General Education Committee Minutes

November 29, 2004 (as amended)

327 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:  Mary Leonard Anderson, Sandy Grunwald, Jess Hollenback, Emily Johnson (Chair), Eric Kraemer, Cris Prucha, Bruce Riley, Brian Udermann, Mike Winfrey

Consultants Present:  Chris Bakkum, Keith Beyer, Terry Beck, Diane Schumacher

Guests Present:  Bonnie Bratina, David Cooper, Terry Kelly, Sandi Krajewski, Joan (Leslie) Oganowski, Katie Lindemann


I.        M/S/P to approve the minutes of November 15, 2004.


II.     Course Proposals:  First Reads

A.     W-S 100, Gender, Race and Class in American Institutions, course revision – Primary revisions were with the title and description in order to make them more reflective of changes in the discipline over time.  A request to see how the course would fit into the learning outcomes was made; however, since the proposal is for a revision and not a new course, LX information on learning outcomes is not required.


      M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal.


B.     SAH 307, Changing the Culture, Women in Science, new course – Proposal is for the course to be offered as a General Education course in the Minority Cultures/Multiracial Women’s Studies Category.  A question was raised about the category placement; the course will indeed address women as well as other underrepresented groups.  There was an inquiry as to who might be likely to teach the course, and it will initially be team taught by the four faculty from the College of Science and Allied Health who attended the Women in Science curricular reform workshop.  Questions were raised about the housing of the course in SAH and were answered based on information from UCC.  Discussion was redirected to the GEC’s task of determining if the course is an appropriate General Education course in an appropriate category. 


M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal.


MUS 209, History of Jazz Culture, new course – Proposal requests that the course be offered as a General Education course in the Minority Cultures category.  The GEC would like further clarification on the learning outcomes and category (Minority Cultures vs. Art Appreciation).  Emily asked David and Terry to think about the most important learning outcomes in terms of what they really want students to walk away with from this course knowing, and to make the learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment reflective of that. There will be a second reading.



III.   Writing in the Major Proposals

A. First Read:  Health – A question was raised about the appropriateness of the proposed 2001 effective date.  The committee was suggested Fall 2003 given the information about the length of time the writing requirements had been in place. The department chair should contact the Office of Records and Registration about the writing emphasis designation for current courses in Community Health Education.  GEC recommends that the department keep the Writing Emphasis designation on courses in the two programs for at least 4 more semesters. Concerns were also expressed about the quality and grading of the formal writing example and the direct and indirect assessment measures (Item #6).  The committee asked for an additional formal writing assignment where the rubric had been used and for clarification of  direct vs. indirect assessment measures.  Department should also correct typing/grammatical errors before proposal is put on file.  Concern about item #5, Writing-to-learn, was waived until GEC clarifies the requirements for that section.   There will be a second reading.


IV.              Old Business – It was agreed that Emily would send the Call for Proposals and letter to department chairs and faculty regarding assessment via email for final wording approval.  The remaining agenda items will be carried over to the next two meetings.


Meeting Adjourned at 5:35pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Katie Lindemann