David Teitel, M.D., Chair

Meeting of September 20, 2001


PRESENT: D. Teitel (Chair), P. Benner, P. Sneed, R. Stern, K. Topp, R. Turner

ABSENT: M. Winter, M. Ryder

The meeting of the Educational Policy Committee was called to order by Chair Teitel on September 20, 2001 at 9:00 am in room S226. A quorum was present.

Announcements from the Chair

Following introductions of all Committee members present, Chair Teitel provided an overview of the work before the Committee. Chair Teitel noted that the bylaws of the Committee are sufficiently diffuse as to allow the Committee to pursue both reactive and proactive roles within the Senate. The Committee will respond to requests for policy review from the Chair of the Academic Senate, Dan Bikle, MD and will discuss issues raised by members of the Committee as these issues become apparent.

The Committee will be actively involved in the review of curricula in each of the four schools. The Committee will give input regarding implementation of and attempts at maintaining consistency in curricula as any changes are made. The Committee’s role is advisory and its aim will be to provide beneficial input to schools rather than to constrict their actions when making important additions and revisions to curricula.

Chair Teitel identified the following issues as potential focal points for the Committee this academic year and will ask Committee members to email him as to which issue(s) they feel the Committee should focus on.

  • Clinical Teaching: The system-wide Health Science Committee published a report on Clinical Teaching in 2000. This report highlighted the frustration of faculty caused by a lack of adequate resources. It noted that there are insufficient numbers of junior faculty in the ladder ranks and that faculty composition is too heavily composed of volunteer faculty. The Committee will consider whether there is a need to create a sub-committee to fully examine this issue and whether to conduct a survey of volunteer faculty to gain a better understanding of their concerns and needs.
  • Distance Learning: This is a central issue throughout the campus in light of information technology developments and the proactive role which the University Library has taken in developing resources for faculty wishing to conduct online courses. The Committee will examine how to approach this issue and will consider forming a taskforce that will extensively review current distance learning policy at UCSF.
  • 5th School: The Committee considered the proposal to create a School of Advance Health Studies at the UCSF campus. The Committee feels that the Academic Senate Committee on Academic Planning and Budget should address this proposal before it is discussed further. This proposal is available at
  • Symposium of Leaders: The Committee feels that while there is a need to bring leaders within the campus together to address important campus-wide issues, the impetus for this interaction should come from the leaders themselves and should be motivated by the need to address and discuss specific topics of current debate.
  • Mission Bay: As the development of the Mission Bay site advances, there is a need to provide schools with input on changing educational policy. The Committee is considering a responsive role in Mission Bay issues, rather than a proactive role.

The Committee also considered whether it could be of any benefit to schools by exporting curricula for a Primary Care Collaborative and whether there is a need to track and gain information on clinical education.

The Committee plans, at its next meeting, to prioritize these issues and then map its approach to the top priorities.

Draft Copyright Policies

The Committee discussed three draft proposed policies relating to copyright issues that were transmitted to each campus by the Office of the President and which require a response from all campuses by November 9, 2001. The Committee was most concerned with the ‘Reservation of Rights’ policy The Committee did not feel that there were significant problems with either the draft "Policy on the Use and Ownership of Course Materials" or the draft "Policy on Recordings of [Academic][Instructional] Presentations" although the Committee was not clear whether a faculty member retains any rights to his or her material if he or she leaves the University.

Draft policy on the Reservation of Rights: The Committee concluded that faculty need to be provided with instructions on how to follow the policy on reservation of rights. The Committee recommended that one way to accomplish this could be to develop and make available to all faculty a form that could include instructions about the Reservation of Rights. Implementation of this policy should also incorporate any existing related policies here and on other campuses with in the UC system.

The Committee has a related concern regarding the already established University of California Policy on Copyright Ownership. It currently appears from at least section III(B) that Clinical X faculty may not have the same protections for their creative work as ladder rank, in residence and research faculty. Any copyright policy should be inclusive of the rights of faculty in all series, including the Clinical X series, and of any other academic appointees.

The Committee will, as necessary, continue discussion of the draft policies at a future meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

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