Educational Policies Committee (EPC)

Charge

The Educational Policies Committee shall have primary responsibility over the curriculum and academic standards of the University. Functions shall include but not be limited to: (1) review and recommendation concerning all program initiation, modification and termination; long range goals of the University, establishment of priorities for resources allocations and evaluation of current programs; (2) review and act upon all student petitions pertaining to academic standards, and (3) review and recommendation of policies regarding University academic standards including grading policy, discipline, student academic dishonesty, student diversity and educational opportunity.

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EPC Membership 2018-2019
Position School/Area Incumbent  Dept Elect Date End of Term Method By
Chair   Jenn Lillig CHEM 2018 2019 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities John Palmer MUSIC 2016 2019 elected School
Member Arts & Humanities Christina Baker-Foley AMCS 2017 2020 elected School
Member Business & Economics Kathryn Chang BUS 2018 2021 elected School
Member Education Chiara Bacigalupa EDU 2016 2019 elected School
Member Library Kaitlin Springmier LIB 2017 2020 elected Library
Member Science & Technology Jennifer Lillig CHEM 2017 2020 elected School
Member Science & Technology Tia Watts CS 2016 2019 elected School
Member Social Sciences Melinda Milligan SOC 2018 2019 elected School
Membe Social Sciences Emily Ascencio  CCJ 2018 2021 elected School
Member SSP Alvin Nguyen A&R 2016 2019 elected SSPs
Member Associated Students Breana Archie   2018 2019 appointed AS
Ex-Officio Academic Programs Karen Moranski       Office  
Ex-Officio Articulation Officer Luisa Grossi       Office  

 

EPC has the following subcommittees:

General Education Subcommittee (GE)

Charge

  1. Develop and modify the General Education curriculum of the University in accordance with Title V and applicable Executive Orders after consultation with the School G. E. committees;
  2. Coordinate the curriculum of G.E. courses through consultation with faculty engaged in teaching G.E. courses;
  3. Develop and analyze procedures for evaluation of G.E. program in consultation with School G.E. committees;
  4. Design policies in consultation with Admissions office staff concerning the evaluation of G.E. equivalencies and substitutions in the transcripts of transfer students;
  5. Update and simplify G.E. catalog copy;
  6. Report in writing all decisions pertaining to the G.E. program to the Educational Policies Committee. The Chair of the G.E. Subcommittee shall make periodic oral reports to the EPC and send minutes of subcommittee meetings to the Chair of EPC and;
  7. Submit recommendations for proposals for significant changes in the G.E. curriculum, i.e., changes in the total number of units, the distribution of units among the Schools and Departments, or involving unresolved disputes between departments, to the EPC for consideration and action. Other changes agreed upon by the G.E. subcommittee and the G.E. committees of the School (s) involved may be decided by subcommittee, subject to challenge by the EPC or the Academic Senate.
GE Membership 2018-2019
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term Method  By
Chair   Heather Smith Psych 2018 2019    
Member Arts & Humanities Kim Hester-Williams ENG 2016 2019 elected School
Member Business & Economics Michael Santos BUS 2016 2019 elected School
Member Education Aja LaDuke EDU 2017 2020 elected School
Member Library Kaitlin Springmier LIB 2017 2020 elected Library
Member Science & Technology Matthew James GEOL 2016 2019 elected School
Member  Social Sciences Heather Smith PSYCH 2017 2020 elected School
Member Hutchins Ben Frymer Hutchins 2018 2019 elected School
Member  SSP Vanessa Bascherini Advising 2017 2020 elected School
Member Associated Students Jenny Bluestein   2018 2019 appointed AS
Member Associated Students            
Ex-Officio Academic Programs Karen Moranski       Office  
Ex-Officio A&R rep Luisa Grossi A&R     appointed A&R
Ex-Officio Registrar or designee   A&F     designee  
EPC Liaison              

 

Graduate Studies Subcommittee (GSS)

Charge

The Graduate Studies Subcommittee shall develop policy recommendations on all aspects of graduate studies at the University, make recommendations to the Educational Policies Committee on proposed new graduate degree programs, consider and prepare written comments on the periodic academic reviews of graduate programs that are required by Trustee policy, monitor the quality of graduate programs, and serve as a consultative body to the Dean of Academic Programs/Graduate Studies. The Chair of the Graduate Studies subcommittee will make periodic reports to the EPC and send minutes of the subcommittee meetings to the Chair of EPC.

Composition:

Each Department with a Graduate program will be represented on the Committee by its Graduate Coordinator and there will be one representative from the Library. The Special Major Advisor and the Dean of Academic Programs/Graduate Studies will also be members of the Committee.

