FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

November 2, 2005

UNION 123

MINUTES

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Dr. Jeffrey Yelton, Chair, with the following members present:  Ms. Kelly Edmondson, Dr. Qingxiong Ma, Ms. Ruthann Williams, Dr. Dan Schierenbeck, Dr. Victoria Jackson, Ms. Joanne Reinke, Dr. Peter Viscusi, ex-officio member, and Ms. Traci Butler, Secretary. 

 

Approval of Minutes

The October 12, 2005 minutes were not ready, so they will be considered at the next meeting.

 

Old Business

We had a student representative last year, but have not heard about one this year.

 

Dr. Yelton reported that he had presented the committee’s revisions in its charge to Cheryl Riley, and the two of them had discussed them in length. He thinks the FS Committee on Committees will accept rewording as requested and reconfigure the terms lengths correctly.  They will hold off on electing the new at-large position until 2007.  Please reference the Review of Committee Charge handout.  The web will be updated to reflect the changes. 

 

Course Review – REL 1510

Committee members received copies of the memo sent to Dr. Selvidge from Dr. Viscusi on October 18, 2005 as well as the email response from Dr. Selvidge on October 25, 2005.

 

It is Dr. Schierenbeck’s understanding that Dr. Eason will try to help Dr. Selvidge.  One suggestion is for her to just start over with this semester syllabus and answer the 13 questions.  It was decided that Dr. Yelton would send previous copies of evaulations, along with the previous directions, delivered to Dr. Selvidge and Dr. Eason. 

 

Course Review – SAFE 2010

A member from the Safety department contacted Ms. Edmondson and Ms. Williams and said they are redoing the syllabus and questionnaire. These will soon be sent to the committee. The Department is asking the committee to leave the course tabled for a couple of weeks until the revisions are in. 

 

New Business

Course Review - IGEN 3116

The committee considered the revised evaluation packet, which eliminated the separate materials for on-campus and on-line sections.  Dr. Jackson and Ms. Williams noted that the new materials addressed all concerns. Dr. Jackson moved to approve the course as indicated by the revision.  Ms. Edmondson seconded the motion and the course was approved. 

 

Since the other evaluations had been emailed in only a few days before the meeting, there was only general discussion over these. They will be handled in more depth at the next meeting.

 

Course Review - IGEN 4231

There were questions about the course requirements on page 2 of the syllabus.  Percentages noted on page 4 do not add up to 100%, and the following percentages given for each assessment may be confusing.  Dr. Yelton will ask for clarification. There also was a question on Evaluation question 4 as to how methods or knowledge of two fields are incorporated into assignments.  This may be addressed in the syllabus or assignment instructions.

 

Course Review - IGEN 4478

Ms. Williams had major concerns over the evaluation materials. The competencies on the evaluation form are not the same as on the syllabus.  Question 6 refers to a rubric on syllabus, but it’s not a rubric, it’s a brief score sheet.  The Committee reviewed and questioned the statement that students are only eligible to receive an A if they attend 15 of 16 sessions, regardless of whether they had an excused abscence.  Attendance is heavily weighted, and it is less clear what else is required.  Several typos and misused citations were also noted. The Committee decided that they all would examine this course at the next meeting and review university policies regarding attendance and excused absences.

 

Course Review - IGEN 4225, IGEN 4233, IGEN 4245, IGEN 4111, IGEN 4101, IGEN 4357, IGEN 4468

Courses placed on hold to allow committee members time to review all of the materials.

 

 

Our next meetings will be held in UN 123 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm:

 

November 16, 2005

December 7, 2005

 

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Traci Butler, Secretary

 

 

FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

November 16, 2005

UNION 123

MINUTES

 

 

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

 

Approval of Minutes

Dr. Yelton asked the committee to approve the minutes of the meeting held on October 12, 2005.  The last paragraph of the first page should be Dr. Wallace, not Ms. Reinke and Dr. Jackson was referred to as “he” on the second page and would like that to be corrected to “she”.  Ms. Reinke made a motion to approve the minutes per the requested changes. Dr. Jackson seconded the motion and the minutes were approved by acclamation. 

