Jan. 16, 2019
8:30 am-12 pm, Winn 150
Guided Pathways & General Education:
Where Are We Now & What Options Work Best for CRC Students?
(click on the photo above to view the video of the PD Institute)
Why do students take your course for GE? General Education provides a common educational experience for students. While the State prescribes GE course requirements, CRC faculty ensure that general education courses cultivate knowledge, skills, and values that are characteristic of a learned person. But, how will CRC decide which GE courses will fit with students’ interests and academic/career goals?
This PD institute will:
· engage participants in understanding GE
· provide a context for how GE considerations relate to guided pathways implementation
· highlight possible GE approaches used by other colleges
· give participants a chance to voice their perspective on future college GE directions within a Pathways framework and contribute to “conversation draft” proposal for a thematic approach to GE at CRC.
They're sometimes controversial among faculty, but -- love them or hate them -- theme-based general education "pathways" programs, in which required coursework is grouped into academically or socially relevant themes for a more meaningful undergraduate experience, are a growing trend. Or so it appeared Friday at a standing-room-only session on pathways at the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ annual conference here. Asked by panelists who had introduced theme-based general education requirements at their institutions, about a dozen attendees -- mostly administrators -- raised their hands. Asked again how many attendees were considering such programs, nearly all answered in the affirmative....
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General education is the traditional method by which institutions expose students to a wide array of disciplines, help them identify their academic interests, and become well-rounded graduates. Unfortunately, this is often not how general education plays out in practice. Without much structure to support their exploration, students end up selecting courses based on convenient times or the opportunity to take classes with friends, a lost opportunity to orient their course selection around their personal goals.
Some institutions, however, are confronting this planning gap by adding new structures to their general education requirements...
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General Education is included in the Ontario college curriculum to help graduates gain insight into the diversity, complexity, and richness of human experience. By expanding their aesthetic, cultural, historical, scientific, and philosophical awareness, graduates are equipped to participate actively and fully in society and to recognize the values of social responsibility and good citizenship.
To support these goals, general education at Algonquin College will be delivered via discrete courses that address one of the following five themes:
Arts in Society
Social and Cultural Understanding
Science and Technology
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Ohio University offers “themes” that can help you focus general education (and College of Arts & Sciences requirements) around topics you’re interested in. The themes also provide ways for small groups of students and faculty to get involved in solving 21st century issues.
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This fall, CRC will be participating in the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), a national survey of institutional practices and student behaviors during the earliest weeks of college. SENSE is an initiative of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, part of the Program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. SENSE results will help us better understand the entering student experience at CRC.
The survey will be administered during the fourth and fifth class weeks of the fall academic term in classes randomly selected by the Center. Instructors whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive further information from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.