Undergraduate Curriculum
Academic Policy Committee

Report to Faculty Senate, Meeting of February 2, 1998

Since its January 12 report to the Faculty Senate, the Curriculum Committee met on January 21. The committee:

    Reviewed 29 Course Inventory and Modification Requests: Military Science (3), COLA (5), COSM (21) -- approved 28 and returned 1 for additional consideration.

    Reconsidered a revised proposal for a Minor in Air Force Studies. Captain Frank McVay and Associate Provost Lillie Howard, attending at the invitation of the committee, addressed questions regarding the minor and the ROTC program. The minor was approved subject to revision by including currently available diversity courses among the options for elective courses. Several committee members continued to have concern about the relationship between the academic status of the department and a newly created academic program.

    Undertook further discussion and review of the course drop policy in relation to the course add/registration policy, class attendance, course add waiting lists, and improvement of the teaching and learning environment. It was recommended and approved that the course drop policy be modified so that, at the discretion of the instructor, a student may be dropped from a course for absence from the first two days of classes or from the first day of class for classes meeting once a week.

    Approved the proposal, submitted by Associate Dean Bill Rickert, to systematically identify and designate courses in the inventory and catalog that can be repeated for credit. It was decided that departments, colleges, and units should not have to submit course modification requests for this task. Rather, a list of courses along with a repeat status designation can be generated for each area and submitted to the registrar.

    Continued its review and consideration of implementing a plus/minus grading system. It was reported that registrar offices may generally anticipate a much higher volume of grade changes under such a system. It was also reported that the anticipated volume did not materialize following Miami University's faculty decision to recently convert to a plus/minus system. University of Cincinnati faculty are also revisiting their grading policies. At its next meeting the committee will consider in more detail the possibility of implementing a plus/minus grading system.

The committee scheduled its next meeting for Wednesday, February 11, 1:00 p.m., 032 Rike.