The following motion passed in the 7 February 2017 College Senate meeting with no dissenting votes.

Information about the Working Group is available to the Geneseo campus community on the Faculty Governance wiki.

Curricular Design Working Group

A. Purpose

The Faculty of SUNY Geneseo, through the College Senate as its representative body, and the President of SUNY Geneseo jointly create an ad hoc committee named the Curricular Design Working Group. It is charged with the task of proposing a new curricular structure for Geneseo that will ensure that Geneseo graduates attain to the greatest degree feasible the outcomes described in the framework Geneseo Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education (GLOBE). This curricular structure must achieve the following.

  1. It must meet the SUNY General Education Requirements (SUNY-GER) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education standard III criterion 5, including clear implications for incoming and outgoing transfer students.

  2. It must affirm SUNY Geneseo’s integration of the SUNY Applied Learning initiative.

  3. It must be consistent with existing systems or easily obtained and integrated systems for tracking student

    accomplishments.

  4. It must be feasible & functional with currently available human resources.

  5. Academic or co-curricular requirements for graduation in the curricular structure must be approved by

    academic faculty, at both the policy level and the implementation level.

  6. It may include co-curricular components that neither bear academic credit nor fulfill graduation

    requirements, but which formally record educational experiences outside the classroom, and which may be

    directed by persons other than the academic faculty of the college.

The final report of the Working Group will also include proposals for the following.

  1. A transition that holds harmless all students enrolled during implementation.

  2. Potential revisions to committees of College Senate to implement and sustain this curricular structure.

  3. Potential revisions to the constitutional governance structure to provide broad faculty participation in future

    evolution of this curricular structure.

  4. A process for assessment of the re-designed curriculum’s effectiveness.

B. Rationale

The goals of this Working Group are the next logical step following the approval by the College Senate of the GLOBE Framework, which had been developed by the General Education Committee (16 teaching faculty, 1 professional faculty, and 2 students) with assistance from many other faculty and members of the college community. Although the College Senate resolution recognized the potential for further refinement of the GLOBE framework, the resolution approved the framework as a basis “for the redesign of the student experience.”

In recognition of that past work, the new Strategic Plan, created by the Strategic Planning Group (6 teaching faculty, 1 professional faculty, 2 students, and 7 administrators), directly calls for this Working Group to be created in Focus Area 1, Objective 4, Action A. Objective 4 is titled “Strengthen faculty oversight/governance of curriculum.” The products of this Working Group will directly realize Objective 1, Action A, and will strongly support Actions D, E, and F of Objective 1, Action B of Objective 2, Action C of Objective 3, and Actions B, C, and D of Objective 4, all within Focus Area 1.

A new committee is called for, rather than working through existing groups, because...

  1. ... the whole-curriculum perspective of GLOBE is not within the purview of any current governance group.
  2. ... a complete revisioning of the Geneseo curriculum should be free from inertia of the current system, even as it recognizes and preserves the best features of the current system.
  3. ... representation and participation from all academic departments and key non-academic departments is necessary. This participation is not achieved by any current committee or group, as illustrated by the way that the development of the GLOBE framework resulted from broader participation than just the General Education Committee.

The size of the Working Group has been selected to make scheduling frequent meetings feasible; this does not provide for members from every academic department. Distribution requirements do provide for a diversity of perspectives, while active liaisons can provide every academic department with influence in the process. However, truly representative accountability is achieved not by the Working Group composition, but by the fact that all emerging proposals will require approval from the College Senate or the full Faculty.

C. Composition
  1. Each academic department, school, and the library will nominate up to two teaching faculty members for the Working Group.

    1. From each of the five academic areas defined in the Faculty Constitution, the Provost and Faculty Presiding Officer will jointly select two members from the list of nominees submitted by departments, schools, and the library. No two members may be from the same department.

    2. The Provost and Faculty Presiding Officer will jointly select the Working Group chair from amongst these ten teaching faculty members.

    3. Each department not directly represented in the Working Group will name one of their nominees as a liaison to the Working Group.

  2. The Provost and Vice President of Student & Campus Life will work together to name up to three professional employee members of the Working Group, ensuring that the group has expertise in areas such as applied learning, service learning, leadership, and digital learning.

  3. The Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment will be a member to ensure that the curricular design is compatible with external constraints and internal resource constraints.

  4. The Past Presiding Officer of the Faculty will be a member, to provide advice regarding the revision of governance bodies. The Past Presiding Officer shall act as convener of the Working Group in the absence of a chair.

