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Faculty Senate University College and General Education Meeting

Minutes #2

October 6, 2011

1.  The meeting was called to order at 3:05 PM on Thursday, October 6, 2011, in Conference Room A in the Library, Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi presiding.  The following members were present: Professors Betensky, Creed, Hicks, Larsen, Leveillee, McCurdy, Niedbala, Stevenson and Thornber; Dean Richmond; Ms. Boyd-Colvin. Dr. Hubbard served as Associate Dean Quina’s designee.

2.  The Minutes from UCGE Committee Meeting #1 September 1, 2011 were approved as corrected.

3.  Reports                   

a.  Members who attended the September 15 meeting reported on the informal meeting. They said that there was further discussion with Professor Creed about outcomes and sustainability and a general consensus that sustainability is an overarching concept. Sustainability might be a conversation and/or could be part of goals for civic knowledge, global, or diversity outcomes.

It was noted that the issue of workload required thought and discussion even with the Provost’s position that it was not significant for the Committee.


b.  Professor Stevenson shared the report on assessment of general education, which had been prepared by SAGE in consultation with Ms. Finan in the SLOAA Office.  He and other members of SAGE responded to questions and comments.  Professor Stevenson said that, although time was short, he would appreciate any suggestions before the October 15 deadline.

c.  Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi reported on her presentation to the Faculty Senate on September 22.  She said that she had distributed the one page goals and outcomes draft and had answered questions. She said that she had encouraged Senators to participate in the Rubric Workshop and that she and Ms. Grubman had sent invitations and the entire draft goals and outcomes draft document to faculty members, department chairs, deans, and members of the diversity and global task forces. 

4.  Planning

a.  Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi shared with the committee the names of faculty members who had expressed interest in and/or volunteered to participate in the Rubric Construction Day on October 13, 2011.

Some members of the committee indicated they planned to attend.  In addition, the committee suggested names of faculty members who might participate if asked personally.


b.  Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi suggested that small subcommittees might meet to plan future forums and suggested they might want to use Meeting Wizard to find common times.

Professor Hubbard agreed to find out if there were any interested adult students at CCE who might be willing to participate.

5.  New Business

a.  The committee discussed a proposal to include ENG 245 in the Fine Arts and Literature (A) core area and agreed to request an updated syllabus that better reflected what the instructor planned specifically with regard to the skills.

Note:  subsequent to the meeting, Ms. Grubman learned that the UCGE Committee had approved the request for ENG 245 on November 4, 2010, by the Faculty Senate on December 16, 2010 and by President Dooley on January 28, 2011.  The course was listed in all appropriate documents as being acceptable for the general education (A) core area.

b.  Ms. Grubman reported that the proposal for EGR 109 had arrived that morning and it 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.

c.  Chairperson Maier-Speredelozzi and Professor Hicks reported on recent conversations with Professor Peckham about computational literacy and how it might be included within the goals for mathematics and physical and natural sciences.


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


Respectfully submitted,


Sheila Black Grubman



Sheila Black Grubman

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