EPAG Minutes

Thursday, March 9, 2006


Humanities 309


Beth Cleary, Caroline Ettinger, Ellen Guyer,  Andrea Johnson, Mahnaz Kousha,  Gary Krueger, Ruthanne Kurth-Schai (Chair), Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi,  Michael Schneider, Peter Weisensel,  Karl Wirth


  1. Minutes:  The minutes from March 2 were approved after revisions and corrections. 
  2. Announcements, Updates, Looking Ahead:  Allocations requests will have preliminary reviews on March 23rd and 30th.   Early in April, each EPAG representative will talk to chairs, issue invitations for responses, and schedule meetings with them as necessary.  Volunteers agreed to present the cases of the various requesting departments.  The cross-listing lunch is on March 23rd and the interdisciplinary issues lunch is tentatively scheduled for April 6th.  Invitations will be going out soon.  Diane reported that on behalf of the HLC team, Carol Lasser has requested to meet with FPC and EPAG.   Monday, March 27th, from 12:15 to 1:00 was chosen.  The location will be announced later.  
  3. Study Away:  From the lunch discussions, it appears that there are both long term and immediate tasks to consider.  In the long term, this is an opportunity to request a comprehensive report from the International Center regarding current policies, historical development, in addition to a discussion of future directions and possibilities.  There was discussion of how comprehensive this report should be, and what would best suit the timeline of EPAG, the IC staff, and students in various stages of action about study away.   In the short term, we discussed last fall’s turn-down letters, and how they could be written so that students and parents get enough information that is clear to them.  After much discussion, we decided to set up a meeting with Mike Monahan, Katherine Yngve, and Paula Paul Wagner.  
  4. Handouts and assignments: We were reminded to submit to Ruthanne any revision suggestions for the course approval forms.  A revised GES addendum and GES schedule were distributed.  We anticipate that GES subcommittees will begin meeting sometime after spring break.  Ruthanne will email the handouts to us for any last revisions, with a cut-off date, so watch your email!
  5. Assessment:  Dan Balik and Danny Kaplan joined the meeting, in their roles as Staff and Faculty Assessment Coordinators (respectively).  Ruthanne requested information about institutional assessment so that it could be incorporated into the documents (agenda and schedule) for the GES Subcommittees.  Danny described that in his role as the Faculty Assessment Coordinator, he is charged with implementing the College’s assessment plan, which is an outcomes based plan.  With the new graduation requirements, we now have stated learning goals which will allow us to start tracking outcomes.  This is supposed to inform what happens in the classroom, as well as the effectiveness of the new requirements.  He said that the outcomes based assessments we do have (surveys of graduates, for example) are not specific enough to affect the classroom.   He encouraged the awareness of assessment and its direct relationship to the classroom, especially as it relates to the new requirements.  He referred to the MASC plan, and an example of collecting papers from writing classes.  There was discussion around what kind of directions/statement should be given to the GES, especially regarding the connection to the classroom.    Professor Kaplan recommended that EPAG incorporate stronger language in the GES document connecting assessment to the classroom, or formally endorse the MASC plan.   There was also discussion regarding how best to motivate faculty to participate in assessment processes.



Adjourned  9:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Jayne Niemi, Registrar