APC Meeting, March 25, 2008

Present:  Ken Abernethy, Doug Cummins, Robin Visel, Kristy Maher, John Beckford, John Harris (recording), Linda Bartlett, Emily Wilson, Julianna Battenfield.

The meeting began at 3:00 pm.

The minutes from the March 11 meeting were approved.

The committee endorsed the PSY 28 proposal for Empirical Studies: Natural World credit.

The committee considered additional information provided for the COM 121 proposal and decided to endorse the proposal for Visual and Performing Arts credit.

The committee considered the FYW: Alien Visions proposal and the FYW: Harlem Renaissance proposal, and agreed to endorse both for Textual Analysis credit.

The committee considered additional information provided for the “History of Western European Christianity 400-1300” and the “History of Western European Christianity 1300-1650” proposals.  The committee, with two abstentions, voted to endorse these proposals for Historical Analysis credit.

The committee endorsed the changes to the psychology major proposed by the Department of Psychology.

The committee endorsed the changes to the communication studies major proposed by the Department of Communication Studies.

The committee took an initial look at the pass-fail survey results.  The committee wanted more time to ponder these results before drafting suggested changes.  The sense, though, was that there was general satisfaction with the current pass-fail system.  There look to be several specific features for which modifications might be favorable, and we will consider these items in the days/weeks to come.  These items include (but are not limited to) the study away issue, the timing of declaration of pass/fail status, the ability to take courses in a major department pass/fail, and the length of time students have to alter the designated grade option.

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm.

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