College of Arts and Sciences
Educational Policy Meeting
Minutes of the 401st Meeting
ABSENT: Akinseye Akinbulumo,
Paul Davidovits, Andrea Defusco-Sullivan,
CALL TO ORDER: Dean Quinn called the meeting to order at .
MINUTES: Minutes for
HONORS. Grade compression. David Quigley reported that an edited version of the grade compression report had been distributed to chairs adding that departments were to discuss it and submit feedback by the end of October 2005. Dean Quinn reported that he had begun working with Kelly Armstrong of the Institutional Research office, to set up a system to produce grade reports on an annual basis.
Ourida Mostefai stated that the Deans List should be modified to raise the GPAs required for different degrees of honors. Dean Quinn responded that the honors subcommittee would submit recommendations next year for any changes in policy with respect to required GPAs. Quigley added that the subcommittee continued to research what departmental honors designations can and should be recognized on transcripts
Independent Major Proposals. David Quigley reported receiving five proposals for an Independent Major called “Studies in American Race and Ethnicity” noting that the proposals were submitted after the March 1 deadline and that some of the students might not have the required 3.5 GPA.
Christina Corea, noted that the students were all sophomores and the proposals were viewed as a "pilot project" for an Ethnic Studies major. Ourida Mostefai noted that Independent Major proposals should go through the dean's office adding that the deadline was set to allow a full review and should be respected. Joe Burns added that no proposals could be reviewed until the subcommittee was reconstituted next fall adding that, in the meantime, petitions should be dealt with by the sophomore class dean.
Catherine Schneider stated that the minimum GPA threshold should be enforced. Joe Burns responded that while 3.5 is the minimum GPA for truly independent majors in cases where an advising structure like Black Studies existed a minimum GPA of 3.0 had been allowed.
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. Jewish Studies Minor. Eileen Sweeney reported the committee had received answers to outstanding questions concerning the Jewish Studies.
Noting that programs based in a linguistic tradition often required higher competence than mere proficiency, Ourida Mostefai asked why Hebrew was recommended rather than required. Sweeney responded that Hebrew was not the only language used in Jewish Studies. Mostefai pointed out that Professors Dwayne Carpenter in Romance Languages and Maxim Shrayer of Slavic and Eastern Languages taught courses using original languages and noted that many BC students had their proficiency before arriving on campus.
Dean Quinn stated that the goal was to make the new minor as widely available as possible, hence Hebrew was not required, but he noted that Arabic was required for Islamic Studies. Jennie Purnell noted that most area studies programs have higher language requirements. Harry Rosser noted that higher language requirements were supported by the new federal International Studies in Higher Education Act and should be required if the minor were to become a major. Catherine Schneider noted that the minor did not have room to require more language study while a major certainly would.
Report on Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UGTAs). Eileen Sweeney reported that the subcommittee had fine tuned the report by separating what could be changed immediately and what would require new budgetary support adding that “blind grading” remained somewhat a question though it evidently did not violate FERPA standards. Sweeney then summarized the report’s recommendations as follows:
Eileen Sweeney opened discussion tating that the subcommittee would like to end the use of UGTAs but the financial realities and the needs of the course instructors prevented such action. Barbara Viechnicki added that departments that did not have graduate programs especially needed the UGTAs. Solomon Friedberg asked if these restrictions would not defeat the goal of getting very beneficial tutoring for the students.
Lisa Cuklanz suggested that each program should develop guidelines for UGTAs and the faculty using them based on these recommendations. Dean Quinn suggested dropping the “blind grading” requirement and allowing departmental guidelines to dictate practice. Quinn added that this report created oversight of UGTA practices for the first time.
Bill Petri stated that implementation would have to be incremental
since there was no budget to cover new paid UGTAs. Cathy Schneider stated that
the P/F 1 credit option could be implemented this fall. Dean Quinn noted that
Dean Quinn asked which points could be implemented immediately. Sweeney responded
The EPC voted to accept the report and its recommendation subject to copy editing revisions.
THANKS. Dean Quinn thanked all the members of the EPC for a productive year. He especially thanked
whose terms were expiring. He also announced that
would be joining EPC in the fall adding that Christina Corea would be continuing as Chief Academic Affairs representative of theUGBC.
ADJOURNMENT. Dean Quinn adjourned the meeting at