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Ad Hoc General Education Review Committee Meeting Notes from April 17, 2015

April 20th, 2015

Ad Hoc Gen Ed Review Committee

Meeting Notes

April 17

  • Moment of silence
  • Looked at Google Doc of our report to see what edits have been done and what changes still need to be made
  • Jim reported about his conversation with Dave Dobson. 4/22 Faculty Meeting was cancelled. There may be a meeting on 4/29 where we might present  our report. We need to get the report to Dave by Monday, April 20th in order for Clerks Committee to look at it and decide at their 4/27 meeting whether they can include it in 4/29 faculty meeting.
  • Looking at the Google Doc report, we discussed additional edits and who will do them:
    • Summary of 2015 survey of faculty about the Gen Ed Curriculum—Richard will format this and the summary of the 2011 survey to correspond with each other and highlight commonalities and differences.
    • Three areas of top concern in the current Gen Ed curriculum, based on surveys and data:
      1. FYS/FYE
      2. Quantitative Literacy
      3. Foreign Languages
    • Areas of medium concern
      1. HP/writing sequence—include Jim’s report about sequencing
      2. Critical Perspectivs
      3. IDS
    • Area of satisfaction/ little concern
  1. Breadth requirements
    • #3: Student opinion data—NSEE, CIRP, Senior Survey, Course Evaluations from Gen Ed courses and Faculty date from FSEE—Stephanie will compile and analyze all of this and insert data relevant to the areas of concern in the report.
    • #7 (faculty reservations about a Gen Ed Curriculum Revision) will be worked back in to #2 (2015 Faculty Survey report)—Heather
  • Propsal for structure: separate Gen Ed department, with a faculty member as an administrator, who approves and administers all Ged Ed courses, requirements, etc.
  • Recommended Timeline: Two years at the most, but focus on FYS/FYE first. It could be dramatically changed to be bold and help with retention and marketing, without changing the overall curriculum structure of Gen Ed.
  • Appendices to be included: Joint Committee of Assessment and Curriculum Report, PPS, Experiential Learning, and Foreign Languages proposals that are “waiting in the wings” with Curriculum Committee, and  Report from Curriculum Committee group that attended AAC&U conference on Gen Ed Revision.
  • Marc will do final revisions. Robert and Jennie will review.  Jim will do final review and send to Dave by Tuesday morning.

 

Ad Hoc Curriculum Review Committee Notes from April 3, 2015

April 10th, 2015

Ad Hoc General Education Review Committee

4/3/15

Moment of Silence

Reviewed data from CIRP analysis.  Further analysis requested, including disaggregation of CCE and Traditional students, separation of levels of answers for interpretation.

Brief overview of NSSE data – work continuing on this

Review of analysis of Faculty survey results

Identification of “hotspots” of concern

Qualitative summary of satisfaction answers. General call to explore examples of schools who have successfully revised Gen Ed curriculum and schools who have not been successful to identify lessons learned.

Qualitative summary of dissatisfaction answers.

(All data online)

Discussion regarding FYE. We looked at Agnes Scott College website related to successful FYE program. Identified previous FYE programs that focused on leadership training and the idea of bookending the skills at the senior level in a capstone course.  It is clear that the current FYS process/program at Guilford is not working as there is no common syllabus and each faculty who agrees to teach it produces his/her own course.

Discussion regarding next steps and how to move forward with the task of the committee:

  • Continue with data analysis, including adding the Senior Survey and Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) data as appropriate.
  • The committee identified several “hotspots” in the curriculum that are clearly evident in the preliminary data:
    • Greatest Concern:
      • FYS/FYE
      • Foreign Language
      • Quantitative Literacy
    • Moderate Concern:
      • Historical Perspectives (writing sequence in general, particularly in the proliferation of Writing 101 courses taught that were not included in the original curricular design as presented in the English 101/102 trend data)
      • Critical Perspectives – most concern in diversity, followed by social justice and then interpersonal
      • IDS – concern that these are not as interdisciplinary as intended, no common outcomes
    • Of Least Concern:
      • Breadth requirements – generally responses were positive in this area
    • Timeline discussed
      • Tasks
        • Finalize report of data
        • Write Report
      • Due date
        • By end of April, to be presented at the last Faculty Meeting of the year
      • Guidelines and Ideas for structure of report
        • Create a short preliminary report to present to Clerks Committee. Ask for feedback to determine if a more robust report is necessary, or if a shorter report fulfills the requirements of this committee’s charter
        • There is clear indication that a revision is warranted
        • Report should suggest a method for revision without prescription – include committee structure and support necessary for success
        • Report should highlight key findings
        • Report should organize around the concerns identified above
        • Explore the necessity of mapping GELOs to curriculum
        • Explore the general education program at peer/aspirant institutions

Next meeting: 4/10/15 @ 12:45

End

Ad Hoc Committee on Curriculum Review Agenda for Friday, April 10, 2015

April 9th, 2015

Ad Hoc General Education Curriculum Review Committee

Friday, April 10, 12:45 p.m.

