The 09-10 Spring semester will start a week before Martin Luther King day. Graduation will be a week after Mother's Day as it is now, which means that there will be 2 weeks between the end of exams and graduation. There will also be no more J-term.The University Eval-4 task force held a university-wide meeting to present their initial model. 69 faculty members were there. The task force welcomes responses from chairs and individuals by Monday, November 24, and by December 1 at the latest.
There was discussion about whether a new program should be approved given the provost's recommendation to minimize new programs due to budget cuts. There was also discussion about whether we should have a subcommittee to discuss these. It was decided that there should be. President Wheeler appointed Senators Brash and French to work on the Economics BA, and Senators Mollick and Underwood to work on the English program committee.
Senators Duskin and Carlson move that students who are no more than one course (which may have an associated lab) shy of fulfilling all degree requirements, be allowed to petition the UDC for permission to participate in commencement ceremonies. Vote in favor: Unanimous.