General Education Initiative Task Force:

Minutes of Meeting - October 15, 1997

Members Attending:

Greg Cashman

Phil Creighton

Tom Erskine

Mike Garner

Ben Greene

Steve Hetzler

Victoria Hutchinson

Fred Kundell

Chapman McGrew

Pat Richards

Fatollah Saliman

Kathleen Shannon

Robert Smith

Debra Thatcher

Gail Welsh

Arlene White

George Whitehead

Ellen Whitford Members Not Attending:

Mike Boolukos

Jane Dané

Jim Lackie

Robert Long

Sarah Sharbach

Bill Zak


Kathleen Shannon is interested in attending the conference in Tampa.

George Whitehead will talk to Jerry Gaff during his visit to get more information about the conference in Washington in January.

Group 1:

1. broad base of knowledge including mathematics, science, technology, history, culture and art (visual, performing, literature)

2. oral and written communications skills to include native and foreign language

3. critical thinking / problem solving skills to include reasoning, logic, intuitive; ability to synthesize, integrate, multi-disciplinary

4. Respect / appreciate all people: ethical, social justice, philosophical, religious, civic

Group 2:

1. life-long learner, Jeopardy fan and Capital Campaign donor

2. responsible citizenship / conduct

3. critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving

4. command of language (listening, reading, writing, ability to extrapolate, generalize, etc.)

5. broad base of knowledge (sense of past, awareness of other cultures, literacy, aesthetics, interdisciplinary)

Group 3:

1. broad base of knowledge including modes of inquiry, facts and organizational structures

2. critical thinking i.e. ability to analyze, synthesize and organize information; ability to find and recognize problems / questions (reason)

3. read, write, speak and listen effectively; communicate effectively using one or more sign system

4. problem solving --> Q & S literacy, C/I literacy for some ability to work with others (reason)

5. develop an awareness of many cultures both present and past

Next Five Common Attributes

1. ability to consider / discuss / evaluate ethical issues

2. aesthetic appreciation

3. think scientifically

4. understand relationship between / among disciplines

5. development of dispositions i.e. curiosity, respect, persistence, initiative, flexibility, risk-taking, compassion

Group 4:

1. ability to read, write and speak effectively and to value and apply skills in technology

2. ability to think: critically, analytically and creatively

3. ability to identify and solve problems and to make informed and ethical decisions

4. ability to understand, appreciate and value diversity

5. ability to acquire and then to transfer and apply knowledge, integrating thought across many disciplines as life-long learners

Next Two Common Attributes

1. develop an aesthetic appreciation

2. develop individual and civic virtues