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Faculty Senate University College and General Education Meeting

Minutes #4

December 1, 2011

1. The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2011, in Conference Room A in the Library. Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi presiding.

The following members were present: Professors Creed, Hicks, Hubbard, Larsen, Leveillee, McCurdy, Niedbala, Roth, Stevenson, Thornber and von Reinhart; Dean Richmond; Ms. Boyd-Colvin; Mr. Zawatsky from the Student Senate.

2. The Minutes from UCGE Committee Meeting #3, November 3, 2011 were approved.

3. Reports

a. Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi reported that 19 students attended the Student Forum on November 17, 2011. The forum and revision process was reported in the 5cent Cigar. Student Senate seemed excited by some aspects of the proposed outcomes and is waiting for more details regarding structure of a future program.

The next step is to plan future student forums in Providence CCE campus, possibly held on multiple evenings. Another future plan is to reach out to colleges and attend faculty meetings with revised outcomes and proposed structural details. Each committee member is asked to collect information regarding which programs in their college already require some form of capstone or senior project.

b. Subcommittee updates were completed by groups 1, 2, and 4 below. Group 3 planned to meet soon and would send notes to Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi. It was agreed that the outcomes need a final editing pass for verb tenses, typographical errors, and consistency. It was noticed that the rubric construction day revisions had unfortunately been incorporated into an out-dated version of the outcomes, so this error must also be corrected.

1) Arts and humanities, Write texts, Global competence - the subcommittee reported that outcome #4 on writing texts had been consolidated with more concise language. Outcome #9 had been expanded.

2) Physical and life sciences, Mathematical, statistical and formal reasoning, Information literacy - the subcommittee reported that data sets and issues of sustainability had been added to these outcomes.

3) Social and behavioral sciences, Communicate effectively, Civic knowledge and engagement - details will be forthcoming.

4) Multicultural competence, Creative or scholarly product, outcome 12 -
The capstone project outcome was moved to #12 to make room for a new outcome #11 related to conversations. It was proposed that unless conversations were mentioned in the outcomes, they would not be fully included or adhered to in the new system. Outcomes #11 and #12 begin to deal with structural details.

4. Sustainability Committee Discussion

Members of the sustainability committee spoke with some members of the UCGE committee after the meeting was adjourned due to lack of quorum. The sustainability committee is interested in knowing what thematic areas will be used for the new general education conversations, and how large of a role sustainability might have in this. It was proposed that sustainability was already added to outcome #2 by one of the sub-committees, but could also possibly be mentioned in outcomes #1 and #3, to show how sustainability related to all three disciplinary areas in section A of the outcomes.

5. Unfinished Business

a. EGR 109

No new materials were received for this course.

b. BCH 190 online

The discussion on BCH 190 online was held before Reports, due to the presence of Professor Kausch. Professor Kausch reported that BCH 190 has been offered on campus. The proposed online version was originally submitted for 1000 students, but has now been reduced to 200. Lectures have been filmed to use streaming video. A project with written report involves pretending to invest in biotech companies and reporting on performance. Rather than having 'writing effectively' and 'using information technology' as skills (especially because this last skill has been replaced by information literacy), Professor Kausch agreed to instead include 'using qualitative data', 'using quantitative data', and 'reading complex texts' as the approved general education skills for the online version of BCH 190.

Some discussion ensued regarding the process of re-approving previously approved general education courses for online offerings.

The CAC needs to approve online courses, and thus can send them to UCGE committee.

Discussion was held regarding the fact that any online course needs to be the same online as it is on campus, and uphold the previously approved general education skills. The faculty, department, and CAC need to ensure that this occurs. If this is not true, the UCGE committee will need to re-review the online version of the course. The URI Office of Online Learning may be able to play some role in guiding faculty to develop courses with the same approves skills.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi




Michael W. Honhart, Professor of History 2014 Recipient of the Sheila Black Grubman Faculty Outstanding Service Award



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