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Text Box: Approved: via email 1/24/2012
To ACC 1/31/2012

 

Committee on Undergraduate Education

                Meeting Minutes

 

Date:

1/12//2012

Time:

4:08 pm – 5:37 pm

Room:

OM 340

 

CUE called to order at 4:08 pm by Matt Miller and Carmen Werder

CUE minutes of 12/1/2012 had already been approved via email and forwarded to ACC.

 

REVIEW OF COURSES SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL AS GURS: Members divided into pre-arranged teams to discuss their assigned course proposals.  Actions follow.  The following NEW COURSES WERE TABLED FROM PREVIOUS MEETING and NOW APPROVED

 

Course No

Course Name

CR

Dept Contact

Category

Cptncy

ENVS 333

631342

East Asia:  Society and Environment

3

Buckley

Block A CGM

 6

 8

ENVS 334

631354

South Asia:  Society and Environment

3

Mookherjee

Block A CGM

 1

 2

ENVS 335

631378

The Middle East:  Society and Environment

3

Mookherjee

Block A CGM

 1

11

ENVS 203

631281

Physical Geography

4

Thomas Terich

LSCI

 

ENVS 342

631410

Geography of the World Economy

4

Buckley

SSC

 

FAIR 311B

630281

 

American Legal System.    Comment: Since FAIR 211B is equivalent to FAIR 311B and the following statement appears on the current GUR list:  Only one of FAIR 211B, MGMT 271, PLSC 311 may be taken for GUR credit., CUE determined that the following statement should appear on the 2012-13 GUR list: Only one of FAIR 311B, MGMT 271, PLSC 311 may be taken for GUR credit.

 

5 cr

 

 

Eaton

 

 

HIST 131

61955 REV

 

Going to College in America

5

Johann  Neem

HUM

 

FAIR 210a

635942

World Issues

4

Marie Eaton

A-CGM

 

ENVS 202  

631220

Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability

3

Grace Wang

SSC

 

 

REVISED COURSES SCHEDULED FOR REVIEW AT THIS MEETING – AND APPROVED:

 

NEW – REV – CNCEL        

Course Name

CR

Dept Contact

Category

Cptncy

ENG 338 634119

Women’s Lit N. Am and Europe

5

Beasley

B-CGM

1,6

ENG 336 633953

Scriptural Literatures

5

Beasley

A-CGM

1,6

ENG 335 634452  

Literary & Creative Expressions Across Cultures

5

Geisler

A-CGM

1,6

GEOL 303  633789 

 

Dinosaurs & Their Environment

3

Hansen

SCI

2

TABLED:

DNC 231

Intro to Dance in Western Cultures

3

Dennett

CCom

 

639629

 Tabled

CUE request:  Please check course category and competencies and include the subsequent explanation of assessment.

 

 

Existing courses seeking NEW GUR Status APPROVED AS GURs:

 

Revision

Course Name

CR

Dept Contact

Syllabus

Category

Competency

FAIR 371B

644014

Topics in Middle East Studies

3-6

O Murchu

Y

A-CGM

2, 6

 

Variable credits; may vary by topic.  Some committee members had not seen a variable credit course approved for GUR credit before, but did not hesitate to approve.  Existing course seeking GUR status.

Fair 334H

646215

Human Rights in Africa

5

Akinrinade

Y

A-CGM

2, 10

 

CUE commented that this was a model course form, and appreciation is expressed to the course originator!  Existing course seeking GUR status.

 

Recommendations from CUE on possible improvements in the process:

  1. Eventually a drop down box for the competencies will give suggestions on how to assess.  Convey to the curriculum committees.

  2. One suggestion might be to make checking off competencies a required field so that you cannot advance on the form unless each area is completed.  CUE hopes to develop and provide a model statement on how a competency can be assessed.

  3. A subgroup that is assigned a group of Course Approval/Revision forms can Move and Second approval and bring it to the committee for discussion prior to voting.

  4. CUE needs to check into the prerequisite requirement of 30 credits and ENG 101 prior to taking DNC 231; is it in the handbook?

