PRESENT:Joe Burns, Michael
Connolly, Lisa Cuklanz, Paul Davidovits,
Andrea Defusco-Sullivan, Vincent Dimaggio, Clare Dunsford, Solomon Friedberg, Omar
Gonzales, Thomas McGuinness, Michael Martin, Gilda Morelli,
Robert Murphy, Clare O'Connor, Mary Daniel O'Keeffe, O.P., William Petri,
Jennie Purnell, David Quigley, Joseph Quinn,
Grace Simmons, Eileen Sweeney, Barbara Viechnicki,.
CALL TO ORDER:Dean Quinn called the meeting to order at
members each introduced themselves and welcomed the six new members: Lisa
Cuklanz, Paul Davidovits, Vincent Dimaggio, Omar Gonzales, William
Petri, and David Quigley.
MINUTES: Minutes for May 1st 2003 were approved subject to corrections
offered by Bob Murphy.
Academic Affairs. Solomon
Friedberg reported that the subcommittee handled two major issues last year:
of a new interdepartmental program in Psychoanalytic Studies headed by Vanessa
a review of departmental minors.
Friedberg stated that, with some revisions in the required
introductory courses and other details, the EPC had approved the new minor in
Psychoanalytic Studies. He also stated that the review of minors had been
completed and a letter sent to all the directors of all the departmental minors
outlining the committee’s findings. He closed noting that, with the exception
of the university’s need to bring consistency to the presentation of the
information about the minors, there were no outstanding issues.
Murphy reported that the subcommittee dealt with four issues
revision of the Independent Majors program raising the required GPA and
instituting a requirement that students present alternate course
completion of the review of departmental honors begun during the previous
year suggesting the elements that should be included in any honors program
and encouraging the inclusion of a senior thesis or research project.
brief discussion of grade inflation which would likely be dealt with this
a major review of the use of AP credits, SAT exams, and International Baccalaureate
credits in the College of Arts
and Sciences and the university core.Following the subcommittee’s conversations with the departments
Languages and Literatures and Germanic Studies maintained the AP score
required for proficiency at “3” but raised the SAT II score to 550.
Arts raised the required score for Core credit to “4” but retained the
“3” for internal placement.
chair of the English department indicated that department would probably
agree to raise the scores required for English Literature and for Writing
from “3” to “4” and to “5” for credit in both.
Murphy also reported that the
subcommittee met with the University Core Development Committee to discuss
dropping the infamous “rule of 9” requiring that nine of the required core
course be taken at BC. Clare Dunsford, a member of the UCDC, stated that the
issue should be considered as “under discussion.”
Murphy closed by stating that the
subcommittee had recommended that the History Department be asked to reconsider
the use of AP scores for satisfying the core and credit in the major.
Appeals. Joe Burns reported that the subcommittee had reviewed two
grade appeals cases and two appeals of Deans’ rulings during the academic year
and one request to include summer course grades in a students cumulative GPA.
Dean Quinn thanked the subcommittee
chairs and told the members generally that, having heard the reports, if they
wished to serve on a subcommittee other than that to which they had been
assigned they should let him know.
Academic Integrity. Dean Quinn stated that the Academic Vice
President’s Advisory Committee had solicited the EPC’s opinion
the decision of a school’s Academic Integrity Committee stands as a
recommendation to the faculty member who retains the final decision
the Committee’s decision replaces the faculty member’s grade.
Dean Quinn noted that the conflict
is between the tradition of faculty prerogative in matters of grading and the
intent of the university to encourage equity across the university in matters
of academic integrity.
Burns stated that in such cases the committee generally decided the facts,
made a recommendation for action, but left the grading to the faculty
member. He added that the Deans did have the authority to grant a “W” or
to change a registration to “P/F”.
Davidovits stated that cheating was an offense against the institution not
just the individual faculty member thus the university committee’s finding
and recommendation should be binding.
Murphy, Michael Martin, and Bill Petri all stated they
thought this possibility would discourage the faculty from bringing cases
to the committee. Bill Petri added the suggestion that the letter
recommending the “F” be sent to the dean, filed in the sealed folder, with
the information used in the case of a second offense.
Morelli and Clare Dunsford both stated that the
committee sees a breadth of cases that any individual faculty member would
not and sought to assure equity across these cases and to protect students
from overly harsh penalties imposed by some faculty members.
Connolly stated that the problem arose because the policy was badly
worded, that the faculty should be free to reject a committee’s or the
dean’s recommendation about a grade, and that an administrative “W” could
be granted in any case where the deans thought the faculty member had
acted too harshly.
Friedberg stated that the grading could be left to the faculty and a
letter of sanction could address the question of the offense to the
university. Dean Quinn responded this could lead to inequities case to
Davidovits asked if any effort had been made to ascertain what other
institutions did in such cases. Clare Dunsford stated there had been a
survey of other Jesuit universities and the BC policy and which revealed a
wide variety of practices.
Dean Quinn pointed out that the members of this committee
had been elected as representatives of the faculty and that the task at hand was
to make a recommendation to the AVP’s Advisory Committee. He then asked for a
vote on three possible recommendations:
the committee’s recommendation concerning a sanction should continue to
be advisory and that the faculty member should retain control over the
the word “recommendation” should be dropped from the document and the
committee’s decision should be binding.
the issue be sent to the EPC Academic Affairs subcommittee a committee
for consideration and future discussion.
Since there was not a clear majority for wither of the first
two, the issue was sent to the subcommittee and will be discussed at the next
Topics for the coming
year.Dean Quinn offered the
following two major issues.
Academic Affairs: The use of undergraduates as teaching assistants and
graders in undergraduate courses.
Honors: Grade inflation or compression.
Dean Quinn asked that if anyone had
additional suggestions for topics that EPC should take they should contact him.
He then passed out the committee assignments sheet and added again that if any
one wished to serve on a subcommittee other than that to which they had been
assigned they should let him know.
ADJOURNMENT. Dean Quinn
thanked everyone and adjourned the meeting at