The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. in the President's
Conference Room at Madison Hall. In attendance were Ed Ayers, Ingrid
Soudek, Theo van Groll, Ben Ray, Milton Adams, Marva Barnett, Dan
Larson and Rebecca Kneedler. Peter Low, Vice President and Provost,
and Joel Hockensmith, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, were
guests at the meeting.
Joel Hockensmith attended the meeting to give background
information on the new degree proposal for the Medical School (an
interdisciplinary degree -- a master's degree in Biological and
Physical Sciences). The Committee approved the new degree proposal.
This action will be reported to the full Senate at a future
Teaching Evaluation: This initiative is a follow-up to the
self Study Report. This initiative was discussed at length,
particularly how to go about initiating a more effective teaching
evaluation system. It was noted that the seriousness of teaching
evaluaiton is quite varied around the University. It was suggested
that a menu of ideas for teaching evaluation could be developed to be
put before the full Senate. It was also noted that the whole
University needs to share what they are doing in this are, enabling
the Committee to get some sense of what is working and what is not
working. It was decided that the Academic Affairs Committee will
meet again early in the Fall with collected data from individual
Draft Policy on Posthumous Degrees: With the help of Peter
Low, the draft policy was revised. It will be sent, via e-mail, to
each Committee member for review and comments.
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.