October 31, 2011


D. Proposed Changes to the Basic Education Requirements (D 9132-9134).

Professor Staiger (chair, Educational Policy Committee) said this recommended change had come to the Educational Policy Committee from the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee and had been unanimously approved by her committee. She explained that the Basic Education Requirements (BERs) have not been changed for thirty years, and efforts to update them during the last catalog cycle were delayed because of the ongoing Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process, which used the BERs for assessing our undergraduate programs. She said the intent was to include the following proposed revisions of the BERs in the 2012-14 Undergraduate Catalog:

University strives to enroll exceptionally well-prepared, highly motivated students and to produce self-reliant graduates who will become leaders in both their chosen professions and their communities. The University must not only equip its graduates with occupational skills but also educate them broadly enough to enable them to adapt to and cope with the accelerated process of change occurring in business, professional, and social institutions today. Students must be exposed to a broad spectrum of arts and science so that they may be educated beyond vocational requirements and thus be prepared for responsible citizenship in an increasingly complex world.

All graduates of the University are expected to

  • communicate clearly and accurately, defend an idea on the basis of evidence, draw conclusions, and evaluate the arguments of others;
  • have a critical understanding of the society in which we live and the ways it has evolved through time;
  • be able to analyze ethical issues and their possible resolutions;
  • understand facets of science and the ways in which knowledge of the universe is gained and applied;
  • understand aspects of mathematics and apply quantitative skills to problem solving;
  • have a critical understanding of how human cultures are expressed in literature, philosophy, or language;
  • participate in and/or critically analyze some area of the visual and performing arts; and participate in the process of inquiry through research, creative endeavors, or related activities.

Chair Friedman asked if there were questions or comments, and there were none. He called for the vote, and the motion unanimously passed by voice vote.


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