EPAG Minutes
November 27, 2006
2:45-4:15, Campus Center 214

Kendrick Brown, Beth Cleary,  Natalia Espejo,  Ellen Guyer, Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Joan Ostrove, Wang Ping, Michael Schneider, Peter Weisensel (co-chair), Karl Wirth (co-chair), Terri Fishel

  1. The minutes from November 20th were approved.
  2. Course change and diversity proposals had been summarized and distributed via email.  All should be considered approved, and will circulate to the faculty starting December 1st.
  3. EXCO discussion:  What advice do we want to give the organizing committee?  We agreed to continue our email discussion for one more week; generating a list of what advice we want to give them, and in what format.  We need to convey some sense of our support and what guidance we have to offer.  Joan will initiate an email that starts the conversation – we should “reply to all” for a full conversation.
  4. We reviewed the Guidelines for Allocations document.  As we discussed our previously articulated wishes for an earlier conclusion to the process and the possibility of requests for positions two years out, we decided that the document does need some tweaking.  Joan and Kendrick will collaborate on some revisions to the guidelines.  We hope to send out the request before fall semester ends and have it due mid-February.  We must arrange dedicated meetings, separate from our regular meetings, to make allocations decisions.
  5. Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Concentration:   We reviewed a draft of the catalog copy.  It was approved with the following recommendations:  There should be a separate section called Recommendations which includes the paragraphs on study away and language; change the wording in  the language piece,  replacing “complete the college’s language requirement” with “enroll”;  clarify the actual numbers of the courses listed and confirm that they are listed in the right category; finally, formalize the steering committee listing.    Jayne will include the approval of this concentration in the circulation to the faculty.
  6. We considered, discussed, and approved the proposal of the PE Department to change how credit is earned for its courses.  Effective with the Fall 2007, each course will carry one credit, and a maximum of four different successfully completed courses may count towards graduation.   This change will also be circulated to the faculty. 
  7. We have a potential meeting time for spring semester:  Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30.   We await confirmation from the Provost that she can re-arrange another meeting at that time.   After that, Jayne will arrange for a room. 
  8. Study abroad appeal:  A student applied for a year long program, and was approved for only one semester.  There was no procedural error found,  so the appeal was denied.    

Adjourned 4:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar