The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Assembly

Minutes

 

The Undergraduate Assembly met in regular session on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, at 2:15 p.m. in the UC Rio Grande B. Provost Dana Dunn presided.

 

Attendance.

 

Member

Present

Excused

Absent

Alternate

Dana Dunn

 

 

 

Michael Moore

 

 

 

Amy Ables

 

 

 

Jane Ahrens

 

 

 

Deborah Behan

 

 

 

Bill Carroll

 

 

 

Jinny Choi

 

 

 

Tom Christie

 

 

 

Andrew Clark

 

 

 

Phil Cohen

 

 

 

Richard Cole

 

 

 

James Epperson

 

 

 

Donald Gatzke

 

 

 

Jeanne Gerlach

 

 

 

Karen Given

 

 

Jacqueline Michael

James Grover

 

 

 

Robert Gunnip

 

 

 

Todd Hamilton

 

 

 

Andy Hansz

 

 

 

D. L. Hawkins

 

 

 

Santos Hernandez

 

 

 

Melinda Hiemenz

 

 

 

Dan Himarios

 

 

 

Karen Johannesson

 

 

 

Carl Lovely

 

 

 

Dennis Marynick

 

 

 

Robert McMahon

 

 

 

Sung Seek Moon

 

 

 

Jim Munch

 

 

 

Paul Paulus

 

 

 

Lynn Peterson

 

 

 

Karl Petruso

 

 

 

Elizabeth Poster

 

 

 

Anand Puppala

 

 

 

Steve Quevedo

 

 

 

Dennis Reinhartz

 

 

 

Allen Repko

 

 

 

Lana Rings

 

 

 

Jamie Rogers

 

 

 

Zac Sanders

 

 

 

Gerald Saxon

 

 

 

Marilee Schmelzer

 

 

 

Chandra Subramaniam

 

 

 

Saibun Tjuatja

 

 

 

Mike Ward

 

 

 

Tom Watts

 

 

 

Alison White

 

 

 

Judy Wilson

 

 

 

Beth Wright

 

 

 

Kai Yeung

 

 

 

Lara Zwarun

 

 

 

 

Approval of Minutes. The minutes of the regular meeting on April 12, 2005, were approved as published.

 

Report of the Academic Standards Committee. David Gray presented the following policy recommendation approved by the Academic Standards Committee.

 

1. Undergraduate students must declare a major before they have accumulated 75 semester credit hours. An enrollment hold will be placed on a student who has completed 75 semester credit hours and has not declared a major. Students who have reached 60 hours and have not declared a major will be notified of this policy.

 

2. Students transferring to UTA with 75 or more hours must be admitted directly into a major. A transfer student with 75 or more hours will not be permitted to enroll for courses until a major is declared.

 

After discussion about exceptions, an appeal process, and pre-major designations, a motion was passed to table the policy and return it to the Academic Standards Committee for further consideration.

 

Provost Dunn introduced Victoria Farrar-Myers, a faculty member in the Department of Political Science, who joined the Office of the Provost as a faculty administrative intern to spearhead the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) initiative. Dr. Farrar-Myers gave a presentation explaining what the QEP is and what the facultys role will be in the QEP.

 

The QEP is a new part of the accreditation process required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The plan must be aligned with the universitys mission statement, strategic initiatives goals and statements, and must be centered around a theme designed to enhance student learning across the university. SACS has indicated that this theme must come from the faculty.

 

Dr. Farrar-Myers distributed the following flyer explaining the QEP.

 

 

 

 

 


What is a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)?

Required as part of the reaffirmation process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a QEP is a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined issue or issues directly related to improving student learning.

What is meant by "student learning" in the QEP?

SACS defines student learning broadly in the context of the QEP. As a result, the QEP may address a wide range of topics, such as changes in students' knowledge, skills, behaviors, and/or values that may be attributable to the collegiate experience. Examples include:

Developing experiential learning Increasing student engagement in learning

Enhancing critical thinking skills Exploring technology in the curriculum

The QEPs goals and evaluation strategies must be linked to improving student learning.

What is the scope of the QEP?

The QEP may focus on a current institutional weakness; however, it can also focus on a strength that we would like to enhance. Although it can also focus on a limited population of students, it should be broad-based enough so that all academic units can participate in the plan.

How will the QEP be evaluated?

At the time of our reaffirmation, the QEP will be evaluated based on its focus, our institutional capability and commitment to implement the plan, our assessment plan and the level of campus involvement in developing the plan. After five years, the university is required to provide a progress report to SACS.

What is the facultys role in the QEP?

The development of the QEP must involve significant participation by our academic community. Most importantly, faculty are needed to help identify potential QEP topics. To facilitate input, we will use:

Surveys Open Meetings

Focus Groups Web and email solicitations

 

Go to http://www.uta.edu/sacs/survey/index.php
by September 29, 2005, to add your input now!


 

 


 

SACS Reaffirmation 2007 QEP Timeline

 

Fall 2005

          Campus academic community gives input on QEP topic

          SACS Leadership Team uses input from academic community to identify QEP topic

          QEP team members are selected

Spring 2006

          QEP Team refines the identified topic and completes outline of QEP

Summer 2006

          QEP Team completes initial draft of QEP

Fall 2006

          QEP Team completes final version of QEP document

Spring 2007

          SACS On-Site Review Committee conducts visit (February 26, 2007 March 2, 2007)

Fall 2007

          Commission on Colleges reaffirms UTA accreditation at Annual Meeting (December 2007)

 

 

 

Text Box: Please send your ideas for QEP topics to victoria@uta.edu or use the QEP website at http://www.uta.edu/sacs/index.php.  For further information, contact Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers at 817-272-1024.

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

Other Business. Provost Dunn reminded the Assembly that at the end of last year, a report from a special task force on Plus Minus Grading was circulated to be discussed this fall. The report will be circulated again and placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

 

Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:47 p.m.

 

Michael K. Moore

Secretary