MINUTES OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
1 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2006
PRESENT: Dr. Hall, Dr. Gispen, Ms. Adams, Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Bush, Dr. Kroeger, Dr. Tidwell, Dr. Klingen, Dr. Wilkin, Dr. Scovazzo, and Mr. Upton
ABSENT: Dr. Leigh, Dr. Fant, Dr. Murchison, Dr. O’Haver, Dr. Walker, and Dr. Eftink
1. Taylor Medals. Dr. Mark Wilder, chair of the Taylor Medal Selection Committee,
discussed the selection process this year. He is checking the computer runs on students eligible for Taylor Medals regularly to note any changes to the list of these eligible students. The Council discussed the issue of transcripts, and the sense of the Council was that individual students should not have to bear the cost of providing transcripts to the selection committee. The chair indicated that he would work with the deans and the registrar’s office to arrange the preparation of transcripts for the Taylor Medals selection process in such a way that students did not have to bear the cost.
2. Courses (see Attachment #1). On a motion by Dr. Gispen and a second by Dr. Scovazzo, the Council unanimously approved the engineering course changes.
On a motion by Dr. Scovazzo and a second by Dr. Schroeder, the Council unanimously approved the course changes reflected in the January 19, 2006 minutes of the Curriculum and Policy committee of the College of Liberal Arts.
The Council discussed at some length the course changes proposed by the Department of Theatre Arts which would limit particular courses to Theatre Arts majors only. The sense of the Council was that it was appropriate for departments to assure that their majors had access to required courses. Nevertheless, concern was expressed at the prospect of categorically limiting courses to majors within a department. It was suggested such limitations were inconsistent with the broad aims of liberal education. Dr. Scovazzo suggested initially that the course changes proposed for the Department of Theatre Arts be amended to state that the courses specified be limited to “Theatre Arts majors only or by permission of the instructors.” The sense of the Council, however, was that this issue was more appropriately remanded to the Department of Theatre Arts and the College of Liberal Arts for them to address this concern. Consequently, on a motion by Dr. Bush and a second by Dr. Gispen, the course changes relating to Theatre Arts were tabled, by a majority vote, with the understanding that the Chair would communicate the sense of the Council with respect to these changes to the Department of Theatre Arts and to the College of Liberal Arts. On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. Wilder the remaining course changes in the December, 2005 minutes of the Curriculum and Policy committee of the College of Liberal Arts were unanimously approved.
3. Other Catalog Changes (see Attachment #2). The Chair noted that the issue of moving the TESOL program from Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education to the Department of Modern Languages in the College of Liberal Arts did not involve any undergraduate courses. Consequently, the chair suggested that this issue was not appropriately before the Undergraduate Council, and that he would refer it to the Graduate Council. With this clarification, and on a motion by Dr. Gispen and a second by Dr. Schroeder, the Council unanimously approved the other catalog changes.
4. Dr. Kroeger indicated that instructors in the Department of Physics were sometimes pressured by students who asserted there was a university policy prohibiting the giving of exams on the last date before any break or holiday. He asked whether the Provost would be willing to send out an announcement that no such policy exist. The Chair indicated that he would talk with the Provost about this issue.
5. Adjournment. The Council adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
All items approved by the Council of Academic Administrators on April 10, 2006.
APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on May 23, 2006.