FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

MINUTES

February 9, 2006

Library 2233

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Dr. Jeffrey Yelton, Chair, with the following members present:  Ms. Kelly Edmondson, Dr. Qingxiong Ma, Dr. Dan Schierenbeck, Dr. Victoria Jackson, Dr. Beverly Wallace, Dr. Peter Viscusi and Ms. Traci Butler, Secretary. 

 

Approval of Minutes

Dr. Yelton asked the committee to approve the minutes of the meeting held on November 16, 2005.  There were no questions or comments and the minutes were approved by acclamation. 

 

Announcements

There were no announcements.

 

Old Business

FS Curriculum Committee Proposals

Dr. Stefan Cairns and Dr. John Gole were present to discuss the following proposals.

 

EaSc 1004 Course Revision Oct 2005

The Biology and Earth Science Department would like to add the word “evolution” to the course description.  There would be no change to the course content.  Dr. Wallace made the motion to accept the addition and Dr. Schierenbeck seconded the motion.  The committee unanimously approved the addition of the word “evolution” to the course description. 

 

Biology Laboratory Courses Oct. 2005

The Biology and Earth Science Department proposes course file information should reflect the number of credit hours per both class and lab separately so that the money is assigned to the correct place and it also solves the problem when a student needs to retake only the lab.  This will recalculate faculty load so as to give credit to those supervising labs attached to lecture courses. 

 

Dr. Wallace moved to accept discussion on the subject and Dr. Yelton seconded the motion.  Dr. Viscusi said that Laura Miller in Registrar said this would not be a problem and that the courses would still be linked on the screen.  A student would need special permission from The Registrar if they only wanted to enroll in a lab.  Dr. Viscusi also mentioned that Chemistry and Physics might also want to do this to stay consistent. 

 

There were no additional questions or comments and the proposal was approved by acclamation.  Dr. Cairns and Dr. Gole left the meeting. 

 

Discussion Items

Discussion began on how to evaluate integrative competencies for ICAP courses.  ICAP courses are not specifically provided for in the FS General Education Committee Policy Manual Section 2, Statement of Philosophy and General Goals, page 8 Rationale.  ICAP courses can be thought about in compartmentalized modules, but theory and practice are quite different.  Competencies seem to be the disconnect and are difficult to quantify.  Since ICAP courses are different for every area, it might help to be more broad in our approach and use the checklist to help us, not to confine us. 

 

Dr. Viscusi explained the original concept of IGEN courses was open to all students and was designed to expose them to other areas, while ICAP courses were designed for majors.  IGEN courses then became required for majors, which took away from other areas and the line between the two became blurred.  The question needs to be asked, is this a required course and for whom.  Dr. Viscusi offered to provide a list of the ICAP and IGEN courses listed in the 2005 Undergraduate Catalog for the next meeting. 

 

IGEN courses should be general in focus, whereas ICAP courses are specific and pull in aspects of general education courses.  Dr. Yelton will create a draft list of questions for ICAP course evaluations.  The committee should give course direction to departments, but it should be corrective in stages.  The first step is that it has to be integrative and labeled so they can recognize what they are doing.  The difficult part will be telling departments they can’t require an IGEN.  It was thought best to not have an open forum, but to include a series of statements in future discussions, such as; The FS task force developed the Statement of Philosophy and General Goals of The University Studies Program at CMSU and we have been instructed to evaluate the General Education program in light of this. 

 

It was decided that it is not fair to hold departments to standards they don’t even know exist, so Dr. Viscusi will have the Statement of Philosophy and General Goals scanned and posted to the General Education website so it will be accessible to faculty. 

 

On courses that the committee currently accepts, an acceptance letter will be sent with an explanation that policies will be changing prior to the next course review cycle.

 

Dr. Yelton provided a handout on courses awaiting review.  A correction was noted on IGEN 3468, as hard copies were received from the department on October 17, 2005.  IGEN 4235 is not on the list because the course is being dropped.  Dr. Yelton will verify this with Dr. Eason. 

 

The committee agreed to meet on the following Thursdays for the months of February and March from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in LIB 2233 (if available).  Below is a list of the proposed meeting dates:

 

February 23, 2006

March 23, 2006

March 30, 2006

 

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Traci Butler, Secretary

 

 

FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

February 23, 2006

LIBRARY 2233

MINUTES

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Dr. Jeffrey Yelton, Chair, with the following members present:  Dr. Qingxiong Ma, Dr. Dan Schierenbeck, Dr. Victoria Jackson, Dr. Beverly Wallace, Dr. Peter Viscusi and Ms. Traci Butler, Secretary. 

