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Minutes of Meeting

Academic Standards Committee Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Location: Bldg15/ Room 3004

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 11:00 AM by Edwin Harris, chair.

Members Present:

Edwin Harris (Chair), Susan Perez, Diana Tanner, Steven Williamson, Pingying Zhang

Members Absent:

Kathaleen Bloom, James Gleaton, Christine Weber

Others Attending:

Megan Kuehner, Registrar

Meeting Minutes

  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business

    Election of New Chair

    • Steven Williamson has self-nominated via e-mail.
    • Steven Williamson was unanimously elected chair.

    Election of Vice Chair 
    • Nominations will be taken at the meeting.
    • Diana Tanner was unanimously elected vice-chair.

    Latin Honors revisions from FA Floor (View Link Here)  
    • Concerns were raised that the process was not thought about in detail.
    • The policy was revised to only allow for FA grades to block Latin Honors.

    Appealing Grades NOT Related to Academic Misconduct (View Link Here)  
    • We will need to use the CBA to model our policy off of.
    • See proposed additional verbiage regarding instructors’ rights in grade assignment.
    • This will be addressed at the next meeting.

    Academic Appeals Committee Bylaws  
    • We must update and approve the Academic Appeals Committee Bylaws.
    • This will be addressed at the next meeting.

    NCAA Update (Megan)  
    • Should have more information since the June conference.
    • Megan stated that there was no news from the conference.
  • New Business

    Grade Inflation (View Link Here)

    • Chip has asked the ASC to review some articles and consider if UNF has a problem with grade inflation.
    • Megan Kuehner will obtain data regarding grade trends over time.

    First Day Attendance (View Link Here )  

    • Chip has been asked by the Provost to have the ASC review a new proposal.
    • The purpose of the policy is to initiate an academic activity on the first day for attendance-recording purposes
    • Anissa Agne will attend the next meeting to address implications to Financial Aid.


    Withdrawal Limit and Labs

    • Students taking a lab and lecture separately are being unduly penalized by the current withdrawal policy
    • Example: Joe Student is in General Chemistry 1 and Lab (CHM2045 and CHM2045L). Joe Student is not being successful in Chemistry and withdraws after consulting with an academic advisor. This counts as TWO of the three withdrawals, whereas for a student in a non-science course suffering the same issue, they would have only used one of the three withdrawals.
    • Consider a stipulation that if the student withdraws from the lecture, the lab does not count towards the limit, OR
    • Consider not counting labs towards the limit?
    • Megan will pull data regarding the number of students this has an effect on.
    • Advisors should be asked if any students have encountered this issue.
    • WOUP could be used in off-cases if this is not a big issue.

    Degree Progression and Change of Major Policy (View Link Here)

    • The deans and associate deans have proposed a policy under the direction of the Provost to keep students on-track for timely degree-completion.
    • The committee voted to forward this policy as an information item for the faculty: rationale is that this is an administrative issue and not an academic standard.. we will solicit faculty feedback through FA but not vote on it at this time.


  • Other Discussions/Announcements

    Committee membership news

    • Edwin Harris is stepping down from the committee due to other committee obligations.
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 12:00 PM EST.
    Next meeting will be determined later.