Undergraduate Curriculum
and
Academic Policy Committee

Minutes
of
October 30, 2001 Meeting


Present: Roderic Brame, Jeanne Fraker, Joe Law, Jan Maxwell, Katie Mechlin, Virginia Nehring, Patricia Renick, Tom Sav, Cristina Specker, Patricia Vermeersch, Harvey Wachtell, Art Williams, Kefu Xue. Guests: Thomas Hangartner

Approved Minutes of October 2, 2001.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Committee Report

The Committee has not yet met this quarter, thus No Report
Course Modification and Inventory Requests
COLA
Approved Course Inventories: CHI 102, CHI 103, PLS 441, PHL 200
CECS
Approved Course Inventories: BME 460 (The committee noted and discussed the concerns submitted by the Electrical Engineering Department and felt that any continuing concerns could best be addressed through the CECS Curriculum Committee and the college process by which the course was approved and submitteed to UCAPC) 
Approved Course Modifications: CEG 498
CEHS
Approved Course Inventories: EDT 440
Approved Course Modifications: ATR 286, ATR485, EDT 433, EDT 434, AED 214, AED 224, AED 225, AED 370, AED 423, AED 424, AED 425, AED 426, AED 436, AED 437, AED 441, AED 442, AED 444
Program Changes
CECS: Approved BS in Computer Engineering Program Change
Deletions: CHM 121 (5 hrs)
Additions: CEG 498 (increase to 8 hrs from 4 hrs)
Degree Requirements Change: Decrease to 195 hrs from 196 hrs
Academic Policy
Review of Undergraduate Academic Policies for Wright Way Policy Manual

The committee reviewed the following documents gathered together by the Provost's Office, Associate and Assistant Provosts, for the Office's inclusion in a new Academic Policies section in the Wright Way Manual. 

Changes in Admission or Graduation Requirements (dated June 9, 1993)
The committee previously informed the Provost's Office in May 2001 that this document is outdated and is superceded by Procedures and Guidelines for Preparing Changes in Existing Programs approved by the UCAPC April 19, 2001, Faculty Senate, May 7, 2001, and General Faculty, May 8, 2001. The committee will again forward the policies to the Provost's Office. They are also available at: http://www.wright.edu/ucapc/newguide/process.htm

Credit by Examination (no date, but copied from the 1999-2001 Student Handbook)
Without verification that this document is a policy approved through the faculty governance curriculum and academic policy review process, the committee cannot recommend it be included in the Wright Way Manual. However, the committee discussed the document at length and noted that there may be a need to review credit by examination practices within the university and develop a policy to recommend to the Faculty Senate.

Continuing Education Offerings Involving Academic Credit (dated December 18, 1974)
The committee believes that this document is obsolete. In addition, without verification that it is a policy approved through the faculty governance curriculum and academic policy review process, the committee cannot recommend it be included in the Wright Way Manual.

Continuing Education Units (dated June 5, 1975)
The committee believes that this document is obsolete. In addition, without verification that it is a policy approved through the faculty governance curriculum and academic review process, the committee cannot recommend it be included in the Wright Way Manual.

Course Inventory: Mediation of Undergraduate Curricular Disputes between Colleges/Schools (no date)
The committee noted that the faculty Constitution and ByLaws already charges UCAPC with this responsibility, that the document is too formal and cumbersome, and unnecessary. In addition, without verification that this document is a policy approved through the faculty governance curriculum and academic review process, the committee cannot recommend it be included in the Wright Way Manual. Stapled to this document was a Format For Model Syllabus document with no approval date but a type written date of 1-21-92. The committee found no connection between the two items stapled together and found no verification that the model syllabus was a policy and, therefore cannot recommend it be included in the Wright Way Manual. However, the committee may wish to consider the development of a syllabus format for submitting new course proposals and make a recommendation to the Faculty Senate.

Program Changes and New Programs (dated June 9, 1993)
The committee previously informed the Provost's Office in May 2001 that this document is outdated and is superceded by Procedures and Guidelines for Preparing Changes in Existing Programs, Procedures and Guidelines for Preparing New Major Programs, Procedures and Guidelines for Preparing Minor Programs, and Procedures and Guidelines for Preparing Certificate Programs approved by the UCAPC April 19, 2001, Faculty Senate, May 7, 2001, and General Faculty, May 8, 2001 The committee will again forward the policies to the Provost's Office. They are also available at: http://www.wright.edu/ucapc/newguide/process.htm

Transfer Credit Accepted by WSU (no date, but copied from page 31 of the 1999-2001 Undergraduate Catalog)
The committee found that of the 13 items listed, the Provost's Office was previously informed in 1999 that items 1 through 3 were to be replaced by new transfer credit regulations approved by the Faculty Senate, June 7, 1999. The committee will again forward the replaced policies to the Provost's Office.

With respect to some of the items gathered by the Provost's Office (viz., Credit by Examination copy from the Student Handbook and Transfer Credit copied from page 31 of the Undergraduate Catalog), the committee discussed the problem of launching a review of all such university documents to determine what is and what is not "academic policy" as might be included in the section of the Wright Way Manual. Also, there were concerns raised with respect to those items noted above whereby academic policies have been approved through the faculty governance process (UCAPC, Faculty Senate, General Faculty) but potentially not administratively catalogued or implemented. In addition, excluded from the potential Manual inclusions above are substantial policies such as the Registration and Add Policy and Attendance and Drop Policy (approved by Faculty Senate, January 10, 2000) and the Procedures for Implementation of the Registration and Add Policy and Attendance and Drop Policy (approved by Faculty Senate November 27, 2000) -- these are also available at: http://www.wright.edu/ucapc/0001/minutes/adddrop/pol&pro.htm In any event, the committee will continue to work with the Provost's Office if additional requests come forth and take a pro-active role in reviewing and improving upon certain undergraduate academic policies.

The committee scheduled its next meeting for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27.  Because of the holiday preceding the UCAPC meeting, Colleges submitting curriculum proposals for review by the committee need to submit the orginal and 18 copies NO LATER THAN 12:00 Noon, November 19.


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