EPAG Minutes
October 23, 2006
2:45-4:15, Campus Center 205

Kendrick Brown, Beth Cleary, Cheryl Contant,  Ellen Guyer, Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Joan Ostrove, Wang Ping, Jacob Wartman, Peter Weisensel (co-chair)

  1. The minutes from the October 16th meeting were approved.
  2. Kendrick volunteered to be the EPAG representative to the President’s Initiative on Curricular Renewal proposal review group.  He will contact Jaine Strauss for details.
  3. The Global Citizenship certificate proposal was recently discussed at the department chair meeting.   EPAG members who are also department chairs reviewed some of that discussion.  From that meeting there was clarification that the certificate or whatever it might be called is not intended to appear on a transcript.  The possibility of changing the word “certificate” to “fellowship” was also suggested.   This concept of “fellows” in the Institute for Global Citizenship is a new one that is emerging, but has not been fleshed out, and we had questions about how we all interpret the words “fellow” and “fellowship”.    One committee member asked if there was more information on how such a program would benefit the students.  There is a fundamental lack of understanding about what the Institute is – it is not a department, and there is mixed communication about how it will offer courses in the future.  Peter will be attending a meeting with the planning group on Wednesday, and will report back.   We asked him to convey that there are many serious reservations about the concept and logistics, and that EPAG is in no way ready to endorse the idea.   Once again, we were reminded that this Institute should be for the whole college, and it should not put some students or divisions at an advantage.  There are questions about whether this program intends to create an “elite” group on campus or is intended for a wide audience of student participants. 
  4. A response from the Middle Eastern Studies group was distributed and will be discussed next week.
  5. We discussed the response from the German and Russian Studies department to the International Studies proposal for a partial position re-allocation.  Peter will tell them that we asked IS to submit a fully-developed allocations request that will be considered with all the other requests. 
  6. Peter has received a reminder from the ExCo committee that they have a request in the hopper.   We will have a first discussion of their proposal at the next meeting.

Adjourned 3:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar