General Education Committee Minutes
325 Graff Main Hall
Emily Johnson, Brenda Soto Torres, Jean M. Hindson, Sandy Grunwald, Mary
Leonard, Mike Winfrey, Gretchen Reabe, Jess Hollenbaek
The minutes of
December 3, 2001 were approved (no changes).
Modern Languages Writing in the Major
First reading of
the proposal. Jean M. Hindson and
Barbara Rusterholz presented an overview of the proposal.
Highlights from the proposal:
different from previous proposals because the department does not prepare
students for “a profession.” Most
students are double-majors or minors.
courses will have writing components.
department took components from writing emphasis courses and distributed them
over the curriculum.
includes levels of proficiency (developed by a national professional
Jean and Barbara
responded to the “concern” raised about the use of language in other contexts
(i.e.- students writing in other languages).
Consultant Bill Cerbin suggested that if this is a major concern, an
assessment of the primary language could be done later on.
Committee members discussed that other departments/majors may have
similar concerns, like math and computer science (they use different
Chair Emily Johnson
recommended that the proposal must ensure that writing components are not just
an add-on piece. [Refer to the last
page of the yellow section of the proposal: If French, German Studies or Spanish minors are in need of a second
writing emphasis course and their own major department is unable to accommodate
them, the Department of Modern Languages will consider giving such students
special assignments to meet the writing emphasis course requirement, provided
they are enrolled in a course that was previously offered as a writing emphasis
course.] Jean responded to this
A motion to forego
the second reading of the proposal was approved unanimously.
General Education Goals
Chair Emily Johnson distributed a draft of the General Education Goals based on the committee’s previous discussions. Highlights:
areas that currently exist in our program are represented.
we want students to learn across the board, not just by categories?
about a General Education Program that is integrated, where the overall
experience leads to progress/development of a certain area.
Students achieve outcomes through the General Education Program, not from
ability, knowledge, and skills to demonstrate learning.
Student learning outcome # 4, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific and mathematical information, raised the following concerns:
want separate goals for math and science?
specifies courses, it’s not broad.
Maybe it should be included under another outcome.
Committee members discussed the draft and will continue the discussion in subsequent meetings.
Change of Meeting Date
Chair Emily Johnson will be attending a conference in Madison during our next scheduled meeting. The February 4, 2001 meeting is cancelled. Instead, the committee will meet on February 11, 2001.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 P.M.
Brenda Soto Torres