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Meeting Information

EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
Friday, March 27, 1998
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
East Oval Room, The Rotunda


Committee Members:

Elizabeth A. Twohy, Chair
John P. Ackerly, III
T. Keister Greer
Elsie Goodwyn Holland
Kristine L. LaLonde
Terence P. Ross
Walter F. Walker

AGENDA


I. CONSENT AGENDA (Mr. Low)
Degree Name Change

II. REPORTS BY THE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST (Mr. Low)
A. Adult Degree Program (Mr. Low to introduce Ms. Stallard; Ms. Sondra Stallard to report)
B. Vice President's Remarks


DEGREE NAME CHANGE:

Because the study of genetics has moved to the forefront of much biomedical research, the Department of Biochemistry changed its name last fall to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. This change was reported to the Board last November by Dr. Cantrell.

The Department now wishes to make a corresponding change in the name of its graduate program and its Ph.D. The proposal is to change the degree to a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. This change has been approved by the Dean, the representative faculty bodies in the Medical School, and Dr. Cantrell. It has also been approved by the Faculty Senate.

Because the change is to the name of an existing degree program, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) must be notified but its formal approval need not be sought.

ACTION REQUIRED: Approval by the Educational Policy Committee and the Board of Visitors.

The President will propose the adoption of the following resolution:

RESOLVED that the degree title Ph.D. in Biochemistry be changed to Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics to correspond with the department name change reported at the November 1997 Board of Visitors' meeting.


II.A. Adult Degree Program

BACKGROUND: The University is in the planning stages of a program that will offer a Bachelors degree to adult students from central Virginia on a part-time basis. If adopted, the program will allow students to complete their final two years of college study at the University. It will be available to persons who have previously earned an Associate's Degree from a Community College or who have otherwise earned at least 60 hours in good standing from an accredited college or university. Classes will be offered on the University Grounds during evening and weekend hours. Concentrations are likely to be offered in Business, Information Technology, or the Humanities. Special requirements for the degree will probably include completion of a series of interdisciplinary Liberal Arts seminars. It is likely also that students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in computer skills in order to graduate.

The academic quality of the program will be governed by a faculty committee representing the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Commerce, and Engineering and the Office of the Provost. Piedmont Community College will also have representation on the committee. The committee will approve admissions and graduation requirements, the curriculum and other program requirements, and the credentials of all faculty appointed to teach in the program. It will work closely with the academic schools of the University to ensure that the degree program is academically sound and appropriately rigorous and that it meets the standards of the University and the educational needs of the regions adult students. The program will be administered through Continuing Education.

This is an information item at the present time. The matter is now under discussion in the Executive Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate. Formal presentations will be made to the full Faculty Senate in due course. The proposal will be presented to the Board for Approval if and when it is acted upon favorably by the Senate.

II.B. Vice President's Remarks

ACTION REQUIRED: None

The Vice President and Provost will utilize this portion of the Educational Policy Committee meeting to inform the Board of Visitors of recent events which do not require formal action, but of which they should be made aware.
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