Undergraduate Academic Council - MINUTES


Meeting Date:
Thursday, October 23, 2003, 9:45 AM-11:00 AM

Present:
Gerald Burke, John Delano, Sue Faerman, Anne Hildreth, Reed Hoyt, Trudi Jacobson, Sheila Mahan (Guest), Clarence McNeill (Guest), Steve Messner, Sue Phillips, Joan Savitt, Helene Scheck, Greg Stevens, Scott Wilk

Minutes:
Minutes from the October 16, 2003 meeting were reviewed and corrections acknowledged. The minutes, with required updates, were approved.

Chair's Update
- The Chair mentioned that the updated bylaws version has been placed on the Senate website
and suggested that members peruse the latest edition to see how UAC's comments had been
incorporated, and in particular to see if Gen Ed will be brought under UAC or not.
- The Economics Department's proposal will be presented at the next UAC meeting.

Update on Admissions and the Talented Student Admission Program (TSAP)
Sheila Mahan shared with the Council a report on Undergraduate Admissions for Fall 2003 and discussed the SUNY Mission Review MOU goals for undergraduate selectivity. She also provided a report on TSAP admissions as required by UAC policy, and she indicated several areas for future policy discussion.

Future admissions issues that will be presented to UAC or the CAAS for study are expected to include Albany's Multicultural Recruitment Program (MRP) and other special classes of students in light of the recent Supreme Court decisions in the Michigan case; requiring or not the new SAT writing component; and the relationship of new high school math courses with Albany's admission requirements.

Sheila mentioned that the Chronicle has an article on the Michigan court outcome. Sheila will e-mail this article to the Chair, and the Chair will forward to members.

Upcoming Issues/Items to be Discussed
- Multicultural Recruitment Program
- The Economics Department's proposed major admissions requirements

The next Undergraduate Academic Council meeting will probably be held Thursday 11/6/03,
9:45 AM, LC-31

Notes taken by Joanne Baronner, Undergraduate Studies