FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
March 23, 2006
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Jeffrey Yelton, Chair, with the following members present: Ms. Ruthann Williams, Ms. Joanne Reinke, Ms. Kelly Edmondson, Dr. Dan Schierenbeck, Dr. Beverly Wallace, Dr. Peter Viscusi and Ms. Traci Butler, Secretary.
Approval of Minutes
Dr. Yelton expressed his disappointment that the minutes of the meeting held on February 23, 2006 were not ready for committee approval. Dr. Viscusi said that his office had been extremely busy and that every effort would be made to get the minutes ready for the next meeting.
Newly elected members will join the committee this summer. In order to allow for a smooth transition, Dr. Nicholas Baeth (A&S) and Dr. Kelly Boyd (At-large) will sit in with the current members in May 2006 and begin their new appointment to the committee in June 2006.
Dr. Yelton said that the committee needs to be thinking of whom to elect as committee chair because his term expires in May 2006. Ms. Williams and Dr. Wallace also thought their terms ended at the end of this academic year. Dr. Yelton said he would look into it.
WS 2000 Department Presentation and Course Review
The following guests were present to discuss WS 2000: Dr. Ann Legreid, Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Dr. Mary Kelly, Dr. Renee Betz, Dr. Susan Morgan, Ms. Kelly Greer, Ms. Julie Pratt, and Ms. Wendi Raulie. Dr. Sara Sundberg and Dr. Carol Heming came in support but were unable to stay for the meeting.
Dr. Johnson presented the latest revision of the course materials and reiterated that this is a very important diversity course because it is the only cultural interaction course that deals with social construction of Race, Class and Gender. Since one of the reasons for the latest revision was to incorporate a Global context, she chose a text titled Identities by Linda Alcoff.
Dr. Viscusi pointed out that he was convinced that the global material was being covered in the course but that Dr. Johnson wasn’t giving herself credit for what she was actually doing.
Ms. Raulie conducted a study for her McNair Summer Research project on the value of the WS 2000 class and the research showed that the course had a lot to offer students.
Ms. Reinke suggested adding in Cultural Interaction competency # 2 and Dr. Johnson agreed to make that addition and the committee will add it to the matrix along with #1.
Dr. Schierenbeck thought the Higher Order Thinking competency from question 4, #s 1 and 4 should be added to the syllabus under intended student outcomes.
Dr. Morgan volunteered to demonstrate the online version of the course on Black Board. Dr. Yelton asked about assessments. Dr. Morgan said students have 3 assignments and 3 examinations that relate to each unit. Examinations are a mixture of short answer essay and multiple choice. Class size ranges from 20-28 students and they are mostly seniors. They also have class discussion board items that they are required to post two times a week which she closely monitors. There did not appear to be any difference between the online and regular classes in Ms. Raulie’s research.
The question was asked how they overcome the label “Women’s Studies.” Dr. Johnson said the male/female ratio varies, but is very close to equal. They have 8 sections and always have a waiting list.
There were no additional questions for the guests from Women’s Studies, so they left the meeting.
Dr. Wallace made the motion to approve WS 2000 as a General Education course under Cultural Interaction with the agreed upon revisions to the syllabus to match the evaluation form. Ms. Williams seconded the motion. Dr. Schierenbeck had a comment on Evaluation question 7 regarding things they cite they do aren’t what they do in the syllabus, but it was pointed out that it occurs in short answer exam questions
There were no additional questions or comments and the committee unanimously approved the course.
MO House Bill 1347
Dr. Viscusi said that based on what President Podolefsky said at the recent General Faculty meeting, the University lobbyist in Jefferson City will give us ample warning if the bill becomes serious. He wondered if the committee should even get involved at this point. He also noted we are technically in violation of the current regulations because CMSU does not have a required American History course in General Education.
