Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly



Volume 5, Issue 11 – October 24, 2017

Linfield Curriculum (LC) Graduation Requirements

Students at Linfield meet their LC graduation requirement by taking an LC class and then posting an assignment (exemplar) in their Taskstream portfolio that demonstrates meeting the learning objectives. These exemplars must be posted by the last day of finals of the semester the course is taken.

If a student is scheduled to graduate in December, all their exemplars must be entered in Taskstream on or before Friday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m. Students who do not meet the deadline will not receive their degree until this requirement is completed.

We ask that faculty pay particular attention to advisees scheduled to graduate in December, reminding them of this graduation requirement.

LC exemplar submission status appears in students’ Program Evaluation Reports. These are manually processed, so students should contact the Registrar’s Office if the Program Evaluation is not updated within a week after they have posted to Taskstream, or if students see discrepancies between Taskstream and the Program Evaluation.

Advising First-Year Students for Jan Term

All first-year, non-transfer students are required to take an on-campus McMinnville course with a minimum of three credits during January Term. Students may also take one paracurricular course, as long as they do not exceed five credits. The cost of participating is included in tuition: per-credit and housing fees are waived for first-year students, and students are only responsible for meal costs.

Jan Term is designed to provide continuity between fall and spring semesters, to enhance Linfield’s commitment to integrating curricular and co-curricular experiences, and to foster diverse interactions with other students and the local community.

Linfield’s January Term webpage is up-to-date and includes an informational video for students, Frequently Asked Questions for students and their advisors, and a link to course offerings.

Please take a moment to read through the FAQs prior to your advising appointments. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Scholer at, who will forward it to the appropriate person.

Issuing Academic Alerts Before Withdrawal Deadline

Academic Alerts should be sent to students who are struggling in their classes, particularly those whose chances of passing are impossible or extremely unlikely.

Students should be apprised of their performance thus far in class and, if appropriate, advised to withdraw by the Friday, November 3 deadline.

Please send Academic Alerts to all students earning less than a C grade in your course. It is particularly helpful to offer suggestions and as much information as possible (e.g. “You need to earn an 85% on the next two exams, and complete all homework, to earn a C in the class. Visit me during office hours for study help.”).

Faculty unfamiliar with the Academic Alert system should contact Ellen Crabtree at

Board of Trustees to Visit Classrooms

Several Board of Trustees members are planning to visit classrooms on the afternoon of Thursday, November 2. If you teach a class during this time and are interested in participating, please contact Meridith Symons at

Please Remind Students…

Pre-Nursing Advising Information Sessions
Pre-nursing students should attend one of these advising sessions prior to registration.
Please refer to the October 10 Academic Affairs Weekly for detailed information. 

Thursday, October 26
11:00 am – 12:00 p.m. in TJ Day 219 

Monday, October 30
1:00-2:00 p.m. in Riley 201 

Last day to drop a course with a withdrawal
Portland: Friday, November 3
McMinnville: Friday, November 3
OCE: Friday, November 10 

Jan Term and Spring Registration
Portland: Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3
McMinnville: Monday, November 6 - Thursday, November 9
OCE: begins Monday, November 13 (priority registration ends Friday, November 17) 

Department Chair Deadlines

AP/ IB/ CLEP Equivalency Workshop
Monday, October 30
4:00 p.m. in T.J. Day 222
Please RSVP to Meridith Symons at
RSVP required, as OneDrive access is required for attendees. 

CEP Cost Analysis Discussions with Mike Williams
Wednesday, November 1—Thursday, November 2
RSVP here by Thursday, October 26
Times vary by affinity group.
All meetings take place in the President’s Dining Room, Dillin Hall.

  • Please refer to Susan Agre-Kippenhan’s October 16 email for additional details.
  • Please make every effort to attend with your affinity group (departments from the same division).
  • If you cannot make a time labeled for your division, find a time you can attend.
  • If you are having scheduling difficulties, please contact Meridith Symons as soon as possible.

Important Deadlines

Submit IRB Applications requiring full review
Submit applications via email to
Due Thursday, November 2 

Submit CourseEval Custom Questions
Submit to Amy Scholer at indicating Department Chair approval.
Due Friday, November 10

Upcoming Events

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series
“Hurricanes, Art, & Puerto Rican Politics: A Conversation with Antonio Martorell”
Tuesday, October 24
12:00–1:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, Withnell Commons

Comprehensive Enrollment Planning Information Session
Wednesday, October 25
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ streamed to Loveridge Hall HSSR

Artist Talk
“Communication, Communion, and Confrontation in Puerto Rican Art”
Presented by Antonio Martorell
Wednesday, October 25
7:00 p.m. in Ice Auditorium

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“Promotion and tenure eFiles”
Presented by Stephen Bricher and Amy Scholer
Friday, October 27
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW/ videoconference to Peterson Hall Conference Room in Portland
RSVP here

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“What Constitutes a Student Organization?”
Presented by Susan Hopp
Tuesday, October 31
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here 

Board of Trustees Meetings
Thursday, November 2 – Saturday, November 4 

Faculty Assembly
Monday, November 6
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ videoconference to Peterson Hall Conference Room in Portland 

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