Undergraduate Curriculum
Academic Policy Committee

November 3, 16, and 20, 2009 Meetings

UCAPC held its regularly scheduled meeting on November 16 and two special meetings on November 3 and 20 to preview and finalize the GE and WAC semester proposals and continue refinement of the course inventory management process. The minutes reported herein represent the combination of the meetings.

Present November 3:
Carol Holdcraft (for Candace Cherrington), Jean Edwards, Jeanne Fraker, Nathan Klingbeil, Joe Law, Richard Mercer, Tony Ortiz, Tom Sav, Alpana Sharma. Guests: Tom Sudkamp, Henry Limouze.
Present November 16: Candace Cherrington, Jean Edwards, Jeanne Fraker, Jim Steinberg, Nathan Klingbeil, Joe Law, Richard Mercer, Tony Ortiz, Bobbie Pohlman, Tom Sav, Alpana Sharma, Karen Wilhoit. Guests: Henry Limouze, Mary Holland, Marian Hogue, Wallace Neikirk, Scott Rife, Drew Pringle.
Present November 20: Jean Edwards, Joe Slater (for Nathan Klingbeil), Joe Law, Richard Mercer, Tony Ortiz, Bobbie Pohlman, Tom Sav, Alpana Sharma, Karen Wilhoit. Guests: Henry Limouze, Mary Holland, Charlotte Harris, Jeff Vernooy.

Approved Minutes of October 13 & 20, 2009.

UCAPC Subcommittee Reports

Writing Across the Curriculum Committee (WAC): Joe Law, WAC Chair (and Chair of the Writing Across the Curriculum Conversion Committee), presented the  WAC semester proposal (see Program Changes below).

University General Education Committee( UGEC): Jean Edwards, UGEC Chair (and Co-Chair of the General Education Conversion Committee), and Henry Limouze (Co-Chair of the General Education Conversion Committee)  presented the GE semester proposal (see Program Changes below).

Undergraduate Academic Program Review Committee (UAPRC): Susan Carrafiello, UAPRC Chair. No report.

Service Learning Committee (SLC): Cathy Sayer, SLC Chair. No report.

Course Inventory and Modification Requests

Approved Inventories: CEG 481
Approved Modifications: CS 409

Approved Inventories: HED 357
Approved Modifications: HPR 311

Program Changes

Approved -- The meetings involved much discussion regarding the (1) the presentation of the General Education Program (Wright State Core) resolution from the College of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty stating "The faculty of CECS strongly recommend the addition of Technology and Society as a third option in Element 3, among which two courses must be chosen." , (2) concern raised about the Writing Across The Curriculum Program and Integrated Writing course criteria that pertained to writing revisions or responses to student writing, and (3) concern expressed by the University Diversity Advocacy Council (UDAC) about the multicultural competence implementation in the Wright State Core and its structure allowing the possibility that students might graduate without having had a course that UDAC endorses as multicultural.  The General Education Conversion Committee, the University General Education Committee, the Writing Across the Curriculum Conversion Committee, and the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee made modifications to the proposals so as to incorporate some of the concerns raised by UCAPC, including (1) and (2) as well as some formatting recommendations.  The committee recommended that UDAC put forth a proposal for the creation of a Multicultural Competence Committee to undertake the responsibility for reviewing and recommending course proposals for meeting the Wright State Core multicultural competence learning outcomes. UCAPC approved the following proposals for submission to the Faculty Senate:

New Programs

Other Academic Matters

Ohio Board of Regents Semester Conversion Policies -- the committee was made aware of the following semester conversion policies implemented by the OBR. Committee members distributed the policies to staff and faculty in their colleges and units.

Minor and Certificate Programs -- the committee discussed the following OBR email communication
"In the new draft guidelines document that we are working on, we have defined minimum numbers of credit hours for minors and certificates.
A minor is defined as: a course of study within a degree comprised of a minimum of 18 semester (27 quarter) hours
A certificate is defined as:  a course of study completed in conjunction with or independent of a degree; comprised of a minimum of 18 semester (27 quarter) hours
I do want to point out that these are just draft at this point--nothing written in stone yet, but it gives you a good starting point"
The committee noted that presently WSU does not have a minimum or maximum credit hour policy for minors. If a minimum 18 semester hour policy for minors is adopted then it might also be wise to implement a maximum credit hour policy of perhaps 27 credit hours. For certificate programs, the WSU policy is presently 20-23 credit hours minimum and maximum, respectively.  Thus, under the OBR draft guide, the WSU certificate programs would require a 35% increase in the minimum credit hour requirement for students. However, prior to any the formulation of proposals, the committee must resolve the possible inconsistencies that seem to arise in defining certificates and minors. The registrar's office will be assembling information regarding both types of programs as they exist at the other Ohio institutions. The committee will review the results of that task and make an appropriate recommendation.

Major, Minor and Certificate Two Thirds Semester Conversion Policy -- the committee discussed the possible implications of  requiring a policy whereby semester program credit hour requirements must not exceed 2/3 of the quarter system program credit hour requirements.  Of course, exceptions would have to stand for exceeding the 2/3 rule under constraints imposed by professional accreditation, licensing, etc. In addition, upon review, proposals for exceptions could be granted based on other factors such as integrating innovations into the program.. Also, discussed was a 2/3 policy as applied to program conversion components, i.e., maintaining the same balance among all quarter to semester program areas, including for example, general education requirements, major course requirements, and electives. The committee felt that it would be healthy to apply a 2/3 policy to the total program degree requirement conversion but that a 2/3 policy should not be applied to the individual program components. The committee will consider drafting a rule for review at its next meeting.

Course Inventory Management Workflow -- :the committee discussed the following from the registrar's office for modifying the course inventory management workflow so as to require departments and colleges to include quarter to semester repeat courses and course equivalents. This would be part of the required conversion transition plans that departments and colleges will need to develop.
The committee thought that the proposal should go before the workflow core group for consideration and possible integration into the current course inventory management.. The current inventory management requirements were reviewed by the committee and are available at

Winter meetings and deadlines for submission as well as Senate approvals as follows:

Submission Deadline
(No Exceptions: receipt after
  forwards to the next meeting)
Faculty Senate
New Business
Faculty Senate
Old Business
Current Meeting
November 20

January 4
February 4
January 8
2:00 p.m.

December 29, 12:00 Noon

February 4
March 1

Additional meetings will be scheduled to attend to the semester academic calendar conversion.