GenEd Sustainability Learning Outcomes (SLO) Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Jeffords 234, 4:00-5:00pm

  1. Discussion of faculty senate meeting on 10 March
  2. Review of proposal to the senate for the April meeting
  3. Next steps for committee members


In attendance: Deane Wang (co-chair), Laura Hill Bermingham (co-chair) Tarah Rowse, Christine Vatovec, Sam Ghazey, Marilyn Lucas, Allan Strong, Stephanie Kaza

Not in attendance: Rycki Maltby, Laura Webb, Lisa Watts Natkin, Wendy Verrei-Berenback, Leon Walls, Brian Lee

Initial conversation on using environmental vs ecological in the SLOs.
  • Ecological means pertaining to natural systems
  • Environmental can be anything, much broader term

We are going to use ecological.

Laura HB: Would it be possible to present the final outcomes to the current cohort of Sustainability Faculty Fellows?
Tarah: Yes. We can probably make a little time at the final luncheon. I will follow-up.

Deane: Can the SGO endorse the final language of the SLOs and then we can present this at the Faculty Senate meeting?
Sam: Yes, we can do this.

Deane: We are asking the Faculty Senate to vote at the April 7 meeting. The proposal needs to go to the executive committee for their March 24 meeting.

Group review of report/proposal that will go to the Faculty Senate.

Deane: Point of clarity, we are recommending a SLO Curriculum Review Committee, but we are not recommending an assessment committee or infrastructure. There are discussions ongoing about what a university wide assessment effort would look like. There is some uncertainty related to the IBB effort and how this fits in with that. The University isn't ready for a structure yet. That's why we are just recommending some ways that the SLO can be assessed not a structure.

Backup to pilot/start date...
Is Fall 2014 too soon? What if departments/curricular efforts are not ready? Can we assume it will get approved? If it's voted in for 2014 who is grandfathered in - only first years.

SK: I don't think there is a groundswell of departments that want to roll this out as a curricular effort.

Deane: So, let's go forward with the Fall 2014 implementation. Someone could amend it, but let's shoot for FA2014. This will only apply to the incoming class.

Deane: Would we want to list a number of courses that we recommend could be used to meet the requirement? As a bridging strategy. They address sustainability. They weren't designed with the four SLOs in mind. But there is enough sustainability content in them that they could be approved as a bridge. To help this process move forward we could provide a list that the CAC would review and deal with the details.

SK: Instead of having a pilot year, we have a bridging year of courses (also EcoReps).

So this committee would review the 55 sustainability-focused courses identified through the STARS process and make a recommendation to the CAC. That way the faculty senate will be voting on the SLOs as a principle.

What about having the next cohort of Sustainability Faculty Fellows to be individuals who want to be part of a curriculum process? Emphasize further development of the SLOs process through the cohort. Target faculty that may be in a unit that is going to be developing a curriculum.

The Faculty Senate will vote on Part A and Part B. Part A is the SLOs and Part B is the next steps (recommendations for implementation).

Internships are more of the exception, but specific Internship Programs might work.

What about executive members of environmental clubs? Patrick Brown runs training, maybe the training can include the SLOs.

Allan Strong: Learning contracts for internships in RSENR. Maybe sustainability can be a component.

Deane: We are trying to formalize some of the internships (perennial internships) and have specific training sessions. All student, if are are pllying for this type of internship, need to go through this training.

SK: I could almost see Davis Center student employees getting this. If they were getting the SLOs through the training as part of being hired that could work.

The Catalog is the contract for the student. Can we still get this in?

We are going to need to see if we can propose catalog copy.