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September 24, 1990

                                    MINUTES

                      COMMISSION ON UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

 

                            Burruss Hall Board Room

                              September 24, 1990

 

 

 

  PRESENT:  Dr. E. F. Carlisle, Chair, Deans D. E. Egger, M. A.  Ogliaruso,

                N. B. Spencer, M. A. Lewis, J. F. Marchman, John White, Drs.

                L. Geyer, R. Daniel, K. Eschenmann, D. Morris, J. Taper, M.

                Murray; C.  Burch-Brown; D. Bousquet, Admissions; W. Dean,

                University Registrar; B.  Kuster, P. McConnell, J.

                Hansbrough, Angela DeHart, SGA.

 

  ABSENT:   Drs. R.S. Purdy, Ezra Brown, Craig Shoulders, Michael Deisenroth,

                William Etgen, Joyce Williams-Green

 

  VISITORS: Dr. Chris Eustis, Dr. Charles Taylor, Elizabeth Guertin

 

 

  1.  CALL TO ORDER AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

      Dr. Carlisle called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

  2.  The AGENDA - was approved as distributed.

 

  3.  The MINUTES of the September 10, 1990 meeting were approved as distrib-

      uted.

 

  4.  RESOLUTION 90-91 A - RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT - SECOND READING - M. A.

      Ogliaruso

 

      Dr. Ogliaruso requested that the chair recognize Dr. Chris Eustis, De-

      partment of Foreign Languages.  Dr. Eustis spoke in support of the re-

      solution, which he indicated addressed a long standing problem.  He

      noted that this policy will further opportunities for students in the

      Study Abroad program as well as aid in the internationalization of the

      University.  Dr. Charles Taylor, department of International Studies,

      also spoke in support of the resolution, noting that his students are

      encouraged to visit countries to aid in intensive language work.  Dur-

      ing open discussion, Dr. Marchman voiced his concern that this resol-

      ution will create more problems than it solves.  He noted that the

      current policy assures that a person receiving a degree has taken a ma-

      jority of courses at this university.  Dr. Spencer suggested that the

      current policy of forwarding requests for exceptions to the policy to

      the academic appeals committee was sufficient.  However, Dr. Ogliaruso

      indicated that the volume of cases brought to his college make this

      step cumbersome.  Dr. White noted his support for the resolution, em-

      phasizing that the college dean retains control of approval of the

      credits. Billy Kuster, representing the Student Government Association,

      shared their endorsement of the resolution.

 

      A motion was made and seconded to approve resolution 90-91 A.  The mo-

      tion CARRIED.

 

  5.  UNIVERSITY CORE COURSES AND FALL 1990 ENROLLMENTS - C. Burch-Brown

 

      Carol Burch-Brown discussed the final enrollments for Fall semester in

      the humanities and social science divisions, noting that the Humanities

      division experienced its highest enrollment ever.  Resolution of the

      registration problems in the humanities core courses is continuing,

      with departments in the humanities requested to suggest solutions for

      Fall 1991 by October 17, 1990.

 

  6.  POLICY MEMORANDUM NO. 91 - W.H. Dean

 

      Wanda Dean discussed the implementation of this policy (satisfactory

      progress toward degree) for Fall semester.  Reports as dictated by the

      policy will be distributed by the Office of the University Registrar

      following receipt of Fall 1990 grades.  Ms. Dean noted that concerns

      were raised as to the implementation of the requirements associated

      with the core courses in light of the registration problems experienced

      by some students. Dr. Marchman responded that students in the College

      of Engineering should be able to easily meet this criteria with math-

      ematics, natural science, and English areas.  Dr. Lewis voiced some

      concern that communication of the new policy may not be sufficient to

      address the due process rights of students.  Ms. Dean indicated that in

      the original discussion of the policy, the commission acknowledged that

      leniency would be required in the first year of the policy, but left

      the resolution of these issues to the discretion of the academic dean.

      Carol Burch-Brown noted that despite assurances to the contrary, she

      continues to be concerned that some students who have experienced dif-

      ficulty in registering for core courses will be in violation of this

      policy.

 

  7.  COURSE CRITERIA REPORT  - M. A. Lewis

 

      Dr. Lewis explained the history of the sub-committee for new members of

      the commission.  A motion was made to present the September 24, 1990

      report of the committe for FIRST READING.  Motion CARRIED.

 

  8.  Meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                     Wanda Hankins Dean

                                     University Registrar

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