FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
AUGUST 1, 2005
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Jeffrey Yelton, Chair, with the following members present: Dr. Kelly Boyd, Ms. Kelly Edmondson, Dr. Victoria Jackson, Dr. Qingxiong Ma, Ms. Joanne Reinke, Dr. Daniel Schierenbeck, Ms. Ruthann Williams, Dr. Peter Viscusi, ex-officio member, and Ms. Traci Butler, Secretary.
Approval of Minutes
As the first order of business, Dr. Yelton asked the committee to approve the minutes of the meeting held on July 6, 2005. After Dr. Jackson noted a grammatical error in the fifth paragraph, she made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected. Dr. Schierenbeck seconded the motion and the minutes were approved by acclamation.
Update on Committee Membership
The committee discussed how the Faculty Senate website listed or didn’t list committee members. Dr. Yelton said that he contacted Ms. Cheryl Riley, Chair of the FS Committee on Committees and her response was that we were on the list to review next week, but she could not promise a fix because it was tried once before and it did not work. Dr. Yelton will send another email with the motion from the committee and the rationale. The FS Committee on Committees meets in September and if passed it will go to the Faculty Senate.
Ms. Edmondson asked if we had unfilled positions now, and Dr. Yelton said no. The FS Committee on Committees is trying to reconcile term limits for committee members. The FS General Education Committee is going to 3-year terms.
Old Business - Course Updates
Dr. Viscusi reported that the Provost approved the deletion of PE 1203, PE 1204, and PE 2200 in the next catalog which will be effective Fall 2006. Students using prior catalogs may still use these courses for General Education credit.
Dr. Viscusi also mentioned that starting Fall 2006 our academic year 2006-2007 will begin with Fall as 2006-10, Spring as 2006-20 and Summer will be 2006-30. Dr. Jackson raised the question of what was going to happen to next summer, which would have been labeled as 2006-1 under the old system, and nobody knew the answer.
Ms. Williams said she had not heard anything more from Dr. Yvonne Johnson on WS 2000 and asked Dr. Yelton if he had. He had not. The committee also had not heard from Dr. Ken Cust on PHIL 2300. Dr. Yelton will send secondary emails.
Dr. Boyd said HED 1100 is being reviewed by Dr. Renée Cole before it is passed to the committee. Dr. Dirk Nelson soon will send material on PE 1206. It is on hold pending successful review of HED 1100.
Dr. Viscusi mentioned that Ms. Butler worked with Dave Gillespie to remove the ICAP 4114 and SAFE 2010 courses from the Curriculum website as being under perpetual review by the committee. The statement “This is not a General Education Course” was also placed next to the 2000-level Modern Language courses back in October 2004.
Dr. Yelton received hard copies of the CHIN 1701, FREN 1201, GERM 1301, and SPAN 1601 syllabi. Dr. Viscusi offered to scan them so we can send electronic copies to the committee members. The committee will review these for the September meeting, hopefully along with materials for HED 1100 and WS 2000.
No IGEN or ICAP course materials have been received to date. The deadline is September 30, 2005. Departments can send 12 hard copies, but electronic format is preferred.
The committee discussed REL 1510 at length, focusing on the number of primary and secondary competencies, how each relates to the course, and how each was assessed. The interview grades sheet in the syllabus does not tie into the competencies that the interview is suppose to address. It appears that some paragraphs occur under the wrong headers. Committee members noted the lack of explanation of some terms, for example, of what mock quizzes were and how they could be used for assessment. The stated levels of proficiency appear to be course objectives. The syllabus contains more of what not to do rather than what is expected of the student.
Dr. Yelton will send the instructor an email requesting revisions. The committee will request a more manageable number of competencies (five or so) with clarification on how they are being assessed. Dr. Yelton will send a draft email for Dr. Viscusi to review. The final email will go to Dr. Selvidge, with copies to Dr. Cheryl Eason, as Department Chair, and copies to all committee members.
Dr. Ma reiterated that we should supply a sample syllabus. Ms. Butler will forward the electronic copy provided by Dr. Beverly Wallace to committee members. Ms. Edmondson said that no one is saying the course should not be listed under General Education, we just need to refine how it is stated.
New Business – Assignment Reviews
It was decided last month that all committee members will review future materials, with two members having primary responsibility. Past minutes will be electronically forwarded to the committee as to what changes were requested on CHIN 1701, FREN 1201, GERM 1301, and SPAN 1601 syllabi.
Dr. Yelton will make assignments for the 2005-2006 review cycle after talking to Ms. Cheryl Riley and will email the revised version to everyone. Ms. Edmondson asked that he combine experienced committee members with new ones on the two-person review teams.
The committee agreed to meet on the first Wednesday of every month for the upcoming fall semester from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in UN 123 (if available). Below is a list of the proposed meeting dates:
September 7, 2005
October 5, 2005
November 2, 2005
December 7, 2005
The meeting was then adjourned.
Traci Butler, Secretary