1. The Academic Planning committee was called to order by Chair Senger at approximately 8:50 a.m. Thursday February 12, 2009 in room 104 Wing.
2. Committee members present: Senger, Glass, Kastantin, Sudhakaran, Seebach, Poulton, and new member Gendreau. Yu was excused but submitted email comments on the agenda item.
3. The minutes of two previous meetings were reviewed with the following changes noted:
December 4, 2008 minutes, point 3. The date should read “November 13 meeting”. MSP
February 5, 2009 minutes, point 3. Restate the point as follows: The minutes for two previous meetings: November 13, 2008 and December 4, 2008 were not acted upon.
4. Thomas Gendreau was appointed to the committee to replace Joseph Tiffany. MSP
5. LX 138P Graduate Profession Development Non-certification ME-PD Program and related letter from Ruthann Benson to Chair Senger to delete option 2 Department of Educational Studies (DES) due to low utilization and absence of dedicated faculty resulting from tightening budgets. The remaining options 1 and 3 remain intact.
APC members discussed the need for additional information from the interim dean who is also the acting chair of the relevant department. This item will be considered again, possibly at the next meeting.
6. This item is related to item 5. LX 138P Graduate Reading Program and related letter from Ruthann Benson to Chair Senger to delete the program due to low utilization and the absence of dedicated faculty resulting from tightening budgets. APC member also asked for additional information on this deletion. This item will also be considered again, possibly at the next meeting.
7. The committee discussed the document titled: Academic Priorities Committee – Procedures for Submitting Proposals for New Programs, Procedures for Submitting Proposals for the Elimination of Existing Programs. Gendreau outlined the origin of this document (1990s and the committee title change). Senger reiterated the need to create a reliable archive for APC documents on line.
8. The committee discussed the presentations made by Mc Andrew, Udermann, and Manrique during the February 5, 2009 meeting. Continuing concerns were expressed. The APC charge includes the following additional item: Review the current status of on-line education at UWL and recommend ways that the University can plan for the long range future of this area of instruction. It is noted that APC is not charged with approving on-line educational undertakings. APC is charged with: 1. Maintaining and updating procedures and criteria used to review proposals for new or revised academic programs; 2. Receiving and reviewing proposals for all new academic programs; 3. To forward recommendations concerning proposals to the Faculty Senate. The additional documentation requested in items 5 and 6 above directly relates to the aforementioned charge. With regard to reviewing the status of on-line education at UWL the committee tentatively that on-line education might include three categories:
a. new courses designed exclusively for presentation on-line via UWL faculty members.
b. existing courses already approved by UCC or GCC and included in the UWL catalog that are then presented in on-line format.
c. on-line programs such as the CBA MBA on-line program which may be a unique example considering that the program is sponsored not by UWL by the “consortium” including UWL.
The committee seeks in response to its charge to make recommendation to the Faculty Senate with respect specifically to a and b above but also to recommend how other programs such as c above should be addressed by APC.
9. The next meeting is tentative scheduled for Thursday February 26, 2009 at 8:50 a.m. room to be announced.
10. Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:45 a.m.
Respectively submitted by
Joseph T. Kastantin, Secretary