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PEP at SI ... FAQs, Updates, etc

If you have accepted a summer internship and hope to get PEP credit for it, YOU MUST follow these steps by May 30th:

1)Your mentor must submit a proposal directly to the PEP office to Joanna Kroll at jckroll@umich.edu by May 30th. A sample proposal can be found here http://www.si.umich.edu/outreach/SampleProposal.doc . Joanna will be out of the office next week at a conference from May 27-30. In her absence, ALL PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SENT TO Kelly Kowatch at kkowatch@umich.edu

2)The PEP office will review the proposal, and contact you within 1-2 business days on the approval status

3)The Approval Status email from the PEP office will indicate your next steps and registration options (including ePortfolio access and instructions).

If you have already started your internship without PEP approval, we will not be able to retroactively count hours you have already worked. We can only count your hours once the internship has been approved by the PEP office.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

If you have questions about the PEP Process, there are resources available on the SI website under Fieldwork:

PEP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) http://www.si.umich.edu/outreach/internships.htm
PEP Information for Mentors http://www.si.umich.edu/outreach/mentors.htm

Still looking for an internship? Check out where SI students have interned in the past and contact them to find out who they worked for: http://www.si.umich.edu/outreach/internship_portfolios.htm

Click on the Extended Entry to see change in the PEP program for incoming Fall 2008 students.

SI Curriculum Committee Updates PEP credit allocation policy for SI classes

The SI Curriculum Committee (consisting of several faculty and two MSI students) reviewed the allocation of PEP credits to SI classes and had made some changes in the way PEP credits are allocated resulting in some changes in how many PEP credits will be received for particular classes. The complete policy statement and rationale will be made available soon on the SI intranet for student access. The purpose of the review and the change was to create greater clarity, consistency, and fairness in the allocation of PEP credits for courses. Remember that PEP credits are a way to indicate which of your 48 academic credits also meet requirements for Practical Engagement. They do not add academic credits, they earmark which academic credits have a strong experiential focus.

Note that the guidelines related to PEP internships via SI 690 and SI 681 remains unchanged.

Some important points to note about the new policy:

Only new students entering in Fall 2008 will be held in full to the new policy.

Students who started before Fall, 2008 will not be impacted by any reductions in PEP credits for classes, but will receive additional PEP credits for classes where the PEP credits have been increased for classes they take in Fall 2008 or thereafter.

Students who started before Fall, 2008 will continue to be required to have a minimum of 6 PEP credits as part of their 48 credit degree program, with a maximum of 15 PEP credits allowed.

PEP credits will not be changed retroactively. Thus, PEP credits will not be altered for courses taken before Fall, 2008.

Here is a summary of the change and transition plan:

1) Effective for Fall 2008 entering students, The PEP requirement has been changed to 8 minimum / 15 maximum PEP credits as part of the 48 credit MSI degree.

2) The Curriculum Committee reviewed and adjusted how PEP credits are assigned, and are now basing decisions on PEP credits on how grading is allocated rather than the estimated number of hours students work on a project. The committee also clarified the nature of experiential activities that can count as PEP, and have determined that there must be a real-world engagement and real-world accountability for PEP credits to be assigned, though acknowledging that simulation exercises and projects are also very valuable and sometimes more appropriate for a particular class or learning objective.

3) As a result of the review of courses with PEP credits, some courses have gained PEP credits and some will lose them.

a. For courses gaining PEP credits, the change will take effect beginning Fall 2008 for all students

b. For courses losing PEP credits, the change will take effect in Fall 2008 for students entering in Fall 2008, but would not take effect at all for students who started before Fall 2008.

c. There will be no retroactive change to the number of PEP credits granted for courses taken earlier than Fall 2008.

As with any change, there is a transition period and we’ve been careful to ensure that continuing students are not adversely impacted by the change. Thus we have sought to allow continuing students to benefit from increases in PEP credits for courses taken in the coming year but not to be impacted by any reductions, and we are not increasing the minimum number of PEP credits required for continuing students.

Here is a chart indicating courses that have PEP credits assigned, and how those have changed, if at all:

New PEP Point Allocations for SI Courses, as of Fall, 2008

Name - Old allocation - New allocation

SI 501 Contextual Inquiry & Project Management—(Previously…Use of Information)- 1 - 3

SI 572 (Previously 654)Database Application Design - 1 - 2

SI 596 Practical Engagement Workshop: Digital Librarianship (Internet Public Library) 3 - 1

SI 599/699 Practical Engagement Workshop: Information Technologies in Small Nonprofit Organizations - 3 - 3

SI 622 Evaluation of Systems and Services - 1 - 0

SI 623 Outcome-Based Evaluations of Programs & Services - 1 - 1

SI 631 CMS Projects - 3 - 3

SI 649 Information Visualization - 0 - 2

SI 682 Interface and Interaction Design - 1 - 2

SI 689 Computer Supported Cooperative Work - 1 - 0

SI 692 Practical Engagement Workshop in Archives & Records - 3 - 3

Posted by kkowatch at May 22, 2008 01:40 PM


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