General Education Initiative Task Force:

Minutes of Meeting - May 13, 1998

Members Attending:

Sandra Cohea-Weible, Greg Cashman, Don Cathcart, Jane Dané, Tom Erskine, Mike Garner, Ben Greene, Steve Hetzler, Victoria Hutchinson, Fred Kundell, Jim Lackie, Ross Leisten, Charlie Long, Patty Plaskon, Pat Richards, Fatollah Salimian, Kathleen Shannon, Sarah Sharbach, Robert Smith, Gail Welsh, Arlene White, George Whitehead, Ellen Whitford, Bill Zak

Members Not Attending: Phil Creighton, Chapman McGrew, Debra Thatcher,

Minutes from the previous meeting were approved.

Pat reported that she met with Dr. Merwin to provide a report on the committee's progress. They discussed the attributes survey and results. Also discussed Merwin's concern with the time frames. Felt that the President was more comfortable with the our time frames and progress. Reviewed the survey results with Merwin, he indicated that there appeared to be broad consensus. Warned the group to be visionary but not impractical. If the most stellar model cannot be implemented, then it is not good for us. What we have done so far is good, but we need to think about changes more in terms of the addressing and contributing to the future rather than what changes we are going to make to fix what we already have.

With Phil's leaving, Sandra Cohea-Weible will be the Academic Affair liaison. Any P.O's or dollar requests should go to Sandra.

E-Mail was sent with meeting dates for next year. They will be 3:30 - 5:00--try to keep it in the Nanticoke Room, but will advise. Retreat dates - Aug 20 and 21

Meetings Dates are: 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2.

Subcommittee reports:

Models sc: Chapman McGrew--no report. Suggested that Asheville Team 2 look at basic types of models.

Assessment sc: Steve Hetzler:

Need to start to develop goals in terms of critical thinking and writing/speaking/reading. Began with Don Farmer visit to look at a summary of the process and how to develop an implementation and assessment program.

Referred to a ten step plan that will help focus the work and develop concrete achievements. The Team selected two of the attributes to start with and to recommend that begin the focused assessment program. This was supported also by the survey results. They are Critical Thinking and Command of Language.

Asheville Team 2 needs to help write these in assessable language. The Team will meet with Elizabeth Curtin to see how Writing Across the Curriculum is assessed. Other issue is how to share and draw together shared and collaborative resources and fit the pieces together for assessment. Team will talk with Institutional Research and Career Services to get current data.

Critical thinking needs to be more than written text. Different levels of analysis need to investigated. Students assume that documentaries are factual, thus objective. That cannot be assumed. The Internet is a jumble of facts and fallacies. Totally non-reviewed, teach students to review information critically.

The issue of Modern Language was raised. A look at peer institutions showed a range of requirements from 0 - 12 credits gained in humanities or via demonstrated proficiency. Refer this to the Logistics and Teaching teams to review during search for models. Table discussion until August retreat.

Attributes Team: Are waiting for objectives and for input from the models group.

Time line revision:

Fall 1998 Look at Models

Build Attributes matrix

Assess Current offerings

Continue to disseminate information via Web and News Groups.

Spring 1999

Narrow options to 2 to 3 models of Gen Ed program

Develop Assessment criteria

Faculty Development

Continue to disseminate information via Web and News Groups.

Fall 1999 Narrow choices to one model of Gen Ed program

Broad agreement in place for the model

Develop some courses within the model

Develop Assessment criteria

Faculty Development

Continue to disseminate information via Web and News Groups.

Spring 2000/ Fall 2000

Run pilot program of new courses. Select volunteers to run pilot

courses.

Select wide variety of students to pilot for valid assessment.

Faculty Development

Continue to disseminate information via Web and News Groups.

Spring 2001/Fall 2001

Modifications and revisions as needed to pilot

Faculty Development

Continue to disseminate information via Web and News Groups.

Fall 2001 New Program in place

Looking at a one year delay from the original program of study.