Committee on Undergraduate Education

                Meeting Minutes

 

Date:

February 24, 2011

Time:

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Room:

WL 268 and WL 268

Approval:

CUE 3/10/11 ACC 3/29/11

 

Committee met in two subgroups.  The GUR group, including Carmen Werder, Sylvia Tag, Diane Johnson, David Rossiter, Dan Larner, Larry Symons, Anu Singh-Cundy, and guest Scott Pearce, met in WL265.  The Assessment group, including Matt Miller, Steven VanderStaay, Emily Borda, Jeff Grimm, Elsi Vassdal-Ellis, Nick Wonder, and Holly Folk, met in WL268.  No official minutes were kept although notes from the two groups will be made available to CUE members.

 

CUE Committee called to order and report at 4:47 pm

Approval of the minutes of 2/10/2011 meeting were postponed.  Members will vote to approve via email.

 

Presentation:  Dan Guyette, Dean, College of Fine & Performing Arts

Dean Guyette explained that the Dance Department and Theater Department had merged for financial reasons and not for curricular reasons, and asked if there was official policy about students taking more than one GUR from what is effectively now one department.  Guyette would like the GUR categories to continue separately since Dance and Theater are very distinct each with its own assessment plan and the departments were merged only for economic reasons.  Students will still be able to take a GUR course in both Dance and then also in Theater. Linda Luke said this would mean “no exclusion in the GUR listing”. 

 

MOTION to retain Dance and Theater separately for purposes of fulfilling GURs.

A motion was made by David Rossiter, seconded by Steve VanderStaay to allow Theater and Dance to be two separate “academic departments” for the purposes of fulfilling GUR requirements which passed.

·      Committee agreed that the process would be to approve this in this instance and consider the issue again if another example came up.  VanderStaay concurred that our standard is not a bureaucratic one but rather based on student experience.

 

Constituent Concern:  Carmen Werder asked “How is the charge of this committee different from the Academic Assessment Advisory Committee?”

o   Steve VanderStaay described the development of the AAAC which came about when VanderStaay was appointed accreditation officer for the university and asked faculty to assist him in seeing that accreditation requirements are met in overseeing coordination of college plans to meet the standards.  However, ACC and CUE have full purview over curriculum and the GURs.  VanderStaay and the AAAC have no authority and simply coordinate.

o   VanderStaay reported on the first year assessment report which was reviewed by UPRC and due this week to the accreditors.  He mentioned that we are the only university in the west where faculty dominate in this area.  All the other universities mainly have administrators to prepare assessment materials.

o   Every college has a designated assessment coordinator and so do departments. So assessment is college based except for the GURs which are overseen by the CUE. The GURs are a university wide program and must be overseen by a university committee. 

 

Structure of the CUE Committee and Election of Chair

Committee members asked if it was possible to elect a chair today or if more time was needed.  The other question is whether the committee could get by with only a few folks overseeing curricular approval and the others discussing GURs and assessment.  This year was a pilot year to see how CUE functioned.

o  Guest Scott Pearce introduced himself and urged that an interim chair be nominated by email this week because of the important work that had to be accomplished by this committee. 

o  Guest Roger Anderson, ACC Chair asked if someone from the ACC Executive council could coordinate the overall committee and its paperwork, and then let the committee choose two subcommittee chairs.

o  VanderStaay reminded members that Assessment had been a separate committee at one time, and it and the GER committee in the past never successfully coordinated.  Past ACC Chair Roger Thompson had tried to ensure that assessment and program improvement were coordinated when ACC helped to develop the current CUE charge.

o  Members suggested that perhaps two co-chairs could facilitate the meetings together. Another member asked to whom people would go with questions, and would there be a need for position descriptions.

o  Matthew Miller volunteered to lead the Assessment part of the committee, and Carmen Werder volunteered to lead the GUR part of the committee just until next meeting’s continued discussion on the topic.

 

Postponed Consideration of MCL GURs

Members agreed to postpone the Vicki Hamblin memo regarding the MCL GURs until the next meeting.

Timeline

Steve VanderStaay reviewed the deadlines coming up for the members:

·   Successfully launching the “Single Strand” idea as early as next Fall. Ideas for strands should come forward soon. With a strand you do not have to create a new curriculum.

·   In Spring 2013 a report is required on assessment activity. So we have to work thru Spring and have a good plan to pilot next year to have a report on it for the following year. 

·   Matt Miller asked if we can still consider the data system as a place for the GURs.  VanderStaay responded that since we have to be in motion by 2013, we could pilot if there was energy left for that.  Members saw that if something significant is going to be done then two subgroups are necessary.  

 

MOTION ON NEXT MEETING AGENDA

David Rossiter made a motion, seconded by Elsi Vassdal-Ellis to plan to select two interim co-chairs at the next meeting at which time CUE will vote on a desirable future structure, which passed.

 

VanderStaay Report on GUR Size

VanderStaay will send out a report to CUE members which compares the size of our GURs to others in the State.  Ours (around 53 credits) are not as large as reputed to be.  Members would like to know what percentage of NTT folk teach the GURs and if fulfilling GURs delays time to Graduation.  We do not require more Sciences but we require a science lab even for Humanities students.

 

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 5:35 pm.

Minutes submitted by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, 2-24-2011

 

 

Present

Name

Role

Area

Term until

1

P

Borda, Emily

Faculty

CST

2012

2

P

Grimm, Jeffrey

Faculty

CHSS (2)

2012

3

P

Johnson, Diane

Faculty

At Large - GUR

2013

4

P

Symons, Larry

Faculty

CHSS (1)

2011

5

P

Miller, Matthew

Faculty

Woodring

2012

6

 

Rinonos-Diaz, Ramon

Student

Appointed by AS – GUR

2011

7

P

Rossiter, David

Faculty

Huxley

2011

8

P

Singh-Cundy, Anu

Faculty

At Large - GUR

2011

9

P

Tag, Sylvia

Faculty

Western Libraries

2012

10

P

Larner, Dan

Faculty

Fairhaven

2012

11

P

Folk, Holly

Faculty

ACC representative

2011

12

P

Vassdal-Ellis, Elsi

Faculty

CFPA

2011

13

P

Wonder, Nicholas

Faculty

CBE

2012

14

 

Smith, Courtney

Student

AS Appointment – GUR

2011

16

P

Luke, Linda

Ex Officio

Registrar’s Office

 

17

P

Werder, Carmen

Ex Officio

Writing Programs

 

18

P

VanderStaay, Steven

Ex Officio

VP Undergrad Education

 

19

P

Norton-Nader, RoseMarie

Recorder

Faculty Senate, ACC

 

 

P

Anderson, Roger

Guest

Chair, ACC

 

 

P

Scott Pearce

Guest

Faculty Senate President

 

 

P

Guyette, Dan

Guest

Dean, CFPA

 

 

 

February 24, 2011

 

TOTAL

20