Guiding Principles of the Task Force
The work of the Task Force on Baccalaureate Goals is guided by the following principles:
- Soliciting campus-wide input and sharing feedback in timely ways that allow for genuine consultation
- Moving the campus conversation forward by demonstrably building on many previous campus-wide discussions about these issues even when "baccalaureate goals" wasn’t the overt focus, and helping the campus see these connections as linked to our present task
- Ensuring that the conversation doesn’t slip into a limited focus on general education revision alone or get stalled in terms of process
- Ensuring that the campus understands that this is a multi-year process that will be phased in
- Ensuring that the entire campus understands that it is mutually engaged in and responsible for successful implementation of this effort -- a shared initiative known and supported by all
Original Task Force Charge
In September 2011, Dr. Dennis Hefner, President of SUNY Fredonia, appointed a Task Force on Baccalaureate Goals. As noted by Dr. Hefner:
Over the past year, the campus has been engaged in discussions regarding possible revisions to the General Education program. National conferences related to bachelor's-level general education highlight the need to identify first a set of baccalaureate goals for a campus, which then serve as an anchor for a General Education program as well as all other aspects of campus learning (e.g., learning which occurs in the majors, co-curricular activities). What knowledge and skills do we want SUNY Fredonia students to acquire before they graduate?
The SUNY Fredonia Task Force on Baccalaureate Goals is charged with the following:
- To develop and execute a process for engaging the campus in providing input regarding baccalaureate goals for the campus.
- To present information to the University Senate at the December 5 meeting regarding the current progress of the Task Force.
- To provide President Hefner a set of 5-8 proposed university baccalaureate goals in December, 2011.
- To lead discussion of the set of proposed baccalaureate goals at University Senate meetings in early 2012.
Members of the Task Force on Baccalaureate Goals
- Jeanette McVicker, English (Chair)
- Michael Jabot, Curriculum and Instruction
- Todd Profitt, Theatre and Dance
- Sherri Mason, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Richard Reddy, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
- Juan De Urda, Modern Languages and Literature
- Marissa Cope, Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment
- Gary Bice, Residence Life