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Ku core presentation2013


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The KU Core, a Renewed Beginning for all KU Undergraduates
Christopher Haufler, KU Professor of Systematic Botany

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Ku core presentation2013

  1. 1. KU Core 2013History, Current Status, Projected Timeline
  2. 2. History 2009-2010: Chancellor’s Task Forcefinds general education requirements for College BA impede retention and timely graduation
  3. 3. History 2009-2010: Chancellor’s 2010-2011: Task Force finds general education requirements for Strategic Planning workCollege BA impede retention group recommends and timely graduation transforming KU curriculum
  4. 4. Principles  Make educational goals more visible and tightly linked to curricula  Involve full KU community in discussion  Consider national trends in university teaching and learningProcess  The general education work group:  Surveyed faculty, students, staff, and alumni  Used survey responses (700+) to drive discussion  Analyzed discussion results to prioritize goals  Compared general education systems across AAU institutions
  5. 5. Results  General education at KU should be:  University-wide  Based on educational goals and learning outcomes  Focused on fundamental skills, knowledge, and values
  6. 6. Revised Educational GoalsThe successful graduate will: 1. Build core skills of critical thinking and quantitative literacy 2. Strengthen written and oral communication 3. Develop a background of knowledge across fundamental areas of study 4. Respect human diversity and expand cultural understanding and global awareness 5. Practice social responsibility and demonstrate ethical behavior 6. Gain the ability to integrate knowledge and think creatively
  7. 7. Keys and next steps: Link educational goals to learning outcomes Ensure courses and educational experiences achieve the outcomes Incorporate review of the courses for student learning
  8. 8. History2009-2010: Chancellor’s Fall 2011:Task Force finds general 2010-2011:education requirements “Satellite Committees” Strategic Planning work for College BA impede recommend learning group transforms KU retention and timely outcomes, activities, and curriculum graduation evaluative rubrics
  9. 9. History Spring 2012:2009-2010: Chancellor’s Fall 2011:Task Force finds general 2010-2011: “Transition Committee”education requirements Satellite Committees finalizes learning Strategic Planning work for College BA impede recommend learning outcomes and criteria; group develops six core retention and timely outcomes, activities, and University Core educational goals graduation evaluative rubrics Curriculum Committee formed
  10. 10. Building the KU Core curriculum Three “general education” goals  Critical thinking and quantitative literacy – 2 “units”  Written and oral communication – 3 “units”  Broad background of knowledge – 3 “units” Three “advanced education” goals  Human diversity and global culture – 2 “units”  Ethics and social responsibility – 1 “unit”  Integration and creativity – 1 “unit” “Unit” = 3 – 5 credit course OR  an “educational experience” OR  an approved combination of courses and/or experiences
  11. 11. University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) Reviewed and endorsed by faculty governance Elected representatives from College and all Schools with undergraduate programs (including Med Center) Student representatives Ex officio members from Libraries and Provost Office
  12. 12. Summer 2012 Activities “Fast-tracked” 700+ courses for provisional approval Developed online submission process for courses and educational experiences Established approval process:  Department  School/College curriculum committees  UCCC
  13. 13. How does a course or educational experience qualify for the KU Core? Departments describe how course or experience enables students to achieve learning outcome(s)  Courses/experiences can meet more than one outcome (students can achieve only one outcome per course/experience)  All sections of the course must meet the same outcomes. Nominations reviewed by school/College curriculum committees UCCC shepherds process to promote successful departmental applications
  14. 14. How does a course or educational experience remain in the KU Core? Evidence of student achievement preserved UCCC reviews evidence for re-approval
  15. 15. Projected Timeline Spring 2013  Finish integration of KU Core into School and College curricula  Finalize catalog and student information systems  Begin orienting new students Fall 2013  All incoming undergraduates follow new curriculum  Current first-year students can “opt in”  Transfer students can “opt out”
  16. 16. The KU Core: A renewed beginning for KU undergraduates Curricula linked to educational goals Undergraduates aware of learning outcomes Degree-specific and major requirements build on KU Core foundation University-wide; establishes essential educational expectations of the KU undergraduate experience Coordinated with efforts to make learning visible and share evidence of student achievement