Undergraduate Curriculum
Academic Policy Committee

Report to Faculty Senate, Meeting of October 2, 2000

The Curriculum Committee held its first meeting of the academic year on Septemeber 28. The committee:

Appointed: Joe Law, Coordinator of Writing Accross The Curriculum And Associate Professor of English as Chair of Writing Accross the Curriculum Committee

Reviewed Course Modification and Inventory Requests from the colleges:

    Summer 2000 Inventory (one-time offerings) Approvals by UCAPC Chair
    CEHS: EDE 307, ED 407
    COLA: ENG 095
    Approved Course Modifications: EDE 302, EDE 401, EDS 459
    Approved Course Inventories: HPR 303, HPR 360, HPR 360L, HPR 432, EDL 301, EDL 302,
    EDL 303, EDL 304, EDL 494, EDL 495
    Approved Course Modification: ACC 441
    Inventory: MGT 101
    While the committee supported the overall learning experience thrust of the proposed course, it felt that additional information would be required in its review of  a 3 credit hour Community Leadership course proposal with the objective of serving Junior Leadership Dayton program students and providing high school students to get to know the College of Business and serve as a recruiting tool . The committee viewed the enrollment restriction to Junior Leadership Dayton students and other aspects of the proposal as raising a number of concerns, including:
    1. whether or not the enrollment restriction "open only to Junior Leadership Dayton students" excluded WSU students as enrolling and, if so,
    2. whether or not and to what extent the university should be in the business of offering credit courses restricted only to high school students
    3. how students are admitted and by what criteria to the Junior Leadership program, hence the MGT 101 course, and what control the university would have over admission/enrollment
    4. whether or not high school students admitted to the course would not be subject to the PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Option) as is required of other high school students enrolling in WSU courses for post secondary credit
    5. whether the course content is the equivalent of a college level course
    The committee feels that their concerns can be easily resolved and invites a representative of these programs to contact the UCAPC, respond to the above, and arrange to attend a future meeting.
    Approved Course Inventories: ENG 095, ENG 345, ENG 346, PLS 487
    Approved Modification: PLS 486
    Approved Course Inventories: BIO 346, BIO 402, EH 453, EH 454
    Approved Course Modifications: BIO 415, EH 360, EH 368
    Approved subject to receiving changes: BIO 221 requires the submission of two separate course inventory requests to first  delete BIO 221 and second to propose a new course BIO 321
    Approved subject to receiving changes: BIO 353 is approved subject to receiving the above two inventory requests and needs to be resumitted with such
Reviewed Undergraduate Program Changes:
    CEHS: Approved Request to Change Rehabilitation Services Major
    Change from 35 to 31 elective hours 
    Add 4 hours to major requirement
    Total degree hours remain unchanged at 192 hours
Discussed Future Agenda Items:

In its e-mail to the university community, the committee received requests regarding concerns/issues related to two areas: (1) problems arising from the University's Administration regarding the faculty attempt to implement the Registration/Drop policy approved by the Faculty Senate last academic year and (2) concern that ROTC courses do not count towards degree requirements.

James Walker, Faculty President informed the committee that the issue regarding the implementation of the Registration/Drop policy will be before the Faculty Senate meeting of October 2, 2000 and referred to the UCAPC for review.  A memo from Dave Sauter, Registra, that will be reviewed by the UCAPC in the future, indicated the following:
Colleges/Units With Designated Courses "Instructor Permission Required After Term Begins" in Winter 2001:
College of Eduction and Human Services: 1 course, 6 sections
College of Business: 23 courses, 40 sections
College of Nursing and Health: 7 courses, 49 sections
College of Science and Mathematics: 22 courses, 110 sections
University College: 10 courses, 33 sections
Colleges With NO Designated Courses:
College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Liberal Arts
School of Professional Psychology
University Honors

Specifically, the issue relates to the policy:

Registration and Add Policy/Attendance and Drop Policy
Approved by Faculty Senate January 10, 2000
 Registration and Add Policy
There are three designations of courses, each with specific registration requirements. For most courses, students may register or add through the Registrar's Office anytime through the seventh calendar day of the term.  For courses designated "Instructor Permission Required," students may register or add only with the instructor's permission.  For courses designated "Instructor Permission Required after Term Begins," students may register or add until the first day of the term, after which they need to obtain the instructor's permission.  Departments must notify the registrar which courses require instructor permission when the courses are scheduled.

Students registering after the term begins are responsible for all missed assignments and cannot expect that due dates will be altered.

Attendance and Drop Policy
Instructors establish attendance policies and penalties for absences for individual courses; penalties may include lowering of the grade or even failure if the absences exceed those permitted by the instructor.  Such policies and penalties should be  included in the course syllabus and available to the students at the first class meeting.

For courses designated "Instructor Permission Required after Term Begins," students may be dropped from the course for being absent from the first two class meetings (for courses meeting more than once a week) or from the first class (for courses meeting only once a week).  When this policy is utilized any student missing the designated class(es) may be dropped from the specific class section.  The instructor must notify the Registrar's Office promptly for the students to be removed from the roll.

The committee discussed the ROTC's concern that ROTC courses do not count towards degree requirements. It was concluded that as with any univeristy college, unit, or program, the committee would review, act upon, and make recommendations regarding submissions of undergratuate curruiculum and academic policy proposals.
The committee scheduled its future meetings for Thursday's at 3:00 p.m. (to be announced).