Attendees: Ed Taylor, Mel Wensel, Carrie Perrin, Clay Schwenn, Aley Willis, Michelle Hall, Dave Drischell, Janet Germeraad , Cynthia Caci, Mary Tillotson, Jennifer Grahl, Dan Feetham, Robin Boddie, Debbie Wiegand
Absent: Erin Dana, Connie Montgomery, Susan Inman
During the first order of business, introductions of new and old members were done. Next, Ed Taylor discussed the beginnings of the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Council, its mission, and its future plans on how to best serve the students. The council also discussed budget matters and upcoming reports on Freshmen Interest Groups and Academic Learning Links.
Mary Lindstrom is the new provost. UAAC will probably need to meet with her to talk about how advising fits in her framework for assessing academic units.
Council activities this year will include how advisors inculcate and integrate students at the institution; how we engage with each other across campus; and how we introduce new students to academic culture.
Satisfactory Progress Holds: a response regarding a question from the All Advisor’s Meeting: “If the credits are on the transcript and count towards the 180 needed for graduation they are included in the satisfactory progress totals. Only X credits are not counted. That means that foreign study credits that have changed to X credits until they can be evaluated do not count until they have been evaluated and assigned UW credit. On the other hand, if a student is currently registered for 12 credits of foreign study they do count in the credit totals for that quarter until they turn into X credits at the end of the quarter.”
Next, an update on upcoming events from the Links was given:
EnviroLink: Offering its Freshman Seminar this Autumn on “Exploring Environmental Majors” featuring faculty from a range of environmental programs giving presentations and facilitating discussions with students about their research and the culture of their discipline. This course can be taken by itself or as part of a Freshman Interest Group (FIG). It has 107 students registered this quarter.
EnviroLink is also planning for the annual UW Environmental Career Fair, which for the first time will include an additional fair co-sponsored with the UW Career Center featuring green career opportunities with employers who are not in the environmental field, but who offer environmentally-focused jobs. Save the date for January 26 and 27, 2011, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, in the Mary Gates Hall Commons.
Finally, the next UAAC meeting will be on the 3rd of November.