The Curriculum Committee met on April 12. The following business was conducted:
UCAPC Subcommittee Reports
Writing Across the Curriculum Committee: No ReportCourse Inventory and Modification Requests
University General Education Committee: No Report
GL 308 Paleontology and Stratigraphy of Ohio – Fall 2005
GL 382 Earth Materials I: Crystallography – Fall 2005
GL 384 Earth Materials III: Sedimentology – Fall 2005
GL 410 Oceanography – Fall 2005
GL 488 Introduction to Structural Geology – Fall 2005
GL 491 Teaching Experience – Fall 2005
GL 496 Senior Thesis Research – Fall 2005
(including the following approved inventory deletions)
GL 115 The
Planet Earth Laboratory
Tabled Inventories: The committee tabled the
following due to the proposed course Modification proposals for PSY 105
and 110 (listed below under Mod. The latter are GE Program courses and
there exists a moratorium on GE Program changes and each of the tabled
courses carry PSY 105 and/or 110 as prerequisites. However, the
committee did not have sufficient information as to whether or not the
PSY 105 and 110 Modifications would require Ohio Board of Regents
approval. If approval is not required, then the committee can proceed
with reviewing the PSY 105 and 110 proposals as well as the four Tabled
Inventories. The matter will be resolved for consideration at the May
12 UCAPC meeting.
PSY 211 Human Sexuality-Fall 2005
PSY 251 Stereotyping & Prejudice - Fall 2005
PSY 291 Drugs and Behavior - Fall 2005
PSY 294 Mind, Body, Consciousness, and Reality - Fall 2005
Returned Inventories: For the following, the
committee noted several grammatical problems or inconsistencies that
need to be corrected and resubmitted to the committee for the May 12
PSY 438 Work Stress & Well Being - Fall 2005
PSY 452 Cross-Cultural Psychology - Fall 2005
PSY 454 Applied Sport Psychology - Fall 2005
BMB 210 Intro
to Biochemistry & Nutrition – Inactive - Spring
Tabled Modifications: Given the the volume of proposals before the committee and after more than two hours of meeting, it was necessary to adjourn the meeting due to teaching and other commitments of committee members. As a result, it was not possible to review the following Modification proposals and, therefore, the committee tabled them for consideration at the May 12 UCAPC meeting.
EH 461 Careers
in Environmental Health Sciences – Fall 2005
Withdrawn by the COSM: B.S. in Biological Sciences (Exercise Biology Option)
Approved*: B.S. in Geological Sciences (General Geology Option)
Approved: B.S. in Geological Sciences (Environmental Geosciences Option)
Approved: B.S. in Geological Sciences (Geophysics)
Approved: B.A. in Geological Sciences (General Geology Option)
Approved: B.A. in Geological Sciences (Environmental Geosciences Option)
Approved: B.A. in Geological Sciences (Life Sciences/Earth Sciences)
Approved: B.A. in Geological Sciences (Earth Sciences/Chemistry)
Approved**: B.A. in Geological Sciences (Earth and Space Sciences)
Approved: B.S. in Integrated Sciences
* the committee corrected the arithmetic for degree requirements from 201 to 200 hours
** the committee corrected the Departmental Requirements to include the missing GL Sci Electives 6 hours
Approved: B.S. Sign Language Interpreter Program
Approved: Policy for Appealing Applications of Transfer Credit
Second Degree Policy and Latin Honors Policy: The committee continued its March 12 meeting discussion of the two policies (see March 12 UCAPC minutes). The issues and some forthcoming policy recommendations are:
1. When students earn a second degree from WSU, they are treated differently in the calculation of their final G.P.A. if they earned the first degree from WSU compared to if they earned the first degree from another institution. In the former case, all WSU course work (first and second degree) is used in the final G.P.A. calculation whereas in the latter case only WSU course work (second degree) is used in the final G.P.A. calculation. Hence, the two groups of students are placed on different playing fields for second degree G.P.A. calculations and, in addition, for the awarding of Latin Honors.
On this issue, the committee recommends that both groups of students be treated equally by calculating the G.P.A. for all second degree students based only on second degree course work and grades. A formal policy will be crafted and reviewed at the May 12 UCAPC meeting and, if approved, presented for consideration by the Faculty Senate at its June 6 meeting.
2. WSU G.P.A. ranges for awarding Latin Honors are presently 3.4 for cum laude, 3.6 for magna cum laude, and 3.8 for summa cum laude. Of the thirteen Ohio institutions, seven institutions have higher G.P.A. requirements for each of the Latin Honors awards. Based on information the committee collected, the Latin Honors policy for each Ohio institution is as follows: Latin Honors Policy Among Ohio Universities. While the current WSU Latin Honors Policy was approved by the Academic Council (faculty governance predecessor to Faculty Senate) 5/6/91, the University Faculty 5/14/91, and the Board of Trustees 6/6/91, the committee was unable to find any information on the rationale of the proposal and its approval in comparison to other institutions. Moreover, the committee was unable to find a national higher education standard recommendation for awarding Latin Honors.
On this issue, the committee felt that in the best interests of WSU, the Latin Honors Policy be changed to 3.5 for cum laude, 3.7 for magna cum laude, and 3.9 for summa cum laude. The proposed change in policy will also affect student eligibility for the "Deans List" of each college being that it is set at the Latin Honors Policy. A formal policy will be crafted and reviewed at the May 12 UCAPC meeting and, if approved, presented for consideration by the Faculty Senate at its June 6 meeting.
3. When students earn a first degree from WSU, they are treated differently in the calculation of their final G.P.A. if they are native students who first started their higher education at WSU compared to if they are transfer students who first started their higher education at another institution and transferred to WSU. The G.P.A. of native students is calculated on the basis of ALL course work and grades at WSU, including D's and F's and for only first grades earned in a course. Even for a "Fresh Start" student (absent for five years and resetting the G.P.A. to zero), ALL grades at WSU (including D's and F's earned prior to "Fresh Start") are used in the final graduation G.P.A. calculation. In contrast, a transfer student's final G.P.A. calculation is based on all WSU course work and grades, BUT only on A's, B's and C's earned in course work from the transfer institution (i.e., only on "Posted Grades"), hence excluding any D's and F's earned at that institution. While the Registrar's Office reports that the current DARS system is not capable of picking-up all none transfer "un-Posted" D and F work for each course at another institution, the committee found that such was not necessary if the goal was to compute a G.P.A. from the transferring institution, i.e., only the total hours attempted and the G.P.A. from the transferring institution is needed to incorporate such into the final G.P.A. calculation for WSU graduation. The Registrar's Office agreed that it will in the future explore ways in which DARS and the launching of BANNER can solve what the committee felt was a most serious inequity in the treatment of native vs. transfer students and report back to the committee.
On this much larger and substantial issue, the committee was informed that given the technological constraints at the level of the Registrar's Office and the DARS system and the absence of the forthcoming BANNER, the problem cannot be resolved at this time but new work will progress to hopefully incorporate solutions into the BANNER system. Upon notification from the Registrar's Office that it is possible to compute a transfer student's G.P.A. based on all course work and grades, the committee recommends a policy to do so and, therefore, treat native and transfer students equally in the calculation of the final graduation G.P.A. That work, however, will have to be the responsibility of a future UCAPC.
Reminder: Remaining Academic Year UCAPC and Faculty Senate deadlines.