Presentation on theme: "Connecting Life and Learning: Developing Integral Christian Learning through Curricular and Co-Curricular Collaboration."— Presentation transcript:
Connecting Life and Learning: Developing Integral Christian Learning through Curricular and Co-Curricular Collaboration
Erik Hoekstra Provost Hubert Krygsman Associate Provost for Curricular Programs Bethany Schuttinga Associate Provost for Co-Curricular Programs
Demographic Particulars Founded in associated with the Christian Reformed Church (Calvinist) 49% of students are Christian Reformed 65% are from “Reformed” denominations 1,350 total undergraduate student body, mainly traditional residential 50% of the total student body are from more than 500 miles from campus Largest majors - education, business, engineering, nursing, fine arts, agriculture Strong programs in music, theater, and athletics Strong, stable religiously homogeneous faculty, 15:1 student/faculty ratio Rural, population 6,300, and one hour from two metro areas Intentional and extensive residence-life and co-curricular programming
Unique Foundational Documents and Principles Educational Task of Dordt College Educational Framework of Dordt College Serviceable Insight Four Coordinates for Learning
Serviceable Insight Education at Dordt College is not pursued for its own sake nor for its civilizing qualities nor for the strictly pragmatic purposes of vocational instruction, but to provide insight and develop talents that will sustain lifelong responsible service in God’s Kingdom. The knowledge, competencies, and commitments gained through the educational process aim to prepare students to live thankful lives before the Lord; to serve others with integrity, in common everyday activities as well as in specific vocations; and to unfold and care for creation.
Education of Whole Persons To a large extent Dordt will have failed if it graduates knowledgeable and skillful students who lack the desire to carry out their tasks in service and loving obedience. Scripturally-oriented devotional and social activities… ought not to be considered mere additions to the academic task; rather, they should be integrated into the total pattern of curricular and co-curricular activity, all of which is designed to provide the student with serviceable insight, i.e., wisdom according to the mind of Christ.
Religious Orientation—Who owns your heart? Creational Structure—How do things hang together? Creational Development—What is the situation today? Contemporary Response—What do we do now? Four Coordinates
Consideration of General Education Retirement of VP of Academic Affairs Provost Office Structure Combine Curricular & Co-Curricular Advent of Faculty Senate Academic Leadership Team Concept Timeline for Change
The new CORE Program For details of the Core Program, see: https://www.dordt.edu/publications/catalog/academic_offerings/core.pdf
The CORE Mission The Core Program: Prepares students for Christian discipleship in the common areas of life. Articulates the religious foundation and structural and cultural / historical contexts for other curricular programs. Provides a forum for addressing issues of common concern (Core Framework, p. 3).
The CORE Paradigm “Core” means “central” From “distributive model” to “common areas of life” Defined by Framework (4 Coordinates) goals Connected: inter-disciplinary; connected to majors, Student Life, whole life Flexible, responsive to student needs Developmental – to a mature, integral Christian worldview
CORE Components / Flow CORE COMPETENCIES (FRESHMAN LEVEL): Communication (3) COMM 100: Speaking and Listening, or CORE 110: Communication in Contemporary Culture Writing (3-4) ENG 100: Writing for College, or CORE 120: Composition Language (7) LANG : Foreign Language Math (3-4) MATH 100: Mathematics for College, or college-level Math course
CORE Components / Flow FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE LEVEL COURSES CORE 100 (2): Kingdom, Identity, and Calling CORE 130 (1.5): Health, Sport, the Body + 3 activities CORE 140 (3): Roots of Western Worldviews/Culture CORE 145 (3): Modern West Culture in Global Context CORE 150 (3): Biblical Foundations CORE 160 (3): Introduction to the Arts CORE 180 (3): Literature
SOPHOMORE-JUNIOR LEVEL COURSES: CORE 200 (3): Introduction to Christian Philosophy CORE (3-4): Unfolding the Biotic Creation CORE (3-4): Unfolding the Physical Creation CORE (3): Persons in Community CORE (3): Justice and Stewardship CORE (3): Cross-Cultural Studies SENIOR LEVEL COURSES: CORE (3): Advanced Reformed Thought CORE 399 (3): Calling, Task, and Culture CORE Components / Flow
Academic Competencies * Comm 100 / CORE 110 English 100 / CORE 120 Foreign Language Math 100
CORE 100: Kingdom, Identity, Calling First-semester “bookend” Foci: Advising Mentoring into college life Exploration of identity and calling inside God’s story: –How has God been at work in my life? –Who am I? –What am I supposed to do?
