College Senate Bulletin

 

Bulletin No. 11

 

Pages 185-191

 

1 Feb. 2002

 

Contents

 

Page       Topic

 

185          Contents

 

                Announcements:

 

186        REVISED Spring 2002 College Senate and Senate Committee               Meeting Schedule

 

186                  Changes in Senate Membership

 

186                  Senate Bulletin Mailing List

 

186                  Nominations for Senate Offices

 

186          Call for Nominations: President’s Awards

 

187          Agenda for the College Senate Meeting, 5 February, 2002

 

188          Proposed General Education Assessment Plan

 

                                                                                                                      

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

                        Correspondence:  Janice A. Lovett, Department of Biology,

 

                        Bailey 210; e-mail: lovett@geneseo.edu; phone: 245-5413

 

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Announcements:

 

Spring 2002 College Senate and Senate Committee Meeting Schedule

 

Remember the first senate meeting of the spring semester has been changed from February 12 to February 5!

 

            February 5 Executive Committee Meeting

 

                College Senate Meeting

 

            February 12           Faculty Affairs Committee, Welles 111, 4 p.m.

 

            February 26           Executive Committee Meeting

 

            March 5     College Senate Meeting and All-College Meeting

 

            April 2        Executive Committee Meeting

 

            April 9        College Senate Meeting

 

            April 23      Executive Committee Meeting

 

            April 30      College Senate Meeting

 

Changes in Senate Membership

 

William Cook is on sabbatical this semester.Mary Jensen, the next runner-up in the Spring 2001 election, has agreed to be nominated for approval by the Senate to replace Bill for the semester.

 

Senate Bulletin Mailing List

 

Any member of the College Community may receive an individual  copy of the College Senate Bulletin. If you would like to receive a copy please send your name as you would like it to appear on the mailing label and your campus address to the Senate Chair, Janice Lovett, lovett@geneseo.edu or 210 Bailey.

 

Nominations for Senate Offices

 

The Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for Senate Officers and is required by the Constitution of the Faculty to present a slate consisting of at least two nominees for each position. Please, consider seriously running for Senate. If you would like to contact the Nominations Committee about running, you can contact James Allen directly (Psychology Department, allen@geneseo.edu).

 

Call for Nominations: President’s Awards

 

Please remember to that the deadline for nominations is February 15, 2002. Nominations should consist of a narrative of no more than two pages double spaced describing the nominee's fulfillment of the criteria as listed in the last Senate Bulletin. Nominations should be submitted to either the Campus Awards Selection Committee, c/o Provost's Office, Erwin 205 by 4:15 on February 15, 2002, or electronically to Linda Shepard (shepard). Please take the time to nominate a deserving colleague.

 

Agenda:

 

College Senate Meeting

 

February 5, 2002

 

Call to Order

 

Adoption of Agenda

 

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meetings

 

                4 December, 2001 College Senate Bulletin 9, pp.163-179.

 

Senate Reports

 

                President's Report                                                                                                              Christopher Dahl

 

                Provost's Report                                                                                                                  Barbara Dixon

 

                Chair's Report                                                                                                                     Janice Lovett

 

                Vice Chair's Report                                                                                                           Terence Bazzett

 

                Treasurer's Report                                                                                                            Charles Freeman

 

                University Senator's Report                                                                                             William Gohlman

 

                Central Council Report                                                                                                     Joshua Lieberman

 

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

 

        Undergraduate Curricula                                                                                                          Judith Bushnell

 

                Second Readings:

 

                        Course Deletions:

 

                                ANTH 225 - Ethno-nonverbal Communication (Bulletin 8, 145)

 

                                ANTH 308 - Field Methods in Paleoanthropology (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                ANTH 315 - Iroquois Field School (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                BIOL 313 - Horticultural Science (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                ECON/MGMT 322 - Managerial Economics (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                ENGL 334 - American Literature of the Depression Era (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                GEOG 360 - M/Asian Field Course: (subtitle) (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                GEOG 372 - Physical Environmental Hazards (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                HIST 327 - Transforming Russia & China (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                INTD 260 - Heritage of Jewish Civilization (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                INTD 270 - Topics in History of Science I (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                INTD 271 - Topics in History of Science II (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                INTD 292 - Race in the Americas (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                MGMT 322 - Managerial Economics (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                MGMT 353 - Intermediate Statistics (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                MGMT 381 - Independent Research in Management I (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                PHIL 333 - Artificial Intelligence Problem (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                PLSC 312 - Government & Budgetary Priorities (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                PLSC 323 - Politics of Revolution (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

                                PSYC 379 - Human Factors & Ergonomics (Bulletin 8, 146)

 

        Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core and Review                                                           Carlo Filice

 

              

 

        Graduate Academic Affairs                                                                                                       Dale Metz

 

      

 

        Student Affairs                                                                                                                            Duane McPherson

 

        Faculty Affairs                                                                                                                             James Mclean

 

Old Business

 

        Resolution on Rational Tuition Plan

 

New Business

 

        Assessment of General Education Plan (See below.)

 

Adjournment

 

The following Assessment Plan for the General Education Program has been developed in collaboration between the Assessment Planning Committee and the oversight committees of each General Education area in response the request of the SUNY Provost's Office General Education Assessment Review group.

 

Assessment of General Education

 

SUNY Geneseo

January, 2002

Introduction

 

The general education curriculum at SUNY Geneseo is organized into nine areas.  Each area has its own oversight committee charged with approving eligible courses and implementing the assessment of learning outcomes. Prior to implementation, the General Education Committee will review and approve the learning outcomes developed by the separate area oversight committees, and the Assessment Planning Committee will review and approve the assessment plans developed by these committees.

