Academic Policies Committee
Minutes - November 27, 2007

Present: Ken Abernethy, Kristy Maher, Robin Visel (recorder), Karin Bengtsson (observer), Dan Koppelman, Brad Barron, Tom Kazee, John Harris, Doug Cummins

The meeting was called to order at 3:10.
The minutes for the November 6 meeting were approved. 
The committee considered the request from Jeremy Cass to forbid pass/fail in IDS 75. Discussion: Do non-concentrators take this course? Brad pointed out that concentrations are often completed before declared, so it is difficult to distinguish between concentrators and non-concentrators (i.e. students required or electing to take the course). The committee agreed to give this course a one-time exemption to the existing pass/fail policy and to commit the larger issues of the pass/fail regulations to further study later this academic year (e.g. concentration requirements, study away courses, etc).
The committee considered the proposed changes to the Music major requirements. Discussion: Is this an expansion or a reallocation of the music requirements? We were told that students will now get formal credit for academic activities that they now do for no credit, but the committee could not determine whether the proposed revision would add more work for students and require more faculty resources.  APC decided that it needs answers to such questions before approving the new music curriculum. Ken will invite Bill Thomas, chair of Music to a future meeting to explain the proposal and answer the committee’s questions.
APC returned to the FYS/W approval issue. Tom Kazee reconstructed the genesis of the FYS/W approval structure: there is no distinction between the approval process of FYS and FYW. The FYS Oversight Committee has been given verbal authority over this element of the general education requirement. However, APC might develop a consent procedure for approving the FYWs under its mandate. APC needs to be satisfied that these courses meet the writing requirement of the curriculum without creating an untenable workload for the committee.  The courses are not necessarily tied to the originating instructors; the faculty needs to see evidence in the CPS questions and answers that writing is being taught according to the CRC guidelines.  Ken proposed that APC should consider all FYS and FYW courses that have not yet been approved by the faculty. APC’s reading of our operating procedures is that we need to approve all GERs.  APC would also like the FYS Oversight Committee to pay closer attention to the oversight of the writing requirement.  The committee suggested that Ken convene the chairs of APC, FYS, ITF, Curriculum, and the relevant deans to discuss the approval process, including possibly rewriting the FYW proposal form.   
The committee considered the following FYS and FYW proposals for CGA credit, and will decide upon FYS and FYW credit at the next meeting.  Robin and John reported on their readings of the CGA answers in the proposals, for Analysis of Texts and Mathematical and Formal Reasoning, respectively.
The following courses were approved for Analysis of Texts credit:
FYS: Politics of Religion in German Lit. in Engl. Trans 
FYS: American Gothic: Innocent Visions to Nightmares
FYS: Social Indictment: An American Tradition
FYW: Issues in Shakespearean Drama
FYW: History of Detective Fiction
FYW: The American Dream: The Ideal and the Reality
FYW: “I’ll Be Watching You”: Surveillance Thrillers
FYW: Representing the Holocaust
FYW: Stories: Narrative Theory and Craft

The following courses were approved for Mathematical and Formal Reasoning credit:
FYS: The Art of Mathematics: Through Euclid's Eyes
FYS: Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics
FYS: Combinatorial Game Theory
FYS: The Heart of Mathematics
FYS: The Mathematics of Games and Gambling

The following courses were approved for Humans and their Natural Environment credit
FYW: Global Water Issues
FYW: Engaging Nature (and Analysis of Texts)

The following course was approved for AGRS Concentration credit:
FYW: History of Liberal Arts

 

The following course was approved for ESOL Concentration credit:
FYS: Language: What it is and what it isn't

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55

 

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