General Education Committee Minutes

March 31, 2003

325 Graff Main Hall


Meeting was called to order at approximately 3:30 p.m.


Members Present:  Sandy Grunwald, Jean Hindson, Emily Johnson (chair), Jess Hollenback, Justin Odulana, Bruce Riley, Mike Winfrey


Consultants Present:  Diane Schumacher, Bruce May, Terry Beck


Guests:  Betsy Morgan, Elizabeth Seebach


1.         Announcements:


a.         One Innovation in General Education Grant Proposal has been received so far (the deadline for submission of proposals is 4:00 p.m. today).  The committee will review proposals at the next meeting (April 7).


b.         The committee will meet on April 28 instead of April 21.


2.         New Business:


a.         Jean Hindson chaired the committee during its consideration of the Psychology Department’s writing-in-the-major proposal.  Betsy Morgan and Elizabeth Seebach presented the proposal.  It was noted that the psychology major is not highly sequential with respect to the order in which students complete courses in the major.  Consequently, the developmental aspect of a writing-in-the-major program is weak in the proposed program; however, this aspect is expected to evolve as the program is implemented.  The Psychology Department will continue to offer writing emphasis courses until students under “older” catalogs have graduated.  The Psychology Writing in the Major Program is retroactive for students entering under the 2001-2003 undergraduate catalog. 


M/S/P  To waive a second reading and approve the Psychology Writing-in-the-Major Program.  (6 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain)


3.         Old Business:


a.         Revising the Global Perspective and Understanding Diversity learning outcome: 


It was noted that a faculty member expressed concern about the nationalistic global perspective of the outcome and the elimination of a human rights component.


The committee decided to group the bulleted items in the outcome under global perspective and understanding diversity groupings as suggested in a memorandum from Jess Hollenback.


b.         The chair received no feedback from committee members regarding the Responsible Citizenship and Ethical Decision Making learning outcome.  It is expected that such feedback is forthcoming.


c.         Reviewing all learning outcomes:


            While committee members and a consultant expressed a desire to spend more time reviewing the outcomes, it was decided to go outside of the committee for review of and feedback on the outcomes.  The chair will identify a third party to review the whole program; the chair would appreciate recommendations for individuals to serve on such a third party review group.  In addition, departments will be asked to review and comment on the learning outcomes.  The chair will draft a cover letter to department chairs emphasizing that the outcomes should be reviewed with respect to “what a UW-La Crosse graduate should look like,” that the outcomes with all of the bulleted items are intended for faculty and as a guide for the development of general education courses, and that students will receive a description of the general education program that includes six to seven learning outcomes (without all of the bulleted items).  Feedback from these reviews will be requested by April 21.


4.         The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m.  The agenda will include revisions to the Communication Studies 110 course (title and description), a review of Hallmark of Excellence (a first year experience program), review of Innovation in General Education Grant Proposals, and planning for next year.


The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Riley