Chair: Allison Wilder
The Academic Program Committee will concern itself with the University's long-term plans and strategic initiatives, as well as any major changes or issues requiring particularly extensive study or deliberatios related to the academic mission.
1. Define “Student Success” from an academic point of view, and compare it to the definition
set forth by administrative leadership. Initial Report in October, follow-up as needed.
2. Define UNH’s academic identity now, and survey faculty what they want to university to be
as an academic institution. Working with university leadership and other key stakeholders,
craft a long term strategy to implement that vision and to increase the centrality of the
academic mission of the university. Among possible outcomes are:
a. Establish a mechanism(s) for promoting collaboration, mutual understanding, and
shared decision-making across key stakeholders in shaping the future academic
direction for the University.
b. Identify areas that can improve the academic climate on campus (including better use
of classroom space in mornings and Fridays, attention to the problem of alcohol on
campus, rigor of classes [see self-reported number of hours in classes], and so on).
c. Analyze grade inflation and/or plot grade distributions among units on campus.
d. Examine Discovery as the economic driver of curriculum—is it accomplishing its
goals? Should professional colleges (e.g., PAUL, HHS) be delivering Discovery, or
ought that reside in COLA and hard sciences?
e. Consider moving from 4 x 4-credit classes a semester to a 5 x 3-credit system.
f. Identify, and make recommendations if appropriate and possible, other issues that
pertain to increasing the academic rigor on campus.
3. (Assigned on 02/06/2019) - Research and make recommendations if deemed appropriate regarding options for extending the date in which a recently matriculated student (i.e., freshman) is able to drop a course. As you research this issue, consider fall and spring semester as well as j-term and summer sessions. Background: When CEPS senators met with the CEPS Dean in late 2018 the faculty discussed concerns that UNH’s early semester deadline for dropping a course negatively impacts students who are early in their studies at UNH. Faculty believe that freshman students are less likely to drop a course, even with evidence that they are struggling, because they either don’t know the process or they fear dropping a course will have a negative impact on their college career. The faculty suggested that extending the drop deadline (possibly even to the last week of classes) for students who are early in their academic careers (first 2 semesters at UNH) could improve student retention and success.
Initial reports as deemed necessary, penultimate report at first meeting in April.
Academic Program Committee Members 2018-2019
- Allison Wilder, Recreational Management & Policy, CHHSNiva Gupta, Chemical Engineering, CEPS
- Cristy Beemer, English, COLA
- Xiaowei Teng (Fall 2018 proxy for Niva Gupta) Chemical Engineering, CEPS
- Chris Neefus, Biological Sciences, COLSA
- Joe Onosko, Education, COLA
- James Ramsay, Security Studies, UNH-Manchester
- Chris Reardon, Political Science, COLA
- Lucy Salyer, History, COLA
- Andrew Seal, Economics, PCBE
- Regina Smick-Attisano, TSAS, COLSA