MINUTES OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL

1 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2004, in Lyceum 110

 

PRESENT:        Dr. Hall, Dr. Gispen, Dr. Leigh, Ms. Fuller, Dr. Kroeger, Dr. Tidwell, Dr. Murchison, Dr. O’Haver, Mr. Upton, Dr. Wilder

 

ABSENT:          Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Cox, Dr. Fant, Dr. Wilkin, Mr. Walker, Dr. Eftink



             1. Approval of Minutes. The Chair announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the July 15, August 6, September 3, and October 5 meetings without exception.


             2. Courses (see Attachment #1). On a motion by Dr. Gispen and a second by Dr. Tidwell, the Council unanimously approved the changes reflected in Attachment #1, pages 1-2.


             3. Other Catalog Changes (see Attachment #2). On a motion by Dr. Kroeger and a second by Dr. Gispen, and after discussion of a new state requirement for art education in elementary schools, the Council unanimously approved the changes reflected in Attachment #2.


             4. Credit for ENGL 250 and 321 (see Attachment #3). On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Tidwell, the Council unanimously approved the proposal from the College of Liberal Arts that students not receive credit for both ENGL 250 and ENGL 321.


             5. Grading Scale. After discussion of the merits of an A+, B- grading scale, and on a motion by Dr. Kroeger and a second by Dr. Gispen, the Council unanimously agreed to recommend to the Undergraduate Education Task Force that it examine the merits and the possibility of establishing such a grading scale for undergraduate education.


             6. Petition of Joy Houser Constant (see Attachment #4). On a motion by Dr. Kroeger and a second by Dr. Leigh, and after discussion of the Council’s previous actions on similar petitions and the possibility of degrees awarded on the basis of expired catalogs being deceptive about the contents of the degree, the Council unanimously agreed to approve the petition of Joy Houser Constant to use the 1993-94 Catalog as a basis for establishing her graduation requirements.


             7. New Art 102 Course (see Attachment #1). On a motion by Dr. Gispen and a second by Dr. Wilder, the Council unanimously approved the proposal to offer ART 102 as described in Attachment #1, page 3.


             8. Applied Sciences Course and Catalog Changes (see Attachment #5). On a motion by Dr. Tidwell and a second by Dr. Leigh, the Council unanimously approved the Applied Sciences course and catalog changes, as shown in Attachment #5.


             9. Taylor Medals. After discussing the procedure for selecting Taylor Medalists, and on a motion by Dr. Kroeger and a second by Dr. Gispen, the Council unanimously voted to abandon the practice of having the Council instruct the Taylor Medal Selection Committee in January on the number of Taylor Medals to be awarded, and instead to establish the number of Taylor Medals to be awarded each year at 40+3.


             10. Next Meeting. Because the Wintersession will be taking place at the time of the Council’s first scheduled meeting in January, the Council determined to hold its first spring meeting in February.


             11. Wintersession. After some discussion of the kinds of courses being offered during Wintersession, and the expression of some concern about the appropriateness of some courses being offered during an abbreviated period of time, the Council agreed to discuss this issue at its next meeting.


             12. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 1:55 p.m.



All items approved by the Council of Academic Administrators on December 13, 2004.


APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on January 14, 2005.