Santa Barbara Division
General Education Workgroup
Minutes of the Meeting of May 9, 2003
[draft by D. Blake, amended by H. Marcuse, 5/16/03, approved 10/03]
Members Present: M. Higa (AS Rep.), D. Kohl, (Undergraduate Council), C. Lawson (AS President), H. Marcuse (Co-Chair, GE Workgroup; Policy), C. Michel (Co-Chair, GE Workgroup; Vice Chair, Undergraduate Council), D. Montello (L&S Executive Committee), A. Wyner (Dean, Undergraduate Studies, L&S), X. Zhao (Undergraduate Council)
Others Present: D. Aceves (Student Rep.), D. Blake (Analyst, Undergraduate Council), C. Chapman (Director, Academic Senate), M. Dahleh (Assistant Dean, Student Services), M. Lopez (AS Rep.), S. McLeod (GE Consultant; Undergraduate Council, Writing Program Director), J. Proctor (Undergraduate Council), D. Segura (Chair, Undergraduate Council), W. Yuen (Chair, Academic Senate)
The GE Workgroup met for an extended period (12:30-5:00) so as to allow a more in-depth discussion of the possible incorporation of one or more new core subject areas or special requirements to accommodate interdisciplinary courses (INT) and some form of integration of ethnicity, gender, and queer studies (EGQ). It was agreed at the last meeting that following discussion of these and other ongoing concerns, a straw vote would be taken to assess the level of agreement on the various topics the workgroup has considered for the past several months.
The workgroup also reviewed data collected by members of the workgroup and Steve Velasco, Director of Institutional Research. After considerable discussion, Senate Chair Walter Yuen commented that these topics will require broad consultation with faculty before they can be included in any proposal to the Faculty Legislature. He was concerned that the workgroup would not have a viable proposal to be addressed at the Faculty Legislature meeting on May 29, the last of the academic year.
Mr. Yuen was assured that the workgroup indeed has a set of criteria to propose that has already been endorsed by the Committee on Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policy and introduced to the Undergraduate Council. The proposal regarding these criteria will be finalized at the upcoming Council meeting on May 15 and immediately distributed to the Faculty Legislature for review. It was strongly advised that the proposal also be distributed to Deans and other administrators prior to the Legislature meeting. It was agreed that the Undergraduate Council will include in its report to the Legislature that the GE Workgroup will continue to explore the issues it has been working on that are not yet ready to be addressed in the current proposal.
The workgroup continued to discuss the possibilities for INT and EGQ until 3:00, when the preannounced straw voting was carried out. There were 13 voters present. (GSA rep. J. Heinen sent in her votes on some issues in advance.) Abstentions can be assumed when the votes recorded do not reflect this number. The results are as follows:
(After this vote some voters had to leave the meeting, leaving only 10 remaining.)
Attest: Harold Marcuse