Ms. Williams brought up the subject of transfer course substitutions based on an email she received from her department chair. Dr. Viscusi said the Provost wants to give the academic advisers parameters within to work so the department chair is not contacted repeatedly with each transfer course. Dr. Viscusi visited with every department chair that had a General Education course and asked them to review and comment upon their sections of General Education Substitution Guidelines. If they did not like what was presented, he invited them to suggest wording. So far he has not received anything back from Dr. Wright. Dr. Viscusi suggested to Ms. Williams that Dr. Wright contact the other departments with prefixes in the category in question regarding any change to the wording.
If a transfer course does not equate directly with one of our courses, the course might be used as a substitute for a course or the goal of fulfilling a whole category. The academic department will still have final approval. Dr. Viscusi had hopes to have the General Education Substitution Guidelines finalized next week. Dr. Viscusi will bring the Guidelines to the committee when completed.
Dr. Yelton asked what the campus policy is for on campus General Education course substitutions and what happens to the competencies. Dr. Viscusi said that across campus, most departments with standard majors do not require substitutions. He did add, however, that there are many departments that do use their requirements as substitutions for General Education courses.
Ms. Williams asked about the current articulation process. Dr. Viscusi explained that previously when a student transferred from an institution with which we have not had articulated courses, the Transfer Coordinator would take the course(s) to the department, have it/them evaluated and he would then add the course(s) to articulation table. Since we no longer have an official Transfer Coordinator, Dr. Melvin would be able to say who the contact person is.
Dr. Wallace would still like to have clarification of the ICAP and IGEN evaluation forms.
Our next scheduled meeting will be in LIB 2233 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm:
March 30, 2006
Due to committee member scheduling conflicts, we will not meet again until April 27 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm and the room location will be confirmed on March 30.
The meeting was then adjourned.
Traci Butler, Secretary
FS GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
March 30, 2006
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Jeffrey Yelton, Chair, with the following members present: Ms. Ruthann Williams, Ms. Joanne Reinke, Ms. Kelly Edmondson, Dr. Dan Schierenbeck, Dr. Beverly Wallace, Dr. Vicki Jackson, Dr. Peter Viscusi and Ms. Traci Butler, Secretary.
Approval of Minutes
Dr. Yelton asked the committee if there were any questions or comments on the February 23, 2006 minutes. Ms. Williams asked that the ICT and IC3 Tests be placed back on the
agenda for further discussion at the next meeting. Per the email Mike Grelle sent a few weeks ago, the ICT Test requires a higher level of critical thinking. Ms. Williams will resend the link to the committee. A question was asked as to the purpose of the test and Ms. Williams said currently there is not a nationally normed college entrance with a technology component test. She also mentioned that IC3 now has a benchmark on which we can customize the test. Dr. Yelton said he would add this to the next agenda.
The following corrections will be made to the February 23, 2006 minutes.
Ms. Williams asked for a point of clarification on the American Sign Language course. Dr. Yelton explained that we don’t even know what Division in General Education they’re looking for. They may choose to place it in Humanities and not Cultural Interaction.
Dr. Wallace moved to accept the February 23, 2006 minutes as amended and Dr. Schierenbeck seconded the motion. There were no additional questions or comments and the minutes were approved as amended.
Dr. Yelton then asked the committee if there were any questions or comments on the March 23, 2006 minutes and the following corrections will be made:
Ms. Edmondson moved to accept the March 23, 2006 minutes as amended and Ms. Williams seconded the motion. There were no additional questions or comments and the minutes were approved as amended.
Dr. Yelton emailed Ms. Cheryl Riley regarding the replacements for Ms. Williams and Dr. Wallace and he has not received a response.
International Affairs Committee Proposal
The International Affairs Committee chair sent the draft of the proposal to Dr. Yelton asking for input from the committee. The committee is proposing that students who successfully complete one semester studying abroad should receive credit to meet their Cultural Interaction requirement.
