Academic Policy Committee (APC)
University Senate, October 29, 2007
Respectfully submitted by Janet H. Clark,
APC Committee Chair
Group welcomed Dean Baker as a new APC
committee member and learned that SGA has appointed Richard Brown as
a non-voting student member of the APC.
Committee agreed to hold off on moving
forward with the proposed discussion on advising issues pending the
release of an upcoming BOR task team report on advising
issues/recommendations across the system. What we do know is that
the effort was chaired by the President of Valdosta State and had no
faculty representation on the team. The official report is expected
late in October.
In addition, in December, the BOR is
expected to release a task team report on retention issues chaired
by the President of Georgia Southern. The APC will review this
report and discuss its relevance to GCSU at the appropriate time.
Committee agreed to table the
intellectual property discussion until the President's committee
posts its report and has time for input/feedback from the campus
community. BOR has mandated that each institution will have an
Intellectual Property policy in place.
Committee continued discussion of the
GPA issues identified at an earlier meeting. Kay Anderson presented
information detailing the different GPA's currently in use at GCSU
and the purpose for each of the six GPA calculations (Term/Current
GPA; Transfer GPA; Overall GPA; Institutional GPA; HOPE GPA;
Regents' Cumulative GPA). Kay also presented information on current
GCSU policy issues regarding the purpose and use of each GPA and on
other policy issues such as how repeated coursework is factored into
which GPA, and for what purposes.
Everyone present agreed that the
current system is confusing and that much of the broad campus
community shares in the confusion. The group also agreed that there
is a need to better understand the issues involved and to separate
"information/education" issues from policy issues.
The APC asked Kay to generate a
questionnaire to gather information from other institutions to look
at GPA calculation and use; repeat coursework policy issues;
consistency across schools within the university as to use of GPA;
trend issues with GPA; etc.
The group agreed to continue the
discussion of GPA issues and to invite Shaina McGill to provide an
overview of GPA-related issues from her perspective. The group also
agreed that there is a need to discuss the different "hours"
categories as they relate to GPA issues as well.
Upcoming (November 2007) Meeting
Continued discussion of the GPA issue.
(2) Review of the
USG/BOR task force report on Advising if available.