Mark I. Ryder, D.M.D., Chair

Meeting of April 18, 2001

PRESENT: Chair M. Ryder, Vice Chair D. Teitel, K. Topp, C. Miller, H. Fields, P. Benner, P. Sneed


The meeting of the Committee on Educational Policy was called to order by Chair Ryder on April 18, 2001 at 9:05 a.m. in Room MUE-427. A quorum was present.

Announcement from the Chair

Following introductions Chair Ryder provided an overview of the work before the Committee explaining that the purpose of the meeting was to gather information to coordinate campus educational resources.




Guests Dr. David Irby, Dr. Stephen Kahl and Dr. Ida Martinson attended to exchange educational policy concerns and thoughts on curriculum reform.

Concerns included barriers that impact effective educational opportunities on campus together with difficulty scheduling classrooms particularly since many classes are now held in small groups. The potential for curriculum collaboration is promising for students to experience diverse educational experiences. The assessment of teaching evaluations is an added concern since the number of faculty will not increase even though they will be required to teach more.

The introduction of school-wide courses into the curriculum, and possibly on-line. benefits the Campus. The School of Medicine plans to integrate several ethics courses into its curriculum. Dr. Irby anticipates the development of a variety of on-line courses similar to extension courses. Dr. Irby is also weighing the benefits of a collaboration with the U. C. Berkeley campus.

Dr. Martinson reported that Nursing’s significant problems include locating clinical sites for its students preceptorships and the necessity for the fifth school for public health nursing.

The School of Pharmacy implemented a third year of new pathways for pharmaceutical health policy and management and interschool teaching. Additionally, Pharmacy has a year and a half vested in electronic options to assess resource issues on the subject of teaching evaluation.

The School of Medicine is moving from parallel to block courses beginning next Fall. The blending of clerkships has not been successful with the exception of psychiatry and neurology clerkships. The Web-CT platform for all courses will be ready for implementation next Fall. Wireless access will be available in the Science Conference rooms to replace the current dial-up system. School of Medicine clinical departments are implementing a pilot web-based clinical evaluation system for this July. The School of Medicine will eliminate the need to provide servers for the pilot, as a firm in Minnesota will administer arrangements, doubling the response time electronically. The School of Medicine is initiating a help desk July 1, 2001 across from the S-100 computer room. The Library will be asked to monitor School of Medicine usage and eventually usage by students from all schools. Dr. Irby reported that affiliation agreements with all School of Medicine clinical sites continue to be a major problem relative to compliance standards. Faculty development focusing on small group clinical teaching will continue with the introduction of 6 workshops per year.

Committees on Educational Policy and Courses of Instruction

Consideration was given to combining the duties of the Committees on Educational Policy and Courses of Instruction. While some members supported the concept, others were adamant that the idea would prove disastrous since both committees perform fundamentally different roles. It was noted that the School of Dentistry successfully operates with separate committees.

Discussion continued to identify common concerns that would promote advocacy for campus educational policy, the need for a strong collaboration taking into consideration the differentiation of responsibilities.

Discussion points included the configuration of a fifth school, dialog with the Registrar’s Office to generate a web based general course catalog to facilitate better access to the course offerings and other information to reflect common platforms with flexibility of courses across schools and improved classroom scheduling.

The Committee considered the concept of introducing theme meetings on a campus wide level beginning with guest speakers Dr. Nancy Byl to discuss the Task Force on Distance Learning, Dr. Len Zegans to talk about the Health Education Policy Committee and Ms. Gail Persily to speak about using the Library as a central resource to coordinate educational policy effort throughout the schools.


Discussion on suggested changes to the Committee on Educational Bylaw was tabled to further investigate the "duties" component of the Bylaw. A primary Committee goal is to seek out areas of interaction and interfacing between schools and campuses. It was determined that additional information is needed in order to precisely formulate what duties CEP can and could be performing to further educational policy. Additional input from all schools must be taken under advisement to develop effective and efficient ways to advance educational policy.

The next meeting will take place on May 16, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in room MUW-427. The first hour of the meeting will be devoted to information gathering. Dr. Len Zegans will be invited to talk about the Health Science Education Committee and the report that developed.

The meeting adjourned at 10:23 a.m.

Senate Staff:
Annie Bruster
Administrative Analyst


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