Dr. Viscusi said that when students currently study abroad and they take a course that fulfills the intent of the Cultural Interaction category, their courses are substituted. This proposal is different because it implies that just because they study abroad they should get credit. Dr. Wallace asked why they can’t submit by course like everyone else and Dr. Viscusi responded that the courses they have taken abroad may not exactly fit a prefixed course in the category. The intent was to expose the student to non-American culture.
Dr. Jackson asked if they take a literature course if that would be “double-dipping” and counting this in two categories. The answer was no. A literature course could appropriately be used in the Literature category and not the Cultural Interaction category. She then asked if they took an advanced level Biology course somewhere else if they can substitute for the General Education Biology and the answer was no.
Dr. Wallace thinks the opportunity for abuse would be high if the International Affairs Committee gets this proposal accepted and it worries her if they have the power to make these decisions because they are not an academic entity. Dr. Jackson compared it to internships where the students need to complete a journal, a paper and hold meetings with their mentor. Ms. Reinke said it would be difficult to regulate “experience” as a course. Ms. Williams noted that a set of competencies can’t be assessed without a guided experience and referenced section 2, page 7 and the first key words on the Cultural Interaction matrix.
Dr. Viscusi said the last time this was proposed to the General Education Committee it was not supported. In general, the current system works.
Dr. Schierenbeck asked what the next step is. The Provost may ask the committee it’s opinion if IAC sends him the proposed letter and the committee chose not to endorse the draft. The following are suggestions that Dr. Yelton will write in a draft email response tomorrow:
Ms. Williams thinks we either need to allow American students to take the course or be very careful how the course description is worded. There are currently only about 200 students who study abroad. Dr. Wallace thinks the majority of students don’t even know that studying abroad is an option.
IGEN 3468 (agenda incorrectly listed as an ICAP)
Question 10-12 was not complete and Dr. Wallace said she would bring it to the next meeting.
The department mentions assessments but does not state which competencies are being addressed. It is suggested the course not have 12 primary competencies but to try to have 3-4. The department does talk about how activities fit the competencies. Assignments are linked to specific competencies in the syllabus instead of the evaluation form. For clarification purposes, assessments should be connected to both the evaluation form and the syllabus. Language would be a secondary competency on question 5 and there is not an explanation about demonstrating the interview assignment.
The committee agreed to return the course review back to the department.
Dr. Schierenbeck did not see any problems with this course other than the General Education requirements are still listed as American and they need to go through the FS University Curriculum Committee to change the name.
Dr. Schierenbeck moved to accept the course. Dr. Jackson noted that question 11 said it is a required General Education course. The committee decided in a past meeting that we weren’t ready to table this issue, but realize it is a problem. Dr. Jackson seconded the motion to approve the course. Ms. Williams suggested that the committee’s approval be accompanied with a request to change the name in the catalog. The committee approved the course.
The instructor has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish, but they are not tied to the competencies and the syllabus is weak. Dr. Wallace noted the following comments on her Integrative Studies Checklist:
Dr. Viscusi said the faculty member was new and probably did not understand the purpose of the course. He suggested Dr. Yelton talk to the department chair. There was not a motion to pass the course so Dr. Yelton agreed to write a letter to Dr. Worman that he might request the help of the CAST representative on the committee (Ms. Williams) as well as Dr. Jackson. Dr. Jackson also said she would be happy to help them brainstorm other ICAP options.
Dr. Schierenbeck noted the Integrative Studies competencies are on the syllabus, but not the evaluation form. It is also unclear how integrating disparate learning areas and higher order thinking language is not there. He does not recommend the course be approved. Dr. Schierenbeck and Ms. Reinke will provide a list of suggestions to Dr. Yelton.
This course appears to have the same issues as above and will be discussed next month.
Our next scheduled meeting will be in LIB 2405 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm:
April 27, 2006
Our first summer meeting will be held on May 15, 2006 from 12:00-2:00 (lunch included) and the room location will be announced at the next meeting.
The meeting was then adjourned.
Traci Butler, Secretary