General Education Initiative Task Force:
Minutes of Meeting - November 6, 1997
Greg Cashman, Phil Creighton, Jane Dané, Mike Garner, Ben Greene, Steve
Hetzler, Fred Kundell, Robert Long, Chapman McGrew, Pat Richards, Fatollah
Saliman, Kathleen Shannon, Sarah Sharbach, Robert Smith, Debra Thatcher, Gail
Welsh, George Whitehead, Ellen Whitford, Bill Zak
Members Not Attending: Mike Boolukos, Tom Erskine, Victoria Hutchinson,
Jim Lackie, Arlene White
- Jim Lackie will meet with Belinda Sawyer and will categorize the listing
of reference publications. The group will review and assign the readings
- Additional conference opportunities will be discussed at the next meeting.
- Provost had no announcements.
- Minutes were approved as is.
- When comparing the four different groups sets of attributes and the
strategic plan, there is a lot of overlap and agreement between the teams
and almost all of them are parallel either explicitly or implicitly. Today's
meeting objective is to review the group listing of attributes, compare with
the characteristics delineated in the strategic plan and try to come to
consensus on a listing of attributes. This listing will be provided to those
attending the strategic plan meeting on November 25th.
- The group broke into teams and discussed their attribute listing in terms of
the strategic plan. The group reconvened and discussed attribute
- The results of those discussions resulted in the revised listing of
attributes/characteristics. That revised listing is attached to these minutes.
Points brought up during the discussion:
- Organization is a problem. Some bullets are stressed more than others.
Form that supports the substance needs to be addressed.
- Missing the idea of 'Life Long Learning'
- One group reviewed the characteristics in terms of Alverno's eight values.
Cited that the idea of student participation in developing and using the
process had value.
- All groups indicated that the 'broad base of knowledge ' phraseology is
- For Alverno comparison:
- Alverno goal Strategic plan attributes
Communications Goal 2/3
Problem Solving 4/7/9 * also practiced leadership
Valuing Decision making 5/6/7/9 *noted that the value systems and
moral dimensions were pervasive in our plan
- in a lot of different places
Social Interaction 2/3/6/7
Global Perspective 6/9 *Add acting with a global perspective to
the diversity statement
Effective Citizenship 3/7/9
Aesthetic Responsiveness 8
- Need to add to SSU attributes:
Broad Base of Knowledge
Change 'Learn to speak, read and write effectively." to "Speak, read
and write using a variety of media"
- Group three constructed a diagram to provide a structure for the process.
- Based on that relationship the strategic plan objectives would be classified
in this way:
- Idea is to see how the core or fundamental knowledge fits with the gen Ed
process. Move away from making statements about specific topics to be
learned to the way in which the student learns and the methods of
cognition. In other words, don't address teaching algebra, but rather how
algebra is related to logical reasoning.
- There was some discussion regarding adding the idea of technological
literacy and also the idea of creativity and independence of mind.
- A suggestion was made to boil down the attributes to a list and get rid of
the rhetoric that encapsulates the attributes. Present a real specific,
succinct listing to the faculty.
- discussion took place on whether technology should function as a stand
alone attribute or be described as a tool of the other attributes.
- Weighting of attributes - after discussion about whether to address this
now the point was made that there is plenty of time to discuss this later.
- Decision was made to go ahead with the list as revised today, distribute to
faculty as a 'Working Draft'. Solicit input and comments, which will be
reviewed and discussed in the January retreat.
- The working document will be E-Mailed out.
Attributes of a Salisbury State University Graduate
A Working Draft Document presented to the faculty for consideration and input
by the General Education Task Force.
Salisbury State University's graduates will:
- possess a broad base of knowledge
- demonstrate competence in a specific academic discipline
- speak, read, write, and listen effectively using a variety of media
- know how to obtain, accurately assess, and present information and
- identify and solve problems, think critically, and reason effectively
- develop a set of convictions that can guide the conduct of their lives
- act with respect for diversity
- begin to practice leadership based on integrity, fairness, and respect
- make judgments based on ethical awareness and reflections
- make and defend judgments about the quality of artistic expression
- demonstrate involvement and responsibility in the community
- exhibit creativity and independence of mind
- value life-long learning
NOTE: The task force has reached consensus on these attributes and would like
input from the faculty. Please realize that the task force does not consider that all
of these attributes are weighted equally nor has it listed the attributes in any rank