Thursday, November 20, 2003, 9:45 AM-10:40 AM
Richard Collier, Sue Faerman, Robert Gibson, Anne Hildreth, Reed Hoyt, Trudi Jacobson, Faridah Jivani, Sue Phillips,
Joan Savitt, Helene Scheck, Joshua Smith, Greg Stevens
Minutes from the November 6, 2003 meeting were reviewed and corrections acknowledged. The minutes, with required updates, were approved.
Item #14 - Proposal for Restricted Admission to the Economics Major
Bob Gibson discussed Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing meeting last week with the Chair of the Economics Department regarding this proposal's re-write, incorporating prerequisites for core courses (to be reflected in the upcoming 2004-2005 Undergraduate Bulletin) and requiring the core to be completed at Albany once a student has matriculated. The Council passed the proposal, and this will now be reported to the Senate.
Item #4 - Revision to Dean's List Criteria/Dean's Commendation for Part-Time
The proposal gives special consideration (3.25 minimum) for all matriculating first semester students, freshman or transfer, full- or part-time. It was noted that since continuing and returning students tend to look up information in the current bulletin, the previous policies should be retained in the bulletin. A bill to change the Dean's List policy was approved by UAC and will be brought to the Senate.
Item #7 - Elimination of Gen Ed Honors Program
Since this program is no longer offered and has no remaining students, it merely requires an official elimination. Any returning student who had begun the program and wishes to complete it will be accommodated. Reed Hoyt commented on his excellent experience with the program. A motion was made to approve, and the proposal was passed. A concern was declared for recognizing students who excel in Gen Ed. It was noted that this is an interesting concept but was never the purpose of this program. The Council approved the bill, and it will be brought to the Senate.
Item #17 - Revisions to the English Major
Copies of the 150+ page revisions from the English department were distributed. Dick Collier noted portions of the document needing review by the Curriculum and Honors Committee and that there were proposed admissions requirements to the major for the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing to review. Bob Gibson asked if the "impact" data required for major admissions were included; Collier responded they did not seem to be present but noted the requirement was "modest" (a "C" or better in Eng 210). The Council referred the proposals to the appropriate committees. After both the Curriculum and Honors Committee and Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing have reviewed the revisions to the English major, they will report back to the Chair on when a presentation will be made to the Council.
Since it was suggested that Dick Collier place his notes on the proposal into the minutes of the meeting, they appear below.
NOTES ON ENGLISH PROPOSAL
The pages are numbered consecutively (with an overview on
p. 1a) and the bulk of the document are course action forms (a few new
courses, many slight revisions, and several deletions) and "approval"
correspondence from programs affected by the proposal. A C or better in
Eng 210 is required for admission (with students able to repeat the course
to achieve that grade).
Other Items Discussed
- MOU/System-Wide Assessment
Dick Collier reported that on Friday, November 14th a combined meeting was held between the Executive Committees of the University Faculty Senate and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges concerning the proposed MOU on System-wide assessment that both faculty bodies rejected. Although at the last Trustees' meeting three members of the Board expressed eagerness to work with governance, Chairman Egan gave a January 24th deadline for UFS and FCCC to submit a plan. Instead, the joint meeting settled upon an alternative proposal that will be presented to the 64 campuses, with a view to establishing a task force that will construct a counterproposal by April. The goal is to create a "dialogue" within which the Chancellor's representatives, Trustees, and undergraduates will work with UFS and FCCC representatives to reach a mutually acceptable "university-wide campus-based assessment" system.
- Gen Ed Conference
Josh Smith, who attended the conference the previous week, reported why a standardized test will not work across all SUNY campuses, whether or not value added. Gen Ed is diffuse, as it should be. Different sciences utilize disciplines differently, for example. For SUNY campuses, we do not start out with the same students in the 64 campuses as does an institution such as Yale or Harvard.
The next Undergraduate Academic Council meeting will be held Thursday 12/4/03, 9:45 AM, LC-31
Notes taken by Joanne Baronner, Undergraduate Studies