ERIC Number: ED318495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Core Curriculum Project (September 15, 1986-September 14, 1988).
Crouse, Joan M.
In 1982, a committee was formed to review, evaluate, and adjust the liberal arts core curriculum of Hilbert College in New York State. After completing its initial review, the committee concluded that, while there was a general appreciation within the college community for the current liberal arts core, a sufficient integration of the various components was lacking. A proposal was drafted to redesign the curriculum to provide students with: (1) a sound command of college-level liberal arts skills; (2) a breadth of exposure to the various liberal arts disciplines through a liberal arts distribution component; and (3) a capstone experience provided through one of 11 new interdisciplinary core courses. The curriculum proposal and a 2-year plan for implementation met with administrative and faculty approval. While the first two components of the core curriculum required only minor adjustments in existing programs, the development of the new interdisciplinary core courses involved the solicitation of faculty-generated course proposals, the provision of summer stipends or release time to faculty for course development, and the opportunity for faculty to enroll in graduate courses or attend conferences or workshops. Implementation also included faculty development workshops and guest lectures to prepare instructors to teach the new courses and the building of a supportive library of instructional materials. Student evaluations and faculty self-evaluations conducted for the first time in spring 1987 were highly favorable. Appendixes include course descriptions, conference programs, conference and student evaluation forms, and course outlines. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hilbert Coll., Hamburg, NY.
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