The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting # 85 on 
February 8, 1999:


MOTION
=======

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to approve the 2000-2001 Academic 
Calendar as presented by the Registrar prepared in accordance with 
Senate policy and Board of Regents' policies and forward it to the 
Governance Coordinating Committee for action. 


	EFFECTIVE:  	Immediately


	RATIONALE:  	Curricular Affairs reviewed two drafts of 
		the 2000-01 academic calendar and forwards the 
		following calendar to the full Senate.  This calendar 
		meets Senate policy requiring a study day prior to 
		finals.  


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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Campus
ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2000-2001


Classes begin after Labor Day for Fall Semester and 
after Civil Rights Day for Spring Semester.


FALL SEMESTER-2000

Registration for the 2000 fall semester begins		Mon., Apr. 3, 2000
Fee payment begins      				Wed., July 5
Application for admission deadline			Tues., Aug. 1
	for fall semester
Orientation for new students         			Sun.-Wed., Sept. 3-6
Labor Day (no registration or fee payment)		Mon., Sept. 4
Residence halls open, 9 am    				Mon., Sept. 4
Financial aid disbursement begins 			Tues., Sept. 5
First day of instruction         			Thurs., Sept. 7
Late registration begins        			Thurs., Sept. 7
Late registration and fee payment end			Fri., Sept. 15
Last day for 100% refund of tuition and materials fees	Fri., Sept. 15
Last day for student-initiated and faculty-initiated drops
	(course does not appear on academic record)	Fri., Sept. 22
Last day for 50% refund of tuition (only)		Fri., Sept. 22
Low grade reports for freshmen due not later than	Fri., Oct. 13
Last day to apply for 2000 fall graduation		Fri., Oct. 16
Last day for student-initiated and faculty-initiated 
	withdrawals (W grade given for course)  	Fri., Nov. 3
Registration and fee payment for the 2001 spring 
	semester begin    				Mon., Nov. 13
Thanksgiving holidays (no classes)			Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 22-26
Last day of instruction          			Fri., Dec. 15
Final examinations       				Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 18-21
Residence halls close, noon    				Fri., Dec. 22
Grades due to the Registrar's Office			Fri., Dec. 22
Campus closed        					5 p.m., Fri., Dec. 22, 2000 - 
          						8 a.m., Wed., Jan 3, 2001


SPRING SEMESTER-2001

Application for admission deadline 
	for spring semester     			Wed., Dec. 1, 2000
Residence halls open, 9 a.m.  				Mon., Jan. 15
Alaska Civil Rights Day (registration 
	and fee payment continue)     			Mon., Jan. 15
Orientation for new students				Tues.-Wed., Jan. 16-17, 2001
Financial aid disbursement begins  			Tues., Jan. 16
First day of instruction         			Thurs., Jan. 18
Late registration begins        			Thurs., Jan. 18
Late registration and fee payment end     		Fri., Jan. 26
Last day for 100% refund of tuition and material fees	Fri., Jan. 26
Last day for student-initiated and faculty-initiated drops
	(course does not appear on academic record)	Fri., Feb. 2
Last day for 50% refund of tuition (only)         	Fri., Feb. 2
Last day to apply for 2001 spring graduation   		Tues., Feb. 15
Low grade reports for freshmen due not later than	Fri., Feb. 23
Spring recess      					Mon.-Sun., Mar. 12-18
Last day for student-initiated and faculty-initiated 
	withdrawals (W grade given for course)  	Fri., Mar. 23
Registration for the 2001 fall semester begin 		Mon., Apr. 9
All Campus Day (no classes)  				Fri., Apr. 27
Last day of instruction          			Fri., May 4
Final examinations       				Mon.-Thurs., May 7-10
Residence halls close, noon    				Sun., May 13
Commencement    					Sun., May 13
Grades due to the Registrar's Office       		Wed., May 16
Fee Payment for the 2001 fall semester begins		Mon., July 2


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting # 85 on 
February 8, 1999:


MOTION
=======

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to approve the new MFA degree 
program in Art and forward it to the Chancellor and Board of 
Regents.  


	EFFECTIVE:  	Upon Board of Regents' Approval

	RATIONALE: 	See new course requests #2-7 and full 
		program proposal #8 on file in the Governance Office, 
		312 Signers' Hall.


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Executive Summary
MFA Degree Program in Art

	Civilizations throughout history have all held one thing in 
common, that is the rich tapestry of art.  The visual arts are 
fundamental to the human experience.  We therefore propose the 
establishment of a Master of Fine Arts degree program in the 
visual arts.  This program will serve students in the areas of 
ceramics, compute art, drawing, native arts, painting, printmaking 
and sculpture in their quest for professional excellence.  At 
present, Alaska is the only state in the country not offering the 
M.F.A. degree and it marks the highest level of professionalism in 
the field.  The inclusion of this degree program means that this 
University would be one of only two schools nationally to offer a 
degree program with a concentration in Native Arts beyond the 
Associate level.

MFA Program Description:
	The MFA in visual art is the terminal degree in the field.  It 
customarily requires 60 graduate credit hours.  Students take 
between 9 and 15 credits per semester.  Two thirds of their 
classes must be in studio art.  The graduate career culminates in a 
solo gallery exhibition of a substantial body of original work.  An 
oral examination must be passed prior to advancement to 
candidacy.  The work must be consistent and thematically coherent 
and must adhere to the highest professional standards.  A written 
thesis is required which documents and discusses ideas and 
execution of the exhibition.

