Committees Educational Policy and Governance Macalester College

Educational Policy and Governance (EPAG)


EPAG Minutes
December 11, 2007
4:30-6:00, CC 215

Kendrick Brown (chair), Pete Ferderer, Dan Keyser,  Paul Maitland-McKinley, David Martyn, Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Peter Weisensel, Eric Wiertelak,  Karl Wirth

  1. The minutes were made lovelier with the correction of typographical errors, and were therefore approved. 
  2. Our meetings for spring semester will be held in the same meeting room.
  3. Course changes:  Jayne mentioned a few missing pieces and updates to the document.  There was some discussion on labs and faculty load, in general.   All course changes were approved for circulation in January.
  4. Update on the CST director search:  The department’s review is in.  They are working on the response.  In our first spring meetings we’ll look at the review & response and craft the job description.
  5. Update on the Human Rights & Humanitarianism concentration:   The concentration is now approved.  One of the first things we need to clean up in the language about concentrations is the “resource” statement.  We will take a “pause” in passing any concentrations while the structure is being considered.  Since we were in the middle of the process with Global Citizenship concentration, we will take that to its conclusion. 
  6. Update on the Joint RPC/EPAG committee:    The survey is closed and data is in process of being analyzed.   There will be a summary at the Town Hall meeting on Friday.  David shared some of the questions he has received from colleagues, mostly concerning the role of RPC (or rather, lack thereof) in allocations.   Karl shared some support for the joint committee that he heard at the science division meeting.   Everyone can agree that the joint committee should identify principles about future directions for the college, but some faculty worry about non-EPAG members influencing allocations decisions. .   There’s a perception out there that EPAG as allocations is being overly influenced by the Joint committee, and EPAG may need to clear the air about that.   Kendrick will make a statement at the faculty meeting about our support for the joint committee and reiterating that the Allocations Committee is still solely responsible for its recommendations to the Provost. 
  7. We discussed the proposed constitutional amendment regarding voting.  This needs a 30 day circulation period, so it must go out in January.   There were many proposed modifications to Kendrick’s document, and it became clear that we need to come back to the group with a revised document.  Diane will send a list of different ranks and positions from which to start.   We’ll have to shoot for the March faculty meeting in order to accommodate the 30 day notice requirement. 
  8. Kendrick had sent out a list of questions about concentrations to help focus our discussions.   Diane distributed copies of the RFP (Request for Proposals) for the Mellon grant so that everyone had some history about that request.

Adjourned 6:01 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar


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