MINUTES OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL

1 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2005, in Lyceum 110

 

PRESENT:        Dr. Hall, Dr. Leigh, Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Cox, Dr. Kroeger, Dr. Tidwell, Dr. Murchison, Dr. McCaffrey for Dr. Wilkin, Dr. O’Haver, Mr. Upton,  Dr. Wilder, Mr. Walker

 

ABSENT:          Dr. Gispen, Ms. Fuller, Dr. Fant, Dr. Wilkin, Dr. Eftink

 


             1. Approval of Minutes. The Chair announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the December 3 meeting without exception.


             2. Courses (see Attachment #1). On a motion by Dr. Leigh and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved the course changes reflected in Attachment #1.


             3. Other Catalog Changes (see Attachment #2). On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. Wilder, the Council unanimously approved the other catalog changes reflected in Attachment #2.


             4. Wintersession Courses. The Chair had put this item on the agenda at the request of the Council at its previous meeting. In the course of the discussion, anecdotal evidence was offered that some three-hour courses may have met as little as one hour a day. There were positive reports from members of the Council who had taught Wintersession courses, but also continued discussion about which courses could be taught appropriately in the compressed time frame of the Wintersession. In response to the Chair’s mention of the possibility of the Wintersession being expanded to four weeks and the May Intersession being abandoned, Dr. Cox mentioned the adverse consequences the scheduling might have on internship opportunities for students in the summer. Dr. Kroeger commented on the increased opportunities for research that would be made possible by a four-week Wintersession. The Council took no action on this matter.


             5. Additional Bachelor’s Degrees (see Attachment #3). The Chair summarized the circumstances that produced the proposed language about additional bachelor’s degrees. Dr. Kroeger pointed out that students frequently have to do additional undergraduate work before entering graduate school. Dr. Murchison noted that many students arrive at the University with a semester or more worth of AP credit, making possible the pursuit of an additional degree during their four-year undergraduate career. After further discussion, and on a motion by Mr. Walker and a second by Dr. Leigh, the Council unanimously approved the proposal concerning additional bachelor’s degrees.


             6. Petition of John Morelock (see Attachment #4). After discussion and on a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Wilder, the Council unanimously approved the petition of Mr. Morelock subject to the conditions suggested by Interim Dean Brian Reithel in Attachment #4. According to these conditions, Mr. Morelock is permitted to meet the requirements for

graduation under the 1993 catalog by either (a) enrolling in one of his Finance-prefixed major courses in which he had received a grade of “D” and earning a grade of “C” or better, or (b) enrolling in an additional Finance-prefixed upper-division course and receiving a grade of “B” or better. Furthermore, Mr. Morelock must pursue one of these two options and obtain the specified result by December 31, 2005.


             7. Discussion Concerning Academic Dishonesty. The Chair briefly discussed his meeting with the Academic Discipline Committee and the steps he was pursuing concerning these issues. These included investigating whether a short electronic form for reporting cases of academic dishonesty might be developed and whether software such as My Drop Box or Turn It In might be made more widely available to University faculty.


             8. Task Forces. The Chair briefly reported on activities in the Provost’s task forces relating to undergraduate education.


             9. Allowing Students to Create Own Degree Plans. Mr. Walker inquired as to whether the University had ever considered allowing students the opportunity to create their own degree plans. After some discussion of this issue, the Chair suggested that Mr. Walker might pursue the matter with the ASB.


             10. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2 p.m.



All items approved by the Council of Academic Administrators on March 7, 2005.


APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on April 6, 2005.