Meeting of the

Faculty Senate General Education Committee

October 29, 2007

325 Main Hall


Meeting convened at 3:30pm


Committee Members Attending: Michael Current, Eric Fuhrmann,Anne Galbraith, Eric Kraemer, Adrienne Loh, Tom Pribek, Cris Prucha, Robert Ragan, Don Sloan


Guests & Consultants Attending: Chris Bakkum, Billy Clow, William Colclough, Amelia Dittman, Emily Johnson, Betsy Morgan


Order of meeting established for convenience of guest William Colclough, acting Provost/Vice Chancellor, to discuss draft of proposal for assessment of General Education instructors


Topics/questions from committee members

 - membership of assessment committee: who selects?

 - need for continuity of committee, for people with experience interest and/or expertise in assessment

 - desire for exclusive faculty membership of committee


Responses from Prof. Colclough:

 - Provost's office is interested in pushing process forward and "not tied" to provost's appointing committee

 - membership should be all faculty, provost office possibly being "clearing house" for selecting qualified faculty

 - Provost wants "setting up a structure to improve instruction ...  If it's an administrative task, we lose the philosophy of what this is all about.  Faculty has more credibility than I do relative to assessment"

 - there is "a sense of urgency" for setting up a structure

 - Director of General Education & Co-ordinator of Assessment "don't fold together; co-ordinator should be another faculty with release time"



M/S/P, to approve minutes of 10/15/07, by voice vote, unanimously



ESC 211 approved for inclusion in Gen. Ed. by email ballot last week, with no opposition, in order to meet deadline for printing new SNAP forms; re-affirmed by voice vote, unanimously



M/S/P, to approve new LX-140 forms, with final corrections, and glossary of terminology to be discussed further before going on-line, by voice vote, unanimously



Discussion of results of Gen. Ed. survey, conducted by Senate Executive Committee: wide-ranging conversation, with reference to determining our next step in response to survey and to setting goals for this year



Matters for next week: vote on ATF draft for Gen. Ed. assessment continue discussion of survey results




Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm



Notes compiled by Tom Pribek