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February 3, 2005

AMENDED March 3, 2005

Academic Affairs Committee

Minutes of February 3, 2005

McCaffrey Center Spruce Room

Present: Vivian Snyder, Jean Purnell, Berit Gundersen, Chris Goff, Amber Miller, Joe King, Newman Peery, Dave Keefe, Robert Coburn

Absent: Mel Thomas, David Thomas

Guests: Lydia Fox, George Lewis, Gary Martin

Vivian Snyder, Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.

I.        Approval of Minutes

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Chris Goff seconded to approve the December 2, 2004 minutes.

Motion unanimously approved.

II.      Consent Agenda

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Robert Coburn seconded to approve the Consent Agenda items.

Syllabi for two Biology courses needed revision to include language to describe the course content and the expectations for student learning.  A revised syllabus has been received from one professor.  The second syllabus has not been received yet so it is requested that it also be approved contingent on receipt of the revised syllabus.

SPTS 274 Advanced Sport Marketing Promotions has been offered in the class schedule since 2002.   This is being submitted now because it did not go through the committee in 2002.  SPTS 274 is a cross-listed course with SPTS 174 Sport Marketing Promotions.  

The committee questioned the Prerequisite text used in the catalog description for CIVL 22 Surveying.   A Pacific class course number should be listed in the description.

Chris Goff moved, Berit Gundersen seconded to make a friendly amendment to remove CIVL 22 Surveying from the Consent Agenda until there is a clarification of the catalog description.

Motion unanimously approved.         

III.     Program Review

The President’s Decision memo on the Program Review for the Department of Geosciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Physical Therapy was sent to the committee prior to the meeting.

It is anticipated that two panel reports (Political Science and Pharmacy) will meet the February 15 deadline and will be on the March agenda.   The panel for Computer Science may not meet the deadline due to an accreditation review. 

This year 2004/2005 the Department of History was scheduled for a Special Review.   This is a follow-up to the previous review.   Specific issues need to be addressed.   A sub-committee will be formed to address issues and report back to the committee, as was done when the Department of Sociology underwent a Special Review in 2003/2004.  

IV.     Program Changes

          Geosciences – Major

Motion: Newman Peery moved, Chris Goff seconded to approve the program changes to the Geosciences Major.

Motion unanimously approved.

Sociology – Major

Motion: Newman Peery moved, Berit Gundersen seconded to approve the program changes to the Sociology Major.

George Lewis, Chairperson, Department of Sociology, was present to give an explanation of the requested change to the Sociology Major.

Motion unanimously approved.

Religious and Classical Studies

Motion: Dave Keefe moved, Berit Gundersen seconded to approve the deletion of the Classical Studies Major.

Motion approved by 2.

Abstention: 5

School of International Studies

Motion: Berit Gundersen moved, Chris Goff seconded to approve the School of International Studies Proposed Major: International Relations and Global Studies and the addition of Emphasis and deletion of individual majors.

ECON 71 Global Economic Issues will be added to the list of course requirements for the major in International Relations and Global Studies requirements.


Motion unanimously approved contingent on receiving a revised course listing.

Action on the Engineering and Computer Science Addition Major is postponed.   This item is currently under review.

V.       Consent Agenda (continued)

There was an omission of the Modern Language and Literature deletion courses under Item II. Consent Agenda.  These items were incorrectly listed under Program Changes.  The members agreed to apply the previous Consent Agenda motion to the Modern Language and Literature deletion courses.  It was therefore, assumed that the courses were approved under the consent agenda.


          CIVL 22 Surveying

Motion: Chris Goff moved, Robert Coburn seconded to approve the revision course form contengent upon receipt of a revised prerequisite catalog description.

          Motion unanimously approved.


VI.     Undergraduate Graduation with Honors Policy

Gary Martin, convener of the Council of Assistant Deans, was present to give an overview of the process used to develop a uniform undergraduate graduation with honors policy.   This idea was promoted by the Council of Assistant Deans (CAD) and has been discussed at the Council of Deans.   This proposal will address three questions.

  • What should be the GPA requirement?
  • Which semester should this GPA is based on?
  • Should this be based on the student’s final Institutional GPA?

The School of Business and School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences use their own calculations.  The current practice is that the Registrar’s Office examines the GPA during the spring to determine whether the student is graduating with honors.

Undergraduate Graduation with Honors

Campus-Wide Policy Proposal



  1. Whether students graduate with “Honors,” “High Honors,” or “Highest Honors” will be based on the student’s final Institutional (Pacific) grade point average.
  2. The student must have completed a minimum of 54 letter-graded units at Pacific.
  3. The requirements are:

    a. Cum Laude – 3.5

    b. Magna Cum Laude – 3.7

    c. Summa Cum Laude – 3.9

  4. This distinction will be noted in the commencement programs based on their spring transcripts, with a disclaimer at the bottom of the page which reads:

           The above “Graduation with Honors” distinctions are contingent upon final grade point                        average calculations at the completion of all relevant coursework.          

Motion: Dave Keefe moved, Newman Peery seconded to approve the proposal as suggested and explained by Professor Martin with the implementation in May 2005 subject to confirmation by the BSE dean with a change if necessary.


VII.    Course Numbering Practices

Vivian read the pro and con email responses from schools on the proposed course numbering.  There was an agreement to adopt the guidelines and propose that these are simply general standards for new faculty and current faculty wanting to change courses.  Vivian stated she will draft a document using the detailed information drafted by the Registrar's Office and will include a footnote at the bottom that individual schools may make adjustments.  This draft will be distributed to the members prior to the next meeting and acted on at the March meeting.  The AAC members agreed that some parts of the guidelines were not feasible – especially the even/odd numbering implying every other year offering.   There should be an amendment to the wording that reads 100-199 courses are upper level with some exceptions that such courses may be appropriate for qualified sophomores or that some of these courses do not have lower division prerequisites.


VIII.  Standards for On-Line Courses

It was suggested that the standards or policies used for on-line courses should be investigated.  This will be a discussion item on the March agenda.


IX.     Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.


Submitted by

Rosie Fox, Secretary

Academic Affairs Committee