GEC Minutes

Monday, April 9, 2007


325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:  Johnson, Kraemer, McDougal, Miller, Prucha, Ragan, Riley, Udermann


Members excused: Ritterling


Consultants Present:  Dittman, Morgan, Burkhardt, Richter


Guests Present: G. Cravins, D. Sullivan, J. Hollenbeck, R. Knox, T. Bean-Thompson


I.                    B. Morgan shared information about LEAP’s (Liberal Education America’s Promise) “Essential Learning Outcomes”. GEC should consider using this into the Gen Educ guidelines.


II.                 M (Prucha) /S (Udermann) /P to approve the minutes of April 2, 2007, with corrections. Add G. Cravins to guests present.


III.               Reports:

A.     Director

1.      Asked faculty members who are part of the ‘teach for diversity colloquia’ to discuss diversity requirement in Core I. Members from this group will present their report at a later date to the GEC.

B.     Chair

1.      No report


IV.              Assessment Time Line

A.     Report from the Subcommittee

1.      Shared draft of time line to be given to faculty senate.

2.      The plan and time line needs to coincide with each other.

3.      Thank you to all members of the subcommittee

B.     Discussion

1.      Need to establish a cycle for programmatic assessment and embedded assessment.

2.      There are budget concerns especially with regard to selecting an assessment tool. Developing an ‘in house’ tool would have validity concerns that have plagued home grown measures in the past..

3.      Bill Cerbin has suggested using the CLA as it is ‘state of the art’ in assessment tools. It is costly: $6,300 for a year of assessment or $28,000 for four year longitudinal assessment.

4.      Assessment needs to be included in the Board of Regents report and the NCA report

C.     Motion to forward timetable to Faculty Senate

1.      M (Miller)/S (McDougal)/ P (unanimously)

V.                 FYE:

A.     Report from Subcommittee.

B.     Presentation of Draft Motion

1.      Shared draft with GEC with addition of “required” to line 10.

C.     Discussion

1.      Two course requirement in the first 30 credit hours is a concern.

2.      FYE is not just a course but a group of programs and courses

3.      Would there be overlap with the courses? Learning outcomes would be shared between all the courses. An option of having a section of UW-L 100 for undeclared majors was shared.

4.      If GEC recommended only one FYE course in the first 30 credit hours, concern over whether CST would be offered was raised.

D.     Consideration of Motion

1.      M(McDougal) / S(FYE subcommittee) /P(I-Udermann, Kraemer, Prucha, McDougal, Johnson)(N-Riley, Miller, Ragan)


VI.              Summer Budget

A.     Currently have $24,000

1.      How does GEC support departments who want to move forward with FYE? Currently three courses are being developed.

2.      Funding departments or faculty workshops/development for embedded assessment are options to use the funds.

3.      Funding assessment tool such as CLA is a concern.

4.      What are our priorities?

5.      A detailed list will be submitted at the next meeting.


VII.            Rest of the agenda would be discussed at the next meeting


VIII.         M/S/P to adjourn (5:15p.m.). Next meeting will be April 16, 2007 at 3:30pm in 325 Main Hall


Respectfully submitted,

Lauren Cikara