Study Abroad/Career Development Conference Room, King Hall

Agenda

 

  1. Moment of silence

 

  1. Approval of notes from last meeting, 4/3/15; note taker for this meeting

 

  1. Further student thoughts on general education from CIRP and NSSE—Rich & Stephanie

 

  1. Update on faculty survey analysis (thematic)—Marc, Rich, Heather

 

  1. Possible data on opinions of gen. ed. courses from student course evaluations–Stephanie

 

  1. Preliminary report draft deadline?

 

  1. Determine next meeting

Ad Hoc Committee on Curriculum Revision Meeting Agenda for Friday, April 3

March 31st, 2015

Ad Hoc General Education Curriculum Review Committee
Friday, April 3
12:45 p.m.
Study Abroad/Career Development Conference Room, King Hall

Agenda

1. Moment of silence

2. Approval of notes from last meeting, 3/27/15; note taker for this meeting

3. Update on mining CIRP or other existing student data about general education—Rich & Stephanie

4. Update on faculty survey analysis (thematic)—Marc, Rich, Heather

5. ENGL 101/102 data, Fall 1999 to Fall 2014—Jim

6. Any preliminary information ready to report on Moon Room?

7. Determine next meeting

Meeting Notes for Ad Hoc Committee on General Education Curriculum Revision, March 6, 2015

March 29th, 2015

GenEd Ad-Hoc Committee

2015-03-06

Attendance: Jennie Knight, Melanie Lee-Brown, Marc Williams, Heather Hans, Stephanie Hargrave, Kathryn Shields, Richard Schilhavy, Jeff Ray, Robert Duncan

Missing: Jim Hood

Faculty Survey

Committee discussed the current state of the faculty survey distributed by Heather via email, and the timeline to distribute the survey to faculty. Marc raised concerns about the distinction between major and minor revisions as in the previous faculty survey the faculty were divided between the two but made similar comments regarding the changes. Melanie and Marc proposed adding comment box for the respondent to explain what is meant by major/minor revisions, and Richard suggested a prompt for what defines major or minor revision. Stephanie  suggested adding a likert item “To what extent do you believe the curriculum needs to be changed?” anchored on None to Complete Overhaul and a comment box specific to satisfied and dissatisfied requirements.

Approved with following changes to the faculty survey: change major/minor revision question to likert scale, add comment box specific to satisfied and dissatisfied requirements, removing skip logic for yes/no revision.

Melanie, Jennie, Heather discussed emailing the survey early next week, then send student survey after Spring Break. Committee agreed to accept comments on the survey until Monday @ 5:00 PM then send to faculty Tuesday morning.

Student Survey

The upcoming student survey was discussed as well. Stephanie raised concern about response rate and fatigue student survey with three large student surveys scheduled for after Spring Break. Suggested focus groups to improve qualitative information. Robert suggested that campus organizations and faculty advisors could help organize focus groups, while Stephanie suggested that randomly selecting during lunch. Richard was concerned that a lunch-only focus group would not include a CCE voice, but Jeff was positive about the response rate for CCE students. Everyone agreed that a “paper” based survey would be the most effective, but Heather was unsure regarding the number of available tablets.

Key Elements of Committee Report

The committee discussed the outline for the committee report proposed by Jim. Melanie mentioned that similar work has been done collecting information and making a similar argument, and Marc reiterated a similar point a suggested adding information to appendices.

Stephanie informed the committee about significant redundant work occurring with the SACS review regarding the effectiveness of the general learning outcomes mapped to the general education curriculum. Some argued that the mappings proposed were not fulfilled in all of the courses that meet a specific learning outcome. Heather confirmed that ENG 102 and HP courses may help fulfill the information literacy GELO. Robert raised a concern regarding the excessive number of courses that fulfill a small number of learning outcomes, but Kathryn mentioned reducing the courses to one removes flexibility and Stephanie mentioned that growth over time cannot be assessed..

Melanie inquired where the information regarding individual effectiveness/ineffectiveness can be found. Faculty survey data (old and new) could be effective, along with current assessment activities such as the Proficiency Profile.

Next Meeting

March 27th @ 1:00 PM in Career Center

Ad Hoc General Education Curriculum Review Committee Agenda for Friday, March 27

March 24th, 2015

Ad Hoc General Education Curriculum Review Committee

Friday, March 27

1:00 p.m.

Study Abroad/Career Development Conference Room, King Hall

 

Agenda

  1. Moment of silence
  2. Determine note-taker rotation
  3. Approval of notes from last meeting 3/7/15
  4. Student survey—finalizing it, sending it out?
  5. Faculty survey—preliminary results, further analysis
  6. Report to faculty—continue assigning writing tasks (see outline below)
  7. Next meeting, Friday, April 3, 1:00 p.m., same location.

