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October 2, 2003

Academic Affairs Committee

Minutes of October 2, 2003

McCaffrey Center Spruce Room


Present: Bob Cox, Jean Purnell, Eric Typpo, Susan Sample, Vivian Snyder, Keith Hilton, Chris Goff, Berit Gundersen, Jerry Post, Lisa Nowinski, Paul Kozina


Absent: Ash Brown, Robert Coburn


Guests: David Keefe, Gene Pearson


Chair Bob Cox called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.


I.       Approval of Minutes

September 4, 2003

Motion: Lisa Nowinski moved, Vivian Snyder seconded to approve the minutes.
Motion approved with 1 abstention.


II.     Consent Agenda

Motion: Berit Gunderson moved, Eric Typpo seconded to approve the consent agenda.

Motion unanimously approved.


III.    Program Review

A. Lisa Nowinski, ASUOP, has appointed student representatives for all the 2003-04 Program Review panels.  

Motion: Paul Kozina moved, Chris Goff seconded to approve the addition of the students to the panels. 

Motion unanimously approved.

B. There is a request by Robert Coburn to increase the current Conservatory Program Review panel by one additional faculty.  Discussions between Chair Cox, David Chase, and Ray Sylvester regarding potential names will continue.

C. Gene Pearson, Chair of the General Education Program Review panel, gave an overview of the process that has taken place up to this date.  The consultant, Jerry Gaff, met with the panel and Self-Study Team in June/July and will return in late October to meet with the same groups again.  The process differs from other Program Review in that the Panel and Self-Study Team are collaborating on some data gathering efforts, including forums for faculty and students and a survey.  An electronic survey will be sent to all faculty members on campus as an opportunity to express any concerns or comments regarding the GE program.


IV.    Program Changes



V.     Old Business

A. INTL 113L

Motion: Lisa Nowinski moved, Chris Goff seconded to move the agenda item INTL 113L from the table for consideration and approval.

David Keefe, School of International Studies, gave a description of the course addition.  This is a 2-unit course, designed as a companion course to INTL 113, World Geography for the Social Sciences.  This video lab is not a required course for any major.  Viewing and discussing geographical video tapes provides a better understanding of how geography influences current events.  

Motion unanimously approved.

B. Grade averaging

Grade averaging applies to professional school students who have taken a course at Pacific.  The course can be taken again and the average grade is given to the student.  This practice is declining with only 2 or 3 a year.

C. Grade replacement (course repeat)

Grade replacement is only available to undergraduates.  The grade must be no greater than C-.  This remains on the transcript but the higher grade on the second, third or fourth try is used to calculate the GPA. The use of this has grown to 300 – 400 a year.  Detailed information received from Planning and Research has been given to the assistant deans.  A proposal for a policy change is being drafted and will be presented to the Academic Affairs Committee by the Assistant Deans.


VI.    Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.



Submitted by

Rosie Fox, Secretary

Academic Affairs Committee