FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

OCTOBER 5, 2005

UNION 123

MINUTES

 

 

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

 

Update on Committee Membership

The FS Committee on Committees agreed to increase our membership to nine members but did not change the term limits as Dr. Yelton previously requested.  He will re-submit the request.  Dr. Yelton provided a memo from the FS Committee on Committees regarding the Review of the Committee Charge and asked if anyone wanted additional changes. 

 

The committee members thought it would help to be more specific regarding the staggered term limits.  Ms. Edmondson made the motion to amend Section 3, D-1 as follows; “Each year three members will rotate off the committee with no more than 2 being At Large members.  When a committee member leaves prior to the expiration of his or her term, elections will be held for a replacement of the unexpired portion of his or her term.”  Ms. Williams seconded the motion and the committee unanimously approved.  Dr. Yelton will submit the request to the FS Committee on Committees.

 

Academic Council Panel Discussion

Dr. Viscusi mentioned there will be a panel discussion regarding General Education at the next Academic Council meeting on October 11, 2005 at 3:00 pm in UN 240.  Four panel members have agreed to discuss the following:

 

Dr. Viscusi – Evolution and the history of General Education and CBHE’s Transfer and       Articulation Agreement

Dr. Wheeless – Importance of General Education

Dr. Cole – FS General Education Committee review process

Dr. Grelle – Assessment and CBASE requirements

 

FSUAC Faculty Liaison

We need a committee member to be our representative as committee liaison to the FS University Assessment Council.  The FSUAC meets once a month on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00am and Dr. Grelle is the chair.  The FSUAC deals with assessment issues and they frequently talk about General Education issues, so it is suggested that a member with longevity volunteer to serve.  Ms. Williams volunteered, Dr. Wallace moved to accept, Dr. Yelton seconded the motion and the committee approved. 

 

Approval of Minutes

Dr. Yelton asked the committee to approve the minutes of the meeting held on September 7, 2005.  Changes were made to the last sentence of the third paragraph under Update on Committee Membership as follows, “To help spread out the At-Large positions, we would suggest to Ms. Riley that the term limits of Dr. Ma and Ms. Edmondson will be changed to 2007.”  The first sentence of the second paragraph on page three will now read, “Dr. Jackson asked Biology seniors what the benefit is of General Education courses and they said they like them, can see their worth, and can understand how they provide a more well-rounded education.”  Dr. Jackson made a motion to approve the minutes per the requested changes. Dr. Schierenbeck seconded the motion and the minutes were approved by acclamation. 

 

Course Review – PE 1206

Dr. Nelson from the Department of Health and Human Performance joined the meeting to discuss PE 1206. 

 

A question was asked how PE 1206 differed from HED 1100. Dr. Nelson said that HED 1100 covers a greater breadth of the effect on social environment and PE 1206 covers more in-depth physical well-being.  Ms. Edmondson thought PE 1206 appeared to be targeted more to the individual student and not Personal Interaction.  Dr. Nelson explained that they exercise with others in pairs, triads, or larger groups, wellness assessments are conducted through the internet, and the class discussion element helps students arrive at conclusions for lifetime fitness. 

 

The Personal Interaction competency key that Dr. Nelson used was an older version which caused some confusion.  He gave Dr. Viscusi the key he used so it can be copied and distributed to committee members.  The committee recommended he remove the key references from the syllabus. 

 

Dr. Nelson said his department eventually would like to integrate the two courses into one course, but a HED minor requires HED 1100 while PE 1206 is too narrow in scope for DESE to accept.  Dr. Viscusi congratulated Dr. Nelson and his department on their willingness and cooperation by eliminating the three one-credit courses.  Dr. Nelson left the meeting.

 

Ms. Williams moved to accept PE 1206 and Dr. Ma seconded the motion.  There was no further discussion and the committee unanimously approved the course. 

 

Course Reviews

Dr. Yelton will send draft language to Dr. Viscusi, who will contact the instructor of REL 1510 to explain that she sent the same syllabus that was originally sent in 2003 and that we need revised materials.  Dr. Yelton will also send an email regarding the four language courses syllabi, which also sent in identical materials from the 2003 review.

 

There was discussion of how course review material is accumulating faster than they have been reviewed and how the committee can facilitate the review process. Dr. Wallace made the motion that we start meeting twice a month so we have time to review the courses.  Dr. Schierenbeck seconded the motion and the committee approved by acclamation.  October 12 and November 16 were selected to be the additional meeting dates. 

 

Please bring your spring class schedules to the meeting on October 12 so we can select meeting dates for next semester. 

