1. The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2011, in Conference Room A in the Library. Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi presiding.
The following members were present: Professors Betensky, Hicks, Larsen, Leveillee, McCurdy, Niedbala, Thornber and von Reinhart; Dean Richmond; Ms. Boyd-Colvin; Mr. Caisse and Ms. Dionne from the Student Senate.
2. The Minutes from UCGE Committee Meeting #2, October 6, 2011 were approved as corrected.
a. Ms. Grubman reported that there was no need to consider ENG 245. She explained that she had discovered that the UCGE Committee had already recommended and the Faculty Senate and President had approved the inclusion of ENG 245 in the fine Arts and Literature (A) area of the General Education program.
b. Chairperson Maier Speredelozzi reported that the discussion of sustainability would be deferred until December. She also reported on discussions of incorporating computational literacy as a potential skill.
c. Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi reported on the Rubric Construction Day. She said that 33 faculty members attended. It was agreed that that some changes should expected based on the participation by additional faculty members.
She said that proposals for rubrics in the following areas had been posted on the General Education Revision Sakai site. It was noted that rubrics in some areas, such as writing, were much more advanced than others:
1) Arts and Humanities
2) Global Competence
3) Multicultural Competence
5) Developmental Mathematics
During discussion it became apparent that not all of the members of the committee had access to the General Education Revision site. Professor Hicks said that she would move all of the material to the UCGE Sakai site.
It was agreed that subcommittees should review the suggestions and determine whether they might be incorporated, refined, revised or discarded.
The Committee also decided that they must continue to reach out to more faculty members and face their concerns directly in order to gain consensus.
d. Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi said that she would discuss the proposed revisions with the Student Senate. In addition, she announced that the student forum on general education reform was scheduled for November 17. She and Ms. Boyd-Colvin shared the new events site for the announcement of the student forum as well as a method for students to rsvp.
4. New Business
The committee discussed a proposal to include EGR 109 in the Natural Sciences (N) area of the General Education program. This course had been offered for General Education previously under the Honors Program HPR 109.
It was noted that EGR 109 was not a permanent course because it had not been submitted to the Curricular Affairs Committee. The proposal had arrived that morning and was on the UCGE Committee's Sakai site for future consideration. She said that a proposal to add the course had not been forwarded to the CAC and any action taken by the UCGE Committee was subject to the CAC's and the Faculty Senate's approval.
After discussion, the Committee asked that Professor Sodhi be informed of the UCGE Committee's interest in and support of the proposal and to request further detail in the syllabus including more information about the inclusion of the skills.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:32 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman