MINUTES OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL

1 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2006, in Lyceum 110

 

PRESENT:   Dr. Hall, Dr. Gispen, Dr. Raines, Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Bush, Dr. Kroeger, Ms. Bounds, Dr. Murchison, Dr. Fant, Dr. Repka for Dr. McCaffrey, Dr. O’Haver, Mr. Rollins, Mr. Upton

 

ABSENT:      Dr. Wilder, Ms. Adams, Dr. McCaffrey

 

ALSO PRESENT:   Dr. Ann Klingen and Ms. Sue Hodge



          1. Request for Change of Name for Independent Study (see Attachment #3) 


          Ann Klingen was present to present this item to the Council. On a motion by Dr. Kroeger and a second by Dr. Bush, the Council unanimously approved the request for the change of name.


          2. Courses (see Attachment #1).


          The Council took up the proposed changes to the Business School curriculum and admissions first. Sue Hodge from the Business School was present, along with undergraduate council member Dr. Bush, to address the proposed changes. The Chair to the Council proposed at the outset that the Council consider tabling the Business School proposals pending study of these proposals by some committee appointed by the Provost. The Council discussed the proposals at some length. Ms. Hodge indicated that the target enrollment under the proposed admissions cap would be approximately 500 students per class and would result in 120 or so students being denied admission per year and required to seek a major in another school or college. There was some discussion of how this migration of majors out of the Business School would affect student credit hour production and how the Business School’s proposed whole file admissions review would be administered. Justification offered by the Business School for the admissions restrictions included an attempt to increase the quality of the students in the Business School and to “manage enrollment.” Some members of the Council expressed concern over whether the pre-professional courses envisioned by the Business School would count toward other degrees. Some concern was expressed over the elimination of humanities requirements generally in favor of language requirement. One member of the Council queried whether the use of the separate degrees such as B.A. or B.S. in the sciences would be a way of setting two levels of quality for students in the Business School. Mention was also made of the need to assess the impact of the proposed changes on transfer students. After further discussion and on a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council voted 7 in favor and 2 against to table the Business proposals pending a review of these proposals by a committee to be appointed by the Provost.


          On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. Raines, the Council unanimously approved the course changes for the College of Liberal Arts.


          On a motion by Mr. Rollins and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved the course changes for the School of Education.


          3. Other Catalog Changes (see Attachment #2).


          On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Mr. Rollins, the Council unanimously approved the other catalog changes for the College of Liberal Arts.


          On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Ms. Bounds, the Council unanimously approved the other catalog changes for the School of Engineering.


          4. Petition of Tyler C. Williams (see Attachment #4).


          The Chair summarized the Council’s previous actions on students seeking to graduate using an expired catalog: he suggested that petitions to do so in order to avoid increased numbers of courses to graduate had been typically approved if a student only needed one or two courses to graduate under an older catalog while petitions to use an expired catalog in order to avoid the 2.0 overall GPA requirement had been uniformly denied. Dr. O’Haver added that petitions from students that would not satisfy the 2.0 GPA requirement had been denied even if they were also apparently motivated by desire to graduate through the completion of only one or two courses. On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Schroeder, the Council unanimously denied the petition of Tyler C. Williams.


          5. Petition of Adam A. Atwood (see Attachment #5).


          On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved the petition of Mr. Atwood.




          6. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:22 p.m.




All items approved by the Council of Academic Administrators on November 13, 2006.



APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on December 15, 2006.