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

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

  1. Ben Legow is our newest student member.  He is a senior history major.  We introduced ourselves for his benefit.  Don’t forget to add him to any distribution lists!
  2. The minutes of the November 27th meeting were approved.  Remember that next semester’s meeting time is set for Tuesdays, 10-11:30 and will continue to be in this room.
  3. We considered a request for senior residency waiver.  Given that this person was here so long ago, and her ability to return to Mac is now hindered by her family situation, we agreed to approve her request.  Peter will notify her and will also remind her of the remaining requirements for her history major.
  4. We considered a proposal from the International Studies department to add an IS minor with science concentration.    There were questions such as the following:    What does it mean to have an emphasis within a minor?  Does one science course suffice for an emphasis, particularly when it is not a methods course?   What does the science division think?  We decided that there was not sufficient evidence of support from the science division.  We will return it to the department with a request that they arrange a meeting with the science division to get more feedback on the proposal.
  5. Allocation Guidelines:  Diane distributed a draft of her cover memo, which would accompany the guidelines document.   We suggested revisions to both the cover memo and the guidelines document.  
  6. GER forms:  Karl reported that 19 courses had been submitted for approval as of last Friday.  Ellen reported on feedback about the forms from those requesting the  W designation.  She also shared a suggestion by one faculty member for an abbreviated request, but we’ll continue with the current process for the moment.   Jayne reminded the group that courses approved for designation must be circulated to the full faculty at the start of each month, just like other course changes.
  7. FPC document on appeals:   A flaw in the appeals document language has been found.   The intent to exclude those currently serving on FPC needs to be made clearer.  We decided that we would consider this a friendly amendment.
  8. EXCO:   Peter has been asked to represent EPAG on EXCO’s executive committee.   He will respond that we are interested in sending a rep once the responsibilities are defined.   Beth and Ping volunteered.   We then discussed the meaning of having a representative – what is the symbolism?  Is this in an official capacity for EPAG, or is it unofficially, as faculty members interested in the development of EXCO?  We reminded ourselves of Beth’s proposal of 3 year “developmental period”.    More than anything, it seems that EXCO wants to preserve their autonomy during this development stage.  We recognize that a faculty member could give valuable guidance/feedback in a facilitating or advisory way.   Do we have an interest in providing mentorship for the instructors, or not?   
  9. Study away:  We want to help to clarify what the grounds for an appeal might be, so that students understand better if an appeal would be worth their time and energy.   We also want to revise the denial letter so that it doesn’t encourage appeals.  Discussion returned to the idea of the lottery.  We could wait until TFOB meets about the budget and for the IC review take place before we ponder these activities again.  In the meantime, since we can get a reliable prediction of the number of students who hope to study away next year, EPAG could express support for the idea that the College should budget for that predicted number.   The chair will send a letter to David Wheaton. 
  10. Calendar for 2008-09:  We reviewed the issues with the 08-09 fall semester, and will discuss possible changes to that year, and perhaps beyond, at our next meeting. 

Adjourned at approximately 4:20.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar