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Course Evaluations, Gen Eds and organizational restructure


The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, March 23. Here is what you need to know. 

By Molly Wilson 

Course evaluations

In the past, course evaluations have been used to “make comments to some faculty that are really not helpful in improving their teaching but are mean or personal,” President Marion Larson said. According to her, the comments were more commonly directed towards female faculty and faculty of color. In Fall 2021, additional questions were added to the open-ended portion of the evaluations that focused criticism on the class and not the professor. 

General education requirements for transfer students

In an effort to make Bethel more accessible for transfer students, the General Education Committee and the Academic Policy Committee have proposed changes to the general education requirements for transfer students. 

Organizational restructure

Provost Robin Rylaarsdam proposed changing the organizational structure of Bethel departments to be divided by field of study rather than age and degree. The change would entail creating a School of Education or a School of Business rather than CAS, CAPS/GS and Seminary. Each school would host all classes relevant to the subject’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees.

There was a vote among senators about whether a second closed meeting would be held after the faculty senate meeting to discuss organizational restructure. The vote was 2-1 in favor of the closed meeting. The Clarion was not allowed to attend the second closed meeting. It was not a confidential meeting, so The Clarion was able to interview Senators following the meeting. 

One of the biggest benefits Art and Design Chair and Senator Amanda Hamilton is looking forward to is an improved technological system. 

The Provost reassured faculty that they would still have control over curriculum. 

At this time no official proposal has been made. An unofficial proposal has been sent to faculty and academic staff for input. Once the proposal is finalized it will go to the Board of Trustees for a vote.

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