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February 1, 2007

Academic Affairs Committee
Minutes of February 1, 2007
McCaffrey Center Pine Room

Call to Order:  3:05 p.m.

Present: Nathan Batto, Susan Giraldez, Michael Golanbari, Fred Muskal, Newman Peery, Jean Purnell, Meghan Mullen, Christine Wilson, Veena Vaidyanathan, Ken Day, Christine Wilson

Not Present:  Michael Sokol, Mike McCallum

Special Guests:  Cecilia Rodriguez

Minutes:  Minutes of December 7, 2006 approved with no edits. 
Current Agenda Items:
Ken Day made a friendly amendment to include approval of RELI 152 Confucian Traditions contingent upon revision of the syllabus.

Motion unanimously approved.
Program Changes:  Economics
Motion: Susan Giraldez moved, Fred Muskal seconded to approve the revision of the Mathematics Track.
Motion unanimously approved.

Modern Language and Literature
Motion: Ken Day moved, Fred Muskal seconded to approve the revision of the Major: Asian Language & Studies contingent upon approval of the revised syllabus and text for RELI 152 Confucian Traditions yet to be fully approved.
Motion unanimously approved.

Motion: Fred Muskal moved, Ken day seconded to approve the changes to the Major and Minor Sociology.
Motion unanimously approved.

Program Review:  History
Newman Peery will send a memo to the department with a courtesy copy to Dr. Gilbertson indicating that the History Department has put a plan in place and that it has been implemented.

2007-2008 Academic Calendar
The calendar was previously approved by the Academic Affairs Committee in December 2006 but there were objections by the Academic Council. Cecilia Rodriguez met with the Academic Council and reported to the AAC on the updates. Spring Break will be the 9th  week from the beginning of the semester (March 10-14). The Office of the Registrar  will update its web site to reflect the change. There will be no changes to the student travel date; this is still open for further discussion.
As a result of the Financial Aid audit it was discovered there were out-of-compliance  Federal and State issues in regard to financial aid and student withdrawal. Students receiving financial aid that drop their total units to less than 12 will jeopardize their aid.  After the first two weeks a withdrawal from class will reflect a “W” on the transcript. The “W” will always remain on the final transcript. A withdrawal within the first two weeks will not result in a “W” on the transcript.
The AAC agreed to move the date. Newman Peery will send a memo to the AAC on the modifications.
Motion: Nathan Batto moved, Ken Day seconded to reaffirm the acceptance of the “W” policy on the transcript.
Motion unanimously approved.
Representative of Academic Affairs Committee to CAPP Steering Committee
Christine Wilson will serve on the committee through the end of May. Another member will be assigned in May to continue representation for the AAC starting in June 2007.

Motion: Ken Day moved, Fred Muskal seconded to approve adjournment.
Motion unanimously approved.

Adjourned: 4:20 pm.

Submitted by
Rosie Fox, Secretary
Academic Affairs Committee