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April 12, 1993

 

                                    MINUTES

                      COMMISSION ON UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

                            President's Board Room

                                April 12, 1993

 

  PRESENT:  Prof. R. Daniel, Chair; Drs. B. Brown, D. Smith for G. Brown, A.

                Cobb, G. Egger, L. Geyer, B. Heath Camp, R. Hendricks, M.

                Lewis, M. Murray, M. Ogliaruso, R. Purdy, B. Sgro, N.

                Spencer, J Taper, J. White; C. Burch-Brown, Associate

                Provost; M. Foushee for W. Dean, University Registrar; S.

                Wheeler, Classified Staff; Jennifer Gold, Honor System; Fred

                Bailey III, GSA.

 

 

  ABSENT:   Drs. J. Buffer, E. Carlisle, G. Clough, H. Doswald, J. Eaton, J.

                Marchman, S. Ritchey, R. Sorensen, C. Steger, L. Swiger, D.

                Bousquet, Admissions; B. Obenhaus, Newman Library; Jennifer

                Chilton, Stefan Hall, C. Wade Hasle, SGA.

 

 

  VISITORS  G. Bugh, B. Cassell, E. Guertin, J. Hammond, J. Keeling, B.

                Simpson, J. Williams-Green.

 

 

 

  1.  CALL TO ORDER AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

      Prof. Daniel called the meeting to order at 3:02 p.m.  He announced the

      election of chair for next year would take place at the last meeting of

      the year.  He also noted a correction to Agenda Item 8, which should

      state the item is for first reading.  His last announcement was the re-

      solution to award certificates for additional majors was passed by Uni-

      versity Council and would be effective with the Graduating Class of

      1993.

 

 

  2.  The AGENDA was approved as amended.

 

 

  3.  The MINUTES of the March 22, 1993 meeting were approved as distributed

      with corrections.

 

 

  4.  ATHLETIC COMMITTEE MINUTES - B. CASSELL

 

      Bennett Cassell, Chair of the Athletic Committee, presented the minutes

      of the committee from December 17, 1992, February 4, 1993 and February

      18, 1993.  In reference to the minutes of the 18th, Sarah Wheeler asked

      how the $300,000.00 scholarship shortfall would be raised.  Mr. Cassell

      responded the monies would be raised through the Virginia Tech Founda-

      tion, adding that there is a major scholarship dilemma at the univer-

      sity, that being we cannot raise endowments or earn interest income

      quickly enough.  He also noted the VT Foundation does not have any

      funds appropriated for scholarships.  Motion was made and seconded to

      accept the minutes.  The motion CARRIED.

 

 

  5.  UNIVERSITY CORE COMMITTEE MINUTES - G. BUGH

 

      Glen Bugh, Chair of the University Core Committee, presented the min-

      utes of the committee from February 24, 1993 and March 23, 1993.  Carol

      Burch Brown referred to the minutes of the 23rd, adding the Math Pres-

      entation included a national reform of teaching calculus and how the

      Math Department is responding to that reform.  Motion was made and sec-

      onded to accept the minutes.  The motion CARRIED.

 

 

  6.  COURSE CRITERIA COMMITEE REPORT - B. BROWN

 

      Dr. Brown, Chair of the committee, presented the March 22, 1993 report

      for second reading.

 

      A motion was made and seconded to approve for second reading the March

      22, 1993 report.  The motion CARRIED.

 

      Courses approved Fall 1993

 

      o   EDVT 4224, Trends and Computer Technology for Vocational Education

          (revised)

 

      o   MATH(CS) 4414, Issues of Scientific Computing (Math is home depart-

          ment)

 

      o   MATH 4164, Advanced Discrete Mathematics

 

      Action of Curriculum Checklists, Options and Concentrations

 

      o   Biochemistry Checksheets, Graduating Classes of 1994, 1995 and 1996

 

      o   Agricultural Education Checksheets, Graduating Class of 1994

 

      o   Technology Education Checksheets, Graduating Class of 1994

 

      o   Marketing Education Checksheets, Graduating Class of 1994

 

      o   Home Economics Education Checksheets, Graduating Class of 1994

 

  7.  RESOLUTION 92-93B., COMMITTEES WHICH REPORT TO THE COMMISSION ON UNDER-

      GRADUATE STUDIES AND POLICY - M. LEWIS

 

      Dr. Lewis presented the resolution for second reading.  She noted the

      committee had considered the comments on change and the lack of repre-

      sentation from UAAC on the Committees for Academic Policies and Aca-

      demic Support.  The committee decided not to change the membership

      since the Provost Designee(s) for both could be a representative from

      UAAC if so chosen.  Elizabeth Guertin responded that approximately one-

      fourth of entering students are in University Studies and that without

      representation on these committees, those students have no voice to af-

      fect change on their behalf.  Carol Burch Brown stated that represen-

      tation from UAAC would not contradict the governance process as it now

      stands.  She also asked for a definition of "review", in regard to what

      CUS was looking for in the review from each committee and suggested the

      committee responsible provide the definition and procedure for the re-

      view.  Motion was made and seconded to add the following "friendly

      amendment" to the Executive Summary; "Each committee will present its

      plans for periodic review to CUS for approval".  Motion to approve the

      "friendly amendment" was ACCEPTED.  Motion was then made and seconded

      to add a voting member from UAAC to the Committees for Academic Policy

      and Academic Support.  Dr. Ogliaruso stated Arts & Sciences is not ask-

      ing for representation on each committee and that faculty members may

      not have the level of expertise which deans may possess.  He noted that

      Arts & Sciences should have representation if UAAC is given such on the

      committees.  From this response, the question was raised whether UAAC

      would be eligible to considered for a dean's position on the committees

      with the answer being no.  Motion to approve the resolution with

      "friendly amendment" was ACCEPTED.  Motion to approve a voting member

      from UAAC was DENIED.

 

 

  8.  RESOLUTION 92-93C., COURSE PROPOSAL PROCESS - B. BROWN

 

      Dr. Brown presented the resolution for first reading.  He explained the

      purpose of the revision was to streamline the course proposal process.

      The issue of shortening the length of review to 10 working days was

      raised, asking if that would allow time to share information with de-

      partments and to cover absences.  Dr. Brown responded that this would

      allow the process to move forward in a more timely fashion without cre-

      ating additional problems and that courses would still have to go

      through first and second reading which would provide the opportunity

      for further discussion.

 

  9.  REPORT OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INCREASED MAXIMUM ENROLLMENTS FOR SUMMER

      SCHOOL - B. HEATH CAMP

 

      Dr. Heath Camp stated the recommendation of the subcommittee was for

      maximum enrollments to remain at the current level of 6 hours with per-

      mission to enroll in 9 hours.  Motion was made and seconded to reaffirm

      the policy as it is currently stated.  The motion was ACCEPTED.

 

 

 

  10. OTHER BUSINESS

 

      Dr. Ogliaruso requested the Commission award a posthumous Bachelor of

      Arts Degree with a major in Communication Studies to Matthew L.

      Hancock.  Motion was made and seconded to approve the request.  Motion

      to approve was ACCEPTED.

 

 

  11. Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                     Wanda Hankins Dean

                                     University Registrar

 

 

 

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