GenEd Communication Panel Meeting Summary for March 2012


To Facilitate Interinstitutional Transfer
Illinois Board of Higher Education
431, East Adams, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1418
tel: 217/557-7356
fax: 217/782-8548
Illinois Community College Board
401, East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
tel: 217/524-5502
fax: 217/785-0090
Minutes for GenEd Communication Panel Meeting
ISU Alumni Center, Room 119 Friday, March 09, 2012
Members present: : Joanna Christopher(John A. Logan College), Ronald Howell(Illinois Central College), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System), Thedford Jackson(Highland Community College), Michelle Johnson(Black Hawk College), Janice Leuchtenberg(iTransfer System), Lamata Mitchell(Rock Valley College), Ed Schwarz(Prairie State College), Julie Weishar(Parkland College), Jim Yeager(Highland Community College)
Members present virtually: Lori Cinotte(Illinois Valley Community College), Randy Greenwell(Spoon River College), Richard Jones(Eastern Illinois University), John Miller(Western Illinois University), Concetta Williams(Chicago State University)
Members Absent: Malinda Aiello(Illinois Community College Board), Bob Blankenberger(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Abhilasha Gupta(iTransfer System), John Hill(Lincoln College), Jean-Marie Kauth(Benedictine University), David Knopp(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Bradley Peters(Northern Illinois University), Suzanne Sanders-Betzold(Wilbur Wright College (CCC)), Rick Soller(College of Lake County), Dheeraj Vatti(iTransfer System)



  1.  Introductions and make sure technology is working.


  1. Course Review:  this is a catch-up semester.  No new 5 year review requests until all panels have caught up.

Courses submitted for first time:


Courses for Five year review

0 courses




New Courses

0 courses


Resubmitted Courses:


Resubmitted Courses for Five year review

8 courses


C1900R: Writing Course Sequence

Eastern Illinois University

ENG 1091G: Composition and Language, Honors

Final Decision : Marked Conditionally Approved


Heartland Community College

ENGL 101: Composition I

Final Decision : Marked Conditionally Approved



John A. Logan College

ENG 113: Professional Technical Writing

Final Decision : Marked Conditionally Approved



C1901R: Writing Course Sequence

Eastern Illinois University

ENG 1092G: Composition and Literature, Honors

Final Decision : Returned



Western Illinois University

ENG 280: College Writing II

Final Decision : Marked Conditionally Approved



C2900: Oral Communication

Frontier Community College (IECC)

SPE 1101: Fundamentals of Effective Speaking

Final Decision : Accepted



Illinois Central College

COMM 110: Communication: Process & Practice

Final Decision : Accepted



Rock Valley College

SPH 131: Fundamentals of Communication

Final Decision : Accepted




Resubmitted Original Courses

1 courses


Sauk Valley Community College

SPE 131: Introduction to Oral Communication

Final Decision : Marked Conditionally Approved





  1. Online Speech Sub-Committee and further discussion on the online speech course:
    1. Amended Text (attached)
      1. Motion to accept re-wording of course descriptor of C2 900 made by Ed Schwarz, seconded by Julie Weishar
      2. Friendly Amendments
        1. 3 proposed. 
        2. Accepted on a motion by Ed Schwarz, seconded by Julie Weishar
      3. Motion called for a vote – 9 ayes, 1 disapprove.  Motion carries.
    2.  Text of re-word:



The following is revised C2 900 course description, effective Fall 2012:

The oral communication course, either a traditional public speaking or a hybrid content course, combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking.

Students are expected to prepare and give at least three substantive speeches, including both informative and persuasive assignments delivered extemporaneously. To be substantial, these speeches should be of sufficient length to allow for careful development of thought (minimum five continuous minutes each).

The face-to-face performance of the three substantial speeches with the class and the instructor serving as an in-class audience is the preferred method of instruction.  Institutions that need to accommodate students who cannot attend on campus courses may offer online sections or courses of C2 900 to supplement their face-to-face offerings.  This accommodation requires that a fully online C 2900 course meet all IAI oral communication guidelines and must also meet or exceed the following criteria:

  1.  VENUE:  Face-to-face performances (speaker and audience) are required of the three substantial speeches in an appropriate setting for a public speech, such as a workplace or community venue.

