Academic Affairs Committee 2019-2020
THE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL CONCERN ITSELF WITH THE UNIVERSITY’S INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT, INCLUDING COMPUTER AND INFORMATIONAL SERVICES AND UNIVERSITY ADVISING.
The chair of this committee should attend meetings as an observer to the Observer role with USNH Educational Excellence Committee.
CHAIR: Joe Dwyer, Physics, CEPS
Patty Bedker, Biological Sciences, COLSA
Erik Berda, Chemistry, CEPS
Elizabeth Evans, serving as a proxy for Joyce Cappiello, Nursing HHS
Christopher Kies, Music, COLA
Inchan Kim, Decision Sciences, PAUL
Jo Laird, Earth Science, CEPS
Tu Lan, Anthropology/Geography, COLA
Vidyalakshmi Sundar, Occupational Therapy, HHS
Madeline Strange, Student Senate Representative
Corresponding Administrators: 1) Provost and 2) the Dean’s/Provost Council
1. Continue monitoring J-Term and UNH Online. (See Item IX from Senate minutes of April 1, 2013.) Gather information from the Registrar’s office and/or Senior Vice Provost and provide a report annually regarding enrollments, programs, and general comments regarding positives and challenges. Report by October.
2. Work with the Registrar’s office to review and update the rolling five-year calendar. As per Faculty Senate Motion #XX-M11, we now keep a five-year rolling calendar rather than approving a five-year block calendar in the fourth year of the previous block. Report by October.
3. Monitor the progress of the pilot program spearheaded by UNH-Manchester for dual/concurrent credit courses at Pinkerton Academy and other select New Hampshire high schools. See Motion # XXIII-M19, dated April 4, 2019 and amended. Provide reports in November and March.
4. Review policies and address faculty concerns regarding the use of confidential student course evaluations in investigations of faculty misconduct with the affirmative action office. If possible, seek proof that all student evaluations are in fact confidential, and if not, by what means students’ identities can be revealed. Review the contents of the AAC’s 2018/2019 final report and continue to work on this charge with a report by November.
5. Monitor the University’s international recruiting efforts (i.e., GaoKao, Navitas, Shorelight, etc.) and offer guidance on whether to continue these programs and in what way. If time allows, consider whether the admissions criteria for GaoKao could be extended to students of other nations that have similar national tests. Report on the progress of these programs at UNH and also on whether/how the University supports the needs of international students after they have matriculated.
6. In connection with Motion #XIX-M17, signed on 09/30/95, on six recommendations regarding the Confucius Institute a) research and report on the terms of the newly signed Confucius Institute contract and b) research and report on whether the requirement for hiring a professor who is not beholden to the Chinese government was met.
7. Read and comment on preliminary drafts submitted by the Discovery Review Committee.
8. Grade Inflation. If time allows, examine and report on grade inflation at the University of New Hampshire, both as a whole and by college. Offer guidance, if appropriate, as to how to combat or compensate for it. Using Honors Convocation as an index, we discovered that the number of students receiving high grades is rising precipitously. It may be increasingly difficult to differentiate between students if grades continue to be compressed.
9. Monitor and offer guidance to the university’s strategic goal of creating a new Honors College. Review the report of the Honors College Committee, and communicate with the Interim Director of the Honors Program, as well as any administrative leader charged with implementation of any changes to the program. Report as Needed.
Rationale: President James Dean identified the creation of an Honors College as a top strategic priority in his state of the university address.
Academic Affairs Committee
1. Continue Monitoring J-Term and UNH Online. (See Item IX from senate minutes of April 14, 2013.). Gather information from the registrar’s office and/or Senior Vice Provost and provide a report annually regarding enrollments, programs, and general comments regarding positives and challenges.
2. Work with registrar’s office to review and update rolling five-year calendar. As per faculty senate motion (AY2017–18), we now keep a five-year rolling calendar rather than approve a block five-year calendar in the fourth year of the previous block. The most recent calendar approved April 2017 goes from AY 2018-19 to AY 23-24.
Charges for Academic Year 2018–19
3. Review proposal to allow online writing intensive courses. In consultation with Writing Program Director Ed Mueller (see letter and proposal dated March 29, 2018) and the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, review proposal for removing the moratorium on online WI courses and make a recommendation whether to do so or not, and if so, under what parameters.
4. Work with registrar’s office, the Vice-Provost for Academic Affair, and the Dean of Students to create an emergency exam policy in case of inclement weather during exam period.
5. Review proposal by UNH-Manchester to pilot a dual/concurrent credit course at Pinkerton Academy and make a recommendation whether to support such a piloting of the course and create a broader list of advantages and disadvantages whether UNH should invest in this as a whole, in part (UNH-M), or not at all.
6. Review policies and address faculty concerns regarding the use of confidential student course evaluations in investigations of faculty misconduct with the affirmative action office. If possible, seek proof that all student evaluation are in fact confidential, and if not, by what means their identities can be revealed.
7. Continue to monitor Admission’s proposal to move to an optional standardized testing for undergraduate admissions.
8. Monitor the GaoKao initiative and offer guidance whether to continue the program, and in what way. If time allows, consider whether the admissions criteria for GaoKao could be extended to other nations’ students with similar national tests.
The charges from the Agenda Committee shall comprise the major and first-order work of the Academic Affairs Committee. However, the Committee may pursue additional issues in pursuit of its mission, stated above. If the additional issue interferes with the timelines stated in the charges above, the Committee must receive permission from the Agenda Committee before proceeding. If the additional interest does not interfere with the established timelines, the Committee must inform the Agenda Committee.
Academic Affairs Committee Membership 2018-19
- Shelley Mulligan, Occupational Therapy, CHHS, chair
- Briggs Bailey, English, COLA
- Patty Bedker, Biological Sciences, COLSA (not serving F18)
- Rose Came, Earth Sciences, CEPS
- Drew Conroy, TSAS, COLSA
- Andrew Coppens, Education, COLA
- Christopher Kies, Music, COLA
- Jo Laird, Earth Sciences, CEPS
- Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences, COLSA (proxy F18)
- Sarah Rigg, Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, COLSA
- Fatemeh Rahmanifard, GSS representative
- Carley Rotenberg, Student Senate representative