COMMITTEE:  Academic Standards Committee


MEETING DATE:  3 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2003.


PERSON PRESIDING: Catherine Rigsby


REGULAR MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:  Bailey, Bass, Decker, Juska, Ravi and Rigsby.


EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Bassman, Martinez, Reaves and Toppen.



OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Wendy Sharer and Michelle Sharp, English Department, Pat Bizarro, Director of University Writing Program.


Agenda item: Approval of the minutes of the meeting of 10/20.


Action Taken: The minutes were approved as submitted.


Agenda item: Discussion of the English Composition GE issue.


Discussion: Sharp, Sharer and Bizarro explained that NC State University has recently changed their general education requirement to a single four credit course, from its previous requirement of two three credit courses analogous to the Engl 1100 and 1200 courses offered at ECU. The discussion centered on the importance of the writing component in the GE requirement. There was also some discussion on possible ways to deal with transferring credits of students coming from NC  State.


Action Taken: Bailey moved that the Committee attempt to find out how many students transfer from NC State to ECU on an average, and their average verbal SAT scores. The motion passed.


Agenda item: Ongoing review of the General Education requirements.


Discussion: The Committee reassessed its present stance on the new General Education requirements. It was agreed that in addition to the GE requirements themselves, they would produce a document for the Undergraduate Catalog that explains the basis of the new GE requirements to the students.




The meeting adjourned at 5 p.m.


Submitted by,

M. S. Ravi.