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Minutes #8A

May 3, 2012

1. A recess meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:12 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

A quorum of Senators was present; Provost DeHayes, Dean Brownell and Dean Richmond were in attendance.

2. Chairperson Eaton announced that there was a single item of business on the Agenda, consideration of the University College and General Education Committee's recommendations. She explained that votes at the meeting are to guide the UCGE committee in the development of the complete general education program. The existing general education program will remain in effect until a full revision program is proposed and approved.

She said that when the April 19 meeting recessed, a motion to approve the Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes proposed by the Committee was under consideration and was now returned to the floor.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, Dean Richmond moved to amend A 1 and A 3 by adding "understand and apply knowledge, theories and methods" before "of."

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the amendment carried.

Discussion of the motion as amended resumed.

After discussion, a motion to amend the amendment by removing the additional phrases from A 1 and A 3 and removing "knowledge" from A 2.

Following discussion the amendment to the amendment carried.

The amendment carried.

Discussion resumed.

Following discussion, Senator Derbyshire moved to amend B 5 by replacing the existing wording to read as follows:

 

5. Communicate effectively via understanding audiences, listening, delivering oral presentations, and actively participating in teams or group work.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the amendment carried.

Discussion resumed on the main motion as amended.

After discussion, the main motion as amended carried. (The approved list of Institutional Objectives (A-D) and Student Learning Outcomes (1-11) for Undergraduate General Education at the University of Rhode Island is attached to the Minutes of this meeting.)


Senator Maier-Speredelozzi moved approval of Section II C, structural principles of a proposed new General Education Program.

Discussion ensued.

At the request of the Senate, Chairperson Eaton divided the motion. She announced that the first recommendation was on the floor:

 

1) 40 credits - NEASC requirement

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Kirschenbaum moved to terminate debate. The motion carried.

The Senate voted immediately on the first recommendation. The motion carried.

Discussion ensued on recommendation 2):

2) Overlap with major and minor allowed, but not required


Following discussion, a motion was made to amend the recommendation to read as follows:

2) Overlap between general education and a major and minor is allowed


Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, a motion was made to postpone consideration of recommendation 2) to clarify the amount of overlap that would be permitted.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, the motion to postpone consideration of recommendation 2) carried.

Discussion ensued on recommendation 3):

3) The general education program will be developmental, including courses across all years and at all undergraduate levels.


Following discussion, Senator King moved to amend recommendation 3) by replacing "including" with "allowing."


Discussion ensued.


Following discussion Senator Pearson-Merkowitz move to amend the amendment by substituting the following:


3) The general education program can include courses from all levels and can be taken in all years.


Discussion ensued.


Following discussion, the amendment to the amendment carried.


The Senate voted on the amendment as amended. The amendment carried.


The Senate voted on the recommendation as amended. The motion carried.


Discussion ensued on recommendation 4):


4) If students have met the general education requirements at the university level, then they have met general education requirements for any major.


During discussion, a request was made to determine whether a quorum was present.


Chairperson Eaton determined that a quorum was no longer present and declared the meeting adjourned. She said that the UCGE Committee's recommendations would not be considered on May 10 and would be held until the fall.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman

 

ATTACHMENT to Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #8A, May 3, 2012

The approved list of Institutional Objectives (A-D) and Student Learning Outcomes (1-11) for Undergraduate General Education at the University of Rhode Island:

A. Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world.

1. Understand the context and significance of the arts and humanities using theoretical, historical, and experiential perspectives. [more]

2. Understand and apply theories, and methods of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. [more]

3. Understand theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences. [more]

B. Develop intellectual and interdisciplinary competencies for academic and lifelong learning.

4. Write effective and precise texts that fulfill their communicative purposes and address various audiences. [more]

5. Communicate effectively via listening, delivering oral presentations, and actively participating in-group work. [more]

6. Apply the appropriate mathematical, statistical, or computational strategies to problem solving. [more]

7. Develop information literacy to independently research complex issues. [more]

C. Exercise individual and social responsibilities.

8. Develop and engage in civic knowledge and responsibilities. [more]

9. Develop and exercise global responsibilities. [more]

10. Develop and exercise cultural competencies. [more]

D. Integrate and apply these abilities and capacities, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities to lay the foundation for lifelong learning.

11. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple knowledge perspectives, competencies and responsibilities. [more]