GE Minutes 10-14-2011

Snow College Ad Hoc General Education Assessment Committee
October 14, 2011
In attendance: Tracie Bradley, Patty Meredith, Mel Jacobsen,
LaFaun Barnhurst, Clinton King, Joseph Papenfuss, Melanie
Jenkins, Jeff Carney (chair), Rick White (ex officio), Gary
Smith (ex officio), Mike Medley (guest)


Minutes from October 7 were unavailable.


Jeff presented a draft version of new GE Outcomes that would be
in closer alignment with outcomes that became Regents' Policy in
February. These outcomes were derived from the AACU Leap
program's Essential learning Outcomes.
The committee began a very basic discussion of these outcomes.
The draft is appended to these minutes.
Jeff pointed out the Outcome 1 is the primary justification for
most of the GE Distribution Requirements, and that at this time,
he does not anticipate any changes to those requirements as a
result of adopting new outcomes.
Jeff also pointed out that the current Reading outcome would be
subsumed by the Information Technology outcome (2), that Oral
and Written Communication would be subsumed by the more
generalized communication outcome (3), and that the old
Scientific and Ethical Reasoning outcomes would be subsumed by
the more generalized reasoning outcome (6).
It was the spirit of the committee that reasoning about ethics
be added to Outcome 6, and that "civic policy-making" be amended
to "civic policy."


Presently, the CTE Division has 4 outcomes that are distinct
from the AA and AS degree's GE Outcomes. Dr. Smith has proposed
that these outcome be more closely aligned. The topic was
discussed at length. No action was taken, but it was the spirit
of the committee that at the very least, GE Outcomes 3 and 4
(Communication and Math) be added to the CTE Outcomes. Courses
addressing those outcomes are already mandated by our
accrediting organization.


A student who graduates from Snow College with an AS or AA
1. has a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the
natural world, with particular emphasis on:
• American institutions;
• the social and behavioral sciences;
• the physical and life sciences;
• the humanities;
• the fine arts;
• and personal wellness;
2. can retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information
using a variety of traditional and electronic media;
3. can communicate effectively and respectfully as a member of
the global community, and work effectively as a member of a
4. can reason quantitatively in a variety of contexts;
5. can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about
nature, culture, facts, values, and civic policy-making;
6. can solve complex problems by integrating the knowledge and
methodologies of multiple disciplines.
A student who graduates from Snow College with an AA degree:
7. can speak, read, and write a foreign language with basic