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Title: GENERAL EDUCATION: THE CORE


1
GENERAL EDUCATION THE CORE
  • Florida AM University
  • Faculty Planning Conference
  • Thursday, 18 August 2005
  • Valencia E. Matthews, Ph.D., Presenter
  • Associate Professor of Theatre Assistant Dean,
  • College of Arts and Sciences

2
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • General Education Assessment Committee The
    Charge
  • SACS Requirements Related to General Education
  • State Requirements for General Education
  • General Education Sequence
  • General Education Sequence for Education Majors
  • FAMUs General Education Philosophy Statement
  • FAMUs General Education Mission Statement
  • Definitions of General Education Expected
    Learning Outcomes
  • General Education Outcome Statements and
    Competencies
  • GEAC Committee Members 2004-2005

3
General Education Assessment Committee
  • AUGUST 2004
  • GEAC Established
  • With representatives from the following programs
    and areas
  • Arts and Sciences
  • (Biology, English, Math, Philosophy)
  • General Studies
  • Business Journalism
  • Nursing Pharmacy
  • Faculty Senate
  • Undergraduate Students (2)

4
FEEDBACK/INPUT FACULTY, STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS
  • 12 August 2004
  • Faculty Discussion The Role of General
    Education at FAMU
  • (Faculty Questionnaire on the
  • Expected Learning Outcomes of Gen Ed
    distributed)
  • Faculty Planning Conference, August 11 -13, 2004
  • 8 September 2004
  • 1st GEAC Meeting
  • 29 September 2004
  • Faculty Discussion and Work Session
  • The Role of General Education at Florida AM
    University
  • Worksheets distributed and collected

5
General Education Assessment Committee-- THE
CHARGE --(Provide direction to and leadership in
the planning and implementation of the
Universitys Gen Ed Assessment Procedures)
  • Develop a Mission Statement
  • Identify Five (5) to Eight (8) Expected Learning
    Outcomes
  • Develop a Plan for Assessment of General
    Education

6
SACS Requirements Related to General Education
  • The institution defines and publishes general
    education and major program requirements for all
    its programs. (Educational Programs Standard
    10, SACS Principles of Accreditation)
  • The institution identifies competencies within
    the general education core and provides evidence
    that graduates have attained those college-level
    competencies. (Standards Specific to
    Undergraduate Programs, 15, SACS Principles of
    Accreditation)

7
By state statute (FS 1007.25), all
Baccalaureate and Associate in Arts students are
required to complete THIRTY-SIX (36) hours of
general education.If a student transfers after
completing the 36 hours, the entire general
education program is guaranteed to transfer.
  • State Requirements for General Education

8
General Education Sequence (must consist of
courses in)
  • Communication (6 hours)
  • Mathematics (6 hours)
  • Social Sciences (6 hours)
  • Humanities (6 hours)
  • Natural Sciences (8 hours)
  • Remaining (4 hours)
  • SPC 2600 (Public Speaking)
  • HSC 1100 (Health for Modern Living) OR
  • any of the approved general education courses

9
General Education Sequence for Education Majors
  • By admin. code (6A-5.066 (3)(b) (1) a-e),
    Education major program requirements for students
    entering their freshman year of college in or
    after the 2001-2002 academic year shall include
    the following
  • Communication (9 hrs) -- Writing, literature
    speech
  • Mathematics (9 hrs) College algebra or above
    geometry
  • Social Sciences (12 hrs) American history
    general
  • psychology
  • Humanities (6 hrs) Philosophy and fine arts
  • Natural Sciences (10 hrs) Earth science, life
    science,
  • physical science w/a minimum
    of one associated lab

10
General Education Philosophy Statement
  • The Philosophy of FAMUs general education core
    is that a comprehensive education provides
    students the requisite skills needed to function
    as responsible citizens.

11
General Education Mission Statement (approved by
ILAC 15 Dec. 2004)
  • The Mission of General Education at Florida
    Agricultural and Mechanical University is to
    provide a broad liberal arts foundation that
    supports learning in the respective majors. The
    students will acquire knowledge and skills that
    will equip them to participate as productive and
    responsible citizens in a global society and
    prepare them to become reflective thinkers and
    life-long learners.

12
DEFINITIONS of General Education Expected
Learning Outcomes
  • Communication the ability to understand and
    convey ideas, feelings and attitudes in speech
    and writing.
  • Critical Thinking the ability to understand,
    apply knowledge, analyze and solve problems,
    develop new knowledge and think creatively.
  • Technology Literacy -- the ability to use
    technology to support classroom learning.
  • Collaboration the ability to work cooperatively
    to accomplish common tasks.

13
DEFINITIONS of General Education Expected
Learning Outcomes Cont
  • Ethical Values the ability to adhere to a set
    of principles as defined by the standards of
    academic integrity and conduct.
  • Life Long Learning to engage in the perpetual
    pursuit of knowledge.
  • Cultural Diversity the ability to show
    consideration for differences (race, ethnicity,
    gender, sexuality, religion, disability,
    economics, age, etc.) among peoples.
  • Quantitative Reasoning the ability to apply
    numerical concepts to resolve real-world problems.

