Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS)
Minutes for February 10, 2006
Present: Adrienne Loh, Mark Headington, William Wehrs, Bob Hoar, Jac Bulk, Dean Stroud, Melaine Cary, Rebecca LeDocq
Consultants: Diane Schumacher, Kathy Kiefer, Amelia Dittman
Absent: Jeannie Putnam, Gary MacDonald
I. Meeting called to order at 3:32 PM in the Faculty Senate chambers of Graff Main Hall.
II. Motion to approve the Minutes of December 9, 2005 as revised and recorded by Adrienne Loh, Chair, passed by majority (6-1) [Note that Item #3 within these minutes was designated to have been tabled]
III. Motion to approve the Minutes of February 3, 2006, as distributed, approved 6-0 with one abstention
IV. The remainder the meeting was dedicated to reviewing, revising, and recapitulating the pending Faculty Senate report regarding UW-L enrollment targets and policies. This draft report, otherwise referenced as a memo letter to Dr. Carmen Wilson and dated Feb. 8, 2006, was drafted by Adrienne Loh and was distributed to the CAPS members prior to this meeting session.
Amidst the asundry corrections, additions, and clarifications made by CAPS in this session were the following:
a) Part A. Approved overall for its accurate summary of the trends in continuing student enrollment patterns.
b) Part B. Within the second bulleted subsection the term “Subgroup” was stricken and replaced by the term “Task Force”
c) Part B. Within the fourth bulleted subsection the line reading “F05 target = 90 FTE” was stricken and replaced with “”F05 target = 75 FTE”
d) Part B. Within the fourth bulleted subsection the line reading “F05 actual = 60 FTE” was stricken and replaced with “”F05 actual = 52 FTE”
e) Part B. Within the fourth bulleted subsection appearing on page 4/5 the sentence reading “The significant under-target enrollment of non-resident students has significant budgetary and academic consequences” was revised to read “The significant under-target enrollment of non-resident (domestic) students has significant budgetary and academic consequences
f) Part B. Also within the fourth bulleted subsection appearing on page 4/5 the phrase reading “the poor success of Priority 3 admissions” was changed to read “the reduced success of Priority 3)
g) Part B. Within the third bulleted subsection appearing on page 4/5 the last sentence reading “Freshman scholarships may be another way to bring students of diverse backgrounds and talents to UWL who have a better chance of success” was revised to read “Freshman scholarships may be another way to bring greater numbers of Priority 1 and 2 students of diverse backgrounds and talents to UWL who have a better chance of success”
h) Part B. Within the first bulleted subsection appearing on page 4/5, the phrase “Office of the Registrar” was stricken and replaced by the phrase “Institutional Research Office”
i) Part C. The following conclusions were agreed to be amended to the concluding section of Part C. of the Report-----
1) The CAPS membership recognizes and approves of the reduction in new freshman and transfer targets relative to Fall 2005. However, these targets are still significantly elevated versus Fall 2004. Because of the increased F05 enrollments, the total projected undergraduate headcount on campus for Fall 2006 is still increased by roughly 100 students versus Fall 2005.
2) Because of the “roll-through” effect (where the F05 increase n new freshman propagates through as continuing students), the projected increase by ~+100 students/year will continue for the next several years unless new freshman targets are adjusted accordingly.
3) Due to the items of concerned outlined in Part B above, the continuing yearly projected increase in students is of extreme concern to CAPS. Therefore:
CAPS strongly recommends (7/0/0) that effective Fall 2007,
–– New freshman targets be decreased by at least 100 students in order to maintain (or preferably decrease) the total UG enrollment
–– Faculty appointments and other campus resources be increased commensurate with the increase in student FTE from 2004.
Failure to implement either recommendation endangers both the quality of the educational experience and the record of success that has made UWL such an outstanding institution.
Motion to adjourn was made and seconded at 5:15 PM and was unanimously approved.
Recorder, Jac D. Bulk