Educational Policies Committee (EPC)

Membership:  Seven members elected from the faculty for three-year overlapping terms.  At least one member shall be elected from each division and school.

Advisory Membership:  Provost, registrar, associate provost for undergraduate programs,  one student selected by the Associated Students of PLU.  Consistent with Article IV, Section 4, Subsection 4b, g and h of the Faculty Bylaws, advisory members shall have the same rights and privileges as any other member of the committee except the right to make motions and to vote.

General Purpose:  To study problems and to make recommendations relative to all areas of academic policy, including the regular semester, January term, summer school, graduate division, and continuing education programs.

Specific Duties:

  1. To consider policies of academic and instructional nature:
    (a) Requirements for all undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.
    (b) Course additions and deletions proposed by departments and schools, according to procedures established by the Educational Policies Committee and the faculty.
    (c) Credit value of courses, seminars, workshops, and so forth.
  2. To study and make recommendations to the faculty and departments concerned regarding new areas in instruction to be entered, old areas to be abandoned, and new trends in higher education.
  3. To consider and recommend to the faculty candidates for honorary degrees.
  4. To review and recommend to the faculty all proposals for courses intended to satisfy general education program elements.
  5. To serve in an advisory capacity to the administration of the university in order to express faculty concerns and interests regarding academic effects of the budget. This duty includes but is not limited to designating one member of this committee to serve on the University Budget Advisory Committee.
  6. To inform the faculty of EPC policy determinations through the “For Information Only” section of the 30-Day Clock memo disseminated to the faculty via email throughout the academic year.
  7. The chair of the Educational Policies Committee shall serve on the Conciliation Committee in accordance with Article VI, Section 1 of the Faculty Bylaws.
  8. The chair of the Educational Policies Committee shall receive a teaching load reduction of one (1) course or the equivalent per academic year.
  9. To make a written report to the faculty at least once a year. The chair of the committee shall file a record of the committee’s activities in duplicate reports–one with the faculty secretary and one with the president of the university at the close of the school year

Members 2017-18:

Name: Dana Zaichkin (zaichkdl@plu.edu)
Department: Nursing
Committee Seat: Expires 2018
Contact: 253-535-7697

Name: Kory Brown (kory.brown@plu.edu)
Department: Business
Committee Seat: Expires 2018
Contact: 253-535-6257

Name: Keith Cooper (cooperkj@plu.edu) – Chair
Department: Philosophy
Committee Seat: Expires 2018
Contact: 253-535-7234

Name: Karen McConnell (mcconnke@plu.edu)
Department: Kinesiology
Committee Seat: Expires 2019
Contact: 253-535-7169

Name: Rebekah Mergenthal (mergenrm@plu.edu)
Department: History
Committee Seat: Expires 2019
Contact: 253-535-7395

Name: JP Avila (jp.avila@plu.edu)
Department: Art and Design
Committee Seat: Expires 2020
Contact: 253-535-7578

Name: Laurie Murphy (lmurphy@plu.edu) – Secretary
Department: Computer Science
Committee Seat: Expires 2020
Contact: 253-535-8729