Minutes of the UW-L Academic Program Review Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 2001, 4:00 p.m.
Room 2076 HSC

Present:  Curtis Czerwinski, Carla Graham, Carol McCoy (chairperson), Curtis Reithel, Helen Skala, Carlos Soneira, Haixia Wang
Excused:  Paul Keaton, Peggy Martin
Guests:  Jac Bulk, Sociology/Archaeology; Mandy Anderson, HPERTE; John Magerus, Dean of CLS; Bruce Riley, Math; Ray Schoen, English.  Eric Kraemer, chair of Philosophy and director of the minor in International Studies, was unable to attend.
Consultant:  Akorlie Nyatepe-Coo, Interim Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

1)  The meeting was called to order at 4:02 p.m. by Chairperson Carol McCoy.

2)  The chairpersons of those programs being reviewed in AY 2002-03 were informed of policies and procedures they will use in their review process.  Chairperson McCoy reviewed the timetable.  Each self-study is submitted June 1, the Dean of the appropriate College reviews it in July, and the external consultant (where applicable) comes to campus in September and makes his or her report in October.  (This consultant must be approved by December 1, 2001, for those programs being reviewed next year.)  Then the program or department puts the report together by November.  It is on the Dean’s desk by December, and then the APRC meets that month as a committee to take the documents and give them to sub-committees.  Then, in March of the next AY, APRC meets with the department or program, asks questions, and sends its report to the Faculty Senate by March 15.  In April, it goes to the Provost, then on to System in August.  One other note re the external consultant:  he or she should be from a similar institution, the chair of a similar kind of program, or perhaps a member of a professional society whose work is relevant to the program or department being reviewed.   (The Provost pays for travel and the appropriate College gives the consultant an honorarium.)

3)  Consultant Nyatepe-Coo commented on the Unit Data Sheet portion of the review.  He noted that many of these statistics may be obtained from the Budget
Office.

4)  Chairperson McCoy reviewed the Self-Study form itself, and answered general questions about the gathering of information and successful ways of demonstrating its use.  Credibility is more important than any set length.  The role of the external consultant came up again.  He/she may want to speak with members of the faculty and/or students in the department or program.  The achieving of a good “fit” was again stressed.   Dean Magerus spoke of experiences as external consultant and reported them to be a good learning process for all involved.

5)  Next meeting of the APRC:  Friday, December 7, 2001, at 7:30 a.m.

The meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carla J. Graham