EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE

ACADEMIC, APPELLATE, AND SENATE COMMITTEE

ANNUAL REPORT

 

2002-2003 Academic Year

 

COMMITTEE: Academic Standards

 

1.  Membership (include ex-officio members)

            John Tilley, Dept. of History, Chair

            James Decker, Dept. of Exercise and Sport Science, Vice-Chair

            Nancy House, School of Art, Secretary

            Richard Bamberg, School of Allied Health Sciences

            M.S. Ravi, Dept. of Mathematics

            Catherine Rigsby, Dept. of Geology

            Joseph Gershtenson, Dept. of Political Science

Michael Bassman, Director, University Honors Program (Representative of the Chancellor)

            Dorothy Muller, Dean of Undergraduate Studies (Representative of the Provost)

Pat Dunn, School of Health and Human Performance (Representative of the Chair of the Faculty)

Purificacion Martinez, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature (Representative of the Faculty Senate)

            Katherine Slagle, Student (Representative of the Student Government Association)

 

2.  Meeting Dates (include members present)

Aug. 26, 2002 - Tilley, Decker, Gershtenson, Ravi, Rigsby, Bassman, Dunn, Muller, Slagle

Sept. 16, 2002 - Tilley, Decker, House, Gershtenson, Ravi, Rigsby, Bassman, Dunn, Muller, Slagle

            Oct. 21, 2002 - Tilley, Gershtenson, Ravi, Rigsby, Bassman, Dunn, Martinez, Muller

Nov. 18, 2002 - Tilley, Decker, Gershtenson, Ravi, Rigsby, Bassman, Dunn, Martinez, Muller, Slagle

Nov. 26, 2002 (called meeting) - Tilley, Decker, House, Ravi, Rigsby, Gershtenson, Dunn, Martinez, Muller

Jan. 14, 2003 (called meeting) - Tilley, Decker, House, Gershtenson, Ravi, Rigsby, Bassman, Dunn, Martinez, Muller, Slagle

Feb. 17, 2003 - Tilley, Decker, Gershtenson, Rigsby, Bassman, Dunn, Martinez, Muller, Slagle

            March 17, 2003 - Tilley, Decker, Gershtenson, Rigsby, Martinez

April 15, 2003 (called meeting) - Tilley, Decker, House, Ravi, Rigsby, Gershtenson, Bassman, Muller, Dunn, Martinez

            April 21, 2003 - Tilley, Decker, House, Rigsby, Gershtenson, Muller, Dunn, Martinez

 

3.  Subcommittees established during the year (include progress and/or completion of work).

1.  Gershtenson and Ravi - to investigate and make recommendations regarding timing of distribution of SOIS forms in distance education classes.  Reported at Sept. 16 meeting.

2.  Decker and Muller - to study and make recommendations regarding University policy on auditing of courses.  Reported at Sept. 16 meeting.

3.  Muller and Dunn - to collect data regarding General Education requirements at other UNC institutions.  Reported at Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 meetings.

4.  Tilley - to review ECU General Education assessment data.  Reported at Sept. 16 meeting.

5.  Rigsby - to conduct liaison with other ECU committees regarding General Education requirements.  Ongoing.

6.  Gershtenson - to organize focus groups to discuss proposals regarding General Education requirements.  Ongoing.

7.  Rigsby - to draft a proposal regarding revisions of General Education goals, objectives, and requirements.  Reported at Nov. 11 meeting; ongoing.

8.  Slagle, Tilley, and Decker - collect student opinion regarding General Education requirements.  Attended meetings of the SGA Senate and Student Welfare Committees; reported at Feb. 17 and March 17 meetings.

 

4.  Accomplishments during the year, especially as addressed through committee goals.

1.  Reviewed the Annual Reports of the University Honors Program and Writing Center.

2.  Recommended to the University Curriculum Committee that General Education credit be awarded for ten courses: CLAS 2500, CLAS 4523, ENGL 3720, ENGL 4730, ETHN 4000, GRBK 2000, GRBK 4006, GRBK 4999, RUSS 2120, and an Honors Seminar in Mathematics.

3.  Recommended to the University Curriculum Committee that General Education credit not be awarded for three courses: FREN 2108, MATE 1067, and MATH 1067 (the issue regarding the latter two courses to be revisited following the temporary period in which they are cross-listed in the Catalogue).

5.  In accordance with a request from the Chair of the Faculty, dated April 9, 2002, began an extensive review of the University’s General Education goals, objectives, and requirements.

4.  Held discussions with Dr. Michael Poteat, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, regarding

(1) the interface between the assessment process and possible revision to the General Education goals, objectives, and requirements; and (2) possible changes in the administration of the SOIS.

 

5.  Reports to the Faculty Senate (include dates and resolution numbers).

1.  Oct. 1, 2002 - Recommended revision to policy regarding distribution of SOIS forms in distance education courses.  Resolution #02-29.

2.  Nov. 5, 2002 - Recommended revision to policy regarding auditing of courses.  Resolution #02-36.

3.  Jan. 28, 2003.  Progress report (as requested by the Chair of the Faculty in his memorandum of April 9, 2002) on review of the General Education goals and objectives.  No action recommended or taken at this time.

4.  Jan. 28, 2003 - Recommended further revision to policy regarding distribution of SOIS forms in distance education courses.  Resolution #03-02.

 

6.  Business carried over to next year (list in priority order).

1.  Continue review of General Education goals, objectives, and requirements, with a view toward presenting a finalized set of recommendations at the Senate meeting of January, 2004.

2.  Continue discussions regarding possible changes in the administration of the SOIS.

 

7.  Evaluation of the committee (including anything that hindered or assisted the committee’s work during the year).

            A.  Charge: No suggestions.

B.  Personnel: This is a hard-working committee with an intensely dedicated membership.

C.  Attendance: The conscientious attendance of the SGA representative, Ms. Slagle, deserves comment. Several faculty members, on the other hand, encountered serious problems with time conflicts.  (One member was unable to attend any meetings.)

            D.  Responsibilities: No suggestions.

            E.  Activities: No suggestions.

 

8.  Suggestion(s) to the Chair of the Faculty and/or Faculty Senate for improving the effectiveness of the committee.

The coordination of the committee’s meetings with the members’ teaching schedules and other events is a significant problem.  The new Provost Lecture Series coincides with the committee’s regular meeting schedule.  Several members found that, in one or both semesters, their teaching schedules conflicted with the committee’s schedule of meetings.  It might be possible to set a new schedule for the committee that would be less likely to produce such conflicts.

           

9.  Does the committee’s organizational meeting next year need to be earlier than the date set this year?

Last year’s first meeting was set, at the committee chair’s recommendation, for August, ahead of schedule.  It would be a good idea to do that again.

 

            If yes, when do you prefer?    As early in the academic year as is practicable. 

 

                        John A. Tilley                                                                 Nancy E. House

                        Chairperson                                                                   Secretary