Millersville University, Faculty Senate
General Education Curriculum
Fall 1992 Faculty Survey Results
On the following pages are summarized the results from the multiple choice
portion of the General Education Survey which was completed by University
faculty members in the fall 1992. The results are presented without comment
or analysis. The data, in addition to Faculty Senate recommendations, will
provide a starting point for the work of General Education Review.
PROFILE of the 183 Survey Respondents (Survey Items 1-3):
KEY to Graphs for Survey Items 4-37: On graphs for survey items 4-37, the
current policy is indicated in bold underlined italics. Graphs compare
numbers of respondents and, at the end of each category, show
|1. MU Employment:
|less than 2 years
|more than 20 years
FUNDAMENTALS are competency courses which focus on skills basic to success
in all fields of study. (Items 4-17)
4. Each student should be required to demonstrate college-level
competency in English composition (current requirement).
5. If required, the English composition requirement should be satisfied
6. If required, the English composition requirement should be completed
7. (#) _____ advanced writing (AW) courses should be required of each
8. If required, the advanced writing course requirement should be
9. Each student should be required to demonstrate competency in the
fundamentals of speech (current requirement).
10. If required, the speech requirement should be satisfied by
11. If required, the speech requirement should be completed by
12. Each student should be required to take (#) _____ course(s) with a
Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning Component (QARC).
13. If required, QARC courses should count
14. Each student should be required to take (#) _____ courses with a
significant writing component (W).
15. If required, "W" courses should be counted
16. "W" courses should have _____ as a prerequisite.
17. All "W" courses should be a minimum of (#) _____ credit hours.
SIGNIFICANT COMMUNICATION, MATHEMATICS, or QUANTITATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
(CQ) courses develop skills in communication (speaking, listening, seeing,
writing) or solving basic representative problems mathematically or through
quantitative methods. (Items 18-21)
18. The General Education Curriculum should include requirements for
19. If required, "CQ" courses should be counted
20. Each student should be required to take (#) _____ course(s) that
include a significant communication or mathematics/quantitative problem
solving component (CQ).
21. "CQ" course requirements should be separated into "C" (communication)
and "Q" (quantitative problem solving) courses.
LIBERAL ARTS CORE COURSES provide instruction in the major areas of knowledge
of the arts and sciences. (Items 22-31)
22. Each student should be required to take (#) _____ Liberal Arts core
courses in Humanities and Fine Arts.
23. Each student should be required to take (#) _____ Liberal Arts core
courses in Social Sciences.
24. Each student should be required to take (#) _____ Liberal Arts core
courses in Science and Mathematics.
25. At least (#) _____ course(s) in the Liberal Arts Core should be at
the 200 level or above.
26. (#) _____ course(s) within each Liberal Arts Core area should be from
a single department.
27. No more than (#) _____ course(s) from a single department should be
credited toward the Liberal Arts Core.
28. (#) ____ course(s) in Science and Mathematics in the Liberal Arts
Core must be a laboratory science course.
29. Each student should be required to take (#) ____ course(s) in the
life and/or physical sciences.
30. Up to (#) _____ required related course(s) should be allowed to be
credited toward the Liberal Arts Core.
31. Courses taught by the student's major department should not be
credited toward the Liberal Arts core (current requirement).
PERSPECTIVES courses are designed to apply analytical and critical thinking
abilities in resolving major social, cultural, scientific/technological,
and/or aesthetic problems that are interdisciplinary and/or multi-cultural
in content. (Items 32-35)
32. Each student should be required to take (#) ____ Perspectives
33. Perspectives courses should not carry a "W" label (current
34. Perspectives courses should not be required in the major (current
35. Each student should be required to take at least one Perspectives
course outside of her/his major (current requirement).
HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION
36. Each student should complete (#) ____ credits in health and physical
37. No course used to satisfy general education requirements should be
taken pass-fail, but if students take the same courses for other than
general education purposes, they should be permitted to take them
pass-fail (current requirement).
GENERAL EDUCATION OBJECTIVES (Items 38-49)
Please indicate your level of satisfaction as to how the general education
curriculum meets each of the 12 general education objectives:
38. to encourage creativity;
39. to develop the communication and inquiry skills needed for
understanding and continued growth in the major areas of knowledge;
40. to cultivate the ability to reason, to recognize problems, to
analyze, and to compose solutions;
41. to provide opportunities to practice analytical skills;
42. to develop a sense of inquiry and curiosity, of wanting to know for
the sake of knowing;
43. to acquaint the students with the major areas of knowledge in the
44. to expose students to disciplines other than an elected major field
45. to equip students to explore truth, to appreciate beauty, and to make
choices based upon responses to truth and beauty;
46. to expose students to a variety of ideas and systems of belief and to
educate them to recognize the different claims to truth;
47. to provide opportunities for students to deal creatively with
personal, community, and global concerns;
48. to help students develop the ability to integrate the philosophical,
societal, cultural, and physical aspects of life so that they can approach
human problems holistically; and
49. to prepare students to make decisions based on available information.
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