The Core Curriculum Committee has worked all
summer on next steps regarding implementation of the principles of a new general
education program that was approved by the Faculty Senate at its meeting last
February. To address the various components of this motion, 15
subcommittees have been created to carry out the work of the Committee.
Development of Three Signature Courses
Development of Literacies and Methdologies
Faculty Development Universal Proficiencies
Reduction of Credits to 120
Development of Flat Tution
Future Resources: Staffing Model
Future Resources: Faculty Development Resource Model
Administrator and Staff Development
Teaching Across the Curriculum: Finding a Comfort Zone with
Develop CDIs for Core Implementation
Development of Model for Pilot
Theoretical Perspectives on New Core Curriculum
Revision of College Cores
Spreading the Word: Marketing Our
These subcommittees are working
on a variety of projects and timetables have been established for all of this
work. Since June, a seminar was held on the Signature Courses and applications
were submitted by faculty to develop and pilot the first course. These
applications were approved by the Signature Course Working Group and the Core
Curriculum Committee and have been forwarded to the Provost for his approval.
An announcement of the 16 successful applicants will be made shortly.
Faculty development on five of
the six proficiencies continues. These proficiencies will be infused into at
least 50 courses this fall as a result of this work. The sixth proficiency –
writing – is moving into phase two as faculty development in this area has been
going on for several years.
A lecture series will be held
this academic year: “Finding a Comfort Zone with Core Material.” The first of
these lecture series will be on the 23rd of September, a national
expert in critical thinking, Susan Wolcott will be on campus at 10:00 for an
open lecture and 12:00 for a workshop on implementing these ideas into classes.
The Executive Cabinet will meet with Sr.
Paula Buley and Provost Tom Lindsay on Thursday, Oct. 6, and will
receive the compensation study at the time.
In addition, the Compensation Committee has continued
to meet to discuss other issues related to compensation, such as the
issue of senior faculty back pay and a retirement plan for all faculty.
At a recent meeting with other interested faculty, it was decided to
create a subcommittee, to be chaired by Pat Kuchon, to assist in these
Compensation is a priority item on the Senate agenda
for the coming year. For more details, see the Senate Chair's
Convocation address (link below).