AS discusses add/drop issue, yet to be decided
February 10, 2009 6:38 PM
SF State's Academic Senate Committees continued wading through their semester workload amid policy revision, item shuffling and fire drills.
The Executive Committee, a subset of the Academic Senate, discussed revisions to the school's add/drop policy.
Currently, students may add or drop classes, without record, through the first four weeks of class. The committee is considering limiting the drop period to two weeks.
"We've been wanting this since 1985," said Senator Ray Trautman at the roundtable discussion.
"People are crying to get into classes," he said, "but you can't add a lab four weeks in" and many students are waiting for others to drop before they can add a class they need.
Senator Barry Rothman added that some "professors over enroll out of the goodness of the heart," but many who don't end up with "two-thirds of a class by mid-semester."
Eventually the item was moved to the Student Affairs Committee.
The Executive Committee also discussed Curriculum Review and Approval Checklists, with which they are experiencing problems. Senator Vinay Shrivastava, chair of the CRAC committee, addressed what he called a "pattern of neglecting the library."
CRAC requires departments seeking curriculum revision to consult with the library concerning access to resources, and Shrivastava said that has not been happening.
"I am going to block this proposal," he said of the Latin American Studies Department's request to revise their minor curriculum.
Other senators agreed.
"Our checklist is not checked off," said committee chair Shawn Whalen, "we need to hold people accountable."
The committee had moved on to the topic of the school's transition from the Junior English Proficiency Essay Test to the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement when the fire alarm went off, prematurely ending the meeting.
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