Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
18 February 1997
Motions Regarding the General Education Review Task force
Advanced Writing Requirement
1: The task force should completely withdraw both its reference to
the English department and the statement about the advanced writing
One of the three reports the task force considered was a cost analysis.
Very few conclusions could be reached with certainty. Was the new general
education curriculum contributing significantly to higher costs? One cost
increase seemed to be the movement away from large, entry level courses.
This is why some of the committee recommendations are aimed at allowing a
controlled migration to larger 100 level sections. Were P courses costing
a lot of money? No--the average class size of P courses was greater than
that of most courses. Other than these and a few additional conclusions,
it became obvious that a good way of determining cost was not in place.
Additionally, what happened to the task force on controlling
2: The task force should devise a strategy to assess cost or at
least begin planning such a strategy. An acceptable method of
assessing cost is needed just as much as the assessment piece for
curriculum. Otherwise, we will not be able to do cost benefit
3: The task force should accept responsibility to look into cost
dsavings on the administrative side. When the recommendations
return to the senate they should incude a plan for the investigation of
administrative cost savings. One order of business should be to obtain a
report from the task force on controlling administrative cost.
Senate's Response to the Task force's Recommendations
The senate should respond to the task force report issue by issue, not
line by line. Let's get the concepts and leave the editing to the task
force. I will move that we proceed to 4: discuss the specific
recommendations one by one, limit the discussion of each to no more than
30 minutes and entertain motions on concept at no later than the 25 minute
mark. This schedule can be adjusted by appropriate action if
needed; at least it gives us some direction and some hope of getting
through this in a reasonable time frame.
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