The Faculty Executive Committee held their first meeting of the month on Monday. Discussion topics ranged from the undergraduate curriculum, to the Silent Sam controversy, to drafts of the new University budget.
The Faculty Executive Committee works to represent the interests of the general faculty to the UNC administration, in addition to working with the Faculty Council to make University-wide educational policies.
Undergraduate curriculum changes
Members spent the first portion of the meeting discussing a possible revamp of the undergraduate curriculum requirements. Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Abigail Panter, visited to discuss the draft of a new undergraduate general education curriculum.
The newest features of the draft included capacities in certain skill sets, as opposed to requirements for specific kinds of courses. The draft also introduces a new Ideas, Information and Inquiry course requirement for all first-year students.
“What we are trying to do with these actions would be to think about the liberal arts overall, and to think about what is it that we value overall,” Panter told the committee. “(So) that all of our students really should be exposed to and have the ability to experience they’re here.”