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UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
UNT 2011 Core Update
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  • 1. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc UNT’s 2011 Core Curriculum William Cherry Discover the Power of the Core Advisor Development Day: October 22, 2010
  • 2. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Brief History and Background The State of Texas mandates public institutions of higher education to have a core curriculum, which must include: state-mandated component areas (36 hours): English (6 hours) US History (6 hours) Math (3 hours) Social/Behavioral science (3 hours) Science (6 hours) Government (6 hours) Humanities (3 hours) Visual/Performing Arts (3 hours) institutional option (6 hours) A few years ago UNT was required to reduce its core curriculum from 47 hours to 42 hours. To do this, UNT reduced the number of hours in natural science courses for non-science majors and began re-thinking its institutional option.
  • 3. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc In UNT’s prior core, our institutional option consisted of three component areas: communication diversity wellness. The current core curriculum requirements were always intended to be transitional – a way to buy us some time to carefully consider what we wanted the institutional option of our core curriculum to be. Courses in the prior areas were lumped together into “Understanding the Human Community.” In the Fall 2011 Core our institutional option will consist of: Discovery (3 hours) Capstone (3 hours) Notice that the new institutional option does not emphasize a type of knowledge for a student to acquire, but a type of experience for the student to have, experiences which could, in principle, be provided by courses in any discipline.
  • 4. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Don’t panic! As the new core comes into effect next fall, an important message we as advisors need to get out to students is that most continuing students will be able to choose between working with the old core requirements or moving forward to the new catalog to elect the new core requirements. Core curriculum requirements go with the catalog year the student’s degree plan is linked to. Students who do not move forward to the new catalog will continue to work under the old (current) core curriculum requirements. New in-state transfer students who indicate they planned their community college courses according to a catalog in force when they were in community college (as long as it wasn’t too far back) MAY elect to continue working in the older catalog. New freshmen and new out-of-state transfers (I think) will be required to work from the new Fall 2011 requirements.
  • 5. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc State mandated component areas There will be no changes in the general intent of the state mandated portion of the core curriculum (English, Math, Science, US History, etc.). HOWEVER, the change in the core was used as an opportunity to re-examine all the courses in each component area. Thus, although many of the courses we are familiar with meeting a core requirement still do, there have been some changes, and some courses have moved component areas. For example, PHIL 2600 (Ethics in Science) is moving from Social and Behavioral Science to Humanities. HLTH 2200 (Family Life and Human Sexuality) moved from the soon-to-be-defunct Understanding the Human Community to Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • 6. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Where can I find out which courses meet which requirement? The Registrar’s Office has created an “unofficial” website listing the courses in each component area: http: // essc. unt. edu/ registrar/ dars/ 2011CoreInProg. htm Sometime over the next few weeks as the 2011 Catalog goes to print this will become an official website that may be easier to find.
  • 7. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc English TECM 1700, Introduction to Professional, Science and Technical Writing, is a new alternative to ENGL 1310, College Writing I.
  • 8. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Mathematics Math 1100 is changing its name from “College Algebra” to just “Algebra” and will no longer count toward UNT’s core requirement in mathematics. (DON’T PANIC) If a student completes Math 1100 prior to Fall 2011, Math 1100 WILL still satisfy the math core requirement, even if the student moves forward to a new catalog. If an in-state transfer student takes college algebra at an institution that considers college algebra to meet its mathematics core requirement, that course will automatically transfer meeting UNT’s math core requirement. For out-of-state transfer students, a reasonable policy would be that if college algebra completes the math requirement at the institution the student is transferring from, it should also meet UNT’s math requirement. Basic Principle: Students who in good faith believe they have already completed their math requirement prior to transfer should not have to take another math class just to satisfy university core. [They may need another math class to satisfy a college-level or department-level degree requirement.]
  • 9. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc “College” Algebra (continued) Math 1100 does not really provide students any knowledge or skills that they should not have already acquired in high school. Math 1100 was viewed as a significant obstacle by many students. Math 1100 was never intended or designed as a terminal course. It was designed to prepare students for Pre-calculus and calculus. We have other courses (Math 1580 and Math 1680) that provide non-technical students with a more meaningful mathematics experience that gives them “added value” beyond what they were supposed to learn in high school and should generally be less of an obstacle to student persistence and graduation.
  • 10. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Good Math Advising is Now Trickier and More Important Starting next fall, students should only be advised to enroll in Math 1100 if they are contemplating majors in math, science, engineering, or some programs in the College of Education. The fact that Math 1100 is not in the core opens an opportunity to have a discussion with a student about whether math, science, or engineering is really the right major for him or her. Beginning in Fall 2011, we will bring back MATH 1180, College Math for Business, Economics, and Related Fields. Business and BA Economics students who would now take Math 1100 should take Math 1180 instead. Math 1180 does satisfy core.
