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Supporting Documents

LERT Charge Memo 

10-page memo of May 25, 2007, by Chancellor Wells and Provost Earns to members of the University-wide Liberal Education Reform Team detailing the Team Charge. The charge memo recommends the adoption of a framework, including Guiding Principles and Learning Outcomes, similar to that put forward by the National Leadership Council of LEAP in the College Learning of the New Global Century report. The charge memo also includes a summary of the Higher Learning Commission's concerns regarding our General Education program.

Background Materials

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Spellings Report
The 76-page report of the Commission Appointed by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, titled "A TEST OF LEADERSHIP: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education." This report spells out a set of expectations for American higher education that emphasizes (1) knowledge that contributes to economic prosperity and global competitiveness, (2) access to all Americans, throughout their lives, (3) improved efficiency in order to be more affordable, (4) workplace skills needed to adapt o a rapidly changing economy, and (5) adaptation to technology, changing demographics and globalization, including new providers and new paradigms, from for-profit universities to distance learning.
UW Oshkosh VSA
WEB This link to UW Oshkosh VSA "featured site" with documents on the Voluntary System of Accountability's College Portrait, including template and Trudy Banta article on problems with VSA approved "value added" accountability programs to measure how much students learn while they are in college.
UW Oshkosh Self-Study
This is a link to the UW Oshkosh Accreditation website. Includes PDF of the Self Study for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, January 2007. The Self Study report provides a profile of UW Oshkosh, responses to concerns and advice given in the 1997 NCA evaluation, and analyses and interpretation of evidence of the University's strengths and challenges relative to five (5) criteria:
  • Mission and Integrity;
  • Preparing for the Future;
  • Student Learning and Effective Teaching;
  • Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge; and
  • Engagement and Service.
NSSE Statement from Provost Earns
A memo that contains a summary of UW Oshkosh's response to Frequently Asked Questions about the 2004 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Report.
Faculty Concerns from Faculty SoTL Survey
A brief summary of 150 responses to a 2004 survey (using open-ended questions) of the top five teaching challenges facing faculty at UW Oshkosh conducted by the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Summary of FSSE Results
Summary of 154 faculty responses to a 2006 Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE).
NSSE Results
The PowerPoint Presentation by Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, NSSE Institute and Indiana University Center for Post-Secondary Research, titled "Encouraging Student Engagement and Educational Effectiveness at UW Oshkosh."
HLC Report
A Section of the Higher Learning Commission's Report, April 26, 2007, acknowledging commitment of UW Oshkosh's leadership team to reform the General Education program through the LERT initiative.
Liberal Education Initiative
Link to the UW System Liberal Education initiative home page.
Terms & Definitions
A brief explanation of often confusing terms, such as liberal education, liberal arts, and general education. Includes a link kto the AAC&U "Statement on Liberal Learning."

AACU documents to read first include links to these three (3) AAC&U reports:

  1. The main AAC&U report on Liberal education, "College Learning for the New Global Century."
    Download the PDF file here.
  2. "Making the Case for Liberal Education: Responding to Challenges" by Debra Humphrey.
    Download the PDF file here.
  3. "Communicating Commitment to Liberal Education: A Self-Study Guide for Institutions."
    Download the PDF file here.

UW System President Reilly's presentation to the Board of Regents

  • Action Steps to Achieve the Growth Agenda. The first action step is "Commit to a coherent set of learning outcomes for all UW baccalaureate graduates" (based on the AAC&U "LEAP" initiative with faculty from across the UW System leading the effort.
    Download the PDF file here.
  • Growth Agenda Action Steps. Fact sheet.
    Download the PDF file here.
  • News Release. UW System President presents "Growth Agenda Action Steps" to Regents.
    View the New Archive here (web link).


Meeting Notes

Agendas and summaries of meetings will be posted here.

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