Undergraduate Curriculum
and
Academic Policy Committee




Report to Faculty Senate, Meeting of December 1, 1997

Since its November report to the Faculty Senate, the Curriculum Committee held its third meeting of the academic year on November 13. The committee:

    Reviewed and approved 9 Course Inventory and Modification Requests: CEHS (1), COSM (3), and COLA (5).

    Reviewed a revised proposal for a new minor program in Air Force Studies submitted by the Department of Aerospace Studies. Several questions were raised with regard to the proposal. Additional program information is being obtained for committee review.

    Reviewed the university course add/registration policy allowing students to enroll in classes at any time before the end of the first week of the quarter. Current policy can result in students missing ten percent of the quarter in any or all of their classes and, inter alia, jeopardize their academic success, as well as negatively impact overall student retention. The committee reviewed other university add/registration policies and discussed several alternatives to our current policy. It was recommended that the current policy be changed so that students may add or register for courses during the first two days of the quarter. Students wishing to add or register for courses after the second day must obtain the instructor's signature.

The Writing Across the Curriculum Committee reported its progress with respect to developing a plan for assessing the WAC program. Among the directions discussed are collaborating with GEOAC in assessing the GE program; surveying instructors of WI courses; working with departments and colleges already requiring portfolios in capstone courses and conducting exit interviews; and establishing focus groups.

It was decided that a special UCAPC meeting would be held on December 10 and restricted to a review of college requests that must be acted upon prior to December 31, 1997, e.g., proposals by the CEHS for meeting their new licensure standards effective January 1, 1998 and equally urgent requests from other colleges or units.

Since its November 13 meeting, the UCAPC has received requests to: (1) review a proposal to systematically identify courses in the Course Inventory and catalog that can be repeated for credit and (2) examine the possibility of instituting an official grading system that includes plus and minus grades. The committee will begin a review of these requests in January 1998.



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Course Add Policies *

University Calendar System Course Add Policy
Akron Semester After 5th day requires signature of advisor, instructor, and dean.
Bowling Green Semester After 4th day (?) ?.
Central State Quarter ?
Cleveland State Quarter After 5th day ?.
Kent State Semester ?
Miami Semester ? After 5th day for new & late start classes ?
Ohio State Quarter After 3rd day requires signature of instructor.
Ohio U. Quarter After 14th day (last day to registrar for fall qtr.) ?
Shawnee State
Quarter
(Semester 1998)
?
Cincinnati Quarter After 7th day requires signature of instructor.
Toledo Semester After 2nd day requires signature of instructor.
Youngstown Quarter ?
Wright State Quarter After 5th day requires signature of instructor.

* Course Add Policies as interpreted from information provided by university web sites - therefore, the information is subject to any and all errors embedded in such web sites and any and all errors by the interpreter (Tom Sav). Therefore, do not depend on the accuracy of this information.



Grade Policy
Ohio Universities*


No Plus/Minus Grades

Bowling Green State University
Central State University
Cleveland State University**
Kent State University
University of Cincinnati
Wright State University
Youngstown State University

Plus/Minus Grading System

Miami University
Ohio State University
Ohio University
University of Akron
University of Toledo


Typical Plus/Minus System***

Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
Points 4.00 3.67 3.33 3.00 2.67 2.33 2.00 1.67 1.33 1.00 0.67 0.00


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* Information based on available university WWW sites and catalogs - not verified for accuracy.

** Additional grades of B+, C+, D+ for 8 credit hour courses in the First College Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

*** Miami University grade policy includes A+, 4.0 points. In addition, plus and minus grades carry a 0.3 and a 0.7 instead of a 0.33 and 0.67, respectively.

Note: Course grading policy is the prerogative of the individual instructor. Policies obviously vary widely. An example of a plus/minus grading policy using the 10 point scale is:

Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
Range 93-100 90-92 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 0-59



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