The MFA Program will:
	Produce well-trained and competent artists to be qualified in 
various state and federal arts organization, galleries, museums, 
colleges and universities.

	Supply the necessary background for students to participate 
in state, national and international art competitions and 
exhibitions.  This participation is extremely important to the 
professional careers in the visual arts.

	Enhance the University of Alaska's interests by producing 
highly trained, knowledgeable, and competent visual artists for the 
benefit of the people of Alaska.

The University will evaluate the MFA Program by the following 
criteria:
	Number and quality of enrolled graduate students.

	Number and quality of positions in the art field achieved by 
graduates of the program.

The Art Department will evaluate the MFA Program by the 
following criteria:
	Quality and quantity of artwork produced by students enrolled 
in the program.

	Maturity of artistic development achieved by its students 
while enrolled in the program and the continued achievements of 
graduates of the program.

Relationship of the MFA Program to the Purpose of the University:
	The MFA program will substantially enhance the scope and 
richness of the University experience for the entire University 
community.  It will enhance and enrich the artistic life of the 
entire state.  The unique Native Art component of the program will 
encourage enrollment, retention and graduation of Native students.  
The TA's associated with the program will provide for more and 
more varied course offerings, bringing art and an appreciation of 
art to a wider audience.  An important consequence of this program 
will be the general betterment of the artistic environment of the 
community.

Assessment of the MFA Program:
	MFA graduates typically choose these career paths: College 
art instructors, Museum and Gallery positions, Independent 
curators, Arts Administrators, Elementary and Secondary Teachers, 
Workshops and Residences, Graphic Designer/ Computer Graphic 
Artists, Art therapy and Artists.  

	We will send questionnaires to employers of our graduates 
after they are placed to assess the type of education they received 
to determine where our strengths and weaknesses are in the 
program.  Specific data from the information received will then be 
analyzed for curricular improvement.

	We will use the resource of visits by artists of national and 
international renown to provide feedback for our graduates and the 
program.   

	We supply the necessary background for students to 
participate in state, national and international art competitions 
and exhibitions.  This can be evaluated by the criteria outlined in 
our own unit criteria that states the level of professional standard 
for each type of exhibition.  This is also the standard outlined by 
the College Art Association.

	We will provide access and overall site maintenance for a 
departmental web site that will help track our graduates.   It will 
provide a means to check on employment and progression of their 
careers.

	We will send questionnaires to all graduates after 
completion of the program requesting information assessing the 
program impact on the students╣ lives and on the advancement of 
their careers.  

Resource Impact:

Budget
	We are requesting a 50-50 match for 4 TAs between CLA and 
the graduate school. The cost of 2 TAs is presently fully funded by 
CLA.  This would allow us to add two more TA positions without 
any additional cost to the college.  This affords us the opportunity 
to add a program without any additional costs for faculty or 
funding for lecture positions. We are also requesting that the 
Graduate School continue its 50-50 funding with Summer Sessions 
for a TA to coordinate the Summer Art Education Institute.  John 
Leipzig, CLA Interim Dean, has said that he will guarantee the four 
teaching TAs. 

Faculty workload
	Advising students and teaching graduate classes is a 
significant impact on faculty workload.  We anticipate that 
graduate TAs will each teach 3 classes per year and that this will 
more than offset the impact on faculty workload.  We anticipate 4 
TAs who will teach classes plus one who will manage the Art 
Education Institute.  In total 12 classes can be covered by TAs.  In 
the art department this equates to 2 full-time teaching loads.  We 
will not have more than 7 graduates with this TA funding.  Work 
load will not be reduced so we will be able to offer more classes 
than we do now; in particular we will be able to add the new 
graduate classes without overloading our faculty.

Facilities
	MFA students need studio/office space.  Painters and 
sculptors need ventilated space.  At present, there are 3 spaces for 
graduate students, which are not adequately ventilated for solvent 
use.  While not required to start the MFA program, these upgrades 
are highly desirable. 

	Graduate students need to continue their use of periodicals 
and access to media facilities.  If the current periodicals continue 
to be supported it will provide part of the need for library 
resources. 

	Graduate students use studio facilities more than 
undergraduates.  They will be taught maintenance as part of their 
program and this will offset their greater use of the facilities.  
Their maintenance activities will not serve to replace equipment 
that is completely worn out.  


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting # 85 on 
February 8, 1999:


MOTION
=======

The UAF Faculty Senate moves that post-baccalaureate teacher 
licensure programs be subject to graduate policy and regulations 
and that students in the licensure programs be considered graduate 
students.

	EFFECTIVE:   	Upon Implementation of Post-baccalaureate 
         		programs

	RATIONALE:   	The post-baccalaureate teacher 
		licensure programs are graduate-level programs.  
		UAF Graduate School Admission Standards apply to 
		the post-baccalaureate licensure programs.  
		Students in the post-baccalaureate certification 
		programs are counted as UAF graduate students.  This 
		policy brings UAF into compliance with National 
		Graduate Student Policy