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ERIC Number: ED413844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-30
Pages: 78
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Collaboration between General Education & the Major.
Nichols, John
This final report describes activities and accomplishment of a 3-year federally funded project at Saint Joseph's College (Indiana) to better integrate undergraduate students' general education courses and coursework with their majors. Specifically, the college worked with all 16 departments and 50 faculty (out of 54) to set up frequent, deliberate, and explicit points of collaboration between the core curriculum and students' majors, beginning by clarifying the structure, learning outcomes, and assessment plan of the majors. Then, each major's contribution to and use of materials from the core curriculum were planned and implemented. The study impacted all the college's students via the core curriculum and about 88 percent of them in terms of their major. All the departments have improved structure, planned outcomes, and assessment strategies; the core curriculum is now perceived as the work of the whole faculty; and there is an improved institutional ethos of collaboration. Ongoing yearly evaluation with the College Student Experiences Questionnaire is expected to indicate continued improved student outcomes. Individual sections of the report include a project overview and describe the project's purpose, background and origin, organization, and evaluation/results. Appended materials include: a report to the college community; data on the project's effectiveness; and the project evaluation report. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Joseph's Coll., Rensselaer, IN.