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 last year, 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.
On Wednesday, October 19 at 4:30 at the JFA in Gorecki 204C the three models will be discussed. All are welcome.
The next public forum will be at the Faculty Workshop on August 24, 2016. The models will be presented for discussion. The faculty workshop will be followed by an Open House on September 1 from 4:30-5:30 where CCVC, including the model builders, will be available to continue the discussion on the three models.