General Education Committee Minutes

March 7, 2005

257 Cartwright Center


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, Terry Beck, Keith Beyer, Bruce May, Diane Schumacher

Guests Present:  Katie Lindemann


I.        M/S/P to approve the minutes of 2/21/05.


II.     Discussion and Work Session.

A.  Discussion:  Take away messages from Friday Conversation, February 10th Forum, and GE Conference –  Friday’s Conversation was attended by about 15 people with good representation from the GE Committee and Faculty Senate (although not much representation from faculty not on one of these committees).  The following reflections were made about the Conversation:  There appeared to be agreement that some revisions to the program (such as a name change to Core Curriculum) might be helpful and worth consideration; Both the Conversation and the Forum were critical in putting GE at the forefront and on the minds of faculty, which will hopefully be beneficial when presenting recommendations; The power of simple things such as listing outcomes in syllabi, and linked experiences, and the importance of integration of learning across the baccalaureate degree; The Human Rights theme was very positive for both students and instructors and was a valuable way to provide some cohesion to the program.


B. Work Session:  The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the GEC’s direction for spring and summer.  The following recommendations are a result of the recap done by Emily and Sandy at the end of the conversation:

1. Continue use of theme-based program (such as Human Rights)

2. Change name of program (Core Curriculum was a suggestion)

3. Become an outcome based program (align courses, outcomes, and assessment)

4. Make First Year Experience a more prominent piece

5. Ask department chairs to assign dynamic instructors to GE courses

6. Require instructors to list course-specific GE learning outcomes on syllabi

7. Use vision of a well-educated person as a guide for program review/revision of GE as well as other components/expectations of the baccalaureate degree.   Campus-wide buy-in is crucial.

Wrap-up of the conversation focused on preparing a report for FS with preliminary recommendations for program revisions based on current data (course reviews, assessment data).  The deadline for completion of this report is April 4.  It was also recommended that a “design team” be formed from members of GEC and FS and other faculty to work on specific program recommendations over the summer.


III.   Subcommittee brief reports.

A. Ad Hoc on Learning Outcomes is still working and making significant progress.

No other reports were given.


IV.  Announcements.

No announcements were made.


V.     Other

The Art department has submitted a WIMP and is in the process of reworking it after having been given feedback by Terry.  GEC members decided to wait until the early in the fall semester for the first read and to give credit retroactively, if appropriate.


Meeting Adjourned at 5:30pm


Next Meetings:

            Monday, March 21

            Monday, April 4