University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D., President, Presiding
Dr. Nelson convened the meeting 4:12
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION . . . Mr. Abraham Hoff, Jr., SGA
This is my last faculty meeting and I will miss
everyone. Last month we sponsored a campus clean up. I want to thank Dr. Babatunde,
Dr. Flint, and Dr. Millette for their help with this project and their support
of the SGA and the student body. I ask you to show your appreciation for the Honda
All-Star Team which came in fourth place in our division. The team was made up
of the following students: Zchagiel Monroe, Robert Holiday, Monique Johnson, and
II. ACTION ITEMS
. . .Grant D. Venerable,
II Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
A. The minutes
from the March 3, 2005 meeting were approved.
Policies/Curriculum Committee Recommendations
. . . . Dr. B. Marshall Henderson
1. A unified Math Major with three concentrations: Pure and
Applied, Actuarial Science, and Math Education was passed.
Undergraduate curriculum structure.
The body voted to table
a motion that would have approved the curriculum structure in concept-that is,
120-124 credits appropriately distributed by each departmental faculty over an
undergraduate program of study composed of Core Curriculum (40-42 credits), Major
Emphasis (48 credits), Minor (15-24 credits), Foreign Language / Computer (6 credits),
Internship / Cooperative Education, Study Abroad, or Research (up to 6 credits),
and Free Electives (7 credits).
Some of the concerns that
were expressed about the motion included that, according to the by-laws, the Educational
Policies and Curriculum Committees should propose an outline for the faculty to
vote on, that the Educational Policy and Academic affairs Committee (EPAAC) voted
for a concept not a specific structure, that the faculty as a body be given more
say over the structure of the 124 credit hour concept, that to heedlessly vote
on the motion when there were so many questions was incautious, and that the proposal
offered too little flexibility for students.
Dr. Herring moved
that the concept be referred back to the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committees
to take a look at recommendations and consider the eight integrative themes with
input from the departments and report back at the April 26, 2005 meeting.
motion was seconded and was passed.
Dr. Nelson: Curriculum
issues are always contentious, and they are just like treaties. At some point,
we must negotiate and coalesce around a concept. Certainly, it is unhelpful when
such issues become infused with invective.
The meeting was
adjourned at 5:50 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Donald J. Bradt