 

Viking Landing – February 27, 2-5 pm in the Skybridge

Planning to date:

1.     Sylvia Tag provided information on flyers which will be available for distribution and in large format.

2.     Carmen Werder reported there are 10 students who will participate from a Communication practicum and since they will be trained, what are CUE’s recommendations:

o   Encourage them to share positive stories if they took a class.

o   If they don’t know the answer to a student’s question, send students to advisors.

o   Show students how to access information across the different domains; be choice driven, but let them navigate.

o   Offer a perc to sophomores:  Incentives:  Perhaps a raffle; Several gift certificates from the Bookstore

o   GUR faculty can strongly suggest or offer extra credit for coming to this.

o   Students go to large GUR classes for 1 minute invite. (Eng 101, Art History, History, Lib Studies, others)

o   Include “Thank You” to faculty who participated -- signed by CUE and VanderStaay, for their files.

o   GUR faculty invited… we can ask them to come and promote to their students.

o   Provide Technology on laptops.

o   Have printouts of syllabi in plastic sheets for next quarter;  provide GUR class schedules for Spring Quarter so students can do some mapping --  raffle.

o who are part of the event -- offer arge gur classes and speak and invite them.

o statement on how the competency will keyed to next quarter’s courses.

o   Campus wide communication: Western News, INFO FAIR, VIKING VILLAGE, Marketing through RES LIFE. 

o   Get electronic flyer out early; use ORG.SYNC --  software social networking software

 

Creating content for the Gen Ed website

o   Wendy Knight is willing to create the presence with a link from VPUE office. 

o   The Site need contents, and CUE will form a working group:

o   One section can include examples of what people are doing in GURs, resources, etc.

o   Can be accessed externally, syllabi could be linked to it, for example, to explain what a course or program might be with a Liberal Arts – Science focus, or Western’s Liberal Arts core; We can make use of the university’s technical writer as long as we have content.

 

Coherency

1)      Steve VanderStaay has drafted a call for Strands, a proposal that sequences existing GUR courses over 2-3 quarters,  and would like a few to be approved this year. 

2)       Liberal Studies has been developing a few experimental courses taught the first year; still in discussion, and CUE’s approval is needed to offer these.  Since they are experimental the final number will not have to meet catalog deadlines.

3)      Offering 3 GURs for 4 has several advantages also.  The State is examining efficiencies and these would justify a smaller class size since the courses are designed to be linked together with focused learning; smaller classes will help the faculty involved do to more.  CUE is on a timeline to get course proposals approved, so VanderStaay will send these out with the caveat that they are no more than a possibility.  Very similar to Honors proposals.

 

Carmen Werder proposed that it is also time to look at Writing Proficiency courses.  Werder mentioned that there are a lot of Alternative WP courses that are model writing courses and provide significant writing experiences for students.  Students seem to want these, although it is unknown whether it is because they do not have access to enough WP credit courses.

 

Miller and Werder are attending an AACU conference on GURs, coherency across institutions, portfolios, etc., in Washington D.C. on January 24, and will report back to CUE. 

 

Adjournment – 5:37 pm

Minutes submitted by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, 1-12-2012

 

 

Present

Name

Role

Area

Term until

1

P

Borda, Emily

Faculty

CST

2012

2

P

Grimm, Jeffrey & ACC rep

Faculty

CHSS (2)

2012

3

P

Johnson, Diane

Faculty

At Large – GUR

2013

4

P

Friday, Chris

Faculty

CHSS (1)

2013

5

P

Miller, Matthew

Faculty

Woodring

2012

6

P

Arvizu, Fabiola, ASVP-Acad

Student

GUR, ASVP Acad 2011-12

2012

7

--

Abel, Troy

Faculty

Huxley

2013

8

P

Singh-Cundy, Anu

Faculty

At Large – GUR

2012

9

P

Tag, Sylvia

Faculty

Western Libraries

2012

10

P

Larner, Dan

Faculty

Fairhaven

2012

11

P

Sapin, Julia

Faculty

CFPA

2013

12

P

Wonder, Nicholas

Faculty

CBE

2012

13

       --

Student Representative

Student

GUR ASVP Acad 2011-2012

2012

14

P

Werder, Carmen

Ex Officio

Writing Programs

 

15

P

VanderStaay, Steven

Ex Officio

VP Undergrad Education

 

16

--

Loudon, Tina

Ex Officio, nv

Director, Advising

 

17

      P

Purdie, John

Ex Officio, nv

Director, Residences

 

18

P

Norton-Nader, Rose Marie

Recorder, nv

Faculty Senate, ACC, UPRC

 

19

      P

Luke, Linda

Ex Officio, nv

Registrar’s Office

 

20

P

David Brunnemer,

Perm Guest

Registrar

 

 

 

(Rep from ACC – Jeff Grimm)

 

Total present 12/1/2011

17

21

--

Roger Anderson, Chair, ACC

Chair ACC guest

15 voting members: quorum= 8