Academic Standards and Calendar
The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee met on 29 March
2001 and considered the following matters. Part A requires
confirmation by the Faculty Senate; part B is informational.
A. Amend section 8.22.40 to read as follows
effective for May 2001 Commencement (changes are in red):
8.22.40 Those who attain a cumulative
quality point average at the time of graduation of at least 3.30
shall be recognized as graduating "cum
laude." Those who achieve a quality point average of 3.50
shall graduate "magna cum laude," and
those who attain a quality point average of at least 3.70 "summa cum laude." Participation in an honors
program shall not be a condition for graduating "cum laude," "magna cum
laude" or "summa cum laude."
Background: This change to using the Latin for identifying those
graduating with distinction. was proposed by the student member of
the committee, who said: "This change will make our graduating
seniors with distinctions consistent and comparable with other
schools and be more recognized by businesses and internationally."
The Student Senate had passed a resolution in support of the change.
The Enrollment Services office assured the committee that this could
be done for May 2001 graduates.
B. The following actions are presented to the Faculty Senate for
information at this time:
1. The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee
reviewed the Test Support Program proposal at the request of the
Executive Committee. Pamela Rohland, Frances Cohen and Gail Lepkowski
responded to questions and participated in the discussion. The
committee recommended that the Office of Student Life/Disability
Services for Students pilot their proposal for a year and, after
received input from various groups, revise the proposal before
formally presenting it.
2. The committee agreed to insert editorially "(see also
8.51.17)" after the first sentence in section 8.56.10
to clarify the relationship between the two sections.
3. The committee returned to its discussion of the final exam
calendar. As advised by the committee, the Scheduling Officer
attempted to poll faculty, via department chairs, about their needs
for 2-hour or 3-hour exam blocks. She reported that the information
she received was generally inadequate. Because the Manual allows
final exams to be a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 3 hours, the
committee advised the Scheduling Officer to redraft a Fall 2001 exam
schedule assigning 2-hour blocks to everyone, with the proviso that
faculty must request a 3-hour block.
Members of the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee for
*Leo Carroll, SOC/APG
Barbara Luebke, JOR, Chair
Henry Oppenheimer, CBA
*Vincent Rose, CHE
Robert Strobel, ex officio
Andrew Coles, undergraduate student