MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
APRIL 14, 2014


V. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.

C. Proposal to Align Q-Drop and OTE Drop Policies: Encourage Students to Speak with Professors Before Dropping a Class (D 11519-11520).

Professor Rose presented the second proposal related to dropping a course, which she felt would be non-controversial.1 The committee recommended adding a sentence to the introductory paragraph in the section on dropping a course in the General Information catalog that would encourage students to speak to a faculty member before dropping a class. Professor Rose cited an experience by Professor Beckner where he had been able to change a student’s mind about dropping after having had a conversation. By meeting with the instructor, the student might learn that there are solutions to the student’s class difficulties that the instructor could help to solve and address. The new sentence recommended by the committee would read, “Students considering dropping a course are encouraged to speak with the course’s instructor to determine if options exist for completing the course.” Professor Wade asked if there was any way to tie this to absence-failing reports. She said that catching struggling students early on would be very helpful. Professor Rose said the absence-failing report was used voluntarily by faculty members, but she encouraged faculty members to share their ideas with the Students’ Dean Committee saying, “They would be an excellent body to kind of craft legislation to make that more part of our classroom culture.” She then reminded members that they would also vote on the item at the May 5 meeting.


1 See related PowerPoint slides in Appendix C.

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