Committees Educational Policy and Governance Macalester College

Educational Policy and Governance (EPAG)


EPAG Minutes
November 6, 2007
4:30-6:00, CC 215

Fahima Aziz, Kendrick Brown (chair), Pete Ferderer, Terri Fishel, Ellen Guyer, Dan Keyser, David Martyn, Paul Maitland-McKinney, Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Manoj Vemula, Peter Weisensel, Karl Wirth

  1. Kendrick distributed a copy of the History Department review.
  2. The minutes from the last meeting were approved. 
  3. Committee reports:  There was no meeting of the Joint EPAG/RPC chairs since last we met.   The General Education Sub-Committees have been meeting and reviewing proposals.   We recommend that there be a January meeting of the sub-committees so that more proposals for spring 2008 may be considered.
  4. Kendrick reported on his conversation with Karen Saxe about the proposal for a new major.   After some discussion, we decided to invite Karen to our next meeting, for the first 15-20 minutes.   
  5. The quorum motion is being revised based on questions and suggestions that Kendrick has received.  If there are any substantive changes, he will circulate them to us for review.    
  6. We reviewed and asked for clarification on some sections of the EPAG/FPC revisions to Section 6 of the handbook.
  7. We discussed the review and response for the Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies program.   Since it’s anticipated that there will be a request for CNS to become a department, there were more questions than is usually the case.  We discussed FTE issues:  the minimum size of an interdisciplinary department (2 FTE), and where that FTE will come from.   There was discussion of new allocations, and a bit of confusion about where new hires would be appointed and what their expertise might be.  Is there a chart that might clear up that confusion?  We discussed costs of adding a department –physical space and reconfiguration, human resources, resources for research-based courses, what kind of research are we talking about, and the impact on other departments.   We discussed issues of redundancy and overlap.  Someone asked, “Where in the College are neuroscientists appointed?”  We also briefly discussed the question of student demand and the evolving interest in neuroscience in liberal arts colleges.   Kendrick will circulate a draft of the questions.

Adjourned 6:01 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar


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