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AMY DOLING, CORYANNE HARRIGAN, AND STEVEN J. GRIFFITH SIMPSON COLLEGE, INDIANOLA, IOWA Widening the Circle: Creating Momentum for Curricular and Structural.

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1 AMY DOLING, CORYANNE HARRIGAN, AND STEVEN J. GRIFFITH SIMPSON COLLEGE, INDIANOLA, IOWA Widening the Circle: Creating Momentum for Curricular and Structural Change

2 FACULTY CONCERNS General education is: Too Large Unfocused Check-box Volunteer working groups respond to a new strategic initiative. Elected Committee (LPWG) Academic Structures General Education Gen Ed model chosen: First-Year Experience Areas of Engagement Embedded Skills Capstone in the Major JUNE 2006SUMMER 2007FALL 2007 AUGUST 2008ACADEMIC YEAR 07/08ACADEMIC YEAR 08/09 Criteria working groups write specific learning objectives for each designation. Principles for Gen Ed: Be deliberate Be interdisciplinary Have built in assessment Contain a first-year experience Transition Timeline

3 The Engaged Citizenship Curriculum (unanimously approved by faculty)  I SIMPSON COLLOQUIUM  II AREAS OF ENGAGEMENT  The Arts  Civic Engagement  Diversity and Power in the United States  Ethics and Value Inquiry  Global Perspectives  Historical Perspectives in Western Culture  Scientific Reasoning  III EMBEDDED SKILLS Written Communication (4) Quantitative Reasoning (2) Critical Thinking (2) Information Literacy (2) Oral Communication (2) Collaborative Leadership (2) Intercultural Communication (1)  IV SENIOR CAPSTONE IN THE MAJOR April 2009

4 The new curriculum reflects AAC&U learning outcomes AAC&UNEW CURRICULUM Intellectual/Practical SkillsAll Courses and Embedded Skills Intercultural KnowledgeIntercultural Communication, Global Perspectives, Diversity and Power, Historical Perspectives, The Arts Physical/Natural WorldScientific Reasoning Ethical Reasoning and Action Ethics and Value Inquiry Civic Knowledge/Engagement Civic Engagement Teamwork/Problem SolvingCollaborative Leadership Integrative LearningSenior Capstone

5 THE BIG PICTURE Built on learning objectives and criteria Focuses on what students need to be productive and engaged citizens Students take fewer courses, but go into more depth More time outside of class for faculty and students working on hands-on projects More time demonstrating ability

6 Transition Team and General Education Directors Criteria Working Groups Working Group of Faculty and Staff Dean and Volunteer Faculty Faculty and Staff Review Panels Open Meetings with Students Faculty Training Sessions Registrar Public Relations Admissions

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