The University Liberal Education Committee is responsible for developing criteria and intended learning outcomes for the liberal education core: the core includes General Education and other university-wide course/experience requirements outside the major/minor. It is responsible for recommending such criteria and intended learning outcomes to the Academic Policies Committee and to the University Senate. It serves as the coordinating body for university liberal education reform efforts.
The Committee is responsible for:
- Periodic review of university graduation requirements outside the major/minor
- Development of criteria for inclusion of courses and high impact practices in the liberal education core
- Periodic review of existing course offerings of the liberal education core for re-approval
- Working with the Office of Academic Affairs to annually evaluate liberal education core effectiveness in achieving the liberal education goals as passed by the University Senate.
The assessment processes adopted for the Liberal Education core include all of the following:
- All courses and experiences approved for inclusion in the Liberal Education core must address identified outcome(s) as a regular part of the course curriculum each time the course/experience is taught.
- All courses and experiences approved for inclusion in the Liberal Education core will assess student learning using the approved learning outcomes and associated rubrics each time the course or experience is taught (including each section of a multi-section course).
- Instructors assigned to teach courses approved for inclusion in the Liberal Education core will report assessment results on a regular schedule as determined by the department offering the course (that at a minimum meet the reporting requirements agreed to by the University Assessment Committee, ULEC and Academic Affairs). We are aware of many departments that are substantively exceeding the existing set of minimum requirements.
- All courses approved for the Liberal Education core must include the common LE language (as approved by ULEC) on all course syllabi.
- Faculty representatives as follows: seven from the College of Arts and Sciences; two from the College of Business; two from the College of Education and Human Sciences; two from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; and one from the Library (ex officio and non-voting) (3-year term)
- One Academic Staff representative (ex officio and non-voting) (2-year term)
- Provost/Vice Chancellor or Designee (ex officio and non-voting)
- One student
Elected by/from the College of Arts and Sciences
- Kristine Knutson (Fall 2017), Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism filling in for Stephen Drucker (2018), Professor, Department of Chemistry
- Steven Fink (2019), Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Gary Don (2020), Professor, Department of Music and Theatre Arts
- Lyle Ford (2018), Professor, and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Jan Larson (2019), Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Journalism
Jessica Kraker (2020), Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Thomas Kemp (2018), Professor and Chair, Department of Economics
Elected by/from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Debra Hofmann (2019), Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Angela Stombaugh (2019), Associate Professor, Department of Nursing; Director of CETL; Chair of the Committee
Elected by/from the College of Education and Human Sciences
Yoonsin Oh (2019), Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
- Cathy Thorsen (2018), Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Special Education
Elected by/from the College of Business
Paula Lentz (2019), Program Director and Associate Professor, Business Communication
Gabi Eissa (2020), Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing; filling in for William Miller (2017), Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance, on sabbatical spring 2017
Elected by/from Academic Staff
Cheryl Lochner-Wright (2020), Study Abroad Coordinator, Center for International Education (ex officio and non-voting)
Elected by/from the Library
Hans Kishel (2018), Associate Professor/Research and Instruction Librarian, McIntyre Library (ex officio and non-voting)
Appointed by Student Senate
Nathan Altmann, Student Representative
Provost or Designee
Mary Hoffman, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (ex officio and non-voting)
Sarah Forcier, Program Assistant, Academic Affairs