CAA to vote on general studies revision

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:38 pm

Updated: 8:07 pm, Wed Jan 22, 2014.

CAA to vote on general studies revision

By Jack Cruikshank/Administration Editor

The Daily Eastern News


The Council on Academic Affairs will vote on a proposal to amend the general studies bachelor’s degree at its meeting at 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the Arcola-Tuscola room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

In amending the degree, the CAA will vote on adding a new class, BGS 3002, Critical Thinking and the Adult Learner, as a part of the general studies degree.

If approved, the new class would be a requirement for the general studies major and would count as three credits as a part of the 120 credits required for general studies majors to graduate.

The new BGS 3002 course would also be a requirement for the general studies: option in childcare education major.

According to the program revision proposal, “This course focuses on integrative learning and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of earning a BGS degree, while examining the role critical thinking plays in learning and their experiences as adult learners.”

The course will combine technology with the traditional lecture-type learning.

If the student wishes to take the class online, the option exists for students who are not on campus.

“This course is developed to be offered face-to-face, online or blended. The online course requires weekly discussions that require students to connect the course readings to their own experiences. Students must post their own responses as well as make substantial replies to their classmates,” the course proposal stated.

The new course is designed to help students in the general studies program reflect on what the degree truly means as pertaining to the society as a whole.

“Throughout the course, students will critically analyze and evaluate the course content as it applies to them as adult learners. At the end of this course, students will create learning goals to provide them with guidance as they complete the coursework for their degree.”

As well as voting on changes to the general studies degree, the CAA will hear proposals to add a new chemistry course, CHM 3025G, The Chemistry in Your Life.

The course, if approved as proposed, will act as a general education-type course in order to teach scientific awareness; it will not be restricted to a certain major.

For students who have already received credit for CHM 2040G, Practical Chemistry, the new course will not count in GPA or credit hours toward graduation.

Jack Cruikshank can be reached at 581-2812 or


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:38 pm.

Updated: 8:07 pm.

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