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2 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Administrative Structure & Communication Subcommittee Members: Sherrilyn Billger (chair), Daniel Holland, Catherine Kaesberg, Jonathan Rosenthal, Stewart Winger Resources: d=215086&sid= d=215086&sid=

3 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Administrative Structure and Communication Main Recommendations Administrative Structure Current Structure Recommended Structure Communication Current Communication Recommendations for Improvement

4 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Main Recommendations 1.Move Director of General Education position into the Provost’s Office, to support all important aspects of the program. 2.Add three more workgroups to the existing structure which has a workgroup for Critical Inquiry. These workgroups should be discipline-focused: Science and Numeracy, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences. 3.Change the current institutional structure surrounding the General Education program with consistent, enticing, and effective communication across all constituents. 4.The General Education Director should coordinate improved communication about the General Education program, including advising, Preview, web page, course syllabi, etc.

5 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Current Structure

6 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Director’s Current Responsibilities Monitor enrollment patterns Work with department chairs to have enough seats for GE courses Work with the Provost to gather and allocate resources for teaching GE courses Facilitate the Council on General Education Manage assessment for the GE program Chair the Interdisciplinary Studies program Serve as primary articulator for GE and Illinois Articulation Initiative coursework

7 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Council on General Education (CGE) Coordinate the undergraduate curriculum for General Education and Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), ensuring that the spirit of the philosophy of General Education is maintained by the program. Periodically review and analyze existing General Education and IDS courses and program, based on program objectives and student outcomes. Report recommendations to the Academic Senate regarding program modifications. Provide consultation to departments, colleges, and other faculty groups who are planning new additions to the undergraduate curriculum for General Education and IDS. Review and approve or disapprove all proposals for new programs, courses, and changes in existing programs/courses connected to GE and IDS in consultation with the Director of General Education. Provide the Academic Senate each year with a report of Council on General Education’s proceedings.

8 Administration and Communication Subcommittee The Good, The Not So Good, & There’s no Ugly Advantages Council on General Education works well GE Director is also CAS Associate Dean (facilitates working with chairs) Disadvantages Insufficient professional development Insufficient collaboration between Assessment and GE Insufficient focus on strategy for GE Lack of effective communication about GE

9 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Recommended Administrative Structure Director of General Education (within Provost’s Office) Council on General Education Workgroups for disciplinary areas, with one Facilitator for each group: Science and Numeracy, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Critical Inquiry

10 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Current Communication about GE Advising, Preview, web page Chairs: assignments and evaluation “get GE courses out of the way” “General Education change is not just a task of curricular change: it is also cultural change” (Awbrey, 2005, p.4)

11 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee To Improve Communication Enticing language: Rename the program? Rename the courses? Syllabi relate to GE goals Be consistent Professional Development: TT & NTT Testimonials from employers & alumni

12 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee To Improve Communication, Cont’d Preview “marketing” e.g., student-made video about GE Student evaluations and course rigor?, hold student focus groups Longer-term contracts for NTTs teaching in the program GE Symposium or more involvement at T&LS

13 Administrative Structure and Communication Subcommittee Create a Slogan / Tagline for the program

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