General Education Committee
Draft Minutes of the February 15, 2006 Meeting
GEC members present: Karl Fink (chair, HUM), Kathy Shea (NSM), Sherry Saterstrom (FA), Chris Chiappari (IGS), Solveig Zempel (Associate Dean, IGS), ex-officio, Kathy Granquist (Registrar’s representative), ex-officio.
CEPC members present: Jill Dietz (chair, NSM), Carolyn Anderson (SSF), Kathy Gardner Thomforde (IGS), Alice Hanson (FA), Corliss Swain (HUM), Jo Beld ( Academic Research and Planning), ex-officio, Mary Cisar (Registar), ex-officio.
The meeting was called to order at 3:25 p.m.
This was a joint meeting between GEC and CEPC to discuss various issues related to the GE curriculum. Here’s the agenda sent out by Jill Dietz:
There are three issues (for now) of joint interest that we need to address:
- How do we implement recent changes to the GE curriculum? SPM is a pretty big change from PHA. BTS-T revisions are incredibly minor. MAR revisions will be minor, I think. NST and MCS revisions are unclear still, but could be substantial.
- What is the overall picture of the GE curriculum? There are complaints that responsibility for certain GE's falls heavily on certain departments and those depts are starting to resent it. Also, there are grumblings about reducing the number of WRI requirements since they are becoming harder and harder to obtain (a consequence of the first comment).
- How do we facilitate the transition from the current curriculum governance (CEPC, GEC, IDOCS) to the new system that RPC will propose? And how do we advise RPC on the matter?
These are three huge issues. The first is the least intellectually interesting, but the most pressing since the new catalog goes into print this summer. So we should start there and think about when and how to address the other issues later in the semester.
In the meeting we primarily discussed the first point and issues related to it, and touched on the second point. Most of the meeting was devoted to discussing how we should implement the changes in the GE curriculum, in terms of recertification of courses relating to the attributes, the timeline for revising the remaining attributes, and the division of labor between committees and departments in the recertification process.”
It was decided that the CEPC would charge the GEC to develop a system by which the departments involved will get courses recertified. This process will continue through next year with the goal of full implementation of the GE curriculum by Fall 2007.
The next GEC meeting is scheduled for February 22.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00pm
Chris Chiappari, Secretary pro tempore