Bryon Clark (Chair), Betty Clay, Jim Cunningham, Jane Elder, Steven Emge, Dick Hackett, Linda Kallam, Brad Ludrick, Shannon McCraw, Steve McKim, Chip Weiner (ex-officio), Judy Sexton (proxy for Cherry Wilmoth)
Gleny Beach, Gene Hetzel, Nancy Hill, John Mischo, Sharon Morrison, Patty Pool, John Topuz
The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m. by the Chair. He informed the Council that the proposed changes to the Structure and Function Statement were still pending before the Faculty Senate. They have already been considered by the Committee on Committees, which recommended some friendly changes. The changes should be addressed at the November meeting of the Faculty Senate.
The Council was also made aware of the move currently underway of the office of the School of Graduate and University Studies to Morrison 204. Phone and e-mail will remain the same. A new fax number will be disseminated as soon as it is available. Dr. Clark will be officed here most of the time; he will maintain an auxiliary office in Biological Sciences 117 for the students he will still be teaching in that location.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented. Brad Ludrick moved and Dick Hackett seconded to accept the minutes as written. The Council gave its unanimous approval.
Jane Elder moved to change the Sociology in-course assessments to a pre-test/post-test format as it is the consensus of the Sociology faculty that this would more accurately serve their assessment process. Dick Hackett seconded and the Council passed the motion unanimously.
The Council next took under consideration the General Education Outcome Goal entitled Interrelatedness of Disciplines which had previously discussed at the October meeting. After much thought, the Council came to the conclusion that while this is a very worthwhile goal, doing it justice in the time framework currently allowed would not be feasible. There was support for development of an upper division general education course that draws from multiple disciplines. The suggestion was made that the course could be thematic with different topics addressed from a variety of perspectives. Brad Ludrick moved to remove this goal from the Monitoring Report but hold it in abeyance and continue to address means of meeting this goal over the next year as time will allow. Linda Kallam seconded. Dick Hackett called the question and the Council approved the motion unanimously.
Next the Chair asked for additional input regarding Learner Outcomes #2 and #3 from Ethics and Values, which were discussed at the October meeting and representatives were asked to see if any of the departments felt they could meet these outcomes. No department felt they could adequately address these outcomes at the present time. Discussion ensued regarding ways to address these goals in the future. Suggestions included putting questions on the exit survey or creating an upper division general education course. Again the Council felt they could not adequately address these outcomes in the time frame allotted. Therefore, Dick Hackett moved that these outcomes also be put in abeyance for further work at a later time. Brad Ludrick seconded. The Council voted unanimously in the affirmative.
Steven Emge asked for an amendment to the Fine Arts Outcomes #1 and #2 for Music 1113 and Music 1123. He asked that final grades be added to the in-course assessments. The benchmark will be 80% passing. Passing will be defined as a grade of C or better. He also proposed a friendly change to Art 1003, Art 2103, and Art. 3083 pending approval by Gleny Beach. Dick Hackett seconded and the Council approved unanimously.
The Chair explained that he will next take the completed Assessment document to Academic Council for approval. It need not go to the Curriculum Committee as they do not deal with general education matters. From Academic Council it will be forwarded to Dr. Weiner’s assessment group. Dr. Clark would like to have several of the faculty from the General Education Council accompany him to the Academic Council meeting. He will secure a definite date and time for that meeting and then ask for volunteers who are free to go with him.
The Chair also informed the Council that there is a budget for General Education, so if departments need financial assistance with copying or purchasing of assessment materials he will be able to accommodate reasonable requests for funding. He also hopes to provide seed money for innovative assessment methods and incentives for most effective assessment.
Betty Clay asked about a replacement on the Council for Patty Pool, who is leaving the University at the end of the current semester. Appointment of replacements is the responsibility of the Dean and the Chair, who will look into the matter.
The next meeting of the Council will be Tuesday, December 6, 2005, at 2:30 at a location to be determined.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.