 

Approval of Minutes

Dr. Yelton asked the committee to approve the minutes of the meeting held on February 9, 2006.  Dr. Jackson made a motion to approve the minutes. Dr. Wallace seconded the motion and the minutes were approved by acclamation. 

 

Announcements

Dr. Yelton reported that the Assessment Council is considering the ICT (Critical Information and Communications Technology) Test as a way to assess student’s ability to use computers. Dr. Grelle feels that the ICT may line up with General Education competencies better than the IC3 test. The Assessment Council will ask the General Education committee members to take trials of the ICT and make comments. There also is a concern about the cost of the IC3 test.

 

Dr. Yelton forwarded his email correspondence with Pamela Hart to committee members regarding a new General Education course proposal for American Sign Language (ASL) that she is preparing. We do not know the details of the Department of Communications Disorder proposal yet, but there has been a national move, including a new U.S. law, to recognize ASL as a foreign language for university requirements.

 

The Committee discussed this, and Dr. Viscusi voiced concerns. The Psychology Department previously proposed a two-credit-hour introduction to ASL that did not really teach ASL. The CI ASL course has not been taught before, and there are questions of how it will be structured and who is qualified and certified to teach it.

 

 

Old Business

Dr. Yelton provided draft ICAP and IGEN course evaluations for the committee to review, and the committee discussed wording and the functional differences between ICAP and IGEN. They all are Division IV Integrative Studies courses. Dr. Viscusi said that many departments offer IGENS but then require their majors to take those IGENs, as if they were ICAPS. He presented a three-page list of ICAP and IGEN requirements for programs. For example, six programs in CAST require majors to take IGEN 3116 in addition to students taking the course as an elective. He noted that IGEN 3116 does not have enough sections to cover the demand. 

 

The question was asked if secondary education requires both student teaching and an ICAP.  Other IGEN courses are available, but more departments are creating ICAPs.  Dr. Wallace said that according to the General Education Program, they can choose and don’t need both. Some programs have required capstones that aren’t listed as ICAPs and are not part of the General Education program. Departments like required ICAP courses because they don’t increase the number of credit hours required in a major.

 

Dr. Jackson suggested that ICAP evaluation question 2 could read, “What specific General Education courses are being integrated from disciplines other than your own?  Please list specific General Education courses.”  Under ICAP question 2, 1-3, the following could be added above (abc), “As a course in the Integrative Studies division, integrate content and methods of other General Education courses into the experience.” 

 

Dr. Yelton will continue to work on the drafts and try to borrow more of the language used from the University Studies Statement of Philosophy and Goals.

 

New Business

Course Review – WS 2000 Resubmitted

The course was originally sent back because of cultural interaction and unexplained assessments linkages.  Dr. Schierenbeck questioned whether the evaluation form responses covered assessments in communicating. He also questioned how extra credit could be used as an assessment because not everybody does it.  U.S. culture is repeatedly mentioned, but he doesn’t see non-American cultural contexts. He noted that the evaluation form listed two primary competencies in communication, but they are not listed as being assessed.  Higher order thinking is listed as secondary, but it is listed as being assessed. He suggested they make that Higher Order Thinking competencies primary competencies and move the communication competencies to secondary. 

 

Dr. Wallace made a motion to suggest that WS 2000 be accepted, on condition that the communications competencies be made secondary, that the higher order thinking competencies be made primary, and that the changes be reflected in the syllabus.  Dr. Viscusi said that he and Dr. Sheets recently had discussed Cultural Interaction courses as focusing on non-American cultures. Dr. Viscusi did not feel that the WS 2000 as described in the evaluation form reflected non-western cultures. Dr. Viscusi wanted to clarify with Dr. Sheets whether the Women’s Studies met these expectations. Dr. Wallace then withdrew her motion.

 

Course Review – POLS 3522 Resubmitted

Dr. Jackson is concerned that a 3000 level class doesn’t have a pre-requisite, but it was pointed out that General Education courses by their nature are not supposed to. The committee had questions as to how competencies were being assessed. Dr. Yelton will email the instructor and ask for a revision, listing the primary competencies, assessments and course objectives in a matrix.

 

Course Review – CHIN 1701, FREN 1201, GER 1301, and SPAN 1601 Resubmitted

PSY 1320 Resubmitted

Time did not allow for a review of these courses.

 

Discussion Items

Our next scheduled meetings will be in LIB 2233 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm:

 

March 23, 2006

March 30, 2006

 

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Traci Butler, Secretary