MINUTES OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL

2 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2005, in Lyceum 110

 

PRESENT:        Dr. Hall, Dr. Gispen, Dr. Leigh, Ms. Adams, Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Malone for Dr. Cox, Dr. Tidwell, Dr. Murchison, Dr. Fant, Dr. Wilkin, Dr. O’Haver, Mr. Upton, Dr. Wilder, Mr. Walker

 

ABSENT:          Dr. Cox, Dr. Kroeger, Dr. Eftink

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Dr. James Vaughan, Dean Glenn Hopkins, Mr. Whitman Smith



             1. Approval of Minutes. The chair announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the February 4 meeting without exception.


             2. Recognition of Minors for School of Engineering Undergraduate Students (see Attachment #2). On a motion by Dr. Wilkin and a second by Dr. Leigh, the Council unanimously approved the proposal regarding minors for the School of Engineering.


             3. Proposed Change to Catalog Statement on University Core Curriculum (see Attachment #1). Dean Glenn Hopkins was present to discuss with the Council the merits of allowing statistics courses offered by mathematics departments to satisfy the math requirement in the University Core Curriculum. The proposal was amended to clarify its intent that statistics courses offered by the mathematics departments of other colleges or universities might satisfy the requirement. After discussion, and on a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved the proposed change.


             4. Proposal to Limit Registration in EDLD 105 to Students With an ACT Score of 25 or Lower (see Attachment #7). Mr. Whitman Smith, the Director of Orientation, was present to discuss the EDLD 105 proposal with the Council. Although he indicated that his preference would be to make enrollment in EDLD 105 unrestricted, the proposal to increase enrollment to include students with an ACT of 25 or lower came as a result of a conversation with Provost Staton and Associate Provost Hall. In the course of discussion, Mr. Smith indicated that of 112 students who enrolled in EDLD 105 in Fall 2004, 102 were still in school. The average GPA for the course was 2.31. The following was the grade distribution: A’s-45; B’s-35; C’s-10; D’s-13; F’s-6; W’s-3. After significant discussion, and on a motion by Dr. Tidwell and a second by Dr. Leigh, the proposal to allow students with an ACT of 25 or lower to take EDLD 105 was approved.


             5. Proposed Change to Catalog Statement on Class Attendance (see Attachment #6). Dean Hopkins discussed with the Council the merits of allowing deans to drop students from courses when the students miss the first class without prior written approval. He suggested that students frequently do not drop classes they decide against taking until after the first week of the semester. By this time, however, it is normally too late for either students or departments to take advantage of the extra space created by these withdrawals. The Council discussed this proposal, including how the drop policy might be publicized to students. Suggestions for this publication included advertising in the Daily Mississippian and creating a pop-up window that would warn students of the new policy at the time they enroll in courses. After this discussion, and on a motion by Dr. Gispen and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved the proposed change.


             6. Courses (see Attachment #3). On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the course changes for the College of Liberal Arts were unanimously approved. On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Schroeder, the course changes for the School of Engineering were unanimously approved. After some discussion, and on a motion by Dr. Malone and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the course changes for the School of Business Administration were unanimously approved. On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Leigh, the course changes for the School of Education were unanimously approved.


             7. Other Catalog Changes (see Attachment #4). On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Schroeder, the other catalog changes for the College of Liberal Arts were unanimously approved. On a motion by Dr. Tidwell and a second by Dr. Wilkin, the course changes for the School of Applied Sciences were unanimously approved. On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Schroeder, the other catalog changes for the School of Business Administration were unanimously approved.


             8. Petition of Calvin Griffin (see Attachment #5). On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved the petition of Mr. Griffin, subject to the conditions suggested in the memo of Dean Reithel to Associate Provost Hall dated April 28, 2005–that is, Mr. Griffin must complete MIS 309, ACCY 301, and a 300 or above management or marketing option in residence (to be completed through on-line and independent study courses); transfer in from an approved senior institution two approved 3-hour 300 or above management options; make not less than a B in these remaining 15 hours; and satisfy all of these conditions by August 2006.


             9. Adjournment. The Council adjourned at 3:30 p.m.



All items approved by the Council of Academic Administrators on June 13, 2005.


APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on July 18, 2005.