Meeting of the Faculty Senate

                   General Education Committee

                          325 Main Hall

                         1 November 2010


Meeting convened at 3:33pm, Galbraith presiding


Attending: Michael Current, Anne Galbraith, Tom Gendreau,

 Jean Hindson, Maria Ly, Michele Pettit, James Pierce, Tom Pribek,

 David Riley


Guests & Consultants: Chris Bakkum, Patrick Barlow, Amelia Dittman,

 Damien Parks, Tim Walls


Excused: Rafique Ahmed


M/S/P, approved minutes of Oct. 18, 2010; voice voice,

 one abstaining


Student appeal, to count a course from International Study as GE credit;

 M/S/P, to table decision; voice vote, unanimous


Presentation/Discussion of "Shapshot Report, Outcome Category II:

 Critical and Creative Thinking" by Patrick Barlow, ass. co-ordinator


 - two year data very similar, showing "strong student performance"

 - comparable CLA indicates "value added ... improving ability to

   critique arguments ... at a rate higher than all other schools"

   (freshmen come in lower than we might expect from SAT scores,

   but seniors score much higher)

 - NSSE: students rate themselves as having skills equivalent to

   other schools & as the institution contributing to their improvement,

   though as seniors they do not strongly connect that improvement to

   class activities

 - students could have more explicit awareness (communication from us)

  of skills practiced


Next review of two-year assessment data: Aesthetic category


Meeting adjourned at 4:50pm


Notes compiled by T. Pribek