Meetings for the 1998-1999 Academic Year
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Minutes of July 16, 1998 Meeting A brief meeting to plan a day-long "retreat" to start the Fall semester
Minutes of August 10, 1998 Meeting A day-long meeting to plan strategy for the Fall semester
Minutes of August 25, 1998 Meeting Concern was expressed that the committee is losing its energy and commitment to innovative ideas, and compromising too much in the interest of ease of implementation. The timeline for presentation to the faculty was further refined.
Minutes of September 1, 1998 Meeting. The committee began the work of writing a program down in print, and making decisions about components of the program.
Minutes of September 3, 1998 Meeting The discussion of the freshman seminar and the many form it might take was continued.
Minutes of September 8, 1998 Meeting A description of the freshman seminar was agreed upon, and the discussion moved on to the Freshman Composition program.
Minutes of September 10, 1998 Meeting Discussion of the composition requirement continued.
Minutes of September 15, 1998 Meeting Further discussion of the composition requirement. A consensus is reached to have a six-hour composition requirement, and leave its structure up to the English department.
Minutes of September 17, 1998 Meeting The mathematics requirement and oral communications requirements are discussed.
Minutes of September 22, 1998 Meeting A consensus is reached on the oral communication requirement. The Wellness component is discussed. A new interpretation of this requirement based on our regional uniqueness and the Sense of Place principle is discussed at length.
Minutes of September 24, 1998 Meeting David Claxton from Health and Human Performance attended to meeting to contribute to the Wellness discussion.
Minutes of September 29, 1998 Meeting A complex discussion of the Wellness component continued.
Minutes of October 1, 1998 Meeting A consensus is reached on the Wellness component. We are reminded that the program we develop should be expected to evolve and change over time, so we needn't feel terribly worried about decisions that we are not entirely content with.
Minutes of October 8, 1998 Meeting A discussion of the persepctives area of the general education program, focusing on the categories of courses to include in the program.
Minutes of October 13, 1998 Meeting Further discussion of the perspectives area of the general education model.
Minutes of October 20, 1998 Meeting An outline for the Perspectives ares was agreed upon. There is further refining of course criteria and details still to be done.
Minutes of October 22, 1998 Meeting A discussion of three hours in the Humanities perspective becoming an upper level course, and perhaps having a different focus, such as on international issues.
Minutes of October 27, 1998 Meeting Members who attended the AGLS meeting reported on what they learned there. A complex discussion of the perspectives continued.
Minutes of October 29, 1998 Meeting Further discussion of the Humanities/Literature/Fine and Performing Arts categories of the Perspectives, and of the use of first courses in the major as general education courses.
Minutes of November 3, 1998 Meeting A policy for use of general education courses as first courses in the major is apporved. Further discussion of the upper level component and the Humanities component.
Minutes of November 10, 1998 Meeting A draft from the group writing up the Perspectives was considered. Assignments were made for writing or revising the administrative, assessment and core parts of the proposal.
Minutes of November 12, 1998 Meeting Further discussion of the Perspectives. A proposal to describe the Freshman Seminar separate fromt either the Core or Perspectives was considered.
Minutes of November 17, 1998 Meeting The committee was given a summary of the program so far and asked for comments to be submitted to a writing committee at the next meeting. The administrative component of the program was discussed in detail.
Minutes of November 19, 1998 Meeting The committee responded to parts of the program summary. A writing committee was appointed to edit the summary. The assessment component was discussed.
Minutes of December 1, 1998 Meeting A revised and expanded version of the program proposal was distributed. A memo from George DeSain which suggested some changes to the program was discussed, but it was decided not to reconsider changes at this point.
December 3, 1998 Meeting: Committee members moved through the program proposal making suggestions for revisions and rewording. Editorial changes should be given to Nory; ideas for further discussion should be brought to next Tuesday's meeting. Curtis will draft a letter to go out to the University Community describing where we are and when the Proposal will be made available.
Minutes of December 8, 1998 Meeting A strategy for delivering the proposal document to the University community was discussed. Further modifications of the proposal document were suggested. The Committee voted to accept the proposal and the document subject to editorial changes.
Minutes of December 10, 1998 Meeting A draft of a letter to the University community was approved to be sent out before the Christmas break. Final modifications of the proposal document were discussed. The document will go back to the writing committee and the finished version will be delivered to Dr. Collings before Christmas.
Minutes of January 12, 1999 Meeting The final version of the Proposal was approved. Plans for a University Forum and the approval process meetings were discussed.
Minutes of January 20, 1999 Meeting Plans for the University Forum were finalized. Time was spent suggesting issues that might be raised so we can be thinking about the best answers.
Minutes of February 15, 1999 Meeting A general discussion of the progress of the General Education Committee meetings in the approval process.
March 15, 1999 Meeting The committee met to prepare for the presentation of the proposal to the Faculty Senate. A general discussion of issues that might arise and of the remainder of the approval process.
Minutes of April 27, 1999 Meeting. The committee has received the proposal back from the Faculty Senate. Plans were made for further consideration of the issues returned with the proposal. Discussions of the issues was begun.
Minutes of May 10, 1999 Meeting. Discussion of the issues returned with the proposal continued. The "42 hour rule" was discussed at length. Other smaller issues were considered.
Minutes of May 11, 1999 Meeting. Discussion of the issues continued. The structure of the Physical and Biological Sciences requirement was discussed. Many of the smaller issues were considered. Assessment of courses was considered.
Minutes of May 18, 1999 Meeting. Discussion of the Fine & Performing Arts and Wellness components of the proposal. This meeting concludes the discussions of the GERC for the summer.