General Education Initiative Task Force:

Minutes of Meeting - February 25, 1998

Members Attending:

Mike Garner, Ben Greene, Steve Hetzler, Jim Lackie, Ross Leisten, Charlie Long, Chapman McGrew, Patty Plaskon, Pat Richards, Fatollah Saliman, Kathleen Shannon, Sarah Sharbach, Robert Smith, Debra Thatcher, Gail Welsh, Arlene White, George Whitehead, Bill Zak

Members Not Attending:

Phil Creighton, Greg Cashman, Jane Dané, Tom Erskine, Victoria Hutchinson, Fred Kundell, Robert Long, Ellen Whitford

Minutes were approved with minor corrections.

Charlie Long was introduced. He will be replacing Ellen Whitford as the Seidel School representative. He is assigned to the Teaching Subcommittee.

Patty Plaskon also attended today as the replacement for Bob Long

Conference opportunities were circulated. Let Pat know if you are interested.

Asheville has selected our proposal to send Team 2 this summer.

The open meeting on student attributes and the ensuing comments were discussed in length.

Issues regarding scheduling the next open meeting were addressed. The next meeting should be a more critical look at the actual document. The following suggestions were made:

- Distribute the document prior to the meeting so that everyone has a chance to review it.

- Send out flyers about the meeting and on the back of the flyer place the attributes.

- Continue to distribute comments to the Gen Ed members.

- Possibly distribute comments more universally.

- Try for a Monday or Wednesday meeting.

-Suggested possible April 1 meeting from 3:30 to 4:30 adjourning at 4:30 to Crossroads for informal discussions.

The attributes were discussed on the basis of the comments received:

Dispositions seemed to be the most controversial section.

Dr. Merwin had distributed an E-Mail to the Gen Ed group. Some felt that his E-Mail addressed issues that the group was in the process of discussing.

The attributes alignment with the Strategic Plan was discussed and the feeling was that the Strategic plan may be more comprehensive than the attributes that are being considered.

-Issue with assessment of the dispositions. The committee continues to struggle with how assessment of some attributes can be achieved. How do others do it? Decided that when Dr. Farmer comes next meeting, we can address assessment issues then.

- Some feel that the multi cultural piece is muted.

- Issue was made with the wording of diversity in terms of tolerance - can be interpreted as grudgingly tolerated.

- Discussed the wellness piece: Whether it is better as a inclination (disposition) or an awareness (knowledge). Suggestion was made to change wellness to well-being. Feeling was that wellness is the antonym of illness, but that well-being is an ability to cope.

- Even if you are ill, you can cope and live a full and rewarding life. Well-being places the onus on the individual to decide what is healthy for them.

- How is wellness or well-being assessed? It is something that is pursued at the individual level, but that must be assessed at the total student body level. Monitoring of arrests, suicides etc. as we do now.

- Issue was also made on how can we integrate values when we just signed on to teach. Point was made that depending on the discipline that you are in will determine how comfortable you are in imparting values. Some courses will lend well to addressing more social issues like sociology, philosophy,, even business. The bottom line is that if you share your love and your enthusiasm for your discipline, then you will be successful in imparting values about learning etc.

Many ivy league colleges attract students not only because the subjects that they teach but because of the values that they impart. Can and/or should a state funded university impart values in addition to an excellent education?

Discussed whether dispositions belonged reordered or integrated with knowledge and skills. No keep them separate.

Issues that long range attitudinal studies may be necessary to supplement the assessment process.

Changed speak, read, write and comprehend to speak, read and write.

Changed computer literacy to Information and technological literacy - that will incorporate the library as well.

Changed disposition toward responsible citizenship to disposition toward active citizenship, service to others and responsible civic engagement.

The writing team will make the corrections to the attribute document and distribute.

Decision was made that the next general meeting will be April 1, 1998 at 3:30-5:00 in Devilbiss Hall 149.