2    AUDIENCE:  At least 8 individuals, aged 16 and over, must be present for the entire presentation and must be seen on camera for each performance.  Audience members must be aware that they will be recorded or streamed live. Video will be viewed by the instructor and the online class. Students must define their audience (demographics and psychographics).

3.  TECHNOLOGY:  Technology requirements must be clearly explained to students at the beginning of the course. Students taking the fully online course are expected to utilize appropriate technology despite the challenges of access. The quality of the recording must permit clear sound and video. Speeches may not be edited.  Student privacy must be protected by the institution.

Upon successful completion of the oral communication course, students should have attained at least the competencies in both theory and practice as listed below.

Communication Theory--The student is expected to:

  • have a theoretical understanding of communication;
  • understand the relationships among self, message and others; and
  • understand the process of effective listening.

Communication Practice--The student is expected to:

  • phrase clear, responsible and appropriate purpose statements;
  • develop specific, well-focused thesis statements;
  • analyze an audience and situation, and then adapt a message to those needs;
  • generate ideas and gather supporting material;
  • incorporate material from various appropriate sources, using proper verbal citations;
  • use evidence, reasoning and motive appeals in persuasive speaking;
  • prepare and use visual aids that promote clarity and interest;
  • organize and outline an effective message;
  • use language that is appropriate to enhance understanding and effect the desired result;
  • establish credibility by demonstrating knowledge and analysis of topic;
  • use extemporaneous delivery with reasonable fluency, expressiveness and comfort;
  • cope effectively with the tensions involved in public speaking;
  • demonstrate acceptable ethical standards in research and presentation of materials; and
  • listen to, analyze and critique oral communication.


  1. Other Items:
    1. IAI Retreat
      1. The IAI Retreat planned by ICCB, IBHE, and IAI staff for GECC and IAI Majors co-chairs in conjunction with the administrative panels for IAI (IAI Steering Panel and IAI Advisory Committee) occurred on Friday, February 17th, at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center. 
      2. During the meeting, the attendees discussed the course submission and review processes as well as other important IAI related items. 
      3. Some parts of the process should be reviewed and streamlined to simplify submission for our participating institutions and the review/approval process for the panel members.
      4. One exercise during the day included modifying a recent statement from J.C. Penney’s to reflect where we all want IAI to be:


A Breath of Fresh Air


To our students and institutions:


This year, we turn 15.  We’re fine with growing older.  We’re not fine with growing stale.  So, to celebrate, we’re going to throw open the windows and let in some fresh air.


          We’re rethinking and reimagining, and if we find that we’ve picked

          up any bad habits over the years, we’re going to leave them far



We’re simply going to treat students, institutions and their representatives as we’d like to be treated ourselves, fair and square.


To help students transfer, we won’t make institutions jump through hoops to go through the submission process by having their courses receive a fair review.  We won’t burden the transfer process with endless requests for more information.  We’ll have clear rationales and consistent standards. We will publish clear and objective criteria for review and let institutions know up front what we want and why.  And it won’t stop there.


          We’ll keep improving communication with all panels, committees and participating institutions, dreaming up new ways to make you love IAI again.  We’ll strive to make the process simpler and more effective for the benefit of students’ education.


We do this because we are the best transfer mechanism in Illinois.


We want to be your favorite transfer system. We want to be the solution, not the problem.  We want Illinois to be the national leader in articulation.


  1. IAI Items:
    1. Legislation movement is potentially coming.  SB0059 is now gone, but there is a new similar bill being discussed.
    2. Krista asked the panel to look at course criteria and checklist.  Please have proposed changes back to the sub-committee by Friday, March 30.  Then the sub-committee will “meet” with Krista.  Krista will take proposed changed to the Steering Panel meeting May 4.
  2. Items from the group:
    1. None
  1. Next meeting will be held Friday, November 9, 2012 at either ISU Alumni Center or Heartland Comm. College. 

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