View Bill 20-21-10

Senate Bill 20-21-10

Bill ID: 20-21-10
Name: Revisions to the Diversity General Education Requirement
Proposed: 09/17/2020
Sponsor: William Cohen, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Proposal: Based on the recommendations of the Diversity Education Task Force, Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President & Provost and William Cohen, Dean of Undergraduate Studies would like the University Senate to consider the proposed revisions to the diversity General Education requirement at the University.
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Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Educational Affairs Committee
Received: 09/25/2020
Decision Due By: 02/04/2022
Actions: In November 2021, the committee received an amended charge from the SEC that directed the committee to review the revised General Education diversity requirements and course category learning outcomes proposed by the Diversity Education Task Force. The Educational Affairs Committee also was charged with reviewing proposed revisions submitted by the Director for the School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures.
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History

Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 11/02/2021
Decision Date: 11/03/2021
Decision: The SEC voted to approve the extension of the charge deadline until February 4, 2022.
Actions: The SEC voted to approve the Educational Affairs Committee's request to extend the charge deadline until February 4, 2022. The SEC also amended the charge to include considering proposed revisions to the General Education diversity requirement submitted by the Director for the School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures.
Next Step: Educational Affairs Committee Review
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Reviewed By: Educational Affairs Committee
Received: 12/18/2020
Decision Date: 11/02/2021
Decision: The Educational Affairs Committee requested an extension on its charge.
Actions: While the committee has been reviewing the recommendations of the Diversity Education Task Force (DETF) in its November 2020 report, the proposed revisions related to the learning outcomes continued to be refined by the DETF throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Additionally, the DETF issued an updated report in late September 2021. The updated report includes revisions to the proposed diversity requirement recommendations and course category learning outcomes. Given the revisions to the DETF General Education diversity requirement recommendations since the committee received its charge from the Senate Executive Committee and the impact that revising the diversity requirement will have on the campus community, the Educational Affairs Committee requested an extension until February 4, 2022, to submit its report on the proposed revisions to the General Education diversity requirement.
Next Step: SEC Review


Reviewed By: Educational Affairs Committee
Received: 09/25/2020
Decision Due By: 11/05/2021
Actions: The Diversity Education Task Force (DETF) recommended revising the diversity education requirement of General Education by changing the course category labels and learning outcomes and requiring students to take courses in each diversity course category. The Educational Affairs Committee began its work by reviewing the current structure and course requirements for General Education, the November 2020 Diversity Education Task Force Report, and several University strategic plans related to diversity and inclusion.

During Spring 2021, the committee consulted with the Director of Diversity Training and Education in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to discuss several issues related to faculty preparedness and student comfort in discussing race and racism. The committee also met with the co-chairs of the DETF, who discussed the principles that guided the DETF recommendations related to the course category titles and the learning outcomes. The committee benefited from ongoing consultation from the Office of Undergraduate Studies representative and the Associate Dean for General Education, who are ex-officio members of the committee. Committee members also had the opportunity to attend the faculty listening sessions sponsored by the DETF during the semester. They reviewed a summary of the comments from all the listening sessions and the Undergraduate Studies Student Board.
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 09/18/2020
Decision Date: 09/25/2020
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the Educational Affairs Committee with review of the proposed revisions to the General Education diversity requirement.
Next Step: Educational Affairs Committee Review
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