Results / Interpretation of April 4th Senate meeting:
Interpretation of the meeting process:
Overall interpretation of discussion and votes:
1.A. Should all forms of Freshman Seminar count toward Gen Ed? (straw vote, 10 yes, 15 no). Discussion about the piloted "Passion" seminars was positive. Most of the discussion focused on the very broad nature of the straw vote question and concerns that Freshman Seminars that count for Gen Ed should clearly meet Gen Ed goals. A clear set of criteria should be developed by GERC for approval by Senate. Seminar proposals seeking Gen Ed credit should be required to demonstrate how the criteria are met. In addition, concerns were raised that seminars offered in majors might meet criteria on paper, but after implementation might change into courses with weak relation to Gen Ed. This concern indicates a need for periodic review of major seminars that seek Gen Ed credit from an outside committee such as the Freshman Seminar committee, GERC, or UCPRC.
1.B. Should we have one or more elective courses? (straw vote, 20 yes, 4 no, 2 abstentions) and 1.C. should we move to a 3-3-3 G-Block with Math as an additional Foundations course? (16 yes, 6 no, 2 abstentions). The vote was taken as a strong endorsement of the general concept. There are still many issues related to implementation that must be developed. These issues are highly related to other issues and ultimately must be revisited as the proposal is further developed and refined.
2. Should we allow capstone courses to count in place of perspectives? (vote 3 yes, 23 no). This was an extremely strong re-endorsement of the current Perspectives requirement. The overall theme of the discussion was perhaps captured best by the statement that Perspective courses are designed to broaden perspective, while capstone courses are meant to deepen perspective.
3. Should we change the number of credits required for Gen Ed from 51 to 48? (straw vote 13 yes, 12 no). This vote was too close to set a clear direction. In addition, this issue is highly related to the first issue and GERC's interpretation is that many of the votes on both sides were difficult for Senators to make without seeing how decisions on other issues would combine with this one. With that said, the discussion indicated that there is a need, especially in some departments, for relief from 120 restrictions, but at the same time, there is strong sentiment for maintaining the strength of Gen Ed and not reducing credits. Overall, this issue will need to be revisited as the proposal develops further.
4. Should Wellness be required for all students? (straw vote 16 yes, 4 no, 4 abstentions). This vote was a strong endorsement of a 3-credit Wellness course. Discussion indicated support not only for a Wellness requirement in general, but also for the current conceptualization of a course that integrates mind - body - spirit in a single course, as opposed to other models such as 1-credit sports courses.
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