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PPC Establishes the Educational Policy and Planning Committee


Policy and Planning Committee of the Arts & Sciences
August 11, 2011

MEMORANDUM

To: Nicholas Dirks, EVPAS
From: Teodolinda Barolini, Chair, PPC

The Policy and Planning Committee (PPC) proposes to establish an Educational Policy and Planning Committee (EPPC), reporting to PPC and to the Executive Vice President of Arts & Sciences (EVPAS), and charged with coordinating the work of the major curriculum committees of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and advising and making recommendations to PPC and EVPAS on matters of educational policy and planning. The EPPC will have the following members: the EVPAS; the Dean of Columbia College as Vice President for Undergraduate Education; the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as Vice President for Graduate Education; the Chair of the Committee on the Core (or designee); the Chair of the Committee of Major Cultures (or designee); the Chair of the Committee on Science Instruction (or designee); three members of PPC, including the Chair of PPC (the other two PPC members shall be from the divisions not represented by the Chair), and three additional members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, one from each division. The PPC shall work with EVPAS and Deans to appoint a faculty chair of EPPC. The Dean of the School of General Studies and the Chair of the Committee of Instruction of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will be nonvoting ex officio members of EPPC.

The PPC is establishing EPPC under the authority of the Stated Rules of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in order to implement a key recommendation of the President’s Task Force on Undergraduate Education and to fulfill a mandate envisioned by the Academic Review Committee’s (ARC) Report on Faculty Governance. The Stated Rules of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences specifically authorize PPC to work with the EVPAS and Deans to constitute and appoint members of standing committees, and to evaluate the work of those committees. The Task Force on Undergraduate Education urged the creation of EPPC in order to coordinate curriculum planning. The ARC Report on Faculty Governance specifically allocated the concerns of the EPPC, as proposed by the Task Force and extended to encompass graduate education, to the jurisdiction of PPC.

The PPC intends to work closely with EVPAS to appoint the faculty members and Chair of the EPPC. First, PPC will consult with EVPAS to choose two of its own members for EPPC, one per each division not represented by the Chair of PPC. Second, PPC proposes to adapt a recommendation of the Task Force for appointing the three additional faculty members of the EPPC. The PPC will propose a slate of six candidates, two from each division. The EVPAS, in consultation with the Deans, will select from this slate one candidate from each division. Third, PPC proposes that EVPAS, in consultation with PPC and Deans, appoint a senior faculty member as Chair. The PPC reserves the right to use different methods of appointment.

Committee Members 2012-2013:

Committee Chair:

Susan Pedersen, Professor of History

Committee Members (in alphabetical order):

Carlos Alonso, Vice President for Graduate Education, Dean GSAS, Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Peter Awn, Dean General Studies, Professor of Religion
Adam Cannon, Lecturer in Discipline, Computer Sciences, SEAS

Christopher Crew, Student, GSAS

Bachir Diagne, Professor of French and Romance Philology
Nick Dirks, Executive Vice President Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology and History
Stuart Firestein, Professor of Biological Sciences
Robert Friedman, Professor of Mathematics
Pat Grieve, Chair Committee on Global Core, Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Simon Jerome, Student, Columbia College

Matt Jones, Chair Committee on the Core, Professor of History
Brendan O'Flaherty, Professor of Economics
Cathy Popkin, Chair PPC, Professor of Slavic Languages
Benjamin Shababo, Student, General Studies
Jack Snyder, Professor of Political Science
James Valentini, Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Dean Columbia College, Professor of Chemistry
Jacqueline Van Gorkom, Professor of Astronomy
Kathryn Yatrakis, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
Rose Razaghian, Planning and Analysis, A&S/Columbia College

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