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UNH Discovery Program Report of the General Education Study Committee Revised Draft March 2002 General Education Study Committee
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Table of Contents E XECUTIVE S UMMARY 3 G ENERAL E DUCATION S TUDY C OMMITTEE M EMBERSHIP 9 I NTRODUCTION 10 F ACULTY S ENATE C HARGE 10 UNH G ENERAL E DUCATION 12 G ENERAL E DUCATION R EFORM 15 UNH A CADEMIC P LANNING 16 UNH D ISCOVERY P ROGRAM 18 N AME & F RAMEWORK 18 B ASIC R EQUIREMENTS OF D ISCOVERY C OURSES 22 E LEMENTS OF D ISCOVERY 22 UNH F IRST Y EAR E XPERIENCE 22 Information Technology Assessment 22 Mathematical Assessment 23 University Dialogue & Town Meeting 23 Writing 24 Inquiry Course 24 D ISCOVERY 25 Quantitative Reasoning 26 Biological Sciences 28 Physical Sciences 29 Historical Perspectives 29 Foreign Culture 30 Fine & Performing Arts 30 Social Sciences 31 Humanities 32 Social Identity and the Individual 33 Technology, Environment and Society 34 M AJOR AND C APSTONE E XPERIENCE 35 Writing Across the Curriculum 35 The Capstone Experience 36 A DMINISTRATION OF UNH D ISCOVERY P ROGRAM 37 E VALUATION OF UNH D ISCOVERY P ROGRAM 38
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Executive Summary The General Education Study Committee (GESC) is an ad hoc committee appointed by the Faculty Senate in 1999 to evaluate the current General Education Program and to make recommendations regarding potential changes in the program. The report is the culmination of a lengthy process of meetings and deliberations. This Executive Summary highlights the process and the Committee’s major recommendations. The committee was appointed in 1999. During academic year 2000-2001, the committee met with a variety of groups and individuals closely tied to the existing General Education Program. In addition, the Committee constructed Task Forces that examined particular topics for the General Education Study Committee. Focus groups of students in the various colleges were also conducted by members of the GESC Committee. Three University forums at UNH, one at UNHM, and a presentation to the Faculty Senate were held to provide faculty input to the committee’s conceptual framework. During the summer of 2001 and fall of academic year 2001-2002, the GESC continued to meet with multiple groups and began to formulate a proposal for specific changes. A draft report was issued in November of 2001 and served as the basis for a series of six open University forums (November 28 th , December 6 th , December 12 th , December 17 th , January 29 th , and February 6 th ) at UNH and two at UNHM ( December 19 th and January 30 th ). This report is being circulated to all members of the faculty for final comment and then will be submitted to the Faculty Senate for its approval following University governance procedures. The GESC appreciates all the faculty, staff and student input that it has received in this process. Academic debate is a vital and healthy part of the University process.
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