  5. The chair of the Student Association Academic Affairs Committee, or their designee, will be a member, to assist in communications with the SA AAC and the general student community.

All vacancies shall be filled as they occur through the same methods described above.

D. Functioning
1. Communications

After convening the inaugural meeting of the Working Group and delivering its charge, the Provost will meet regularly with the chair of the Working Group to discuss the group’s progress. The Provost will attend meetings of the Working Group as appropriate and participate in the group’s deliberations.

The Working Group will keep all departmental liaisons closely informed of progress. The liaisons will communicate this information to their department, and when appropriate gather information from their department for the Working Group.

Throughout its activity, the Working Group will solicit input from the whole campus, both for new ideas and for responses to plans that the Working Group develops. The group will save a record of its work in an electronic space that is accessible to the whole campus community, including students. There will be continuously available a way for anyone in the campus community to communicate ideas, concerns, or reactions.

Within one month of being constituted, the Working Group shall

  • meet with an invitation to anyone who helped create the GLOBE framework, invitations facilitated by the Provost and the Chair of the General Education Committee, to gather ideas and models they have considered.

  • solicit from the college community (including every academic department through the liaisons and other pertinent campus groups) an inventory of the ways in which the GLOBE outcomes are currently being met through activities based in their own department.

  • Decide on a timeline for achieving the following milestones within twelve months:

    • a map of how the inventory of current GLOBE-meeting activities are divided among general education, major, and other curricular and co-curricular work

    • an inventory of possible designs for a re-configured general education curriculum

    • a preliminary plan for implementing and tracking applied learning outcomes

    • a preliminary plan for implementing informational and digital literacy outcomes (GLOBE skill 4)

    • a preliminary plan for implementing diversity, pluralism, global awareness and engagement outcomes (GLOBE skills 7 and 8)

    • a preliminary plan for implementing creativity and creative thinking outcomes (GLOBE skill 5)

    • a preliminary plan for implementing leadership and collaboration outcomes (GLOBE skill 6)

    • a preliminary plan for a re-configured general education curriculum.

    • a preliminary plan for a re-designed curriculum, addressing all of the GLOBE intellectual and practical skills, for general comment.

    • complete plan for a re-designed curriculum to meet GLOBE.

At least once per month while the college is in session, status reports will be provided to the campus community through the Allstaff-L listserv and a method to reach students as advised by the student Working Group member.

2. Scope

GLOBE provides the aspirational framework within which this group will work. If the Working Group determines that substantial modifications to the GLOBE framework are necessary, such modifications will be brought to the College Senate through its Executive Committee for a resolution of support. Such resolutions shall not be binding, but are intended to ensure alignment of results with general Faculty intentions.

Some GLOBE outcomes are likely to be attained within the context of individual departments. The new curricular structure may require changes in departmental program requirements, while allowing implementation of those changes in a manner appropriate to their fields. In addition to the GLOBE outcomes, departments are expected to have program-specific learning outcomes.

The redesigned curriculum should build upon the ways that current activities at Geneseo already fulfill the GLOBE outcomes. However, it should not be constrained by them or confined to them. At a minimum, the redesigned curriculum will provide unifying themes and approaches for currently disparate activities.

The ongoing implementation committees, described above in section A item 8, will provide functions similar to those of the current Committee on Undergraduate Curricula (UCC), Committee on Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review (UPC), and the General Education Core Committees, and may be based on the current committees. Any redesign must retain ultimate curricular authority in the College Senate.

The evolution committee(s) described above in section A item 9 will provide functions similar to those of the current General Education Committee, but will have a whole-curriculum perspective, instead of general education only. For example, when SUNY required campuses to review applied learning practices, it would have been natural for this evolution committee structure to take up the matter, rather than creating a new ad hoc group.

3. Completion

The Working Group will remain constituted until a new curricular design has been adopted by the College Senate, or until dissolved by the College Senate. The initial target will be to have a completed curricular design within twelve months.

Adoption of proposals proceeding from the Working Group will proceed through the usual governance procedures, including the possibility of amendment by the College Senate or in appropriate standing committees of the College Senate. Specifically, the Working Group will bring its final curriculum design to the College Senate Committee on Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review (UPC) for consideration and presentation to the College Senate for passage, which passage will be pending the necessary changes to governance. The Working Group will bring its final governance recommendations to the College Senate Executive Committee for consideration and presentation to the Faculty as amendments to the Faculty Constitution. Changes to both curriculum and governance structure will not be effective until all are approved, at which point the transition plan devised by the Working Group will proceed, as amended by the College Senate if applicable.