September 23, 2013

UK Core Education Committee (UKCEC)
Date of Meeting: 
Monday, September 23, 2013
Location of Meeting: 
Room 107 Breckinridge Hall, 2:00-4:00 pm
Members Present Ex-Officio Present Guests Present
Jonathan Allison Mike Shanks Leah Simpson
Ruth Beattie Debbie Sharp Chris Thuringer
Russell Brown    
Tracy Campbell    
Amy Gaffney    
Nancy Jones    
Juliana McDonald    
Brian McNely    
Ben Withers (Chair)    


  1. Approval of minutes from September 9, 2013 meeting

                Approved by consensus.

  1. Consent agenda

STA 296DL: Statistical Methods and Motivations (SIR) – need to request DL syllabus


  1. UK Core Summit follow-up

Observations and suggestions from UKCEC members:

  • Attendees seemed less anxious about the assessment process this year
  • Overall more comfortable with the Core, but more anxious about the new budget model as it relates to the Core
  • MOOCs in relation to UK Core
    • the Chemistry MOOC may prepare students to test out of a UK Core requirement
  • Concern regarding DL courses transferring into UK and counting for Core credit
    • But if the course has been approved by that university as DL and counts for gen ed credit there, it should count for Core credit here
  • Recommendation to move the Summit to later in the semester
    • Will be part of the discussion for next year – what information to share, how and when to share it
  • Add student and faculty success stories to share what’s happening in each area
  • Find ways to provide information to Deans to help facilitate discussion within the departments
    • What areas of Core are still in need of course submissions?
    • What can departments do to contribute to the Core?
  • Find ways to help orientate new faculty to UK Core, like having a representative present at new faculty orientation
  • Some departments are waiting to see how big of an effect the new budget model will have, and how they will need to adjust course offerings
    • May be a good opportunity to promote UK Core course
  1.  Regular Reporting

Quarterly reports related to UK Core that would be helpful and meaningful for UKCEC oversight of the Core

  • Individual course assessments: when artifacts are assessed, how do evaluators interpret the artifact?  What comments are made?  Is it assessing what it’s meant to?
  • For Core courses, when are students taking them (freshman year, junior year, etc.)?  Do departments need to offer more courses at a certain level?
  • Are seats available to freshmen when their enrollment window opens, or have classes been filled by upper level students?
  1. Information Literacy

Debbie Sharp circulated a general definition of information literacy that could be included on each area’s course review form.

  • Add this to the UK Core website
  • Add general definition to each course review form, or if any area has their own specific definition that can be added instead
  • Members should send the information they want included on their area’s review form to Chris and Joanie so that forms can be edited
  • Communicate this change to instructors teaching UK Core courses
  1. Other Items

Discussion regarding assessment data possible changing to a portfolio-based evaluation

  • Meeting will be held October 4 to discuss with C&C as they explore a portfolio style assessment
  1. Meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm.


Prepared by Joanie Ett-Mims on September 24, 2013

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