Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS)

Minutes for February 29, 2008   


Members present:         J. Boyle, M. Cary, R. Gillis, D. Hammen, R. Haro, D. Lake, R. LeDocq, C. Lee, S. Navarre, J. Rome, J. Shadforth, J. Shanks

Consultants:                  C. Bakkum, C. Burkhardt, A. Dittman, S. Keller

Guests:             J. Bushman, P. DiRocco, S. Knudson, T. Lewis, T. Thill


1.      Meeting called to order at 3:16 p.m. by Chair LeDocq.


2.      Committee considered proposal to allow high school agricultural science classes to count toward the high school science credits required of incoming freshmen.  The change is supported by UWS and DPI. T. Lewis said that the change was acceptable to the science departments as long as the courses would not count toward the required two units of biology, chemistry, physics, or exercise science.


      M/S/P (12/0/0)       Approved


3.   Chair LeDocq reported that a compromise regarding proposed changes to the course repeat policy was being worked out and that there was a request before Faculty Senate to issue a special charge on the matter to CAPS next year.  J. Shanks reported that the Education Department was unanimously opposed to the proposed changes.


      The Committee discussed both parts of the proposal, placing a limit on the number of times a course could be repeated and requiring that all grades received for a course be included in computing student GPA.  Issues raised included resource usage, degree of student involvement in framing the policy, impact upon diversity and equity issues, and the policies effect on program with specific entrance GPA requirements.


      Course Repeat Limit:

The privilege of repeating coursework allows students to attain a satisfactory level of achievement in courses in which they initially encountered difficulties. A course in which a grade of D or below or a W was originally earned may be repeated once. Because a course can be repeated only once, students will discuss with their academic advisers the reasons for their low grade or W in the course before attempting the course a second time. It is the student's responsibility to obtain assistance to sharpen their skills or resolve the problems that led to poor performance or noncompletion the first time they took the course.

            M/S/F (4/7/1)               Failed


      Change in Computing GPA:           

When a course in which a student has previously earned a “D” or “F” is repeated, the grade earned in repetition as well as the original grade will be used in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. 

M/S/F (4/8/0)                     Failed


4.   Committee heard appeals regarding changes in start dates and schedules for summer session courses.


BUS 700    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

BUS 760    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

ESS 116    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

ESS 231    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

ESS 303    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

ESS 327    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

ESS 436    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

ESS 771    M/S/P (12/0/0) Approved

ESS 737    M/S/F (0/10/2) Failed


Chair LeDocq requested that ESS provide additional information regarding changes to ESS 737.


J. Shanks questioned the feasibility of offering a 3-credit hour course in a two-week session.


5.   Meeting adjourned at 4:14 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Jocelyn Shadforth, Co-Secretary