To: Members of The Citadel Core Curriculum Oversight Committee
From: LTC Scott Lucas, English Dept.
RE: Minutes of 11/15/11 CCOC meeting.
Members Present: Brown, Chen, Lassiter, Lucas, Mabrouk, McNealy, Silver.
The meeting began at about 1105 hours. LTC Tara McNealy opened the session with a report on the results of the faculty survey the Committee approved at its 10/18/11 meeting. This survey asked faculty members to select the five general-education skill domains they held to be most critical for inclusion in The Citadel’s core curriculum and to rank them from one to five. LTC McNealy reported that 104 faculty members responded to the survey, which was a 40% response rate. Out of the 13 choices, four skill domains stood above the rest in faculty preference, earning over a 3.0 on the 5.0 scale. These were critical thinking (3.73), written communication (3.45), ethical reasoning (3.32), and quantitative (3.21). (The numbers in parentheses represent each skill domain’s average rating by faculty.)
LTC Scott Lucas then asked for discussion of which of the 13 skill groups the CCOC should recommend as those most important for the core curriculum. LTC McNealy noted that Committee members could recommend adopting 3, 4, or 5 general-education learning skills for adoption. Committee members debated this question as well as several other topics during the discussion, including the specific definitions of some of the skill domains, how and where student progress in gaining the skills would be assessed, what the desired specific learning outcomes of the skills might be, and what faculty and students might be told about the role these skills are to play in the core curriculum.
After discussion, the Committee voted to recommend the four skill domains most highly ranked by the faculty as a whole: critical thinking, written communication, ethical reasoning, and quantitative skills. Attention then turned to the question of which body should create drafts specifying the desired learning outcomes The Citadel would like to see from the teaching of these skill domains. The CCOC voted to ask the Faculty Assessment and Analysis Team (FAAT) to create these learning-outcome drafts, which will be a series of sentences stating desired learning outcomes for each of the recommended skills. Once she had these drafts in hand, LTC McNealy told the Committee, she will return to the CCOC for our approval of them. She would then take our recommended skill domains and the FAAT’s learning-outcome sentences (if approved by the CCOC) to Academic Board for its consideration. She hoped to present them at the January Academic Board meeting.
LTC Lucas told the Committee that he thought it would most likely meet again in January 2012. The meeting broke up at about 1135 hours.