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 (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
Debra Barker (2021), Director and Professor, American Indian Studies
Jennifer Chapman (2022), Associate Professor, Department of Music and Theatre Arts
Namji Kim (2020), Professor, Department of Music and Theatre Arts; completing Gary Don's term
Kristine Knutson (2021), Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism
Jessica Kraker (2020), Chair of the Committee (spring 2020); Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Jon Loomis (2021), Associate Professor, Department of English
Jan Stirm (2022), Associate Professor, Department of English
Elected by/from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Debra Hofmann (2020), Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Ann Aschenbrenner (2022), Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Elected by/from the College of Education and Human Sciences
Angela Dalhoe (2021), Associate Professor, Department of Special Education
Lisa Quinn-Lee (2022), Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
Elected by/from the College of Business
Marcy Orwig (2022), Assistant Professor, Business Communication
Md Rokonuzzaman (2020), Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing
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 (2020), Associate Professor/Research and Instruction Librarian, McIntyre Library
Appointed by Student Senate
Grace Luloff (fall 2019) and Travis DuChene (spring 2020), Student Representative
Provost or Designee
Darrell Newton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies (ex officio and non-voting)
Sarah Forcier, Program Assistant, Academic Affairs
Meeting Information + Agenda
ULEC meets bi-weekly at 2 PM on Mondays during the academic year. The agenda can be found here: ULEC Meeting Agenda