 

Dr. Yelton then asked the committee to approve the minutes of the meeting held on November 2, 2005.  Ms. Reinke pointed out that “our next meeting” on the last page

should be “our next meetings.”  Dr. Schierenbeck made a motion to approve the minutes per the requested changes. Dr. Ma seconded the motion and the minutes were approved by acclamation. 

 

Announcements

Dr. Ma said he checked the changes link on the FS General Education web site and it hasn’t been updated since September 2005.

Dr. Yelton received an email about a proposed IGEN course on our agenda, but we didn’t know about it because it had been posted on the FS University Curriculum web-site.  It did not, however, have an evaluation form, and has been withdrawn for now. Just because a course goes through the FSUCC does not mean it’s eligible for FS General Education or automatically sent to us.  There seems to be some confusion as to how departments are supposed to know to which committee a course should be submitted.  All General Education, IGEN and ICAP courses should go through us after college-level approval.  Ms. Butler will check the FS University Curriculum web-site on a monthly basis and contact Dr. Yelton with the results. 

 

Old Business

Course Review – REL 1510

Dr. Selvidge provided copies of an updated syllabus and evaluation with new material italicized.  Questions 4 and 5 were down to nine primary competencies.  Questions 6 and 7 competencies addressed changes but only one is listed in the syllabus. There are no oral presentations on the syllabus as mentioned on Evaluation Question 2.  Competencies do not match among the questions, and there still are too many competencies.  On Question 6, Higher Order Thinking, under 4-A-2, Problem Solving Strategies, there is too much information and it doesn’t appear to connect together.  Dr. Yelton will contact Dr. Eason and suggest the adjunct instructor could be beneficial in helping construct a syllabus. 

 

The committee discussing sending an email to all departments with courses that haven’t been approved to let them know that we need their syllabi by the end of March 2006 in order to ensure the courses continuance in the catalog.  Ms. Reinke will send a copy of a Sample Syllabus Template to committee members. 

 

Course Review – SAFE 2010

Personal Interaction #4 has a convincing explanation.  Since there are 15 competencies, there was a question that if it was an evaluation of an existing course, would we send it back, but since they show assessment to all the competencies the committee agreed it was acceptable. 

 

The Personal Interaction category did not come from the State, it was developed at CMSU in the late 1980s or early 1990s.  College of Applied Science and Technology does not currently have a Personal Interaction course, and several committee members think that General Education courses should be a taste of what is out there.

 

Ms. Williams moved to accept SAFE 2010 as a General Education course and Ms. Reinke seconded the motion.  There was no further discussion and the course was approved.

 

New Business

Discussion ensued regarding whether or not the four integrative studies competencies would apply to ICAP courses.  Due to time constraints, the following courses were only briefly discussed and no action was taken. 

 

Course Review - IGEN 4231

Dr. Yelton talked to Dr. Rowe about the percentages not adding up and that it really isn’t even necessary to list percentage of competencies.  Myth, Memory and Realities is how the course is listed in the catalog, it does not have “American” in the title.  Class size is determined relative to the department and demand. 

 

Course Review - IGEN 4225

Course appeared to be well supported.  On evaluation questions 2 and 3, Knowledge Areas = Integrative Studies. 

 

ICAP courses were designed specifically for majors where as IGEN covers general studies. 

 

Course Review -IGEN 4233

The course is not well structured, there is not a direct relationship, it does not provide a list of skills with identifier and it needs more focus.  There are several areas that need an explanation and competencies are not listed on the syllabus.

 

Discussion Items

Dr. Wallace made a review rubric for herself and the committee members asked her to email the template so they can also use it.

 

It was suggested to have an hour workshop for departments with courses up for review.

 

Our last meeting of the semester will be held in UN 123 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm:

 

December 7, 2005

 

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Traci Butler, Secretary