University Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies

Monday, November 18, 2013

12:00 Noon – Conference Room (Second Floor) in Visitors’ Center



UGS Item13 – 1 University Breadth Issue – Approval process and UGS role. – Resolution approved and sent to CCE. Email sent to A/A’s and College C and C Chairs. Requests are coming to Steve


UGS Item13 - 2 - Review of the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar (Jeff) - Approved.


UGS Item13 – 3 - Faculty Handbook 3.1.7 Class Meetings/Size – (attachment) – Jeff will revise and bring back.


UGS Item13 – 4 – CAS and University Breadth Lists – update from Avron – no change at current time.


UGS Item13 – 5 – On line Course Policy – update from Steve, Karren – this was discussed at the November Faculty Senate Meeting and returned to UGS with “issues” (attachment) (attachment)


UGS Item13 – 6 – Catalogue Edits / Department Web Links / Curriculum Updates – update from – Naomi and Steve – memo revision in progress


UGS Item13 – 7 – Request from Dean Morse (CAS) to Permanent Status Report – update from Steve – email sent; response back from Dean Watson and Dr. Byrne


UGS Item13 – 8 (Jeff and Naomi) – Naomi will distribute samples of each for our review.


 University Catalog Policies –

Matriculation Catalog – There has been a long-standing practice at the institution that students are eligible for the curriculum that was in place at the time they matriculate to UD. Even when students later change majors or internally-transfers to another college, besides a few exceptions, they have been eligible for the curriculum in place at the time they initially enrolled at UD. Luckily, the AA Deans and colleges have been great about this practice but a formal policy would be good to have on the books.


Readmission Catalog – Most institutions have a policy about what catalog a student is eligible for after a separation from their institution. For example, in my research, many institutions stipulate that students that withdraw or are dismissed, etc. from the institution and later return, must meet the degree requirements in place at the time of readmission. Others allow students to select a catalog/requirements that were in place at the time the student was enrolled but usually stipulate a time limit – I’ve seen 5-7 year catalog limits – otherwise the student is held to current catalog requirements. UD does not have such as limit. As such, students are readmitted and the colleges determine what catalog/curriculum they are held to. The colleges apply a variety of interpretations to this ‘policy’ and as such, we have readmitted students following extremely old catalog/curriculums. This week alone, a student was readmitted to the 1981 criminal justice curriculum. An AACRAO consultant visited campus late Spring 2013 as was very surprised to learn that UD did not have a formal catalog policy. In order to be aligned with our peers and adhere to recommendations of experts within the field, I would like UGS to discuss this issue and propose a logical catalog policy for UD.


                UGS Item13 – 9 First Year Seminars – Proposal from Avron forthcoming.


UGS Item13 – 10 Discussion concerning UD Policy – 8 week deadline to change to P/F/W or L(Audit) (Morling) – no change recommended.


      UGS Item13 – 11 Discussion of motion from senate floor concerning undergraduate credit for MOOCs not constructed by UD faculty. – Karren will send out a copy.

        UGS Item13 – 12 Requiring UGS signature on the Credit Transfer Form.

UGS Item13 – 13 Email from Allen Carlsen re NURS/THEA 214, HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATION – can this count as a UD Breadth Course for Nursing Students? – Current guidelines prevent this. .  (attachment) (attachment)

        UGS 0300 – 14 Revise major in Chemical Engineering (attachment)

UGS/GRD 0301-15  Request to move the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) from the College of Engineering to the College of Arts and Sciences (attachment)