University Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies

Monday, October 28, 2013

12:00 Noon – 011D Hullihen Hall (lower level)



I.                    Old Business:

a.       Faculty Handbook 3.1.7 Class Meetings/Size – (attachment)

b.      University Breadth Issue – Approval process and UGS role

c.       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.


d.      Discussion of motion from senate floor concerning undergraduate credit for MOOCs not constructed by UD faculty.


II.                  New Business:


a.       Review of the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar

b.      FYS – Update from Avron

c.       Discussion concerning  UD Policy – 8 week deadline to change to P/F/W or L(Audit)