Caption: Board of Trustees Minutes - 1992
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
in natural sciences and technology). (3) The cultural studies requirements (Western and non-Western/American-subcultures and -minorities) will apply to all freshmen entering fall 1995, and thereafter. The proposed implementations, in combination with earlier actions, will move the campus substantially toward completion of the general education changes adopted in 1989. The Composition II requirement is in effect, and the campus is steadily moving toward creating a sufficient number of approved writing-intensive courses to sustain that requirement. The changes in campus-wide admissions minima that apply to freshmen entering fall 1993, and thereafter, will have the effect of partially implementing the campus-wide foreign language requirement adopted in 1989. The currently proposed actions will partially implement the quantitative reasoning requirements and fully implement the cultural studies requirements. The common course list for the distribution requirements will achieve many of the aims sought in the distribution-requirement changes adopted in 1989. The requirement that perspectives on women and gender be substantially represented within the general education program is being implemented as part of the review and approval process for certifying courses for general education credit. Thus, with completion of the currently proposed set of implementations the campus will have moved substantially to fulfill the commitments outlined in the 1989 senate action on general education. The remaining areas of implementation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the GEB. Highest priority in the near term will be given to overseeing the successful completion of the above recommended implementations and to addressing deficiencies in current general education offerings. Given the budget uncertainties of the 1990s, further implementations of general education change will need to be established within the context of general campus goals and the array of proposals for improvement of undergraduate education. Budgetary effects will fall in the following categories: (1) the expansion of section and course offerings in introductory college-level mathematics, statistics, computer science, and formal logic; (2) addressing serious deficiencies in existing general education courses so they can meet guidelines approved by the General Education Board and Educational Policy Committee; and (3) expansion of section and course offerings in courses on non-Western cultures, American-minority and -subcultural groups, and comparative-cultural perspectives. The vice chancellor for academic affairs has assured the allocation of $1,000,000 in recurring funds to be made available in phases over the next several years. These funds should be sufficient to meet the costs of the implementations. Most of the funds will be used for support of additional teaching assistants. The GEB and campus administration have determined that with careful planning in the allocation of these funds, sufficient enrollment spaces in courses certified for general education credit can be offered for students to complete degree requirements within the normal four-year time frame.
This report was received for record.
The secretary presented for record appointments to the faculty and changes of status made by the president, resignations, terminations, and retirements. A copy of the report is filed with the secretary.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
President Calder called attention to the schedule of meetings for the next few months: September 9-10, Chicago; October 7, Urbana-Champaign (one-day meeting); November 11-12, Chicago. There is no meeting scheduled for August.