current curriculum. Dean Faerman requested this issue, Item #2, be placed in a high importance category for review.

The Academic Transition Team meets this Monday, 9/22/03. The group will review the 100-level policy and provide feedback to the Council.

The council needs to consider this issue from an educational aspect. The question was raised regarding the individuals responsible for reviewing the 100-level restriction on seniors, if it becomes a problem. Both student and department behavior is a problem needing to be changed.

#14 - Restricted Majors. Certain departments may complain about an influx of weaker students if many other majors close. We need to study and bring back suggestions to all departments. The matter of departments restricting entry in their major at the institutional level needs to be addressed since individual departments will prefer their own agenda.

Item #6, 6A - Latin Honors. There is no policy on Latin Honors for students earning a second Bachelor's degree. This issue will be moot if it is determined that UA should not award second Bachelor's degrees.

Item #2 - Gen Ed. Changes to the Gen Ed legislation suggested by the Gen Ed committee last spring was mentioned as another important item for discussion. We are in our fourth year of the "new" Gen Ed but only in our second year of assessment. [Legislation will be proposed by the Dean's office at UAC's next meeting.]

Item #3
Changing date of last day to withdraw from the University to match new W course drop date.

This is a carry over item from February, 2003. This item should be resolved before advance registration. [Legislation will be proposed by the Dean's office at UAC's next meeting.]

Item #4 - Dean's List
Revision to Dean's List criteria [from Dean Faerman]

Items #5 - Absences from Exams
A revision to UA policy on student absences from examinations to include consideration for student absences at other times which might affect course grades or similar matters when verified by Dean's office (e.g., change wording of "absences from exams" to "absences").

Item #5 was deemed important for early discussion.

Items #18/#19 (actually #6A) - Second Bachelors
Bob Gibson suggested ceasing admissions for second bachelors to the agenda list. Dean Faerman requested an addition be added to the items for consideration to be designated higher on the list (e.g., #6A): General Studies students are not allowed to register for more than 11 credits during a semester. A policy is needed regarding admission and transfer into matriculated status. This policy would be applicable for first-degree students only. After 24 (or some number of credits) are completed, the individual will/will not be designated a matriculated student. It was noted that Sheila Mahan should be included in future discussions.

Item #9 - Program Review and Assessment
Possible reformulation of council structure related to program review and assessment issues. [carryover item from 02-03].

Dean Faerman, Jeryl Mumpower, and Joshua Smith have previously met to discuss this item. Josh mentioned that in October, there will be a need to obtain members from the Council for by-law reviewing purposes. Dick Collier noted that Carolyn MacDonald will attend a future Council meetings regarding bylaw changes affecting UAC. Implementation would take effect in the 2004-2005 school year.

Juniors with No Home Department Again, this is a supply and demand issue. The structures of majors are problematic. Many departments put more resources into tiny upper level courses while lower levels are sacrificed. The UAC in the mid-70's studied unstructured mish-mash majors and decided not to go this route. Although we can offer a short-term solution, a need exists to change the current landscape of supply and demand.

Item #14 - Economics Major
Restriction of entry into the Economics Department major [Course Action Form 03-023 from the College of Arts and Sciences] [referred to CAAS, 9/11/03].

When the Economics Department's proposal was brought up last year, the Council requested that they complete a course action form as well as provide correct documentation. The course action form was signed by the Economics' Department on May 19, 2003.

Admission to the major in Economics would be restricted as follows: In order to declare an Economics major, a student must have earned either a C or higher or an S in both Eco 110 and Eco 111.

Having a prerequisite of a C or higher or an S in Eco 110/111 for the major core Eco 300, 301, and 320 could have the same result. Economics' desire is to have students acquire the understanding of economic principles and models which form the foundation upon which upper-level economic courses build.

Josh Smith had spoken to Betty Daniel around March of last year.

Since economics is freely available at community colleges, the proposal should have little effect on the transfer population.

On educational grounds, it may not be a good policy to restrict students. Earlier policy set certain guidelines for restricting students. For comparison purposes, Economics' proposal should be evaluated along with the existing policy. This item is at the committee level. After the committee's review, Chairman Bob Gibson will provide a report to the Council in a future meeting.

It was noted that the proposed Course Action Form from Economics has a typo in the prerequisite statement portion. "……Eco 110 and Eco 110" should be corrected to read "…… Eco 110 and Eco 111".

Items #15 and #16 - Earth Science and Social Studies Majors

Conversion of former teacher education programs into majors preparing students for licensing in these areas. [anticipated item for the Curriculum Committee from 02-03].

Other Items Discussed

Dean Faerman has contacted the appropriate colleges and schools for representatives to the CAS.

The Chair needs to verify with Clarence McNeill whether he wishes to be on the CAAS as well as the CAS.

Dean Faerman mentioned the need for additional teaching faculty on the CAAS committee. The Chair suggested recruitment beyond the council setting. It was suggested obtaining members for this committee from the Senate office.

John Delano volunteered to perform double duties and will now work on CAAS as well.

Upcoming Issues/Items to be Discussed

- Hold onto items for consideration.
- Wording changes to Gen Ed
- Economics issue - once completed, we will then go to problem of Adm from Gen Studies.

The next meeting will be held Thursday 9/25/03, 9:45 AM, LC-31

Notes taken by Joanne Baronner, Undergraduate Studies