MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS
1:30 p.m., Monday, April 19, 2004, in Lyceum 200
PRESENT: Dr. Staton, Deans Hopkins, Chambless, Lee, Wells, Stocks, Rholes, Chitwood,
Sullivan-Gonzalez, Dr. Canty for Dean Reithel, Dr. Acevedo, Dr. Angle, Dr. Fant,
Dr. Hall, Dr. Clark, Dr. Gates
ABSENT: Dean Reithel, Dean Eftink, Dean Davis, Ms. Nadeau, Ms. Ziegelmayer,
Dr. Womer, Dr. Gispen, Dr. Gates
1. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of February 27. On a motion by Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez and a second by Dean Hopkins, and after a brief summary of the February 27 minutes by the secretary and a discussion of the Taylor Medal selection process by the Council, the Council unanimously approved the Undergraduate Council Minutes of
2. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of April 2. The secretary briefly summarized the matters addressed in the April 2 minutes. The provost discussed with the Council her sense that the IHL board would probably pass in July a requirement that degree plans be limited to 120 hours except in certain exceptional situations, which she expects to include engineering programs and possibly pharmacy programs. Dean Hopkins noted that more than 70 percent of students in the College of Liberal Arts graduated with more than 130 hours, and that he therefore doubted whether the 120-hour limit would actually produce any significant change in time to graduation. On hearing that the IHL board was contemplating imposing a higher tuition fee on students who take more than 140 or 150 hours, Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez worried about the effect of this change on high achieving students who take double majors. He proposed providing the provost with information about this issue. Dean Chitwood wondered how accrediting standards would affect the proposed hour limit. The provost thought that accrediting requirements would probably be a basis for an exemption from any hour limit.
The secretary to the Council and the provost discussed the history of the EDLD 105 course and the circumstances under which it was changed from a graded to a pass-fail course several years ago. The provost indicated her concern that offering the EDLD 105 course on a graded basis was unwise because the high grades traditionally awarded in this course when it was graded before would attract students to take the course who did not really need it. She indicated that she had had discussions with Whitman Smith, Director of Orientation, about limiting enrollment in the course to students whose arriving credentials might suggest a need for such a course, but that no such limitation had been proposed to or ratified by the Undergraduate Council. Dean Hopkins indicated that he did not see the need for a grade in this course, but that he would like to present the issue to the Liberal Arts Curriculum and Policy Committee. The provost suggested that it might be appropriate to consider whether we should be expanding the EDLD 101 course currently being offered through Academic Support. She further wondered whether the creation of a system of residential colleges would make a course such as EDLD 105 unnecessary. Dean Chambless noted that the School of Education had not authorized the course to be made pass-fail several years ago, but the provost suggested that, at the time, the School of Education had not claimed any real ownership of the course. Dean Chambless admitted that the School of Education did not have the faculty to staff the course. On a motion by Dean Hopkins and a second by Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez, the Council unanimously voted to except the EDLD 105 issue from its reaction to the Undergraduate Council Minutes of April 2. With this exception, and on a motion by Dean Wells and a second by Dean Rholes, the Council unanimously approved the Undergraduate Council Minutes of April 2.
3. Miscellaneous Announcements. The provost indicated that she was concerned about the increase in commencement expenses, and that she was working to have made available to the deans an itemization of these expenses so that they might consider ways of reducing the costs of commencement. The Council briefly discussed forthcoming meetings relating to the articulation agreement with junior colleges. It was noted in the course of the discussion that the IHL board’s proposal to limit the number of hours for degree plans would inevitably impact our articulation agreements with the junior colleges. Dr. Acevedo commented briefly on an article in the Daily Mississippian concerning the faculty review of the provost, and noted that quotes that had been taken from a two-hour meeting had been “overstated.” Dr. Acevedo mentioned that he was looking forward to working with the administration. Dr. Gates presented an update on information technology issues outlined in Attachment #1 to these minutes. The provost noted that the next deans meeting would take place in the library, and Dean Rholes indicated that a café was scheduled to open in the library in the fall of 2004.
4. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.
APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on May 26, 2004.