GENERAL STUDIES COUNCIL
ANNUAL REPORT 2002-03


The primary task of the General Studies council this year has been the ongoing revision of the General Studies curriculum. In addition, there have been a few notable areas of other business we have been asked to consider.
 

REVISION OF GENERAL STUDIES PROGRAM

I. FIRST YEAR CORE

A final report on Wellness (HED 111) was issued to the Curriculum Committee in October  2002. General Studies Council recommended that (1) HED 111 should be a part of the First  Year Core and that HED 111 should remain a two hour course taught in a half semester format,  replacing the 3 credit, full semester HED 110. These recommendations are based on our  assessment that (1) HED 111 helps us to achieve the goals of the First Year Core of the General  Studies program and (2) HED 111 is meeting these goals. Both recommendations were  approved by Curriculum Committee in October and subsequently by the Faculty in November.


II. MISSION AND GOALS

The sub-committee on revision of the General Studies mission statement worked throughout the  fall semester to draft a new Mission statement. This draft statement was discussed in the  February faculty meeting. The statement is currently being revised based on comments received  from faculty.Council is working with Curriculum Committee on a plan for proposing changes  to the General Studies program in 2003-04.


III. LIBERAL STUDIES & ADVANCED LIBERAL STUDIES

Seven new interdisciplinary seminars have been approved this year and two were rejected.  General Studies council has begun discussion about possible changes to these components.  However, no specific proposals will be offered until after changes to the mission and goals are  approved by the faculty.


OTHER BUSINESS

I. DISCUSSION OF ONLINE COURSES

Council began discussion concerning the appropriateness of teaching Advanced Interdisciplinary  GST seminars ?online.? After the assessment material assembled by Jim Murphy was  reviewed, concern was raised about the degree to which the General Studies goals of these courses can be met in the online format. Since further discussion of this matter is needed, no  conclusion has been made at this time by the council.


II. STUDY ABROAD ADVISORY COMMITTEE

General Studies council has been involved throughout the year in discussions with the Study  Abroad Advisory committee and Curriculum committee concerning the delineation of powers  with regard to study abroad GST courses.In November, General Studies council reviewed the  Study Abroad Advisory committee?s proposal and recommended to Curriculum committee that  a new standing committee be created to deal with these GST courses. The creation of this new  standing committee was subsequently approved by the faculty.


Submitted by Steve DeLoach
 
 

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