On September 8, 2015, the Joint Faculty Senate, on a unanimous vote, endorsed the process principles, design principles, and timeline in Making Connections, the Common Curriculum Visioning Committee's report on transforming general education at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. The Joint Faculty Senate also approved unanimously a motion to approve a new charge for the CCVC, authorizing the task force to continue its work providing direction and strategy for potential changes to the Common Curriculum.
On March 15, 2016 the Joint Faculty Senate endorsed the Making Connections Learning Outcomes with the understanding that the learning outcomes might undergo further revisions once we have a new curriculum. Since March 15, three teams of faculty have been working diligently to create curriculum based on these learning outcomes. These three model curricula will be presented to the community at the Faculty workshop on August 24. Over the next several months, CCVC will be collecting feedback on the three proposed curricula and revising them accordingly. We plan to have a new model selected by the end of the school year.
As we did previously CCVC will host a variety of community events to discuss the report and promote campus discussions on the general education program. Be sure to check this page frequently to be informed about CCVC events and to join the conversation!
The Vision for General Education
As we work on learning outcomes and curricular design, we will be guided by the following vision statement:
Grounded in the liberal arts and the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, [General Education Program] reflects our commitment to prepare our graduates to thrive in a complex and dynamic world. We challenge students to make connections across their studies, their lives, and their communities and to reimagine themselves in new contexts. Our graduates understand and integrate multiple perspectives and methods as they persevere in working toward the common good.
The following dates are subject to change.
Wednesday, December 14th from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in TRC Board Room at CSB: an open discussion on the CBT (Catholic and Benedictine Tradition) learning outcomes.
Tuesday, January 17th from 4:30 to 6 pm in Gorecki 120 at CSB: A JFS discussion of the CBT learning outcomes.
Thursday, January 19th from 4:30 to 6 pm in Quad 264 at SJU: A JFA discussion of the two general education models.
Tuesday, January 24th from 4:30 to 6 pm at a location TBD: A potential vote on the CBT learning outcomes; a JFS discussion of the two general education models.
Tuesday, February 7th from 4:30 to 6 pm at a location TBD: A JFS discussion of the two general education models (continued).
Tuesday, February 21th from 4:30 to 6 pm in Quad 264 at SJU: A potential JFS vote to focus on only one of the general education models.