GEC Meeting Minutes

Monday, October 3, 2005

3:30-5:50 pm

325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present: Emily Johnson (chair), Sandy Grunwald, Eric Kraemer, Stephen McDougal, Cris Prucha, Robert Ragan, Bruce Riley, Soojin Ritterling, Brian Udermann, Devyne Strand

Consultants Present: Keith Beyer, Chris Bakkum, Bruce May, Diane Schumacher, Betsy Morgan


I.   M/S/P to approve the September 19, 2005 minutes  

II.  Announcements

A.      Emily announced that Faculty Senate approved the learning outcomes with no discussion and approved the name change to University Core Curriculum with discussion that seemed to focus primarily around the effective date.  The effective date will be Fall 2007 to coincide with the new catalog.

B.     Emily also reported that the motion coming from the Senate Executive Committee that the university support a writing coordinator passed.  A letter will be sent to the Chancellor from the Senate Chair requesting support for this position. She explained the procedures that will be used in the meantime.  She has been surprised by the potential number of WIMP proposals and course proposals.  She will contact Terry Beck to find out for sure which departments were well into their WIMP proposals last year.

C.     Emily does not yet have any one to assist her and was told that there are not dollars available to support such a part-time position.  She will discuss this further with the Provost and/or with the Budget and Planning committee.

D.     Eric and Emily will work together on some minor changes to the LX 140 form.

E.     Change dates to review course and WIMP proposals. Emily announced that departments are  asking for more time to ready proposals.  She also indicated that she has had difficulty providing feedback on proposals in a timely manner.  Therefore she suggests moving the dates for review back. M/S/P (Unanimous).  Change review dates to Nov. 7th  for the 1st read of new gen ed courses and writing in the major proposals  Nov. 21st will be set aside for the second read.  Emily will notify departments of the date change immediately.


III. Reports.

            Sandy Grunwald reviewed the assessment report with the committee.   Common to all three assessment measures used last spring was the focus on global perspective.   Results are a mixed bag – in general students tend to be rated as “competent” (a score of 2 on a 4 point scale).  Three instruments tended to yield similar results.  Another focus of the assessment tool was students’ ability to interpret tables/graphs – two instruments tended to yield similar results, showing students with marginal proficiency.


            The report included 5 brief recommendations as found on page 4 of the report.   Emily suggested that GEC revisit the recommendations after they have considered the assessment recommendations of the design team.


IV.  Old Business.

A.    Design Team Report.  Emily handed out a “straw poll” regarding the structure recommendations coming from the Design Team.  GEC members were asked to give their general leaning – and identify additional information they would need in order to make a decision about the specific recommendations.  Verbal polling followed with some discussion.  Some discussion focused of the “what do we need to know” about the revised program structure.  Members were encouraged to think in terms of “what do I need to know in order to decide if this is good for our students” – not how could this happen at UWL? GEC members should complete the straw poll and send responses to Emily by 10-10-05 so  she can prepare a summary for the next GEC meeting.

B.   Mission Statement.  Emily had distributed the mission statement approved by GEC last year.  Discussion ensured as to whether to go forward with the statement as written or to modify the statement.   M/S- Go forward to Faculty Senate with the mission statement as approved on 10-18-04.  Further discussion ensured.

 M/S/P (Unanimous). The mission of the university core at UWL is to develop life-long learners who will be engaged as knowledgeable and responsible citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world.


A subcommittee comprised of Bob Ragan and Eric Kraemer will review the starter sentence and bullet points of part II of the mission statement and make a recommendation for wording at the 10-17-05 GEC meeting. They will also consider titling part II of the mission. 


 Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.



Next Meetings

 Monday, October 17, 2005

 Monday, October 31, 2005