Millersville University, Faculty Senate

Academic Standards Committee

1996-1997 Annual Report

Submitted 5/6/97 by Joel B. Piperberg, Chair


1996-1997 Members Department Term Expires
J. Piperberg, Chair
elected from Faculty Senate
Biology 1997
M. Chaudhary Computer Science 2000
S. DiBartolomeis Biology 1999
T. Greco Chemistry 1999
A. Kelly English 1998
J. Sciarretta Developmental Studies 1998
D. Schultz Mathematics 1997
D. Shanahan Geography 1998
Z. Shao Mathematics 1999
I. Sigler Mathematics 1998
J. Wenrich Elem. & Early Childhood Ed 1997
M. White Library 1999
D. Davis Director of Admissions (ex-officio)
M. Gonzalez Registrar (ex-officio)
R. Wywadis Associate Registrar (ex-officio)
Michael Morykin Student
Josh Sosnin Student
Jen Berstein Student

Meetings:
A two-day meeting lasting from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM was held after both the Fall and Spring semesters. This academic year the Fall semester meeting was held on January 21-22, 1997 and the Spring semester meeting will be held on June 11-12, 1997. No formal minutes were taken at either of the meetings. Average attendance was 15 members each day.

Motions Forwarded to Senate:
3/15/97 - A motion (see attachment) was brought to Faculty Senate proposing a four-member increase in the size of the Academic Standards Committee to 11 faculty members plus the Chair elected from the Senate. The Committee will now be divided into three groups each of which will hear appeals simultaneously. This will allow the Committee to spend an appropriate amount of time on each case while remaining on schedule. Four new members were elected during the Faculty Senate meeting on 4/1/97 to fill terms of varying lengths. As suggested in the motion, this was done so that the Committee would have a turnover of four members each year while maintaining a core of experienced members.

Other Deliberations and Actions:
As in previous years, hte IMP (Improve My Performance) program has been given the names of certain students who appear to be likely to benefit from the program. Participation is optional. Preliminary information indicates that those students who have elected to participate in the program have done better in subsequent semesters than those who have not. We will continue to steer students to the program, but have been asked to change the procedure. We have been asked to sign up imeediately students who are interested at our meetings this year and will initiate that practice with the June meetings.

The Academic Standards Committee met on January 21 and January 22, 1997 from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM to hear the appeals of those students dismissed at the end of the Fall 1996 semester. The following table summarizes the results for the Fall 1996 semester:

CATEGORIES NUMBER (PERCENTAGE)
1. Total number of dismissals 112
2. Total number of appeals 65 (58% of dismissals)
3. Number of appeals granted 40 (62% of appeals)
4. Number of dismissals upheld 25 (38% of appeals)
STUDENTS APPEALING THE COMMITTEE'S DECISION
1. Appeal approved 5
2. Appeal denied 3

DEMOGRAPHICS OF DISMISSED STUDENTS

The data below were provided by P. Koenig of the Registrar's Office at the request of M. Gonzalez.

1. Curriculum and Credits Earned Statistics for Academic Dismissals

CURRICULUM

MAJOR FALL 1996 SPRING 1997 FALL 1997
ART 2
BIOLOGY 7
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 17
COMPUTER SCIENCE 6
ECONOMICS 1
ED TECHNOLOGY 1
ELEMENTARY ED 2
ELEMENTARY SPED 1
ENGLISH 4
GEOLOGY 2
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 1
INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY 6
MATHEMATICS 4
METEOROLOGY 7
OCEANOGRAPHY 2
POLITICAL SCIENCE 3
PSYCHOLOGY 1
SOCIOLOGY 2
SOCIAL WORK 2
SPANISH 1
SPEECH COMMUNICATION 7
SPECIAL EDUCATION 1
UNDECLARED 30
CONT ED CREDIT 2
TOTAL 112

CREDITS EARNED

CREDITS EARNED FALL 1996 SPRING 1997 FALL 1997
0-30.5 26
31-45.5 27
46-60.5 22
61-90.5 27
91+ 10
TOTAL 112

2. Number of Times Dismissed (Regardless of Appeals)

NUMBER OF DISMISSALS FALL 1996 SPRING 1997 FALL 1997
ONE 83
TWO 22
THREE 6
FOUR 1
TOTAL 112

3. Previously Appealed to Academic Standards Committee

FALL 1996 SPRING 1997 FALL 1997
Previous Appeal Approved 16
Previous Appeal Denied 2
Total Who Met With
Committee Previously
18

4. Academic Dismissals and Appeals By Semester From 1989-1997

FALL 1989 - FALL 1997
TERM NUMBER DISMISSED* NUMBER OF APPEALS NUMBER OF APPEALS APPROVED NUMBER OF FINAL DISMISSALS**
FA 89 90
FA 90 120 72
FA 91 117 59 33 83
FA 92 112 55 37 72
FA 93 105 44 37 72
FA 94 118 55 36 77
FA 95 117 55 32 79
FA 96 112 65 40 66
FA 97
AVERAGE 114 56 36 76

SPRING 1990 - SPRING 1997

TERM NUMBER DISMISSED* NUMBER OF APPEALS NUMBER OF APPEALS APPROVED NUMBER OF FINAL DISMISSALS*
SP 90 139 32 97
SP 91 124 59 27 97
SP 92 98 51 32 60
SP 93 117 63 45 64
SP 94 120 63 46 70
SP 95 128 63 46 79
SP 96 136 66 42 94
AVERAGE 123 61 39 80

* Number of students initially identified as subject to dismissal.
**Number of students currently on Registrar's probation table with dismissal code for term indicated.

Every student received verbal notification of the Committee's decision imeediately following the hearing and a formal (written) notification approximately one week later from the Committee Chairperson. Students whose appeals were granted received recommendations appropriate to their needs (e.g. counseling, academic advisement, career planning, repetition of courses, the IMP program, etc.) in order to assist them in quickly reestablishing satisfactory academic standing. the number of appeals upheld this semester is comparable to those granted during these meetings for the past five years.

2. The Committee also heard two requests for readmissions to the University under the terms of the Academic Amnesty policy. Both requests were approved by the Committee and notification of the Committee's approval was sent to the Registrar.

Matters Currently in Committee:
None.

Future Plans:
None.

Additional Information Comments:
An Addendum to this report will be filed after the spring 1997 meetings which are scheduled to take place on June 11-12, 1997.

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