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  • 1. Madeleva Society Steering Committee April 23, 2010 Reforming General Education at Saint Mary’s
  • 2. A. Historical Context for General Education at SMC B. Why reform General Education now? 1. President Mooney’s priorities 2. 2008 Strategic Plan C. The Current GenEd Program D. Features of the New Curriculum § Learning Outcomes § A reassertion of our Holy Cross heritage
  • 3. Era of the Academy 1850s to mid-1890s Basic literacy for an immigrant population Mother Pauline Era 1895 to mid-1930s Female refinement befitting a “convent school” Sister Madeleva Era 1934 to 1970s Well-rounded education to match increasing opportunities for women Lay Leadership Era 1970s to present Making a difference in the world (pluralism, global awareness, feminism) The Four Eras of Saint Mary’s College* *With thanks to Professor Gail Mandell, Humanistic Studies Department
  • 4. BA, 1959- 1960•16 hours of theology •15 of philosophy •12 of English •8 of lab science •6 of history •6 of social science •6 of fine arts •5 of math •up to 16 of foreign language 90 hours! BA, 2008- 2009 •6 hours of religious studies •3 of philosophy •3 of English •8 of lab science •3 of history •6 of social science •3 of fine arts •3 or 4 of math •8 of foreign language •9 hours of additional courses •Writing Proficiency 53 hours
  • 5. “The General Education Program will be re-examined, re- articulated, and re-configured. General Education touches every Saint Mary’s student and the articulation of its content telegraphs to our students the elements that the College judges to be essential to a Saint Mary’s education.….As we design an improved General Education Program, we will have our eyes on the total education we provide our students. Hence, during this process, we will reinforce Saint Mary’s learning goals and articulate the learning outcomes we hope to achieve in the four years our students are with us.” —The Path to Leadership 2012
  • 6. LO1 LO2 LO3 Making Learning Intentional MissionMission StatementStatement MissionMission StatementStatement Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes
  • 7. aa Knowledge Acquisition & Integration of LearningKnowledge Acquisition & Integration of Learning bb Cognitive & Communicative SkillsCognitive & Communicative Skills cc Intercultural Competence & Social ResponsibilityIntercultural Competence & Social Responsibility
  • 8. aa Knowledge Acquisition & Integration of LearningKnowledge Acquisition & Integration of Learning bb Cognitive & Communicative SkillsCognitive & Communicative Skills cc Intercultural Competence & Social ResponsibilityIntercultural Competence & Social Responsibility Catholic education in the liberal arts tradition values knowledge for its own sake and affirms the interconnectedness of all learning. Therefore….
  • 9. A Saint Mary’s student exhibits sound knowledge of the formation of human identities, the development and functioning of diverse cultures and social groupings, the practice of creative artistry, the multi-faceted nature of religion and the Catholic tradition, the complexity of fundamental philosophical questions, and the intricate workings of the natural world. Knowledge Acquisition & Integration of LearningKnowledge Acquisition & Integration of Learning
  • 10. A Saint Mary’s student demonstrates the ability to look at issues from multiple perspectives, recognizing the effect that differences in areas such as gender, religion, values, culture and privilege can have on the ways that people interpret and act in the world; and she makes connections across disparate settings and areas of study. Knowledge Acquisition & Integration of LearningKnowledge Acquisition & Integration of Learning
  • 11. aa Knowledge Acquisition & Integration of LearningKnowledge Acquisition & Integration of Learning bb Cognitive & Communicative SkillsCognitive & Communicative Skills cc Intercultural Competence & Social ResponsibilityIntercultural Competence & Social Responsibility As a women’s college, Saint Mary’s emphasizes the value of women’s voices and their distinctive contribution to intellectual life. Therefore….
  • 12. A Saint Mary’s student masters a broad set of sophisticated intellectual skills, including critical thinking, careful interpretation of complex texts and artifacts, accurate evaluation of data, investigative problem solving, quantitative reasoning, historical sensitivity, and technological and information literacy. She reflects analytically on her experience as a woman, on the contributions of women’s voices, and on constructions of gender. Cognitive & Communicative SkillsCognitive & Communicative Skills
  • 13. A Saint Mary's student communicates her ideas, insights, thought processes, and conclusions with accuracy, competence, and style in various media and contexts. Cognitive & Communicative SkillsCognitive & Communicative Skills
  • 14. aa Knowledge Acquisition & Integration of LearningKnowledge Acquisition & Integration of Learning bb Cognitive Skills & Communicative AbilitiesCognitive Skills & Communicative Abilities cc Intercultural Competence & Social ResponsibilityIntercultural Competence & Social Responsibility Furthermore, as a Catholic women’s college, Saint Mary’s fosters respect and compassion for all persons and honors leadership that improves the human community. Therefore….
  • 15. A Saint Mary’s student develops reflective and collaborative skills that enable her to learn from and participate in dialogue with diverse people and cultures. She does this by attaining competence in another language and by study and experience that reveal both cultural differences and the connections joining people in a global society. Intercultural Competence & Social ResponsibilityIntercultural Competence & Social Responsibility
  • 16. In keeping with the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and their stance in solidarity with the poor and powerless, a Saint Mary’s student will evaluate social conditions, discern human needs, and be able to respond as an agent of change. Intercultural Competence & Social ResponsibilityIntercultural Competence & Social Responsibility
  • 17. aa Knowledge Acquisition &Knowledge Acquisition & Integration of LearningIntegration of Learning bb Cognitive &Cognitive & Communicative SkillsCommunicative Skills cc Intercultural CompetenceIntercultural Competence & Social Responsibility& Social Responsibility InformationInformation FormationFormation TransformationTransformation
  • 18. LO1 LO2LO3
  • 19. Questions or Discussion