Undergraduate Curriculum
Academic Policy Committee

Report to Academic Council, Meeting of November 4, 1996

The UUCAPC held its second meeting of the 1996-97 academic year on October 18, 1996. The committee:

1. Approved the COLA's request regarding the CST 240 course so as to allow GE Area Three offerings of comparative non-western classes in any of the arts as is done for arts in Western Experience, Area Two. The proposal was previously endorsed by the General Education Oversight and Assessment Committee (GEOAC) and is consistent with the 1993 approval to offer variations of the RST 260, Regional Studies: Asia over any region of Asia. This will enable the COLA to offer needed courses and heretofore unmet opportunities for students in the GE Program.

2. Reviewed the revised proposal on "Classroom Accommodations for Disability" Policy and found it acceptable.

3. Approved the COBA proposal for creation of a minor in Economics. The Economics minor is designed to provide non-economics majors with basic economic principles and applications and should complement their major as they pursue their career objectives.

4. Undertook the Undergraduate Academic Advising Committee request regarding the inconsistent application of the Transfer Module in determining a transfer student's completion of GE. Additionally, the committee has asked GEOAC to review the matter and make a recommendation to the UUCAPC regarding its resolution.

5. Continued deliberations on the May 1996 General Faculty Meeting charge recommitting to the UUCAPC (1) a reconsideration of adding a "Pluralism in American Society" course in GE without reduction of the CST/RST requirements and (2) a reconsideration of details on funding and class size of such a course. The committee has discussed alternative "pluralism" models and implementions, will continue with this charge, and will report its future progress to Council.

6. In more routine business, 42 Course Modification and Inventory Requests were reviewed: COLA -17, CEHS - 3, CECS - 7, COSM - 13, and UD -2. In committee action: 26 were approved, 10 were approved subject to change, 4 were returned to colleges for additional information, 1 was tabled, and 1 was withdrawn during committee review.