AGENDA • Task Force Members • Task Force Charges • GER Components • GER Report Findings • Academic Committee Recommendations • Current GS and IAS Electives • Accomplishments • Task Force Recommendations
Task Force Team • Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jabri, Leader • Dr. Eid Al-Shammari, Member • Dr. Khudair Al-Khudair, Member • Dr. Hocine Bahlouli, Member
Charges of the Task Force • Update report on GER submitted to VRAA. • Identify accomplishments made. • Recommend options for adding 2 GS courses in the curricula as recommended by Academic Committee.
GER Components Identified in the Report • Math and Sciences • Mathematical Sciences • Quantitative Reasoning • Natural Sciences • Science, Technology and Society • Critical thinking • Computer Literacy • Communication Skills (Arabic and English) • Written Communication • Oral Communication • Visual & Electronic Communication • Religion and Humanities • Islamic Studies • Ethics • Social Sciences • Human behavior • Social, cultural, and political processes • Attitudes and skills for healthy life • Physical Education
Report Findings After updating the GER report, the Task Force found the following: • There are variations in the GERs from department to department. • There is no well defined understanding of GER components in all departments. • Almost anything that is not part of the core/concentration requirements is considered GERs. • There is inadequate coverage of the human behavior. Arts and Humanities are almost absent: history of civilizations, economic developments, industrial revolution, philosophy, linguistics, … • There is insufficient coverage of the social, cultural, and political processes. A lack of social sciences ( psychology and sociology) in our GER curriculum.
Academic Committee Recommendations The Academic Committee discussed the GER report and made the following recommendations: • The report recommendations should be made available to departments to see what GERs exist and what need to be implemented. • Departments should revise their curricula so that the degree plan has room for more GS courses (2 courses) to satisfy GERs in Social Science and Human behavior. • Faculty with special skills for the recommended courses should be hired.
Current GS Electives • The University offers some of the following GS courses: • GS 200: Info Searching Skills • GS 221: Industrial Sociology & Production • GS 321: Principles of Human Behavior • GS 423: International Relations • GS 424: Planning & Social Development • GS 427: Man & Environment
Current IAS Electives • The University offers some of the following IAS courses: • IAS 411: Contemporary Islamic World • IAS 416: As-Sirah An-Nabawiyyah • IAS 418: Contemporary Financial Transactions in Islam • IAS 419: Inimitability of Al-Quran
KFUPM Accomplishments to Improve GERs • Opening a new GS Department • Appointment of a Chairman for the Department • Introducing two IAS course: • IAS 212: Professional Ethics. • IAS 322: Human Rights in Islam • Transforming two IAS courses: • IAS 201: Writing for Professional Needs • IAS 301: Oral Communication Skills • Searching for hiring more GS faculty members.
Task Force Recommendation • There must be a common GER courses for all colleges. (i.e. University Requirements). • Departments may add relevant GER courses as seen fit for their students. • A full revision of the present IAS credit-hour requirements is very much needed. • We should speed up building our capacity in the new GS department to take care of the shortcoming in the GERs.
Task Force Recommendation(cont’d) • In order to make up for the addition of 2 GS courses (6 Credit Hours) recommended by the Academic Committee, the Task Force recommends the following options:
Task Force Recommendation (cont’d) • Option #1: • Reduce the IAS credits from 14 to 8. • Option #2: • Reduce the IAS credits from 14 to 10. • Reduce the COOP credits from 9 to 6. • Option #3: • Reduce the IAS credits from 14 to 10. • Reduce the Major credits by at least 2.
TF Recommendation (cont’d) • The Task Force recommends adopting option #1 for the following reasons: • The IAS and GS courses are part of the GERs. • Some IAS courses have little benefit compared to potential GS courses. (e.g. IAS 101 and IAS 111 syllabi contain material to which students have been exposed in the high school).