Minutes of the October 7, 2004 Meeting of the Academic Policies Committee of the Faculty Senate

Present: Esther Elstun (chair), Carol Kaffenberger (member), Jean Moore (member), Clifton Sutton (member)
Absent: Susan Trencher (member, on leave)

After some preliminary discussion involving the state of the AP Committee in the Spring Semester, discussion of the agenda items began at 3:12 PM.

  1. The minutes of the September 16, 2004 meeting were approved.
  2. Carol gave a progress report on her work involving an investigation of whether faculty have sufficient input regarding the approval of undergraduate interdisciplinary programs involving more than one academic unit.
  3. Cliff gave a progress report on his work involving the possible establishment of an "open withdrawal period" for graduate students (during which graduate students can drop a limited number of classes, for any reason and without needing permission from a dean, after the drop deadline (which is about a month into the semester)). Such an open withdrawal period for graduate students would be similar to the one established last spring, and to be put into effect in Fall 2005, for undergraduate students.
The meeting adjourned at 3:58 PM.

minutes submitted by Clifton Sutton