Committees Educational Policy and Governance Macalester College

Educational Policy and Governance (EPAG)


EPAG Minutes
February 19, 2008
4:30-6:00, CC 214

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

  1. The minutes from the February 12th meeting were approved.
  2. We will meet as listed below in March.
    Tuesday, March 4, 4:30 to 6:00, CC 214
    Thursday, March 6, 4:30 to 7:30, CC 207 (allocations)
    Tuesday, March 11, 4:30 to 6:00, CC 214
    Thursday, March 13, 4:30 to 7:30, CC 206 (allocations)
    Tuesday, March 27, 4:30 to 6:00, CC 214
    Thursday, March 29, 4:30 to 7:30, CC 206 (allocations)
    (Jayne notes her absence for the latter 2 meetings due to a conference)
  3. Russian Studies Review:  We did not have any additional questions for the reviewers
  4. Section 7 revisions:  We edited the document for clarity.   Although we would like this to go to the faculty this week, it should not go out until we are all comfortable with what is in the document.  Some activities of the past weekend’s Mellon meeting were mentioned, such as the fact that not all colleges offer minors.  We discussed the distinguishing features of a minor and concentration.  It’s not the number of credits, but the interdisciplinary nature of the concentration – an integrative experience.  Is the credit difference necessary?   Does the section about “proposals for new departments” sound like an invitation to create departments?  That is not what is intended.  Are there more details in this section which would clarify how a new department could or ought to be created?  There are other issues beyond the purview of the faculty (e.g., money, space, human and non-human resources) that must be considered seriously.   Kendrick will send a revised draft.  We’ll discuss this more.
  5. Kendrick asked us to review the implementation recommendation document for discussion next week.  In answer to a “quick question” about the 1st recommendation – Kendrick stated that he was striving for compromise.  We will discuss this draft document next week.
  6. Proposal for Global Citizenship concentration:  Do we have what we need to act?  Quick history:  proposal submitted 10/10/07, EPAG sent a letter with questions on 12/5/07, a response was received on 2/19/08.  Some questions were answered, but others not.  We’ve received no letters of support.  Based on the information we have, we can not take action.   We will ask for the planning committee to provide us what we need by March 7th in order that we have time to consider the proposal before the end of the semester

Adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar

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