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To:  Members of The Citadel Core Curriculum Oversight Committee

From:  LTC Scott Lucas, English Dept.


Subject: Minutes of 4/3/12 CCOC meeting


Members Present:  Brown, Chen, Preston, Lucas, Mabrouk, McNealy, Bevsek, Silver.


The meeting began at about 1110 hours.  LTC Tara McNealy distributed to committee members the learning-outcome statements developed by the Faculty Analysis and Assessment Team.  On the same handout was a list of current and proposed assessment techniques.  Committee members discussed first the means for assessing core-curriculum learning outcomes, questioning the value of some of the venues proposed on the handout for assessing those outcomes.  In response, LTC McNealy advised the committee that the assessment techniques were just in the beginning stages, and she welcomed CCOC input in later meetings on the questions of where and how to assess our core-curriculum students.


Committee members then turned to the proposed learning-outcome statements themselves, discussing them, reworking them, and then voting on each revised statement.  In the end, the following statements were recommended to Academic Board by the Committee:


Written Communication Learning Outcome:  Student can effectively communicate ideas in a logical sequence, demonstrating control of syntax and mechanics and the ability to integrate credible and relevant sources.


Quantitative Reasoning Learning Outcome: Student can use quantitative-reasoning skills to successfully make calculations, interpret data, communicate results, and evaluate an issue or solve a problem.


Critical Thinking Learning Outcome: Student can analyze complex issues that have varying positions and assumptions using information from credible sources.  Ability to state positions, create new positions, and acknowledge other positions including implications and consequences.


Ethical Reasoning Learning Outcome: Student can recognize ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context, analyze cross-relationships among the issues, and evaluate ethical perspectives and concepts, including their own.

The meeting ended with further discussion of some of the possible venues for assessing core-curriculum learning outcomes.  LTC Lucas agreed to create a memo describing the Committee’s recommend learning outcome statements that Provost McNealy could take to Academic Board.


The meeting ended at about 1200 hours.