Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion to Form an Upper-Division Admissions Committee


Motion:

Section 1

A subcommittee of Admissions and Standards, the Upper-Division Admissions Committee (U-DAC), will be formed.

Section 2

U-DAC will make recommendations to the Senate Committee on Admissions and Standards concerning the upper-division admission requirements of departments and colleges/schools.

Section 3

U-DAC will be composed of one representative of each college/school which offers a baccalaureate degree (chosen by the Dean of the college) and four members of Admissions and Standards.

Section 4

In 1998, U-DAC will report to the Senate Committee on Admissions and Standards in time for its recommendations to follow the normal Senate process (consideration by Admissions and Standards and Senate Executive Committee) and be considered at the Spring 98 Senate meeting. Beginning in the fall of 1998, U-DAC will meet during the fall term of each year to consider all requests for changes in upper-division admission requirements. It will provide a yearly report to the Senate Committee on Admissions and Standards in time for its recommendations to follow the normal Senate process and be considered at the first spring term meeting of the full Senate.

Rationale:

The admission criteria for entrance to upper-division classes in the various departments, colleges/schools are expected to increase as the criteria for freshman admission increase. They should also be coordinated with the increasing entrance admission standards. Currently, there is poor coordination between the various colleges concerning upper-division admission. The upper-division admission standards of one department/college impact other colleges. For example, if all colleges increased their upper-division admission standards without reflecting on what other colleges were doing, students in good standing might not be able to take any upper-division classes at all. To consider another example, certain patterns of increase in upper-division admission standards might result in the admission of a tran sfer student who was admitted and had completed the core but could not take any upper-division classes in the college to which she was admitted. Because the upper-division admission standards of one department/college have university-wide impact, the University should have a mechanism by which the various colleges can coordinate their plans. This is why changes in upper-division admission standards should be approved by the University Senate. Various colleges have expressed an interest in raising their upper-division admission requirements as soon as possible. This is why U-DAC is directed to make a special report so that final Senate action may take place at the Spring 98 meeting.


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