Minutes of 2-20-04
Committee on Academic Policies and Standards
Faculty Members Present: Jac Bulk, Susan Crutchfield, Mark Headington, Marc Rott, Sharon Jessee
Student Members Present: Jason Sanatski
Members Absent: Adrienne Loh, Mike Haupert, Rob Wolf, Barry Schockmel
Guests/Consultants: Diane Schumacher (Registrar); Chris Bakkum (CLS), Carla Burkhardt
1. Meeting is called to order at 3:35 p.m.
2. M/S/P: Minutes of 2-06-04 with a friendly amendment (change "admonished verbally" to "informed")
3. Old Business: Appeals Process for Excess Credit Policy
Char Marc Rott clarified for the committee that our charge on this matter is to make a recommendation to the Faculty Senate for some sort of policy to be in place for Appeals to the Excess Credity Policy initated by UW System.
Discussion: whether or not an appeals process is necessary to deal with unforseen problems and extenuating circumstances. Concern: will creating a committee made up of representatives from various campus constituencies be more bureaucratic work than necessary? Concern: if there is no committee, student appeals may not get a full consideration of all of the issues involved; reasons for appeals may involve circumstances beyond academic issues. Concern: where will the extra dollars generated by excess credits go? Is conflict of interest a potential problem without an appeals committee?
M/S/P: to support the proposal for the appeals process. Four in favor; one opposing vote; one abstention.
4. New Business: Proposal to CAPS: George Arimond proposes to offer 402 as a two week, three credit course and needs the committee's approval. 402 to be offered in May Term needs to be shortened due to Internships which the students must begin. Background: 14 students wrote appeals for 402 since they could not get in this Spring term; department is currently understaffed and all faculty are teaching an overload.
This appeal is for one time only—this May Term.
M/S/P: to approve the appeal for May, 2004, due to the current staffing shortage.
5. New Business: Draft, "Proposed Procedures for Unofficial Withdrawals"
Diane Schumacher presented a revised draft to the committee, emphasizing the effort to make the new procedure as faculty-friendly as possible; i.e., to simplify the necessary recordkeeping.
Discussion: the most challenging aspect of implementing the new procedure will be to educate faculty on how to determine when a student earns an F based on non-participation.
Discussion: suggestions for draft revisions were discussed and duly noted by Diane Schumacher. With committee consensus on some "friendly amendments,"
M/S/P: to approve the Proposed Procedures for Unofficial Withdrawals (as amended in our discussion). Unanimous pass.
M/S/P: to adjourn the meeting at 4:47 p.m.
Minutes recorded by Sharon Jessee