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General Education Committee Minutes, 10/17/08

Members present:, S. Hines, D. MacDonald, D. Morton, D. Potts, K. Shanley, F. Rosenzweig D. Sloan

Members absent: J. Edwards, M. Ramey, T. Thibeau

Guest:  A. Borgmann, N. Bradley-Browning, J. Lopach, T. Sheer

The meeting was called to order at 9:15 pm.  

Communications: 

  • Each subcommittee provided an update on the progress of the review and indicated how many forms required follow-up. Historical and Cultural Studies and Ethics and Human Values have a number of upper-division courses that do not meet the introductory and foundational requirement. The review of the Ethics courses will require an agreement on several terms in the guidelines, such as reasoning and rigorous analysis.  It is expected that the instructors will require assistance in revising the courses to meet the criteria. The Historical and Cultural Studies Subcommittee is working to define breadth.  Thirty upper-division courses were submitted for review. Several courses in the Indigenous and Global Perspective did not adhere to the spirit of the guidelines and a few of the forms were completed poorly.  Many of the syllabi submitted for the Expressive Arts Group did not provide enough detail.  The Symbolic Systems Subcommittee has not yet reviewed sequences.  There appears to be the need for better coordination between the Mathematics Department and Applied Arts and Science.    The American and European Subcommittee has completed its review and is rejecting 5 courses.  It found that introductory and foundation was articulated in the criteria.   The rejected courses were all upper-division courses, they were not introductory, subject matter was too narrow, or the material was introduced in a lower division course.  Literary and Artistic Studies had one course that was not foundational; the other follow-up is for clarity.  The Social Science subcommittee did not have many courses that were not introductory or foundational. 
  • Subcommittee chairs should determine which courses will be rejected and follow-up on clarity issues. 

Total

Problems

Group III:a
Modern & Classical Languages

22

0

Group IIIb Symbolic Systems

30

5

Group IV:  Expressive Arts

49

?

Group V:  Literary and Artistic Studies

44

7

Group VI: Historical and Cultural Studies

61

30

Group VII:  Social Sciences

47

8

Group VIII:  Ethics and Human Values

28

?

Group IX: American and European

24

5

Group X: Indigenous and Global

47

11

Group XI:  Natural Sciences

61

5

Group III:a
Modern & Classical Languages

22

0

  • The committee will need to decide the best way to inform instructors that the course was denied general education status. Co-Chair MacDonald will seek guidance from ASCRC.
  • The next meeting will be on Friday October 31th at 9:10 in GBB LO4.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m.