 

New Business – Assignment Reviews

Dr. Yelton will resend the course review assignment matrix that has reviewer names listed.

 

Below is a list of fall semester meeting dates, which will be held in UN 123 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm:

 

October 12, 2005       

November 2, 2005

November 16, 2005

December 7, 2005

 

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Traci Butler, Secretary

 

 

FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

OCTOBER 12, 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. Beverly Wallace, Ms. Joanne Reinke, Dr. Peter Viscusi, ex-officio member, and Ms. Traci Butler, Secretary. 

 

Approval of Minutes

Dr. Yelton asked the committee to approve the minutes of the meeting held on October 5, 2005.  Ms. Williams made a motion to approve the minutes, Ms. Edmondson seconded the motion and the minutes were approved by acclamation. 

 

Old Business

Dr. Yelton sent an email to Dr. Viscusi for him to review prior to sending to Dr. Selvidge regarding REL 1510 course materials.  Dr. Viscusi reported on the Academic Council presentation on the General Education Program. Attendance was low.

 

The deadline to send revisions of our charge to the FS Committee on Committees is October 31, 2005. 

 

Course Review – WS 2000

Committee members reviewed the minutes from the April 13, 2005 meeting to refresh their memories on the original course review.  The original draft did not address any cultural interaction competencies, and the committee would also like to see a more global aspect.  The committee discussed whether a cultural interaction course could only focus on the United States.

 

Intended student outcomes are only in the syllabus, not on the evaluation. It was also unstated how primary competencies are assessed.  More than 2 of the 5 cultural interaction competencies should be addressed.  Cultural interaction competency 1 could be added. The focus should be on cultural interaction categories 1-5.  Question 5 knowledge area should focus on cultural interaction and question 6 lost sight of the primary competency in cultural interaction.  The competencies listed in question 4 are missing the assessments in question 7. 

 

Ms. Williams spent about an hour with the instructor and gave her a guideline, but there was not an immediate follow-up.  Dr. Yelton will email Dr. Johnson and provide a general explanation of concerns after which, Ms. Williams and Dr. Wallace have agreed to meet with her again. 

 

 

 

Course Review – MUS 1210

A new syllabus was submitted for review.  It is obvious that concert attendance is required and not just additional credit, though the syllabus refers to it as ‘extra credit’ in one place.  Ms. Reinke moved that we accept the course on the condition that the syllabus is changed to reflect concert attendance is required credit.  Ms. Williams seconded the motion. There was no further discussion and the committee unanimously approved the course.  Dr. Yelton will email about page 2 of the syllabus.  As for the matrix, the committee needs to make changes for this course to Human and Fine Arts.  Valuing #1 should be changed from secondary to primary. 

 

New Business

Course Review - IGEN 3116

Dr Jackson was not present, but she did email some questions, which Dr. Yelton distributed. Some areas did not agree on the questionnaire and syllabus.  The creative aspect allows students to solve problems in different ways, but individual interpretations should be clear on paper.  Course was tabled until November, after the two reviewers consult.

 

Course Review - IGEN 4244

Only one knowledge area is defined, but the spirit of IGEN is the linking or integration of two disparate areas.  It would help the committee to understand the integrative studies aspect of the course, if the submitters used the new form.  The committee needs direct connections among competencies, course objectives, activities and assessment.  How are social and behavioral systems brought in? A clarification of junior or senior requirements would also be beneficial.  The committee decided to return the evaluations for clarification.

 

Course Review - IGEN 3472

The committee also decided to return IGEN 3472 for clarification. The competencies are unclear, and it is not indicated which are primary or secondary. The program should focus on fewer competencies. Competencies are not reflected in the syllabus. Are the learning experiences assessments?

 

Discussion Items

Ms. Williams reported that IC3 test data were collected from ~700 students and need to be input in a spreadsheet.  Dr. Viscusi will contact Ms. Williams regarding student help.

 

Dr. Yelton pointed out that there will soon be a major backlog of courses to be evaluated, and there was discussion about increasing the number of meetings from one a month to two a month. Dr. Ma suggested the committee consider setting up a BLOG server to post syllabi and evaluations and use that method for discussions so we would only have to vote on courses at the meetings. It was decided to have two meetings in October and in November.

 

Dr. Viscusi noted that the committee should give thought to the frequency with which courses are offered.  Fiscal responsibility dictates when courses are offered.  Should there be a minimum number of offerings per year to remain in the program? 

 

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

 

November 2, 2005

November 16, 2005

December 7, 2005

 

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Traci Butler, Secretary