Presentation on theme: "Re-forming Liberal Education: Reconsidering and Remapping General Ed., the Major, and the Student Experience David C. Paris VP, Integrative Liberal Learning."— Presentation transcript:
Re-forming Liberal Education: Reconsidering and Remapping General Ed., the Major, and the Student Experience David C. Paris VP, Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons, AAC&U AAC&U ILD Institute 2013
Overview: *A session at a somewhat different level *The current challenges (external/internal) to liberal/general education and the ILGC *The need for re-formation? *Content and design, curriculum and program *Big questions, integration and pathways, the student experience, structuring transparency
A Wider Context: Challenges to Liberal (General?) Education (And A&S)…. Declining enrollments, majors Throughput pressure, the completion agenda Questions of relevance, quality, cost The technological and curricular alternative models The policy follies, cutting majors, and the history premium
The AAC&U Responding to Challenges, Defending and Promoting Liberal Education A dual role: authority and support/development Professionalism and community organizing: advocacy, and the arsenal of AAC&U: LEAP/ELO, VALUE, HIPS… Support/development: networks, institutes (ILD), publications
ILGCs Mission? *The challenge restatedWhat is the what of liberal/general education? Can there be value without content? *The big muddy of content, design, and student experiencesrevisiting some basic issues *(New?) support/development for liberal education
Potential Elements of an Agenda/Charge Big Questions: wicked problems and global learning Integrative learning, curricular coherence and connection to programs (Remapping general education/major) Problem-focused curricula, programs Transparency and portfolios Whither the arts and sciences?
Big Questions and Wicked Problems * Perennial and contemporary issues beyond disciplines (identity, environment, justice understanding nature, culture, and society) *Whats a wicked problem? Global learning and issues in the making (e.g. human rights, Snowden)
Integration (A): curricular pathways * Connecting courses that touch (wicked) problems from several angles *Horizontal and vertical integration, reconsidering general ed. and the major *U. Cal. Chicopathways
Integration (B) within the institution, with other communities: *Co-curricular programs and learning outcomes (Kuh, experience is the best teacher--https:// chronicle.com/article/Maybe-Experience-Really- Can-Be/125433/; Guttman CC) *The growing role of internships, preparation for employment *Civic engagement, service learning building on a long tradition *E.g.: Wake Forest College to Career, BToP/A Crucible Moment
Transparency, assessment, and the (whole) student experience: *Portfolios as the new transcript/resume *HIPS/NSSE as surrogate measures? *VALUE rubrics assessing authentic student worka national mode of assessment? *Organizing the portfolio?
(At Least) Two Questions Leading to Others: *Internal: Are we organized (content, structure, experience, assessment) in ways that can (help) re-form liberal/general education? *External: How effectively is what we are doing (content, structure, experience, assessment) responding to public challenges and/or transfer to new models?
Rhetorical Provocations and Visions (Delusions): * Is the distinction between general ed./ major, breadth/depth still useful, helpful? *What if there were only general education? *What if one majored in an area or a problem?
Content? Knowledge for…? *Is transmitting disciplinary knowledge (and how it is obtained), what our students need? *How does what we teach relate to the issues and big questions students will confront in their personal, economic, and civic lives? *To what extent can/should curricular, co-curricular, and community programs be integrated as improving student experience/learning?
*Do our organizational structures reflect the way we want students to understand the world? *Should we replace departments with divisions as a way of organizing ourselves (gen. ed. vs. majors) and structuring students academic experience? *What if coursework were organized around student portfolio categories, statements/demonstrations of outcomes in broad categories of ways of knowing and categories of knowledge?
Two Strategies: Current ILGC Initiatives (Development/Support) *STIRS: evidence-based reasoning across the curriculum, framework and case studies *Integrative learning: nine/fifteen college consortium with initiatives across disciplines *Global learning: VALUE rubric, global handbook, gen. ed. as global ed. *Bridging Cultures: nine community colleges revising humanities courses around civic issues/community engagement
Advocacy/Authority Strategy *Do we need an updated, more prescriptive liberal learning statement? *Is there a curricular equivalent to HIPs? (the gathering problem) *Can E-portfolios establish a template for defining and demonstrating liberal learning? *Symposium 2014:
Help Wanted! *Please send reactions/ideas, suggestions, examples.. *How can we help you?