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