College of Arts and Sciences
Educational Policy Meeting
Minutes of the 395th Meeting
PRESENT: Joe Burns, Michael
Connolly, Paul Davidovits, Vincent Dimaggio, Clare Dunsford,
CALL TO ORDER: Dean Quinn called the meeting to order at
MINUTES: Minutes for
Murphy also stated he expected to have materials for a discussion of grade inflation at the February EPC meeting.
Attendance: Dean Quinn called on Grace Simmons, who raised the question of low attendance at Friday classes throughout the semester and at all classes held during Thanksgiving week,
Dean Quinn noted that:
Jennie Purnell and Michael Connolly stated that Friday quizzes might solve any attendance problem. Clare Dunsford stated that making lecture notes available electronically hurts attendance. Michael Connolly stipulated that the issue was discipline specific and some courses might not require lecture attendance. Joe Burns added that large lecture courses frequently make notes available and that discussion sections were a different issue from lectures.
Dean Quinn noted that this may be an academic culture shift
in which Fridays were fading out. He noted that sign-in sheets had been used to
address the problem during the sixties. Bill Petri and Kristen Norgrove asked
if attendance should affect grades.
Academic Integrity: Eileen Sweeney reported the subcommittee had discussed whether the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee should be made binding rather than recommended stating the subcommittee did not favor such a change noting
Sweeney offered three penalties proposed by the subcommittee – all of which left the faculty grading prerogative intact:
· administrative withdrawal of student from course,
· leaving the grade on the transcript while reducing the credits to “0”.
Sweeney also noted the subcommittee’s other concerns:
Dean Quinn, noting that there appeared to be two conflicting goals –
stated that the Academic Integrity Committee was designed to achieve the first but might make achieving the second more difficult. Joe Burns, noting that these were thoroughly good goals and allowing there would be no perfect solution, stated that the question was, “Where do we want to come down?” Clare Dunsford added that it seemed the Subcommittee had returned to square “1” with the AIC’s decision being “recommended.
Joe Burns asked how the subcommittee would address the case where a faculty member wanted to give a grade of “F” for a course. Sweeney responded the subcommittee favored using an administrative “W” or a “P” to protect the student. Michael Martin asked what administrative grade of “X” meant. Sweeney stated it would be an administrative mark which would not change the faculty grade but replace it. Grace Simmons asked if a student could withdraw with a “W” to avoid a penalty. Joe Burns answered, “No.” Dean Quinn noted that the current “Dean’s File” on cheating cases was destroyed after five years but the “X” would be on the permanent transcript.
Paul Davidovits asked how many cases resulted in a
disagreement between the faulty member and Academic Integrity Committee.
Dean Quinn thanked the Academic Affairs Subcommittee for its work on the difficult issue and stated a report of this discussion could be forwarded to the AVP’s Advisory Council.
ADJOURNMENT. Dean Quinn thanked everyone and adjourned the meeting at
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