  • 11. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Conceptual Framework for Institutional Option DOORWAYS: DISCOVERY is a doorway into academic life at UNT. CAPSTONE experiences are intended to serve as a doorway leading from UNT to a student’s life after graduation.
  • 12. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc DISCOVERY Discovery courses should: be taken early in a student’s time at UNT, help students acclimate themselves to an academic environment, introduce students to UNT values, resources, and opportunities, help students feel they are part of a community. Types of Discovery courses Some courses that were formerly part of “Understanding the Human Community” have been reconfigured into Discovery courses. First year seminars Introductory courses in various majors
  • 13. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc DISCOVERY (continued) Some Discovery courses are upper-level and intended primarily for new transfer students. For example MGMT 3330, Communicating in Business CJUS 3700, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Discovery courses will be judged, in part, based on how they affect things like freshmen-to-sophomore persistence. Discovery courses are singled out to be held responsible for helping new students feel as if they belong somewhere at UNT. (This is more important as UNT grows to be huge.) They give UNT a mechanism to implement things such as “learning communities.”
  • 14. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc CAPSTONE Capstone courses are intended to: be taken when students are juniors are seniors, have completed all other areas of the core, and are a good way through their majors; Many students will take capstone experiences their final semester at UNT. help students synthesize the knowledge and learning they have experienced while at UNT; prepare students to apply the various kinds of knowledge they have learned in a closer-to-real-world setting.
  • 15. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc CAPSTONE (continued) Types of Capstone experiences Major Specific Capstones, such as: Student teaching Studio Art Senior Recital Honors Thesis General Interest Capstones such as: MATH 3870, Inventing Statistics PHIL 3700, Science, Technology, and Society PHIL 3900, Philosophy of Food
  • 16. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc A side-benefit of Capstone & Discovery Most majors which require a large amount of hours will have discovery and capstone options which also count toward the major. This will make it easier for some students to graduate on time.
  • 17. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Intentionality How is the Core often viewed? A series of hurdles to get through before a student is allowed to take courses they are interested in. A series of boxes to check. A series of courses somewhat haphazardly chosen from a broad menu of options. How would we rather the Core function? As a scaffolding which provides intellectual support enabling students to get the most out of the courses in their major program. Courses intentionally chosen to provide maximum support to a student’s program and interests.
  • 18. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc How can we help advisors help advance student intentionality? Look for programs to provide advisor “guidance” sheets indicating core courses that are particularly well-suited as support to particular programs. Does the major REQUIRE specific capstones? Is there a course that is a major requirement and also meets the discovery core requirement? If a particular discovery or capstone course is not required by the major, are there some that the program prefers or recommends? Are there courses within the state-mandated component areas that might be better choices than some other courses for certain majors? For instance, for math majors, absent a particular preference by the student, I like to recommend Economics for social and behavioral science and philosphy for humanities.
  • 19. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Improving Communication with Students about the Intent and Benefits of the Core We would like to better communicate with students about why they are required to complete a core curriculum and why we believe the core curriculum is a benefit to them. We will better publicize the learning objectives associated with each core component area. We may use Discovery courses as an opportunity to bring in alumni to talk with students about the UNT community and about how knowledge and skills they acquired in the core curriculum has been useful to them in their post-UNT lives.
  • 20. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc An opportunity for improved assessment of the core Most students enrolled in capstone courses will have completed all the other core component areas. As part of the process of being accepted as a capstone course, the course must agree to devote an hour of class time to a university-wide effort at assessing the core curriculum as a coherent whole. This will give us an opportunity to do more sophisticated assessments as to whether the core is working as intended and give us a sense of whether some courses are doing better or worse jobs at meeting the goals of the core.
  • 21. History State Engl Math Inst Discovery Capstone Intentionality Communication Assessment Misc Courses in multiple component areas In the Fall 2011 core, courses may apply to be part of multiple component areas of the core. examples ART 1300, Art Appreciation, is both a Discovery and Visual/Performing Arts course. AGER 2250, Images of Aging Through Film and Literature, is both a Discovery and Social/Behavioral Science course. When a course is in multiple areas of the core, a student may only use the course to satisfy one area of the core, but he or she may choose which one. Thus, some students may use ART 1300 to satisfy their discovery requirement, whereas other students will use ART 1300 to satisfy their visual and performing arts requirement.

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