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1 What is the End Game? Compass Engaging from the Start Conference February 13-14, 2012 CSU, Los Angeles John Tarjan

2 Presentation Overview Why Fund Experimentation in GE? My Perspective on Compass Important Questions For Instance? Request

3 Why Fund Experimentation in GE? Do Good Things for Your Students Basic Research Applied Research

4 My Perspective Compass’ Value Lies in Being Able to Inform Intersegmental Policy (Title 5/EO 1065) to Impact All Students Constraints/Challenges 112 x 23 Legislative/Board Mania for Efficiency New Learners Continued Funding Challenges Inertia Change Needs to Be Both Discrete and Clearly Communicated

5 Important Questions What, if any, specific student learning outcomes (SLOs) should be formally incorporated into Area Breadth? Is it feasible to incorporate SLOs in a curriculum that needs to support smooth transfer and reciprocity? Question related to the first—is 39+9 the way to go or could we require a combination of units in GE and demonstrated learning outcomes (via e-portfolios, examination, projects, presentations, etc.).

6 Questions to Be Answered (cont) Which, if any, high impact practices (HIPs) should be formally incorporated into Area Breadth? Is it feasible to incorporate HIPs in a curriculum that needs to support smooth transfer and reciprocity?

7 For Instance? Outcomes Knowledge Skills Understanding Experiences

8 Knowledge List the disciplines within the social/behavior sciences and explain their particular methodologies for discovering new knowledge and their main areas of focus. Explain the scientific method and the assumptions underlying it and propose the null and alternate hypotheses for the following three research questions. Describe the following forms of literature and explain why each may be most appropriate for a particular type of expression.

9 Skills Explain the information contained in a graph, pie chart and table. Design a research study to answer the following question. Deliver an effective persuasive speech with the following requirements.

10 Understanding Provide examples of the contributions that the following disciplines can make in addressing the issue of sustainability. Political science Sociology Chemistry Biology Economics Philosophy Identify all of the logical fallacies in this essay and provide alternative arguments. Explain how art has contributed to social change in at least three different societies.

11 Experiences Participate in a group project that answers a research question and presents the results to an audience of peers. Complete a service learning project. Read literature from at least two cultures very different from your own that provide an insight into the perspectives of the individuals in those cultures.

12 For Instance? HIPs Complete a service learning project utilizing knowledge and techniques learned in a GE course or an approved internship including a final report or an undergraduate research project. Complete a first year experience in which you Develop a graduation plan. Interview a faculty member in your intended major and provide an oral report back to the class. Write a review of an on-campus activity. Complete at least three collaborative assignments or projects or participate in a learning community.

13 Request to You Plan to give a report to the GE Advisory Committee in November 2013 What outcomes, if any, should we require of all students? Number of associated outcomes Level of proficiency What problems are associated with requiring these outcomes? Disruption of current course patterns/offerings Demonstrating completion Providing “credit” for completion What strategies/policies can overcome these problems?

14 Request (cont) Plan to give a report to the GE Advisory Committee in November 2013 What HIPs, if any, should we require of all students? Options? Specific requirements What problems are associated with requiring these HIPs? Cost Finding faculty Accommodation for student circumstances Providing “credit” for completion What strategies/policies can overcome these problems?

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