Academic Policies Committee
Annual Report, 2007-2008


During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Academic Policies Committee met 15 times. The committee reviewed a number of policies for changes relative to the new curriculum and calendar, as well as ongoing additional policy matters. The committee also received over 300 course proposals for various CGA and Concentration credits, 11 major requirements revision proposals, and two new Concentration proposals.

Policies 120.2, 109.2, and 190.3 were reviewed and some suggested changes to these were communicated to the Policies and Procedures Committee. Recommendations were made to the faculty on modifying the policies (in the Catalog) to accommodate the new calendar on: 1) probation and leave; 2) class attendance; 3) drop/add; and 4) course withdrawal. APC reviewed two recommendations of the ITF Steering Committee on the use of emeritus faculty in the FYS program and on the rules governing the B.S. degree in the new curriculum. APC endorsed both these and recommended them to the faculty.

The committee reviewed and recommended approval to the faculty 303 courses for CGA and Concentration credits. The committee also reviewed and recommended to the faculty the approval of changes to the degree requirements for the Art, Asian Studies, Communication Studies, English, History, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Theatre Arts majors. The committee also reviewed and recommended to the faculty the approval of a new Poverty Studies Concentration.

The committee studied the current pass/fail system during Spring Term, conducting a faculty survey to assess faculty opinions and concerns about the system. Time did not permit the committee to come to a definitive conclusion on this issue and this study is referred to next year’s APC for further consideration.

The chair expresses his sincere appreciation to all of the committee members for their diligent work during the year.

Ken Abernethy (Chair), Computer Science
John Harris, Mathematics
Kristy Maher, Sociology
Robin Visel, English
Dan Koppelman, Music (Fall Term)
Doug Cummins, Theatre Arts (and liaison with Curriculum)
Elizabeth Cooke, Student (Fall/Winter Terms)
Ben Able, Student (Fall/Winter Terms)
Emily Wilson, Student (Spring Term)
Julianna Battenfield, Student (Spring Term)
Brad Barron, Associate Dean for Academic Records
Linda Bartlett, Associate Academic Dean
Tom Kazee, VPAA and Dean (Fall/Winter Terms)
John Beckford, Dean of the Faculty (Spring Term) 

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