EPAG Minutes
Thursday, September 29, 2005
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Humanities 309

Michael Schneider, Joan Ostrove, Linda Schulte-Sasse, Peter Weisensel, Ruthanne Kurth-Schai (Chair), Karl Wirth, Ellen Guyer, Jayne Niemi

1. The minutes from the last meeting were approved with minor corrections.

2. The feedback forms are up on the web. (Kudos to Karl and the webmaster!) The final date to provide feedback is Monday October 10th.

3. Report on the first lunch: It was well-attended and there was productive discussion of the proposed requirement in multiculturalism and internationalism. Ruthanne reported on the feedback she received via email.

4. Grants Committee: a volunteer is needed for the grants committee. The focus of this group is to review grants in relationship to the curriculum. Linda can do this. She has to bow out of her Academic Standing role. Joan is willing to replace her on the Academic Standing Subcommittee.

5. Implementation: The group looked at the draft. We discussed issues surrounding the course approval process for new requirements. Two options (besides EPAG as sole decision-maker) were discussed. One was the subcommittee structure (similar to what exists now for IDIM, Study Away, Academic Standing) and advisory committees that make recommendations to EPAG. In either case approved courses would still follow the current process of circulation to the full faculty at the beginning of each month. It was generally agreed that there needs to be some broad consistency among the three groups (e.g., courses retroactively approved, courses that might meet more than one requirement, same pattern of recommending exceptions to EPAG). We need to decide whether to use advisory committees at all. If so, there should be a trial period so the process can be evaluated after operating for a number of years. It would be helpful to have a draft of a sample form that would apply to all three requirements. We decided that if we go to the advisory committee model an EPAG member needs to be on each committee. We decided to discuss the possibility of a staff member "managing" the committee-work for each requirement. We discussed under what conditions we would need to propose a change in the bylaws. These and many other questions were pondered, and will be returned to at the next meeting.

Adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jayne Niemi, Registrar