Council for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Friday, May 18, 2007, 12:15pm
President's Conference room ADM 340

In attendance: Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín (Chair), Sandy Norman, Karl Stevens, Gary Perry, Tim Lenz, Charles Brown, Frank T. Brogan. Out of state meetings and family emergencies kept the rest of the members from attending.

The minutes of the March 23, 2007 meeting were approved as distributed.

Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín, Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, gave a report on the Freshman Reading Program for Fall 2007: the book, The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean is now available at the Campus Bookstore at a discounted rate ($11.50); a library exhibit running from June through the end of August has been planned; Debbie Raines, who is coordinating the BlackBoard community for the Freshmen, has been collecting welcoming messages from faculty, administrators, and staff; all is set to register Freshmen unto BB during the various summer orientations. Her summer course, developed to train upperclassmen to monitor the discussion groups and develop leadership skills, is being offered through Summer C.

Freshman Convocation Report: The Convocation will be on August 26, a Sunday, from 1:00-2:00pm in the Barry Kaye Auditorium. A reception will follow and Susan Orlean will be available for book signing. A discussion ensued on how to motivate faculty to attend the Convocation on a Sunday in regalia.

Core Curriculum Task Force, UUPC, and Core Curriculum Committee Report: there was a brief review of the various discussions during the end of the spring term related to the role of the CCTF and the establishment of a CCC that would be a subcommittee of UUPC. A discussion of the difficulties of dealing with the core (because of the “proprietary” reactions its discussion generates) yielded the following working points or possibilities to be entertained: that the UFS appoint the members of a task force that would deal with the core; that there should be clearer direction coming from the Provost’s office; CCTF members could become the CCC members if their fellow college faculty members select them to that position—in this manner the cumulative work of six years would not be lost. The general consensus: if FAU is going to deal with the Intellectual Foundations Program in a serious manner, the perception of it by all (faculty and administration) has to be clearer and better informed so that active and creative options may be attained. Wider participation and faculty buying into the importance of the IFP even if their colleges do not offer “core” courses are musts.

As part of the CTESS initiative: Alana Barnes will join the staff in the Office of Retention on May 21. A significant part of her responsibilities as Coordinator will be with the Freshman Learning Communities. Daniela Higgins will also join FAU on May 21 as part of the Freshman Academic Support Services staff. She brings 16 years of experience and will work with retention especially first-year students at risk. President Brogan expressed his desire to meet these two new members of our staff.

No legislative funding for CTESS for next year. The Provost has maintained his $200,000 level of support for next year.

The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing held two three-day long WAC faculty workshops May 9-11 on the Jupiter and the Boca Campuses. Parts of them were carried out jointly through a webcam. Faculty who attended them expressed great satisfaction at what they had learned. 26 faculty members participated.

Dr. Ed Pratt, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the College of William and Mary, has been invited by the Provost for a second visit to campus: 30 May-4 June. Dr. Pratt applied for the position of Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Gary Perry will not be able to meet with him, but suggested that Ingrid Johanson be asked to meet with Pratt since she is the most knowledgeable person when it comes to matters of “core.”

During the meeting, we enjoyed the fine lunch provided by the Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and for that we thank Dean Norman.

The next meeting will be in the Fall. Time and location TBA.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

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