MINUTES OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL

1 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2005, in Lyceum 110

 

PRESENT:        Dr. Hall, Dr. Leigh, Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Kroeger, Dr. Tidwell, Dr. Murchison,

                          Dr. Fant, Dr. Wilkin, Dr. O’Haver, Mr. Upton, Dr. Wilder, Mr. Walker

 

ABSENT:          Dr. Gispen, Ms. Adams, Dr. Bush

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Dr. Marvin Wilson, Dr. Glenn Hopkins



             1. Proposal to Change Mathematics Requirement for B.A. Degree (see Attachment #1, Page 1 and Attachment #2, Page 1). Dean Glenn Hopkins was present to address the proposal that the math requirement for the B.A. be reduced from six to three hours. He discussed the math department’s belief that if only one math course were taken by students, statistics rather than college algebra would be the appropriate course. Previously, the IHL has approved quantitative reasoning as a course that will satisfy the math requirement, and this course--as taught at the University of Mississippi--is about 30 percent statistics. Now, the IHL has approved statistics for satisfying the three-hour math requirement. It is the expectation that the mathematics department will phase out the quantitative reasoning course if the present proposal is approved. When questioned, Dean Hopkins indicated that the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees already require only three hours of math. Dr. Fant inquired as to when this proposed change would take effect, and Dean Hopkins indicated that although he and the Provost had discussed the issue, they had not reached any definite resolution. Subsequently, the Council discussed this issue at length. Several members of the Council questioned the wisdom of reducing the math requirement. They doubted whether a single statistics course would adequately prepare students for subsequent life. They also expressed some concern for whether a combination of statistics and quantitative reasoning, as currently taught, was adequate preparation for students. And they suggested that it would be better to provide more resources to the math department than to reduce the number of hours of math required for students for the B.A. degree. At least one member of the Council opposed to the proposed reduction in math hours thought that he might conclude differently once the high school requirement of four years of math had actually been implemented. After further discussion, and on a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. Leigh, four members of the Council voted to approve the proposal and four voted to disapprove it. Also on a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. Leigh, four members of the Council voted to approve the other catalog changes that would effect this reduction in math hours, and four members of the Council voted to disapprove these catalog changes.


             2. Proposed Change to Catalog Statement on Forgiveness Policy (see Attachment #4). Dr. Marvin Wilson was present to discuss this proposal with the Council. He indicated that the Pharmacy School has for a number of years applied the policy that the professional courses were not subject to the forgiveness policy. He described a recent event, however, in which a student who had received an F in a professional course for academic discipline reasons had been able to go to the Registrar’s office and exercise the forgiveness policy. The Chair indicated that he had suggested to Dr. Wilson that Pharmacy bring forward the proposed change to the forgiveness policy as a way of clarifying our practice in this area and of making sure that the rules we were administering are clearly set forth in the catalog. Dr. Wilson suggested that a core reason for the policy of not accepting forgiveness in professional courses was to level the playing field between students who had pursued all of their course work at the University of Mississippi and those who had pursued course work at other institutions before they transferred to the University of Mississippi. He suggested that transferring students might be able to exercise the forgiveness policy for professional courses when non-transferring students who had already used the forgiveness policy or graduate students who are no longer entitled to use forgiveness would not be able to exercise this policy. The Council discussed whether the same concerns might be raised for other professional programs, and there was some concern that the University not act piecemeal with respect to the Pharmacy program when this concern might exist for other professional programs. After further discussion and on a motion by Dr. Wilkin and a second by Dr. Leigh, the Council voted six to two to approve the proposed change to the catalog statement on the forgiveness policy.


             3. Approval of Minutes. The Chair announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the March 4 meeting, except for item 2 regarding the proposed contractual readmission program, and that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the April 1,

May 6, and June 8 meetings without exception.


             4. Courses (see Attachment #1).


             On a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Tidwell, the Council unanimously approved the course addition for the School of Engineering.


             On a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council approved all the other course changes reflected in Attachment #1, except those relating to the reduction in mathematics requirements for the B.A. degree previously described.


             5. Other Catalog Changes (see Attachment #2). On a motion by Dr. Leigh and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved all of the other catalog changes, except those relating to the proposed reduction in mathematics hours for the B.A. degree previously described.


             6. Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for International Students (see Attachment #3). After discussion, and on a motion by Dr. O’Haver and a second by Dr. Leigh, the Council unanimously approved the proposal from Michael Johansson that there be no distinction in undergraduate admissions requirements for domestic and international students except for English proficiency as shown through the TOEFL examination.


             7. Petition of Lauren Oberman (see Attachment #5). After discussion and on a motion by Dr. Schroeder and a second by Dr. Leigh, the Council unanimously approved the petition of Lauren Oberman.


             8. Petition of Christopher Turner (see Attachment #6). After members of the Council inquired as to the GPA of Mr. Turner at the time he left the University and the specific semester he last attended the University, and on being informed that his GPA was 2.94 and that Fall 1994 was his last semester, and on further discussion and a motion by Dr. Wilkin and a second by Dr. O’Haver, the Council unanimously approved the petition of Mr. Turner, with the qualification that according to Dean Linda Chitwood of the School of Applied Sciences, Mr. Turner still lacks six hours to graduate under the 1994 catalog rather than the three hours he suggests in his petition. Thus, with the Council’s agreement that he be allowed to graduate under the 1994 catalog, Mr. Turner would still be required to complete college algebra and Sociology 315.


             9. Adjournment. The Council adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

 

All items approved by the Council of Academic Administrators on September 12, 2005.


APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on 10-27-05.