Major History Panel Meeting Summary for September 2014


To Facilitate Interinstitutional Transfer
Illinois Board of Higher Education
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Springfield, IL 62701-1418
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Illinois Community College Board
401, East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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Meeting Summary for Major History Panel Meeting
Illinois State University's Alumni Center, Rm 119, Normal, IL 61761 Friday, September 26, 2014
Members present: : Ute Chamberlin(Western Illinois University), Steven DePasquale(Kankakee Community College), Valerie Garver(Northern Illinois University), Ron Gifford(Illinois State University), David Golland(Governors State University), Greg Gordon(College of Lake County), Michael Harkins(Harper College), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System ), Marsh Jones(Parkland College), Janice Leuchtenberg(iTransfer System ), James McIntyre(Moraine Valley Community College), Kelly Obernuefemann(Lewis & Clark Community College), Richard Stillwell(iTransfer System )
Members present virtually: Matt Greider(Lake Land College), Steve Rea(Southeastern Illinois College)
Members Absent: Malinda Aiello(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Ashley Becker(Illinois Community College Board), Richard Pearce(Heartland Community College), John Randolph(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jeffrey Spanbauer(Illinois Valley Community College), Joe Sramek(Southern Illinois University)



1. Introductions & Technology, Welcome New Members


2. Various Administrative Updates

  1. Think about who you would like to see as our 2 year co-chair for a 3 year term.  We will vote at the end of today’s meeting.

  2. Sam Wheeler is gone from ICCB.  Our new representative is Ashley Becker.

  3. Review of iManage information for History as well as panel information review.


3.  Transfer information within the state

            a.  Review of Major Directive information and results


4.   Institutional/History Program Discussions - to include but not limited to teacher education, internship discussions, issues and successes of articulation between institutions/institutional cooperation, information and updates from the Gen Ed panels that house History courses.

  1. Krista emailed panel members the document the Humanities and Fine Arts panel is working on


5. Items from Panel Members

  1. Ron Gifford – elementary education and mid-level education majors are now required to take History, so ISU is now including Survey courses.

  2. Western is re-vamping History curriculum.  They will need to end courses going away, and submit any changes.

  3. James McIntyre – Moraine Valley Comm. Coll. – discussion re e-texts.

    1. Kelly – Lewis & Clark – tried them – students hated it.

    2. – 100% free

      1. Save students money

      2. Not-for-profit foundation

      3. Download on ibookstore or as a .pdf

  4. Joe Sramek is overseas and sent the following message via email:


Sorry I cannot seem to skype into the meeting today - I am researching at the moment in Scotland - but I figured I would add in a few thoughts regarding what you just sent by email.  Overall it looks fine to me, I just have a question about "History of the Non-Western World."  At SIUC, we just have survey courses in Western (History 205 A/B), World (207 A/B), and U.S History (300 and 301).  Majors are required to take 300 and 301 and a year in either World/Western; History-Education majors need to take the 207 sequence.  Do other schools have a separate fourth course that is "Non-Western World" or is this really "World history."  Frankly, I don't see how one could exclude the West from a course on world history, as there is so much back and forth interaction across the millennia, but I suppose that might be another conversation.


Another small quibble perhaps might be choosing 1700 as the cut-off date between South Asia I and South Asia II - when I teach the course I go all the way from the Mughals to the present day as there is a context in which British colonial rule began after 1765 that gets lost in my opinion if you start from 1700.


Say hello to everyone at the meeting today, and again my regrets for not being able to connect either in person or via skype.  I look forward to seeing everyone next year.



6. Appreciation/Thank You to Departing Members - if any


7. Dates for Next Meetings –   Friday, Sept 25, 2015 - Venue: TBD, Normal, IL

                                              Friday, Sept 29, 2016 – Venue: TBD, Normal IL


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