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CASL - May 11, 2011

Present:  Stan Burns, Donn Brandstrator, Jackie Millslagle, Shannon Godsey, Mary Keenan, Jerry Pepper, Bruce Munson, Wayne Jessewein, Julie Westlund, Sue Darge , John Schwetman, Julie Ernst, Arden Weaver.

Absent:  Nik Hassan, Curt Phillips

Guest for first discussion:  Megan Perry-Spears

A revised set of potential icon designs by Char Aaseng were circulated and discussed.  There was no consensus on the use of any variations of the two ideas.  Members expressed wanting to see something less literal, and emphasized simple.  Someone suggested the ePortfolio mandela design, but Sue reported that when presented to a group of new freshmen in a World Cafe exercise, students found it too confusing.  Jackie noted that an action step in the strategic work plan calls for a project to develop a UMD "brand" and promotional campaign and would it be wise to wait so that an icon for learning outcomes doesn't conflict?  Megan Perry-Spears assured the group, regardless of whether an icon is selected, that the UMD learning outcomes will be incorporated into UMD Seminar curricula.  She did feel that some representation that is visual and can be displayed in tangible ways would be beneficial.  Without a consensus and after considerable discussion, there was consensus to wait and see what a UMD branding initiative might produce. 

A draft of the CASL report symmarizing assessment results had been circulated and was reviewed.  Members provided input and additions to the report.  Suggestions will be incorporated and the final report posted on the assessment website.  Summary data and Shannon's summary of meetings will be provided for college/unit deans/vice chancellors sometime this summer. 

Jackie announced individuals who had accepted invitations to be CASL members next year.  John Schwetman, Brandy Hoffman, Wayne Jesswein, Richard Davis, Eric Musselman, Jim Klueg, Ted Schoen, Jeni Eltink, Mick McComber, Julia Williams. 

Jackie Millslagle, recorder


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