Undergraduate Curriculum
Academic Policy Committee

Report to Faculty Senate, Meeting of January 12, 1998

Since its December 1 report to the Faculty Senate, the Curriculum Committee met on December 10 and January 7. The committee:

    Reviewed 63 Course Inventory and Modification Requests submitted by the CEHS - approved 57 and tabled 6 pending further review by the CECS.

    Approved changes for two CEHS undergraduate programs:

      B.S. in Education, Early Childhood
      B.S. in Education, Middle Childhood.

    The proposals were approved by the Provost and the Council of Deans at their December 9 meeting. Both program change proposals are the result of the process of preparing teacher education programs to meet the Ohio Department of Education's new licensure standards.

    Reviewed and discussed the recommendation to change the Course Add/Registration Policy from its present status of allowing students to add courses at any time before the end of the first week of the quarter to allowing students to add or register for courses during the first two days of the quarter. The review and discussion focused on (1) the Memorandum to Faculty Senate from the Office of the Provost and (2) the student add/ registration data provided by the Office of Institutional Research. After much analysis and discussion, the committee felt that the data did lend support to the notion that academic performance can be adversely impacted by entry into courses following the second day of the start of classes. However, the committee also felt that other very important issues tied to the add/registration policy have surfaced and will remain following the potential implementation of the proposed policy. Such issues are, for example, related to class attendance and the current drop policy. Overall, it was concluded that while the proposed policy change is consistent with creating an improved teaching and learning environment, it does not and can not, as a single policy, address or resolve all issues related to such an effort.

The committee scheduled its next meeting for Wednesday, January 21, 1:00 p.m., 032 Rike. At that meeting, the committee will begin a review of (1) revisions to the proposed Minor in Air Force Studies Program, (2) a proposal to systematically identify courses in the course inventory and catalog that can be repeated for credit, (3) the receipt of 31 Course Inventory and Modification Requests, and (4) a request from the Faculty Executive Committee to examine the possibility of instituting an official grading system that includes plus and minus grades.

    Attachments: Office of Institutional Research data pertaining to student registration/adds (scanned documents will vary in quality and load time):