EPAG Minutes

Thursday, April 6, 2006


Humanities 309


Beth Cleary,  Caroline Ettinger,  Ellen Guyer, Andrea Johnson, Mahnaz Kousha, Ruthanne Kurth-Schai (Chair) Gary Krueger, Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Michael Schneider,  Peter Weisensel,  Karl Wirth, 


  1. Minutes:  The minutes from March 30th were approved.
  2. Allocations: At the next regular meeting, we will resume consideration of allocation requests.  It’s anticipated that four department chairs want to address the committee’s questions in person.  Those visits were scheduled for Tuesday the 25th, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  The departments are Environmental Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Anthropology, and Geography.
  3. Appeal:  There is a faculty appeal that needs to be considered by the faculty on the committee – the meeting time was set for Wednesday, April 19th, at 6 p.m.
  4. Assignments:  Ruthanne distributed a list of assignments and suggested volunteers to complete them.  Some assignments may be revisions to the handbook, some may be position statements on topics that have been discussed.  Volunteers will bring their work back to the full committee.
  5. Study Away:  We were joined by Michael Monahan, Paula Paul-Wagner, and Katherine Yngve to discuss study away and its curricular implications.  There were many topics discussed.  One was the composition and size of the recommended program list, as well as how the programs got on the list, the meaning of “recommended” in this context, and how to increase faculty participation in the development of such a list.  Another topic was the relationship of IC to the Institute.  There was discussion of students’ qualifications for study away, and GPA, quality of essays, and the ranking of qualified students when there is a cap.  We touched on the fact that students are required to submit an evaluation of the program, but that there should be an opportunity for the student to reflect on how he or she was affected by the program.  The question of certain majors requiring study abroad was touched upon as well, and whether some broader college approval should be required of departments before they require study away as part of the major.  The student members brought up the issue of study away notification deadlines in relationship to other campus deadlines such as room draw. 


Adjourned 9:30 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Jayne Niemi, Registrar