General Education Committee Minutes

April 7, 2003

325 Graff Main Hall


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


Consultants Present:  Diane Schumacher, Bruce May


Guests Present: Laura Nelson


Meeting called to order at 3:35 pm


M/S/P   to approve the minutes of March 10, 2003 pending clarification of the make-up course for students who must retake HIS151 or those who have not taken 151 but have taken 152.   The clarification: students can take either HIS 101 or 102 for retake of either 151 or 152 or as 151 if they have already completed 152.


M/S/P   to approve the minutes of March 31, 2003



·         Roger Reinsch has resigned from the committee

·         DaveRiley will not be visiting the committee re: C-S 101 until the outcomes are finished and he sees how computer science fits in

·         Emily met with Steve Senger who questioned if the outcomes will result in a General Education program structure different than the current structure

·         The faculty senate would like to discuss the outcomes at their May 8 meeting

·         The April 21 meeting has been cancelled and we will meet next on April 28.  The meeting will be devoted entirely to a review and possible revisions to the GE outcomes


New Business:


1.   Laura Nelson presented the change in the CST 110 course title and description.

      M/S/P to approve the change with the condition that the word “oral” be used in the title.  Laura will send the new title to the committee and Diane Schumacher


2.   The English Department submitted a proposal on Assessment of ENG 110.

      M/S/P to fund the proposal with the following conditions:

  • Detail what the $250 for supplies will be used for
  • Move Schrag’s stipend to an honorarium
  • Any published papers should acknowledge funding by the UW-La Crosse Innovations in General Education Fund
  • In the report of the project, the PIs must indicate the criteria they decide to use to evaluate the portfolios and evaluate their usefulness


3.   Emily will request of the Provost to carry over remaining Innovations in General Education Grant Funds to the next fiscal year.


4. The potential of another Case-based learning workshop being offered this summer was discussed.  M/S/P  to use General Education funds to support such a workshop if it is offered.


5.  The committee asked that some GE funds be used to support a faculty development     workshop focused on helping faculty understand and use student learning outcomes to inform their teaching. This workshop should be scheduled for the week before classes start in the fall of 2003. 


6.   This summer Emily will:  

  • Secure a facilitator or consultant for the proposed faculty workshop identified above.
  • Work on possible structures for the Gen Ed program based on student learning outcomes.
  • Work on possible scenarios for a freshmen-year experience
  • Plan additional training for the UWL 100 instructors. 
  • Identify majors with capstone courses
  • Work with Peg Maher or others interested in offering workshops on Case-Based- or Problem-Based learning.


7.   Jess’s modifications of Responsible Citizenship and Ethical Decision Making will be reviewed at the next meeting


8.   The Hallmarks of Excellence in the First Year of College report is due May 15th.  E-mail Emily ideas for additional items to include in Hallmarks document.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 pm




Respectfully submitted,


Mike Winfrey