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Courses would be regularly re-evaluated for continued inclusion in the Discovery Program. The existing University Writing Committee would be maintained but integrated into the Discovery program. The office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs will provide staff support. In order for this program to retain a sense of mission and organization, it must have visibility and continuity of leadership. One of the criticisms of the implementation of the
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1982 General Education revision has been that there has been little administrative leadership and, especially, a lack of support for faculty development and evaluation. The GESC believes that there must be a person who is responsible for representing and serving as an advocate for this important element of undergraduate education within University discussions. The GESC recommends that there be a faculty member appointed to Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs to be the Director of the UNH Discovery Program for a period of three years. The Director will be responsible for representing, implementing, and administering the UNH Discovery Program. This will be a full time position for at least the first two years of implementation. Implementation will have to address a fair method for allocating student credit hours and tuition revenue for team taught courses when faculty members cross RCM units. Financial Support The Discovery Program will be a central focus of the implementation of the University’s Academic plan and will be used in part to govern the decisions regarding academic programming. If approved, the Provost has agreed that support for the Discovery Program would be the highest priority for University discretionary funds. For example, $100,000 from private gifts and discretionary funds has already been designated to support faculty development for the First Year Experience next year and in each of the next three years. There will be core support for the Director of the Discovery Program. In addition, existing resources for classroom and computer technology, lecture series, and the Teaching Excellence Program will be focused on supporting the Discovery Program. Appropriate support will be provided to faculty for participation in the University Dialogue and assessments. The Provost has also agreed to fund two new University awards for faculty teaching in the Discovery Program. Faculty Development money could be available as early as the summer of 2002 to begin new course development. Faculty applications for course development will be sent to the Director of the Discovery Program through the faculty member’s Dean. Implementation and Evaluation The UNH Discovery Program will be phased in over a period of time to minimize disruption and to provide sufficient lead-time for development. Those aspects requiring minimal financing or organizational change can be implemented before those that require more extensive investment/development.
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