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Status Report for the Adoption and Implementation
of Missouri's General Education Credit Transfer Policy

   

I. Overview and Status Report

Mineral Area College's (MAC) appointed Gen-Ed Committee began meeting during the 2000-2001 school term. This committee included the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Student Services, the Dean of Vocational and Technical Education, individual department chairpersons, and other full-time faculty members. Each department chairperson submitted institutional competencies, courses and credit hours, non-course experiences, and associated assessments in his/her own field of discipline, which reflected the eight state-level goals and knowledge area.

In order to meet the Coordinating Board of Higher Education's new Credit Transfer Policy for Missouri, MAC's Gen-Ed committee's current goals for the 2001-2002 school term are

  • To propose the following college catalogue amendments: delete the two hours' Physical Education requirement from the General Education 42-hour block and place them as an institutional requirement; delete the word "or" from the Physical and Biological Sciences 8-hour block, to reflect a course from each scientific area now required; add a 3-hour Computer Information Systems requirement to the 42-hour General Education block; add a 1-3 hour Higher-Order Thinking Course to the 42-hour General Education block
  • To work with department chairpersons and the Dean of Arts and Sciences in designating and fashioning courses which will meet the 1-3 hour Higher-Order Thinking component of the transfer block
  • To work with MAC's Registrar to establish the guidelines for implementing this new General Education 42-Hour-Block Credit Transfer Policy on students' transcripts, school records, and the college's catalogue--to be effective beginning Fall 2002
  • To gain MAC's Curriculum Committee's approval at its November 2001 meeting for any new courses necessary in order to meet the redesigned 42-hour General Education block
  • To gain MAC's Board of Trustees' approval at its December 2001 meeting for the new General Education 42-Hour-Block Credit Transfer Policy

    December 2001 Status Report Update

    As of 6 December 2001, MAC's General Education Committee has accomplished three (3) of its intended goals for the 2001 fall semester:

  • The committee has approved the following college catalogue amendments: delete the two hours' Physical Education requirement from the General Education 42-hour block and place them as an institutional requirement; delete the word "or" from the Physical and Biological Sciences 8-hour block, to reflect a course from each scientific area now required; add a 3-hour Computer Information Systems requirement to the 42-hour General Education block;add a 1-3 hour Higher-Order Thinking Course to the 42-hour General Education block.
  • The committee has worked with department chairpersons, faculty members, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences in designating courses to meet the 1-3 hour Higher-Order Thinking component of the transfer block.
  • The committee has worked with MAC's Registrar to establish guidelines for implementing this new General Education 42-Hour-Block Credit Transfer Policy on students' transcripts, school records, and the college's catalogue - to be effective beginning Fall 2002.

    As of 6 December 2001, the General Education Committee is focusing upon four (4) remaining goals for the 2001-2002 school year:

  • The committee co-chairs will meet the Dean's Council on 11 December 2001 to gain approval for the redesigned 42-hour General Education block.
  • The committee co-chairs will meet with MAC's Board of Trustees in January 2002 to gain approval for the redesigned 42-hour General Education block.
  • The General Education Committee will evaluate replacing MAC's current usage of the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) test battery with the Academic Profile long form exam
  • The faculty members offering new courses to meet the Higher-Order Thinking Gen-Ed component will gain MAC's Curriculum Committee's approval during the spring semester 2002.