General Education Initiative Task Force:

Minutes of Meeting - September 17, 1997

Members Attending:

Mike Boolukos

Greg Cashman

Phil Creighton

Jane Dané

Tom Erskine

Mike Garner

Ben Greene

Steve Hetzler

Fred Kundell

Jim Lackie

Robert Long

Chapman McGrew

Pat Richards

Fatollah Salimian

Kathleen Shannon

Sarah Sharbach

Robert Smith

Debra Thatcher

Gail Welsh

Arlene White

George Whitehead

Bill Zak Members Not Attending:

Victoria Hutchinson

Ellen Whitford


1. News Groups will be used for chatting about the gen ed topics and issuing replies to topical queries.

2. The Web page will provide copies of minutes, decisions and information on how to access the News Group.

3. E-Mail distribution will be used for information pertinent to the operations of the committee.

4. Augmenting information that is on the Web or News group either will be distributed or put on reserve in the Library. (Jim Lackie will set up reserve section.)

5. Brief articles in the SSU Newsletter regarding Gen Ed topics and progress.

6. Initially publish a General Ed Newsletter to let the campus know how to access the web and News Group.

7. Request permission to make announcements at the Forum by the Forum Representative of the Gen Ed committee. The Senators on the Task Force will provide updates to the Senate as appropriate.

Group 1

Group 2

other cultures & disciplines

other disciplines & fields of creativity

Group 3


scientific inquiry

mathematical thinking

multiple purposes such as read manuals, follow directions, understand regulations

social debate

organize information meaningfully

be able to present positions



Group 4

integrate & synthesize information

evaluate the value & quality of information

write about it, talk about it

move to reasoning

what should SSU grads be able to do?


have experienced?

Summary of those Attributes:

Attributes Cited by 4 Groups:

1. Critical thinking, independent thinking

2. Read, Write and Speak Effectively

3. Broad base of knowledge

4. Cultural exposure and appreciation

Attributes Cited by 3 Groups:

1. Aesthetic appreciation

2. Numerical Competency / quantitative skills

3. Interdisciplinary connections

4. Civic responsibility, ethics, tolerance and self-discipline

5. Computer skills

6. Self awareness and interpersonal skills

7. Integrate and organize information

Attributes Cited by 2 Groups:

1. Curiosity - risk taking

2. Problem solving

3. Know how to find information

4. General Education is beyond basic skills

5. Ability to reason

6. Ability to work in teams

7. Ability to read what others have concluded (Manuals)

Attributes Cited by 1 Group:

1. Foreign language

2. Recognize different models of inquiry

3. Appreciate differences - intelligence and communication styles

4. Have a sense of the past and the future

5. Sense of philosophical thought

6. Force students to be exposed to subjects that they think that they do not like.

7. appreciation for knowledge and understanding of other perspectives.

Additional announcements:


Eldred, Marilu and Brian E. Fogerty, Five Lessons For Curriculum Reform, reprint from Liberal Education, Vol 82. No. 1, AACU, Winter 1996.

SSU Mission Statement; Vision, Values and Expected Outcomes.

Maryland Higher Education Commission: Code of Maryland Regulations: Title 13B: Maryland Higher Education Commission Subtitle 06: General Education and Transfer, July 1, 1996

from Dick Logan, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with emphasis by Mike Garner - 'The Educated Person'.


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