ASCRC Minutes 9/18/07
Members Present: J. Cox, L. Economides, S. Gauthier, E. Henderson, S. Lodmell, J. Luckowski, P. Muench, K. Nalty, M. Nielsen, H. Thompson, G. Weix
Members Absent/Excused: I. Crummy, J. Graham, T. Hunter, P. Silverman, L. Tangedahl
Ex-Officio Present: M. Hoell, D. Micus, A. Walker-Andrews
Guest: Samantha Hines and Sue Samson- Mansfield Library, Alden Wright- Computer Science, J. Tompkins
Chair Thompson called the meeting to order at 2:20 p.m.
The minutes from 9/11/07 were amended and approved.
Strategy for including the Provost's recommendations into the general education framework
2) Early completion of fundamental skills
There are over 700 juniors that have not taken the math literacy course. Studies show that the longer you have a break from math, the more likely you are to do poorly. There is a committee working on this issue that is considering the Boise State Model-every student must take math and composition in the first semester. There are a range of opinions regarding the problem and the Committee is exploring different strategies. These will be shared with the Provost.
Discussions are also taking place with the Registrar Micus in terms of mechanisms for enforcing pre-requisites or possible holds on registration. He discourages any process that would delay a student's registration. A better approach is through orientation and advising. Students need to be given the information and persuaded to make the decision that is in their best interest.
The committee agreed that this issue was not something it could resolve and is outside the realm of the framework, but would look at proposals as they come forward.
3) Exposure to current big issues facing the world and nation that require an interdisciplinary approach to understand and resolve
The current framework does not preclude this from happening. Incentives from Academic Affairs would encourage faculty to develop a course that would meet the objectives of the groups. The subcommittee could conceive of ideas that incorporate interdisciplinary, linked courses, or bundles of courses that deal with real word problems.
This will have to be communicated to the subcommittees working on the objectives of the groups.
4) Connections to student majors and an understanding of the goals of general education
Again this is something that could be made explicit in the criteria, outcomes, and assessment of the courses. Faculty should be expected to make clear to students why it is important to have exposure to the perspective, theories, and etc. taught in the course.
Strategy for consideration of upper-division credit requirement increase
The committee agreed that Camie should send a communication to department chairs asking for how an increase in upper-division credits would impact their majors.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
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