General Education Governing Committee Minutes of Meeting #6 November 5, 2007



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GEGC Minutes 11/05/2007


General Education Governing Committee

Minutes of Meeting #6

November 5, 2007

Attending: S. Berryhill (CNSM), A. Essington (Lecture), K. Freesemann (CHHS), D. Huckaby (CEPC), P. Laris (CLA), P. Lowentrout (CLA), L. Maxfield (Academic Affairs, GE Coordinator), E. Parentela (COE), G. Pickett (CNSM), Ali Rezai (CoEd), M. Samuelson (Academic Advising), M. Wiley (CLA)


Excused: O. Benli (CBA), A. Doyle (CLA), and Ratana Ngo (COE)
Absent: M. forouzesh (CHHS) and K. Hagans (CoEd)

Guests: Beth Eldon, Biological Sciences and Henry Fung, Associate Dean of CNSM



  1. Call to Order at 2:09 p.m. the regular meeting of the 2007-2008 GEGC by Chair K. Freesemann.




  1. Approval of the Agenda as distributed: m/s/p




  1. Approval of GEGC Minutes for October 8, 2007 and October 22 meeting #4 and #5 approved as submitted.




  1. Announcements




    1. David Huckaby announced that the Academic Senate will be meeting on November 15. And hope that the GE Policy will be passed. He also announced that the Provost does not like the GE Policy that is proposing at the Academic Senate. She want the new AVP for Undergraduate to looks at it first. Want to go back to the checklist. (it is currently a checklist)




    1. Introduction of new member, Mohammed Fourezesh, from Health Science.




  1. Old Business




    1. None




  1. New Business




    1. BIOL 111 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

      1. New to General Education.

      2. Request for Category B.1.a.

      3. m/s/ to approve.

      4. Discussion: 1) Need to revamp BIOL 211A and BIOL 211B and it is replacing it with this BIOL 111 and BIOL 111L. 2) Only BIOL 111 fall under category B.3. 3) BIOL 211A and 211B will be drop in Fall 2008.

      5. m/s/p to approve as for Category B.1.a and B.3 as presented.




    1. BIOL 111L, Introduction to Evolution and Diversity Laboratory

      1. New to General Education.

      2. Request for Category B.1.a

      3. m/s to approve.

      4. Discussion: 1) 1) Need to revamp BIOL 211A and BIOL 211B and it is replacing it with this BIOL 111 and BIOL 111L. 2) Only BIOL 111 fall under category B.3. 3) BIOL 211A and 211B will be drop in Fall 2008.

      5. m/s/p to approve as for Category B.1.a as presented.



  1. SAGE Data

    1. Galen collected the data from his Physics 151 class.

    2. Program evaluation for global competencies conducted in Physics 151 – Entry level.

a. Outcomes-based, student performance assessment of the GE program is born at CSULB

b. Pilot Data -Show how GE program quality assurance can be implemented

c. Method


d. Instructions

  • PART 1: Write a one-page essay to explain why the statement below is true or false in your judgment. Use your essay to give your strongest reasons why you judge the statement true or false.

e. Essay Prompt:



  • The United States of America, as the most powerful and successful nation in the world, can do what it wants without worrying about what the rest of the world thinks about its actions

  • PART 2: Indicate the primary type(s) of sources of information you relied on to develop your answer.

  • Personal experience of your own

    • ___ Experience of someone else you know personally (e.g., family, friend)

    • ___ Media / Internet information

    • ___ Information learned in a course / a textbook

    • ___ Other - Please specify:___________

f. Demographics:

    • Global course taken? Y/N

g. Summary of Findings

        • Overall Global Score:

        • How well essay meets global competencies criteria

        • Ratings completed prior to knowledge of demographics

        • Divided the essays into FIVE Performance Levels

(1 = worst; 5 = best)

  • Number of Essays Per Group

Perf Level

1 2 3 4 5

19 18 20 11 12

Positively skewed distribution



Overall, more students perform “worse” than “better”

  • Because of uneven numbers across performance levels, data will be reported as percentages for each group

  • Statement Verity

Perf Level

1 2 3 4 5

% True 53 39 10 0 0

Percent responding true per group



  • Percent Responding True decreases per group

  • Source

Perf Level

1 2 3 4 5

Average Number

Of Source 1.7 1.7 2.0 2.0 2.3

Categories Cited

Average number of source categories (out of 4) cited per person per group



Source Categories Cited increases per group

  • Source

Perf Level

1 2 3 4 5

Text / course 26 28 35 45 75

Percent citing text / course source per group



Percent citing text / course source increases per group

Perf Level

1 2 3 4 5

Average Number

Of Units Completed 60 60 64 67 59

Average number of units completed per group

Average Number Of Units Completed increases per group, only through Group 4 (self-report)


  • Global Course Taken

Perf Level

1 2 3 4 5

Percent Taken

Global Course 42 28 45 55 25

Percent having taken global course per group

Percent having taken a Global Course varies inconsistently with performance (self-report)

h. Summary of Data Analyses



  • We have work to do

On “Overall Global” measure, more students perform “worse” than “better”

More self-reported sources lead to marginally better global competency rating, r(71) = +0.205, p = .08.

However, of all sources, only information from courses/texts significantly impacted global competency rating, F (1, 71) = 6.80, p < .02.

i. Impressions about Emergent Themes…



        • Students believe we need the rest of the world for our benefit

        • Better essays talked about the U.S. taking a leadership role in the world

j. Next Steps…



  • Multi-dimensional rubric

  • Multiple raters




  1. Subgroups Meetings

    1. SLO Adoption Policy

    2. Decertification Policy

    3. FAQ Group

    4. Recertification Group




  1. Next regular GEGC Meeting is November 26, 2007.

Respectfully Submitted by



Kiry Meng
*These Minutes have not been approved.


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