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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

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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.

http://www.freep.com/article/20120429/COL33/204290532/Stephen-Henderson-Higher-ed-cuts-shortchange-Michigan-s-future?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

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 Event Location
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 hardimak@gvsu.edu
May 28 Memorial Day Recess - offices closed   June 4 No Credit Transfer Courses results due Associate Dean Mary Schutten schutmar@gvsu.edu
June 18 Classes End 1st 6 weeks   June 19-20 Final Exams   June 20 CLAS on the Green Golf Outing http://gvsu.edu/clas/clas-on-the-green-382.htm
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 TBA Aug. 22 FTLC Conference EC Aug. 23 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting TBA Aug. 24 Convocation Field House Aug. 27 Fall 2011 Classes Begin