Committees Educational Policy and Governance Macalester College

Educational Policy and Governance (EPAG)


EPAG Minutes
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Campus Center 215

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

1. Minutes: The minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
2. Course changes: The course changes were approved as listed on the previously distributed memo.
3. Revised CNS proposal: We asked questions of Eric, mostly about the naming of the program, and the various decisions made in the spirit and interest of collegiality and compromise. This is one major, with two paths through the major. We asked him to tell us more about the request for a waiver of the 2 person FTE floor. How will that work? First, they have to be a department, then they may pursue an allocations request. The program will continue to offer the major, and if a position is not allocated, it will have to go away. Eric removed himself from the room so the proposal could be discussed. And so it was. Just what does recommending this to the faculty mean? We have to be clear, it seems, that what the faculty votes might bind future allocations committees to the decision of the faculty. We reviewed our options and then the question was called. Should EPAG recommend this to the faculty? There were 7 in favor and 1 opposed. Kendrick would appreciate emails to write up the rationale. Eric was allowed to return.
4. Targeted hire: The English department has a request in for a targeted hire to replace a departing faculty member. Diane described the history of this position and the possible candidate that is targeted. We discussed whether this qualified as fulfilling the mission of the policy on targeted hires. We reviewed the goals of the strategic hire, and polled the members for their opinion. A majority of the group were favorable towards the request going forward.

Adjourned at 6 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar


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