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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
BOARD OF VISITORS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
February 7, 1997
2:00-3:00 p.m., North Oval Room


I. CONSENT AGENDA

A. CLOSURE OF THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE -- As a result of our Self-Study, this degree has been targeted for closure in our restructuring reports. The degree is not important to the Government Department. There is little student interest. No new students have been accepted into the program for several years. Currently enrolled students will be allowed to finish. The Department, the College, and the Faculty Senate have approved its closure.

II. ACTION ITEMS

A. NEW M.Ed. AND Ph.D. DEGREES IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY STUDIES -- The Board must approve all new degrees before they can be sent to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for approval. This degree has been approved by the School and the Faculty Senate. Dean Breneman will explain the purpose, which basically is better to describe an interdisciplinary program that has been under way for a number of years. There are no other graduate programs in educational policy studies at other Virginia universities.

B. ELECTION OF MILLER CENTER COUNCIL MEMBERS -- On October 18, 1996 the Miller Center Council met and adopted a motion recommending to the Board of Visitors that the following persons be elected to membership of the White Burkett Miller Center for Public Affairs Council, effective April 18, 1997: Mrs. Betty Knight Scripps for two years, Mr. Paul H. O'Neill for three years, and Mr. Gordon G. Phelps for five years.

III. REPORTS BY THE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST

A. VICE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS -- The vice president and provost will offer a brief update on status of search committees

B. ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE -- The Board approved ten faculty research grants at the June 9, 1995 meeting as part of the Academic Enhancement Program. The program, by its terms, will have to be renewed at the June 1998 meeting if it is going to be continued. Gene Block will report on the progress of the funded programs at the half-way point.

C. DIVISION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION TASK FORCE -- The Provost appointed a Task Force in September 1995 to study the future of the Division of Continuing Education. The Task Force has now reported, and has made recommendations about the mission of continuing education at the University and about a number of principles that should control the manner in which that mission should be pursued. David Breneman, Chair of the Task Force, will report.

IV. FACULTY PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Report in Executive Session on faculty personnel actions since last Board meeting that require Board approval.

The Provost will also report on plans to revisit the level of detail reported to the Board on the faculty personnel actions. Guidance is solicited.


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