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