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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 5-1-12

For Faculty

1. Free Press 4/29 Editorial on Higher Ed

For Unit Heads

2. No Credit Transfer Courses- Action Needed – Dean Antczak

3. CLAS Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Free Press 4/29 Editorial on Higher Ed

Here’s an article for all of you following the public discussion of education funding and student debt.


For Unit Heads

2. No Credit Transfer Courses- Action Needed (attachments:  No comparable, 2012 Deans and Descriptions) – Dean Antczak

This year has presented several opportunities and challenges. One opportunity has been provided us by the number of transfer students in CLAS—the highest ever. A challenge that emerged from this opportunity is represented in the list of courses transferred from other institutions where no credit was assigned. Given the current climate and context in Michigan—growing competition for transfer students, students “shopping” between institutions that will give them the most transfer credit, state oversight of transfer course credits, etc.—we need to take a look at our practices and to give credit, including specific credit, wherever we reasonably can.

Here is a list of non-transferring courses for CLAS units: these courses should be re-evaluated and wherever reasonable, granted specific rather than general credit (e.g. MTH 110 vs. gen credit or MTH gen credit). I’m asking you to look at the course, not the instructor; yes, our faculty undoubtedly teach the material better than most instructors at a community college (or, say, Yale), but the question you should be asking is about the course materials and structure. The list is attached in an Excel spreadsheet:

  • please click on the tab (on the lower level of the sheet) for your unit
  • review the course description; a sheet with links to those is attached as well  
  • indicate on the spreadsheet the credit to be assigned
  • save the spreadsheet and return.

Results of review should be returned to Associate Dean Mary Schutten by June 4, 2012.Thank you for your assistance with this important task.


3. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



May 1

Final Grades in Banner due before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


May 2

Unit Head Meeting – CANCELED


May 3

Traverse City Commencement


May 7

Classes begin 1st 6 weeks and 12 weeks


May 11

Names of representatives for CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence


May 28

Memorial Day Recess – offices closed


June 4

No Credit Transfer Courses results due

Associate Dean Mary Schutten


June 18

Classes End 1st 6 weeks


June 19-20

Final Exams


June 20

CLAS on the Green Golf Outing


June 25

Grades due 1st 6 week classes before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


June 25

Classes Begin 2nd 6 weeks


July 4

Independence Day Recess – offices closed


Aug. 3

Classes End 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks


Aug. 6-7

Final Exams


Aug. 6

Submission deadline for Issues course proposals


Aug. 13

Grades due 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


Aug. 15 & 16

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 21

Unit Head Retreat


Aug. 22

FTLC Conference


Aug. 23

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


Aug. 24


Field House

Aug. 27

Fall 2011 Classes Begin





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