Minutes: 11/08/02- Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS)


Members Present:                Scott Cooper, Al Bigel, Sharon Jessee, Marc Rott, Bruce Riley and Joyce Shanks


Members Excused:               Lise Graham, Mike Haupert


Members Absent:                Nick Osborne and Sarah Shillinger


Consultants/Guests:            Mark Kelly, Tim Lewis, Carla Burkhardt, and Diane Schumacher


1.       The meeting was called to order at 7:04 a.m. by Chairperson, Scott Cooper.


2.       The committee extended a collective thanks to Ms. Schumacher for the bagels she so generously provided.


3.       The minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved (6-0-0).


4.       The committee received and discussed a request from Dr. Mark Kelly, Interim chair of the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, requesting a waiver of the University policy requiring J-term courses to meet for one week per credit for HED 467 - Experiental Learning Strategies in Health Education.  After discussion, a motion was put forth to grant the waiver (for one offering only) contingent upon the Interim Chair of the Department’s assurance that the course would include written quantitative assessment as to the validity of this type of pedagogy (accelerated learning), and feedback to students on the written assignment prior to giving final grades.  The motion carried (4-2-0).


5.       Pursuant to a recent charge from the chair of the Faculty Senate, the Committee discussed data presented by the chair on retention rates of students at UW-L and those in the UW-System as a whole.  The data was parsed into various categories, including the retention rates of transfer students matriculating to UW-L from various two- and four-year campuses. Mr. Tim Lewis (UW-L Admissions Office) and Ms. Diane Schumacher (Records and Registration) answered questions on the progress of the ongoing enrollment management policy (EM21) and the data presented.  No action was taken.  However, Chair of the CAPS committee agreed to draft a letter to the Chair of the Faculty Senate summarizing our recommendations and to seek approval of this communication from CAPS committee members prior to the upcoming meeting of the Enrollment Management Committee (November 20, 2002).


6.       The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 a.m.


Respectfully submitted
          Marc A. Rott, Secretary