GEC Meeting

Monday, March 20, 2006

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

325 Graff Main Hall



Present:  Members – Sandy Grunwald, Emily Johnson, Stephen McDougal, Cris Prucha, Robert Ragan, Bruce Riley, Soojin Ritterling, Brian Udermann

Consultants:  Keith Beyer, Bruce May, Betsy Morgan, Diane Schumacher


 I .  M/S/P Unanimous approval of Minutes March 6, 2006


II.  Announcements

     The birth of Leah Carol Beyer was announced, a photo was displayed, congratulations!

A.  AAC&U GE conference – Diversity, Global Perspective, Civic Engagement, and interdisciplinary courses/programs are hot topics nationally. 

B.  SAH feedback – Bob:  No objections to the FYE structure as proposed, no objections to new proposed science requirements (both had been identified as previous issues SAH may pinpoint).  Most of the questions revolved around the content of FYE and Civic Engagement courses.  Other questions involved how to list the FYE credits given that they may double dip with other program requirements, and how many courses within UFIII could be major courses.

C.  Campus Community Dialog – Monday April 24, 6:30 p.m. La Crosse Public Library – The primary goal of this symposium is to engage in dialog with members of the community about the purposes and expected outcomes of a university education. These discussions have happened/will be happening on seven other campuses and are sponsored by AAC&U, UW System, and Wisconsin Humanities Council..

D.  Innovations Fund: deadlines & GEC review – Proposed deadline of 4/17.  Proposals priorities would include FYE courses, Learning Communities, Interdisciplinary courses, converting 100/200 level to 300/400 level courses, and Civic Engagement courses.

E.  Other –UW System requirements for diversity do not specifically identify a course.  Plan 2008 calls for the infusion of diversity issues across the curriculum.


III.  Revisions to GEP/University Core – fine tuning:  Some feedback received to date indicates some concern that prior requirements (i.e. history and literature) are no longer specific in the proposal.  Some questions have arisen regarding the arts requirement since courses are mostly 2 credits and a 3 credit requirement was identified.  If we move the credits to 4, this would be the only category requiring two courses. Other feedback suggest positive reaction about the proposed BA/BS requirements (although Emily has not yet met with the Modern Language Department), the removal of HIS101/102 as a specific requirements, and the opportunity to expand types of courses.  Questions have arisen regarding the Capstone experience, as most are currently 1 credit, and an additional concern was raised again regarding the opinion that CST110 should be included in the Freshman core.

  1. Corrections on 3-7-06 draft – credits should list as 42-47.
  2. Questions for discussion

1.       Tracking and consequences of not completing UFI by 60 credits. Do UF I courses need to be completed or attempted in first 60 credits.  Recommendations were that students should be advised from the beginning that their registration will be restricted if they do not complete UFI requirements in the first 60 credits, and a message should be printed on their SNAP reports.  They should also be prevented from moving on to UFIII.  A grace period was decided upon: students will be expected to be registered for their remaining UFI requirements as they approach the completion of 60 credits.  If they are unsuccessful in a class/classes, a grace period of two semesters will be granted for them to complete the UFI requirements.

2.       Transfer students with deficiencies in UFI –# of semesters to complete before consequences:  Transfer students who arrive with an Associates degree will not be under these requirements, but recommendations is that other transfers will have two semesters to complete the UFI requirements if they already bring in 60 or more credits. It was also recommended that before transfer students register they should be required to talk with an advisor who can identify the deficiencies and recommend appropriate coursework in the first two semesters at UWL and that transfer student be required to attend some type of transfer orientation session or seminar.

3.       Double dipping of civic engagement with UFIII – Concern arose over the amount of double dipping that students would be allowed to do.  If allow civic engagement course to double dip with UFII and major, students will be streamlining the GE program more than desired. General consensus was that a good general policy is to not allow double-dipping with this requirement. 


Q:  How are civic engagement and international experiences equivalent? 

A:  The concept of global citizenship and engagement in whatever community in which they live was discussed. The broad outcome for this category is personal, social, and global responsibility.  Well designed international experiences should not only focus on global understanding but global citizenship.


Q:  Could students be given civic engagement credit for experiences outside the classroom? 

A:  Out of classroom experiences would need to be approved by GEC and fall under some type of course number.  Faculty supervision would also be necessary.


Q:  What currently existing courses already fit as civic engagement courses?

A:  Several courses in Political Science, Communication Studies, Women Studies (not necessarily current GE courses) may fit in that some type of service learning is involved.  GEC needs to very specifically define what will qualify for this category, and perhaps a UWL400 course can be created that hosts different disciplines each semester. Departments would ask to have a course accepted as a UWL 400 for a semester or two if there were a short term and one-time civic engagement opportunity available for students. GEC members and consultants will look at definitions and other systems requiring civic engagement to get more ideas of how to structure this requirement.


Q:  Should the Civic Engagement requirement be changed to say 1-3 credits?

A:  Recommendation that it be kept at 3 credits which provides more opportunity for engaging in projects and understanding components of citizenship. Three credits also allows for application and integration to occur.


4.       Number of credits to double count in major – 8-10 credits were suggested –based on major prefix only.

5.       Test out option for Language and other courses – General feedback was that the option remain as it is; retroactive credits awarded for level below which students test into if they obtain the appropriate grade in the course they test into.  Concern raised about testing into 202—suggests they have the competencies for 102 as per the recommended BA requirement.  Do they need to take 202 or is it waived?  How does this fit with other requirements? For example, if students test into a high level math, do they still to take a math course at UWL? Further discussion on this will occur at the 4/3/06 meeting.

        C.  Other considerations for GE revisions – To be discussed at 4/3/06 meeting 

1.       Integration/infusion of mission across the UC curriculum

2.       Criteria for FYE courses

3.       Writing

§         two writing courses (e.g., ENG 110 and 112—can test out of one or both?)

§         Writing across the majors

4.       Rotating themes (e.g., Human rights)

5.       Other – Assessment methods; how do we ensure our mission is being met by our curriculum?


IV.   Strategies/timeline for campus communication and implementation-- 

 A.  April 3 will be the last GEC meeting before going to FS

B.   GE Website will be revised to include the draft structure, principles of the structure and FAQs.  

C.   Strategies and Timeline for review of current and future courses will be discussed later in the semester.


 V.   Meeting Dates

                 April 3 & 17 & May 1

                May need an additional meeting


V.  Other