GEC Minutes (draft)

Monday, October 2, 2006


325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:  Fields, Johnson, Kraemer, McDougal, Miller, Prucha, Ragan, Riley, Ritterling, Udermann, Strand, Bakke


Consultants Present:  Bakkum, Burkhardt, Morgan, Schumacher, Dittman


Guests Present: Joe Anderson, B. Cherne, J. Ready, J. Terpstra, D. Sloan, P. Golson, K. Quinn, J. Hollenback, J. Elgin, D. Sullivan, C. Lee, W. Clow, G. Chu, H. Rashid, R. Benson


Introduction of new student member, Nick Bakke.


I.                    M/S/P (unanimously) to approve the minutes of September 18


II.                 Announcements:

A.     UCC and BA/BS issue:  UCC voted not to support the university-wide BA/BS degree requirements and sent it on to Faculty Senate.

B.     Faculty Senate voted to suspend GEC by-laws and allow GEC to elect a chair.

C.     Update on Global Perspectives category (report of subcommittee):  Ruthann Benson, Eric Kraemer and Cris Prucha updated GEC on committee activity regarding charge to make recommendation regarding criteria for courses in this category.  Committee recommended using student learning outcomes from “Personal, Social and Global Responsibility” and asking departments to comment on using this criteria or submit comments on other possible criteria.  This ad hoc subcommittee will meet again soon and will notify the campus community of its next meeting date.


III.               Old Business

A.     Election of Chair of GEC:  Brian Udermann and Eric Kraemer were nominated.  Eric Kraemer was elected.


IV.              University Core Proposal

A.     Core II

1.      Aesthetic Meaning proposal:  Benson addressed committee in her role as Director of the School of Arts and Communication regarding the reduction in the Arts credits from 4 to 3.  Asked GEC to reconsider.  A number of faculty from the School spoke in support of this request.  M/S/P to restore the Aesthetic Meaning category to 4 credits minimum.

2.      Implications of 9-18-06 changes and the impact on UC III:  issue on whether or not to keep UC III 1., Civic Engagement; need for criteria and staffing decisions for this; Straw poll was taken.  11/0/0 to keep UC III 1 and examine/explore the details necessary to make informed decisions in this area.  A subcommittee was appointed to explore this (Johnson—convener, Ragan, Bakke or Strand, Miller).

3.      UC II and UC III discussion items for future meetings:  leave Humanities Category at 6 credits?  Require literature? What should be done with Tier III and civic engagement, international experience and Capstone?

4.      Request for updated UC graphic


V.                 M/S/P to adjourn (5:20 p.m.).  Next meeting will be Oct. 16 at 3:30 in 325 Main Hall.  GEC will consider first readings at that time.