14
General Education Outcome Statements with
Competencies
  • Students at
  • Florida AM University
  • will be able to
  • demonstrate competence
  • in each of the
  • following learning outcomes

15
COMMUNICATION Demonstrate competence in
writing, reading and speaking.
  • Write in a variety of modes (e.g., essays,
    reports, editorials, case studies and research)
  • Transmit ideas and information which conform to
    conventional standards of written English
  • Apply critical reading skills to a wide range of
    materials
  • Critically evaluate others messages
  • Compose spoken message suitable for audience
  • Deliver a message or presentation suitable for a
    particular audience
  • Use effective delivery techniques to reach an
    audience

16
Communication Courses Where Taught
  • ENC 1101 Freshman Communicative Skills I
  • ENC 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills II
  • ENC 1121 Honors English I
  • ENC 1122 Honors English II
  • SPC 1050 Foundations of Speech
  • SPC 2600 Public Speaking

17
CRITICAL THINKING Apply critical thinking to
learning and real-world situations.
  • Draw conclusions after weighing evidence, facts
    and ideas
  • Clarify issues to resolve problems
  • Assess unsupported claims using standards of
    credibility and expertise
  • Utilize available information to evaluate the
    credibility of a source, formulate an opinion and
    defend it
  • Apply logical operations
  • Neutralize fallacious reasoning and rhetoric
  • Distinguish between valid and invalid patterns of
    reasoning
  • Analyze the logical structure of arguments
  • Perform basic analytic tasks -- categorizing
    information, distinguishing between relevant and
    irrelevant data and
  • predicting outcomes

18
Critical ThinkingCourses Where Taught
  • MAC 1105
  • MGF 1106
  • MGF 1107
  • PSC 1121
  • BSC 1005L
  • BSC 1010L
  • BSC 1011L
  • CHM 1045L
  • CHM 1046L
  • ENC 1101, 1102, 1121, 1122
  • AMH 2091

19
TECHNOLOGY LITERACY Apply technology to
achieve educational success.
  • Use technology when appropriate to communicate
    with others
  • Use technology to assess and retrieve information
  • Use technology to manage (organize, analyze,
    present) information/data.
  • Exhibit functional mastery of one computer
    operating system (Windows, DOS, UNIX, MAC, etc.)
  • Use document preparation programs such as word-
    processors

20
COLLABORATION Work in groups to complete tasks.
  • Exhibit collective decision-making skills
  • Negotiate roles and responsibilities in the
    group
  • Employ appropriate interpersonal skills among
    group members
  • Communicate effectively to complete a team
    project
  • Exhibit support for group

21
ETHICAL VALUES Demonstrate personal
responsibility and integrity in academic and
personal situations.
  • Exhibit respect for people, ideas and points of
    view
  • Know laws, regulations and institutional policies
    related to academic growth and development
  • Demonstrate awareness of consequences of
    dishonesty
  • Submit written work free of plagiarism
  • Identify situations that could result in conflict

22
Ethical ValuesCourses Where Taught
  • Gordon Rule Approved Humanities Courses
  • PHI 1100 2010
  • ENC1101 1102
  • AMH 2010 2020
  • AMH 2091
  • SYG 2000
  • PSY 2012
  • PSC 1121
  • BSC 1005
  • ENC 1102
  • ANT 2000
  • SLS 1101 1501

23
LIFE LONG LEARNING Demonstrate an appreciation
for further education and self-improvement.
  • Identify opportunities for personal and
    professional development
  • Participate in professional development activities

24
CULTURAL DIVERSITY Demonstrate an appreciation
for differences among peoples.
  • Use appropriate social skills to enhance positive
    interpersonal relationships
  • Function effectively as a member of a diverse
    group
  • Exhibit respect for people and the diverse
    perspectives they bring to the group
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships
    among diversity, culture, and the impact they
    play on society
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate how culture
    has shaped and continues to shape history
  • Express oneself in a language other than English

25
QUANTITATIVE REASONING Demonstrate competence
in using quantitative information to solve
real-world problems.
  • Perform basic mathematical operations with or
    without a calculator
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Use statistical reasoning
  • Solve real-world problems using accepted math
    processes
  • Calculate fractions, percentages, decimals and
    proportions or ratios with or without a
    calculator
  • Solve real-world problems involving functions
    that are constructed as models
  • Interpret data accurately from tables, charts and
    graphs
  • Draw logical conclusions when facts warrant

26
Quantitative ReasoningCourses where Taught
  • All Mathematics Courses
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra
  • MGF 1106 Liberals Arts Math I
  • MGF 1107 Liberal Arts Math II
  • STA 2023 Intro to Probability and Statistics
  • MGF 2212 Finite Mathematics
  • MAC 2233 Business Calculus
  • ECO 2013 Principles of Economics I
  • ECO 2023 Principles of Economics II
  • BSC 1005 General Biology
  • BSC 1010 General Biology
  • PSC 1121 Physical Science
  • PHY 2053 College Physics I

27
GEAC Committee Members2004 -- 2005
  • Dr. Anna Green Business and Industry
  • Ms. Chinover Green Nursing (Student)
  • Dr. Janet Guyden (Ex-O) Teachers for a New Era
    (TNE)
  • Ms. Diane Hall Journalism and Graphic Comm.
  • Dr. Dorothy Henderson General Studies
  • (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Michael LaBossiere Arts and Sciences
    (Philosophy)
  • Dr. Lekan Latinwo Arts and Sciences (Biology)
  • Dr. Valencia E. Matthews Arts and Sciences
  • (Co-Chair)
  • Ms. Jessica Mukes Arts and Sciences (Student)

28
GEAC Committee Members2004 2005 Continued
  • Dr. Mitwe Musingo CESTA (Faculty Senator)
  • Dr. Ruena Norman Nursing
  • Dr. Uche Ohia Office of Assessment
  • Dr. Larry E. Rivers (Ex-O) Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Serena Roberts Teachers for a New Era
  • Dr. Leesther Thomas Arts and Sciences (English)
  • Dr. Robert Thomas Pharmacy
  • Ms. Linda Williams General Studies (Faculty
    Senator)
  • Dr. Roselyn Williams Arts and Sciences
    (Mathematics)
  • Dr. Alexis Brooks-Walter Arts and Sciences
    (Biology)
  • (Ad hoc member)

29
Thank You GEAC Committee Members
  • THANK
  • YOU
  • ALL !!
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