GSS Membership 2018-2019
Position Dept Incumbent
Chair   Laurel McCabe
Grad Coordinator Biology Derek Girman
Grad Coordinator Computer and Engineering Science Farid Farahmand
Grad Coordinator Counseling Julie Shulman
Grad Coordinator CRM Laura Watt
Grad Coordinator Education Karen Grady
Grad Coordinator English Stefan Kiesbye
Grad Coordinator History Steve Estes
Grad Coordinator ITDS Karen Moranski
Grad Coordinator MA Spanish Jeffrey Reeder
Grad Coordinator MA Film Studies Ajay Gehlawat
Grad Coordinator Nursing Mary Ellen Wilkosz
Grad Coordinator Organizational Development Karen Moranski
Grad Coordinator Psychology Laurel McCabe
Grad Coordinator Public Administration Emily Ray
Member Library Mary Wegmann
Member  Associated Students  
Ex-Officio Academic Programs Karen Moranski
EPC Liaison    
Staff Support Graduate Studies David Hartranft

University Standards Subcommittee 

Charge

The University Standards subcommittee shall consider all matters pertaining to academic standards in the University. It will review and act upon student petitions of academic regulations and recommend policy regarding academic standards to the Academic Senate.

Standards Membership 2018 - 2019
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term Method By
Chair   Michelle Jolly HIST 2018 2019 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Josefa Pace ENG 2018 2021 elected School
Member Business & Economics Adele Santana BUS 2016 2019 elected School
Member Education Paula Lane EDU 2016 2019 elected School
Member Science & Technology Kurt Sollanek KIN 2018 2021 elected School
Member Social Sciences Michelle Jolly HIST 2017 2020 elected School
Member SSP Ricardo Calderon EOP 2018 2021 elected SSPs
Ex-Officio Registrar or designee Lisa Noto A&R     Office  
EPC Liaison              

 

General Education Revision Subcommittee (GERS)

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Charge

The subcommittee will meet at least biweekly during the Spring term and will be financially supported to meet longer and more frequently during Summer 2018. Subcommittee members will be expected to consult with all University stakeholders (via interviews, surveys, focus groups, and/or other means), and regularly report to EPC as its official subcommittee.  The subcommittee is expected to communicate with the broader academic community during the development process for iterative feedback as GE belongs to the greater campus community.  As the subcommittee develops model curricula, it should regularly consult with key advising staff and administrators in order to identify potential pitfalls in advising plans, strategic alignment of budgeting and GE, and compliance with State and CSU requirements.  The subcommittee should seek out official liaisons to serve in these capacities.  Once the subcommittee’s task for revising SSU’s GE program is complete, it should be disbanded, and all primary oversight of managing the GE program returned to the existing GE Subcommittee.  

GE Revision Subcommittee Deliverables:

Task 1:  The subcommittee should elect a Chair and identify the appropriate stakeholders and establish official liaisons to advise the subcommittee appropriately about model feasibility as the curriculum model is developed.  This should be addressed at the first task-force meeting.  Academic Programs will facilitate subcommittee meetings.  The Chair will facilitate the movement of the model through faculty governance during Fall 2018.  

Task 2:  Review vision statements from the January 2018 faculty retreat and ideas from the world café exercise.  Considering this input, draft a new vision statement for the GE program.  Circulate the vision to all campus stakeholders for feedback.  The vision should be used to develop the model.  This should be delivered to EPC for discussion by the end of March.  

Task 3:  Review the pros and cons of the four GE models discussed at the retreat and consider any additional state and national programs and/or research the subcommittee deems appropriate to create a GE model for campus consideration.  Academic Programs will also supply additional materials for consideration.  Iterative deadlines should be set for campus community check-ins and these dates should be communicated in advance for the remainder of the Spring 2018 semester.*  

Task 4:  The subcommittee should incorporate, when appropriate, ideas about assessment, unit requirements for particular courses, double counting, met in the major possibilities, placement of transition curriculum, freshman/sophomore learning communities, and other currently valued GE components as they may relate to the campus GE model the subcommittee develops.*

*Progress on Tasks 3 and 4 should be reported to EPC no later than May 17th, 2018.

GE Model Development Guidelines:

  1. The GE model must account for the needs of multiple student groups including first time freshman, transfer students, non-traditional students, and part-time students.
  2. The GE model must account for the campus’ GI2025 retention and graduation targets.
  3. While the subcommittee should not allow EO1100 to drive the development of the curriculum model, they should take into account the campus need to be in compliance with the Chancellor’s Office Executive Order.
GERS Members 2018 - 2019
Position Incumbent Dept Appointment End of Term By
Member, Chair Suzanne Rivoire CS 2018 when completed S&F
Member Michael Balasek for Hope Ortiz F'18 Int'l Programs 2018 when completed S&F
Member Michelle Jolly HIST 2018 when completed S&F
Member Chiara Bacigalupa EDU 2018 when completed S&F
Member Jeff Baldwin GEP 2018 when completed S&F
Member Tim Wandling ENG 2018 when completed S&F
Alternate Member Christine Renaudin MOD LANG 2018 when completed S&F
Alternate Member Michael Balasek Advising 2018 when completed S&F