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RESOLUTION TO APPOINT AN AD HOC COMMITTEE TO INITIATE A PROCESS TO REVIEW THE UH-MANOA CORE AND OTHER GRADUATION REQUTREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE

WHEREAS the Manoa Core Requirements were last revised in 1984 and that periodic review of these requirements by the faculty is advisable; and

WHEREAS there have been complaints about the Manoa Core and other general education requirements; and

WHEREAS UH-MANOA is undertaking a concerted effort to revitalize undergraduate education, as represented by the recent Faculty Senate approval of the proposals recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Undergraduate Experience and by President Mortimer's declaration that the coming year be regarded as the Year of Undergraduate Education;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate mandate the Senate Executive Committee to appoint an ad hoc committee named the Blue Ribbon Taskforce for Reform of the Manoa Core and Other Graduation Requirements for the 1998-99 academic year. The Faculty Senate will vote on the confirmation of the ad hoc committee in Fall 1998. The purpose of the ad hoc committee will be to initiate and oversee a process of reflection and dialogue among the faculty at UH-Manoa regarding the all Manoa graduation requirements, including the core, and to report back to the Faculty Senate by May 1999.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the composition of this ad hoc committee consist of 12 faculty members and that the ad hoc committee should recruit undergraduate students, alumni and university administrators interested in the issue of core reform as ex officio members.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the composition of the ad hoc committee be inclusive of faculty members who have been active in efforts to reform the core in recent years. While the College of Arts and Sciences is central, the ad hoc committee should also include representatives from other units.


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