 

The area oversight committees will submit their assessment reports to the Assessment Planning Committee.  The APC will review the reports for suitability before forwarding them to the General Education Committee.  The reports will include:

 

    * Description of improvements/actions taken based on previous assessments

    * The results of the current-year assessment

    * Description of how current assessment results will be used for improvement

 

General education areas will be assessed on a 3-year cycle.  In addition, the general education learning outcomes related to information management and oral competency will be assessed within majors, the results of which will be reported to the APC as part of the major’s program assessment.

 

2002-2003: Writing Seminar, Numeric & Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities

 

2003-2004: Social Science, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Information Management

 

2004-2005: Natural Science, US History, Non-western Traditions, Oral Competency

 

The oversight committees all have chosen to use rubrics as their primary means of assessment.  This method places responsibility for assessment at the committee level and is consistent with the current structure of general education at the College.  In some cases the rubrics will be used by area assessment committees and in other cases they will be used in Primary Trait Analyses conducted by individual faculty members.

 

Areas Assessed in 2002-2003

 

Writing Seminar

 

Basic Communication-Writing Outcomes:

 

Ø       Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms

 

Ø       Demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts

 

Critical Thinking Outcomes:

 

Ø       Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or others’ work

 

Ø       Develop well-reasoned arguments

 

Assessment Methods:

 

   1. A committee of faculty who teach Writing Seminar will apply a common rubric to a sample of 50 student papers randomly selected from all sections of the course.

   2. Students who take Writing Seminar will be surveyed each semester.

 

Numeric and Symbolic Reasoning

 

Mathematics Outcome:

 

Ø       Students will show competence in quantitative reasoning skills

 

Assessment Method:

 

Faculty who teach N&SR courses will apply a common rubric to a set of exams in their course at some point during the semester.  They will report the results to the N&SR Committee, which will aggregate the results for all courses in the area.

Humanities

 

Humanities Outcome:

 

Ø       Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the General Education program

 

Western Civilization Outcomes:

 

Ø       Demonstrate knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of Western civilization

 

Ø       Relate the development of Western civilization to that of other regions of the world

 

Assessment Method:

 

A committee of faculty who teach Humanities will apply a rubric to a sample of final exams randomly selected from all sections of Humanities courses.

Areas Assessed in 2003-2004

Social Science

 

Outcomes:

 

Ø       Understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and

 

Ø       Knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences

 

Assessment Method:

 

Faculty who teach general education courses in Social Science will apply a common rubric to a set of exams or written assignments in their course.  They will report the results to the Social Science Core Committee, which will aggregate the results for all courses in the area.

Foreign Language

 

Outcomes:

 

Ø       Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language

 

Ø       Knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying

 

Assessment Method:

 

Faculty who teach a Foreign Language 201 course will apply a common rubric to a set of exams in their course at some point during the semester.  They will report the results to the department assessment coordinator, who will aggregate the results for all FL 201 courses.

Fine Arts

 

Outcome:

 

Ø       Understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein

 

Assessment Method:

 

Faculty who teach general education courses Fine Arts will apply a common rubric to a course assignment.  They will report the results to the Fine Arts Core Committee, which will aggregate the results for all courses in the area.

Information Management, Basic Communication - Research

 

Information Management Outcomes:

 

Ø       Perform the basic operations of personal computer use

 

Ø       Understand and use basic research techniques

 

Ø       Locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources

 

Basic Communication - Research Outcome:

 

Ø       Research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details

 

Assessment Method:

 

Each major program will identify required courses in which these outcomes are taught.  Faculty who teach these courses will apply a common rubric to a set of exams or papers in their course at some point during the semester.  They will report the results to the department assessment coordinator, who will aggregate the results for all such courses in the department.

Areas Assessed in 2004-2005

US History

 

Outcomes:

 

Ø       Knowledge of a basic narrative of American history: political, economic, social, and cultural, including knowledge of unity and diversity in American society

 

Ø       Knowledge of common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups

 

Ø       Understanding of America’s evolving relationship with the rest of the world

 

Assessment Method:

 

Faculty who teach courses that meet the US History Graduation Requirement will apply a common rubric to a set of exams or a written assignment in their course.  They will report the results to the US History Graduation Requirement Committee, which will aggregate the results for all such courses for the year.

Non-western Traditions

 

Outcome:

 

Ø       Knowledge of either a broad outline of world history, or the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of one non-Western civilization

 

Assessment Method:

 

Faculty who teach Non-western core courses will apply a common rubric to a set of exams or a written assignment in their course.  They will report the results to the Non-western Traditions Graduation Requirement Committee, which will aggregate the results for all courses in the area.

Natural Science

 

Mathematics Outcome:

 

Ø       Data analysis

 

Natural Science Outcomes:

 

Ø       Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis

 

Ø       Application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences

 

Assessment Method:

 

Faculty who teach general education courses in Natural Science will apply a common rubric to a set of questions embedded in final exams. Data analysis and application of scientific data will be assessed by applying a rubric to laboratory reports. Faculty will report the results to the Natural Science Core Committee, which will aggregate the results for all courses in the area.

Basic Communication - Oral Discourse

 

Outcomes:

 

Ø       Develop proficiency in oral discourse

 

Ø       Evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria

 

Assessment Method:

 

Each major program will identify required courses in which these outcomes are taught.  Faculty who teach these courses will apply a common rubric to an oral presentation assignment in their course at some point during the semester.  They will report the results to the department assessment coordinator, who will aggregate the results for all such courses in the department.

 

Examples of two rubrics to be used for assessment are posted on the Geneseo assessment website, www.geneseo.edu/~assess, under Assessment Methods.