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Faculty Senate

Meeting Minutes - May 28, 2003

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
2002–2003 REPORT


Prepared for the CWU Faculty Senate
October, 2003

Faculty Senate General Education Committee Members, 2002–2003:
Joan Amby, Family and Consumer Sciences
Peter Barbee, Student Representative
Bobby Cummings, English
Carey Gazis, Geology
Dan Herman, History
Chris Kent, Geography
Mike Ruble, Accounting
Steve Verhey, Biology (Chair)
Hong Xiao, Sociology

Ex officio and non–voting members
Linda Beath, Senior Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs
Sheryl Grunden, Registar´s Office
 

The General Education Committee (GEC) typically met at 2:30 on alternate Fridays; for the last few weeks of the school year we met weekly. As such, we meet 14 times this past academic year. Our meetings typically lasted 1.5–2.5 hours. Minutes of all meetings are available on the Faculty Senate website. The committee also met several times informally over the summer, to plan the general education faculty workshop.

In addition to the committee´s work on its charges from the Faculty Senate and other stakeholders, the committee organized a very successful faculty development workshop in the fall of 2002; a second workshop was planned for fall 2003.

The Faculty Senate´s 2002–2003 charge to the GEC was for the committee to continue the work of the previous year, and to provide a summary of the GEC´s disposition of charges for the previous three academic years. The following table summarizes all charges teh committee has received since 2000, along with their current status.

 

 ChargeDate and SourceStatus, 6June03
1"Describe articulation between GEC and CC"00–01 FSen ChargeComplete:GEC is no longer a subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee
2"Review budgetary implications of administering GEP with Budget Committee"00–01 FSen ChargePending:This discussion with the Budget Committee has apparently not taken place. The GEC has no budget, except for funds used for fall gen ed faculty development events.
3"Review the attached request that all 100–200 level general education courses have an exam the first two weeks of fall quarter."00–01 FSen ChargeComplete:The committee considered whether all 100 and 200 level Gen. Ed. courses should require examinations in the first two weeks of fall quarter; the committee did not think such a requirement appropriate.
4"Determine timeline for completion of basic requirements"01–02 FSen ChargeComplete:At our 01/10/03 meeting we approved and sent to the Senate Motion 03–21, which was approved by the Senate at their 12 Feb. meeting.
5"Develop a GE assessment plan"00–01 FSen ChargeIn process:The committee has developed an assessment plan for Gen. Ed. via faculty and student focus groups and surveys. The committee continues to work on this charge.
6"Develop an information literacy assessment plan"00–01 FSen ChargeIn process:The committee has been studying the assessment plan for information literacy. The Library component of University 101, which qualifies as information literacy, is currently assessed.
7"Create requirements and criteria for amending the general education program"00–01 FSen ChargeComplete:The committee created requirements and criteria for amending the Gen. Ed. program last year, and has worked with the Provost´s Office to update the necessary forms for the addition or change of general education courses. In addition, the GEC approved and sent to the Senate Motion 02-68, which included a new mission statement for the general education program.
8"Review charge 99–02"02–03 FSen ChargeComplete:This table represents the GECs review of its charges dating to 2000.
9"Change GEP to accept AA degrees as completion of GEP"Late 01–early 02 (From Provost Soltz)Complete:passed by GEC 10Jan03
10"Consider GE diversity requirement"13 Nov 02 (from Pres. McIntyre via Linda Beath)In process:The GEC discussed this issue extensively, had has developed a draft assessment instrument for the diversity components of the GEP. This assessment will take place at the Fall 2003 general education faculty development event.
11"Consider changing transfer policies fro students w/o DTA AA degrees"8 Jan 03 (from Mike Reilly)In process:The GEC is considering changes to the GEP to simplify the process of transferring gen ed credits to CWU, and will complete the process early next year.
12"Develop a proposal or proposals for how the FSen should be engaged in GE issues assoc. w/program reviews." Present proposal by 15 march 038 Jan 03 FSen ChargeComplete:see memo to Faculty Senate, 15 October 2003