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Frequently Asked Questions


 

Questions

How does the proposed GE model contribute to our stated learning outcome goals for bachelor's degree recipients?

Could you give an example of a Ways of Engaging course?

Could you give an example of a Ways of Knowing course?

What recommended changes to the January GE Proposal have been considered by the Steering Committee?

What criteria would typically be used in determining course inclusion in a Ways of Knowing category?

Answers

Q: How does the proposed GE model contribute to our state learning outcome goals for bachelor's degree recipients?

A: The Exploratory Curriculum (EC) design  connects to our stated Learning Outcomes (see Appendix B) document in four significant ways:

1. The LO document emphasizes developmental outcomes through the “levels” of learning.  The two-tier Exploratory Curriculum provides a sense of progress/development to the EC. Rather than the current “flat” model (take a single course from each of eight categories), Ways of Engaging (WE) courses will build upon Ways of Knowing (WK) courses.

2. The LO document emphasizes graduating people of wisdom, defined in the SPU mission statement as the ability to apply knowledge to complex, ambiguous situations. The Ways of Engaging courses will ask students to use knowledge and perspectives gained  from WK courses to explore solutions to complex human challenges.

3. The Second Language and Culture Encounter category within the EC aims at the “demonstrates a global perspective” competence outcome in the LO document.

4. Though not part of the EC model, the proposal focuses the variety of skills identified in the LO document (and in the UPEC document for LO) in Common Curriculum courses. We believe this will increase the likelihood that students will actually encounter the skill outcomes identified in various parts of the LO document.

 

Q: Could you give an example of a Ways of Engaging course?

A: Many current courses would be likely candidates for inclusion as Ways of Engaging courses. Here are a few possibilities:

HIS 3730: History of the Modern Middle East (click here for syllabus)

TRE 1930/3930: Performance Practicum (click here for syllabus)

 

Q: Could you give an example of a Ways of Knowing course?

A: Many current introductory courses would be likely candidates for inclusion as Ways of Knowing courses. Here are a few possibilities:

POL 2330: International Relations (click here for syllabus)

POL 1110: Introduction to Politics (click here for syllabus)

 

Q: What recommended changes to the January GE Proposal have been considered by the Steering Committee?

A: Through written feedback and public forums, faculty have suggested over 40 changes to the GE Proposal endorsed by UPEC in January. Click here to see a list of the changes recommended. Results regarding the feedback will be posted soon.

 

Q: What criteria would typically be used in determining course inclusion in a Ways of Knowing category?

A: While specific criteria for each category will be developed in the implementation phase, click here to see the math departments' current criteria for the Mathematics requirement. We imagine faculty from appropriate disciplines will develop similar criteria for each WK category.