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Manoa Faculty Senate Report from CAPP, 19 January 2005

CAPP would like to call to the Senate's attention to some issues on which we are currently working.

  1. Honors College. CAPP has not had as much input from faculty on this as we believe is necessary for such a significant, and potentially divisive, proposal. We are open to suggestions on how to proceed with the discussion. One possibility would be to make this the subject of a Manoa Town Meeting, and we have suggested this to the VCAA, but this would delay debate on the college until March at the earliest. As a reminder, all materials on the proposal are available at the UHMFS web page.
  2. Concerns about enforcement of prerequisites. Banner does not enforce prerequisites at this time, and CAPP has noted that problems can arise from the fact that prerequisites are not treated uniformly across the campus or even within departments. We expect to bring a resolution on this to the February or March meeting.
  3. The absence of a formal distinction between degrees (BA, BS, BFA, BBA, etc) at the Manoa level has proved problematic in the evaluation of degree proposals. The VCAA's office has indicated an interest in working with us on guidelines for such degrees.
  4. CAPP has been studying the recent report to the Board of Regents task force on the Biomedical Complex, and has been considering the possible impact on general Manoa programs of that report's recommendations, as well as impacts stemming from the imminent move of JABSOM to the Kakaako facility. So far our main concern is the disposition of undergraduate students currently taking general science courses from JABSOM faculty, but we will look at any other concerns transmitted to us.
  5. Admissions standards. We continue to monitor the implementation of the CAPP resolution UHMFS passed last Spring. This is proceeding a bit more slowly than we would like, but it does seem to be proceeding.

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