University Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies

Monday, December 2, 2013

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

AGENDA and Follow-up


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


UGS Item13 C - Faculty Handbook 3.1.7 Class Meetings/Size – (attachment) – Jeff will revise and bring back. Revision approved and sent to CCE and EXEC for comments (11/20)


UGS Item13 D - CAS and University Breadth Lists – update from Avron – No change at current time.


UGS Item13 E - On line Course Policy – update from Steve, Karren – this was discussed at the November Faculty Senate Meeting and returned to UGS with “issues” (see my attached notes) – Steve will discuss with PCS.


UGS Item13 F – Catalogue Edits / Department Web Links / Curriculum Updates – Naomi and Steve – memo revision in progress.


UGS Item13 G – Request from Dean Morse (CAS) to Permanent Status Report – update from Steve – email sent; response back from Dean Watson and Dr. Byrne. Approved 1 year extension. Dean Morse and Dr. Byrne notified 11/20; Karren to send official notification.


UGS Item13 H - (Jeff and Naomi) – Naomi will distribute samples of each for our review. Reviewed draft and Naomi will edit for final review. Revision approved, sent to CCE for approval. 

UGS Item13 I - First Year Seminars – Proposal from Avron forthcoming. Avron presented             proposed learning outcomes. He will discuss with A/A Deans and bring back to UGS.


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


      UGS Item13 K - Discussion of motion from senate floor concerning undergraduate credit for MOOCs not constructed by UD faculty. – Karren will send out a copy. No action taken.

      UGS Item13 J - Requiring UGS signature on the Credit Transfer Form. No action taken.

UGS Item13 L - 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. No action taken; Steve notified A. Carlsen by email on 11/21.

UGS Item13 M - New Math Placement Exam. Steve will ask rep from MATH Department to meet with UGS.

UGS Item13 N – Changes to CAS Breadth List – Each member should bring this to the attention of their Dean. Perhaps, a resolution from UGS expressing “concern”.

UGS Item13 O – Request from CHEG to change curricula in current catalogue. Email sent to Chuck and Doug requesting clarification.


      UGS 0300-14 - Revise major in Chemical Engineering (attachment) – No action taken. Steve will suggest CHEG discuss new “statistics” course with APEC to avoid challenge. The course issue is resolved by APEC and CHEG. Proposal can be voted on Jan 15th.

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) – Email sent to Dean Morse and Dr. Byrnes asking for revised ENEP curricula and approval of it by CAS EAC, 11/22/13. The resolution has been amended to satisfy our concerns. Proposal can be voted on Jan 15th.  

UGS0313-16 Request to revise the French Studies BA major (attachment)


UGS0314-17 Request to revise the Italian Studies BA major (attachment)


UGS0315-18 Request to revise the Russian Studies BA major (attachment)


UGS0316-19 Request to revise the German Studies BA major (attachment)


UGS0317-20 Request to revise the Japanese Studies BA major (attachment)


UGS0318-21 Request to revise the Spanish Studies minor (attachment)


UGS0319-22 Request to add a minor in European Studies (attachment)


Steve is drafting email(s) for Items 16-22.