Core 150: Biblical Foundations The Biblical story: God at work in history Whose we are God’s Word for creation (and how we read it) Creation >Fall> Redemption>Consummation Called to faithful response
CORE Components / Flow Redemptive-Historical Outlook: Creational Development Theme: humans developing creation in response to God CORE 140: Roots of Western Worldview and Culture CORE 145: Modern Western Culture in Global Context
CORE Components / Flow Contextual / Inter-disciplinary – Creation Structure: Academic Competencies * CORE 200: Christian Philosophy Arts and Lit: –CORE 160: The Arts –CORE 180: Literature Natural Sciences: –CORE 130+: HPER + activities –CORE : Unfolding the Biotic Creation –CORE : Unfolding the Physical Creation Social Sciences: –CORE : Persons in Community –CORE : Justice and Stewardship Cross-Cultural: CORE
CORE Natural Science CORE : Unfolding the Physical Creation CORE 221: Physics Applications and Implications CORE 222: Intro to Environmental Studies: Energy, Materials and the Environment CORE 224: Solar System Astronomy CORE 227: Chemical Principles
“Showering with the 4 Coordinates” CORE Natural Science 1) Why care about hot water production? Religious Orientation – Biblical Foundation God as creator/sustainer/redeemer God’s love for His creation Call to serve as stewards & shalom seekers
“Showering with the 4 Coordinates” CORE Natural Science 2) Why do we use electricity for hot water? Creational Development Brief history of society’s use of energy
“Showering with the 4 Coordinates” CORE Natural Science 3) How is it produced and how much do we use? Creational Structure Tour Dordt’s boiler and dorm mechanical rooms Measure hot water used for showers Calculate amount of coal/year & bales of corn stalks required
“Showering with the 4 Coordinates” CORE Natural Science 4) How might I steward hot water? Contemporary Response Conservation – low flow, short showers Use renewable energy
CORE Social Science: Being Human in Community CORE : Justice and Stewardship CORE 261: Sociology and Social Justice CORE 262: Introduction to Politics CORE 264: Faith and Social Justice CORE 266: Economics and Christian Stewardship
Connections Meeting students’ needs: a goal-based, flexible program Focus: the common areas of life Co-Curricular links CORE 100 CORE 399 (GEN 300) Other
Curricular/Co-Curricular Creating the Academic Partnership: What is the role and task of staff? What does the partnership look like? Where are the connection points in the Core for Co-Curricular engagement?
Defining the Partnership Creating collaboration through structure: Residence Life/Academic Skills Center Counseling Services/Psychology Department Campus Health/Nursing Department Institutional Committee Assignments Career Services/Academic Departments Campus Ministries/Athletics Student Services Staff/Admissions Career Services/Advancement
Co-Educators or Partners? Supporting Academic Programs Retention Council Academic Alert Process Residence Life/Academic Skills Center Career Services Evaluating ‘educational programs’ Residence Life Student Activities Campus Ministries Campus Health/Counseling
Connection Points With the CORE Community Block Schedule First Monday Speakers Series Core 100 Core 399 (Gen 300) Chapel Core 100 Residence Life, Campus Ministries, Discipleship Groups, Athletics Third Monday Advising with Departments Service Learning Core 100 Student Symposium