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Draft outline of Ad Hoc General Education Review Committee report:

I. Executive Summary with recommendation (major revision, minor revision, no revision)

II. State of General Education at Guilford College

  1. Mission, core values, strategic planning, and the curriculum (including president’s ideas)
  2. Guilford’s curriculum in relation to emerging trends in American higher education (include alternative strategies at other institutions)
  3. General education, recruitment, and retention
  4. General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) and current curriculum
  5. Effectiveness and appropriateness of current general education curriculum components
    1. FYS/FYE 101
    2. ENGL 101/102
    3. Historical Perspectives
    4. Quantitative Literacy
    5. Foreign Language
    6. Breadth requirements
    7. Critical Perspective requirements
    8. IDS 400
  6. Surveys of faculty and student opinion
  7. Recommendations, including a recommendation for process by which revision (if recommended) should occur

III. Appendices

  1. Survey results
  2. Details about other institutions (links to articles, etc.)
  3. Prior proposals re: general education (FL, Experiential Learning, PPS, Joint Committee report [2013-14] to faculty including possible gen. ed. models)

 

Meeting notes from Ad Hoc Curriculum Review Committee Meeting, February 27, 2015

March 4th, 2015

Ad Hoc General Education Curriculum Review Committee

Friday, February 27, 2015

1:30 p.m.

Meeting notes

Present: Richard Schilhavy, Kathryn Shields, Robert Duncan, Jennie Knight, Marc Williams, Melanie Lee-Brown, Heather Hans, Jim Hood

Guests: Damon Akins, Michele Malotky, Drew Hays

1. Drew Hays, Michele Malotky, and Damon Akins reported to the committee regarding their recent attendance at the AAC&U conference on general education revision. Here are some of the things they learned at the conference and some of their observations about the state of Guilford’s curriculum:

  • Refining the curriculum intentionally can help with retention;
  • Guilford is way behind in the realm of general education; newer models use an integrated curriculum that spans all four years with courses that build upon each other, incorporating high impact learning practices; this kind of coordination makes assessment much easier and students tend to understand the curriculum more readily;
  • Most other schools have a Center for Teaching and Learning that centralizes course development and curricular initiatives;
  • General education should be developed from the GELOs, the college mission, and the college core values;
  • We have already begun the revision process by developing and passing the GELOs; now is the time to continue that momentum;
  • A new curriculum could differentiate us for recruitment purposes;
  • We need a better alignment between what we value and what we require;
  • Given the fact that we will be restructuring the academic division, now is a perfect time to link curricular reform to that a new academic organization;
  • Curriculum revision must be driven by a successful leader;
  • A central question we should ask is “What is the general education curriculum supposed to do?”

2. The committee discussed briefly a survey of faculty attitudes toward the current general education curriculum being developed by Heather, Melanie, and Jennie. They will refine this instrument a bit more and distribute it to the committee for us to discuss at our next meeting.

3. Heather, Melanie, and Jennie agreed to also develop a survey asking students what they understand about the purposes of the general education curriculum.

4. Kathryn agreed to review how the 6 GELOs align with the current gen. ed. curriculum.

5. The committee agreed that Jim Hood would serve as its convener.

6. We agreed to meet next Friday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m., Study Abroad/Career Development Conference Room.

Ad Hoc Committee for Curriculum Review Agenda for Friday, March 6

March 4th, 2015

(submitted by Jim Hood)

Ad Hoc General Education Curriculum Review Committee

Friday, March 6

1:00 p.m.

Study Abroad/Career Development Conference Room, King Hall

Agenda

1. Moment of silence

2. Appoint note-taker for this meeting

3. Discussion and approval of proposed faculty survey and student survey re: effectiveness of current

general education program

4. Discuss key elements of the report we need to prepare for the faculty that addresses “the overall effectiveness and appropriateness of our current general education curriculum.” What other pieces of information do we need to collect, analyze, study? See possible report outline below.

5. Mapping of GELOs onto current gen. ed. curriculum: Kathryn and Jim are working on this; something may already exist.

6. Be prepared to meet weekly starting March 27

7. Next meeting, Friday, March 27, 1:00 p.m., same location.

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Possible sections of Ad Hoc General Education Review Committee report:

I. Executive Summary with recommendation (major revision, minor revision, no revision)

II. State of General Education at Guilford College

A. Mission, core values, strategic planning, and the curriculum (including president’s ideas)

B. Guilford’s curriculum in relation to emerging trends in American higher education (include alternative strategies at other institutions)

C. General education, recruitment, and retention

D. General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) and current curriculum

E. Effectiveness and appropriateness of current general education curriculum components

1. FYS/FYE 101

2. ENGL 101/102

3. Historical Perspectives

4. Quantitative Literacy

5. Foreign Language

6. Breadth requirements

7. Critical Perspective requirements

8. IDS 400

F. Surveys of faculty and student opinion

G. Recommendations, including a recommendation for process by which revision (if recommended) should occur

III. Appendices

A. Survey results

B. Details about other institutions (links to articles, etc.)

C. Prior proposals re: general education (FL, Experiential Learning, PPS, Joint Committee report [2013-14] to faculty including possible gen. ed. models)

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