Table of Contents

Acknowledgements...............................................................................................................................................................................................4

Common Curriculum Visioning Committee (CCVC) Members 2014-2015...............................................................................................5

Executive Summary...............................................................................................................................................................................................6

Part A: The Context for Potential Reform of the Common Curriculum.......................................................................................................11

          A.1 Introduction.....................................................................................................................................................................................11

          A.2 How We Got Here: The Context for Review of the Common Curriculum at CSB/SJU.....................................................12         

          A.3 The Common Curriculum Visioning Committee (CCVC) and its Charge.........................................................................14

          A.4 Process Principles Based on a Survey of the National Scholarship on General Education Reform...........................16

                    Process Principle #1: Focus on Student Learning.......................................................................................................16

                    Process Principle #2: Form a Task Force......................................................................................................................17

                    Process Principle #3: Support Proposals with Research..........................................................................................18

                    Process Principle # 4: Establish Process Before Discussing Content...................................................................19

                    Process Principle #5: Establish a Timeline...................................................................................................................19

                    Process Principle #6: Devote Resources to the Work.................................................................................................20

                    Process Principle #7: Encourage Open Communication...........................................................................................21

                    Process Principle #8: Engage a Variety of Audiences.................................................................................................21

                    Process Principle #9: Discuss Vision and Learning Outcomes Prior to Design...................................................22

          A.5 Feedback from the Fall Faculty Workshop...............................................................................................................................25

                    Theme 1: Learning traits....................................................................................................................................................27

                    Theme 2: Skills to Success...............................................................................................................................................28

                    Theme 3: Individuality and Community...........................................................................................................................28

                    Theme 4: Values.................................................................................................................................................................29

                    Theme 5: Process..............................................................................................................................................................29

          A6. Feedback from Departments and Programs...........................................................................................................................30

          A.7 Feedback from Students..............................................................................................................................................................32

          A.8 The Strengths of the Common Curriculum..............................................................................................................................35

          A.9 Areas for Improvement and the Need for Curriculum Revision...........................................................................................35

          A.10 Opportunities and Imperatives for Change...........................................................................................................................38

Part B: Vision and Design Principles for General Education at CSB/SJU................................................................................................42

          B.1 The Vision and the Essential Learning Outcomes for General Education at CSB/SJU.................................................42

          B.2 The General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Design Principles and Guidelines for General Education.......43

          B.3 Recommendations for Vision and Design Principles Based on Survey of the National Scholarship on Education Reform....46

                    Design Principle #1: Make High-Impact Practices Purposeful and Integrative......................................................46

                    Design Principle #2: Consider Alternatives to the Distribution Model......................................................................47

                    Design Principle #3: Follow Learning Outcomes Endorsed by the Joint Faculty Senate....................................48

                    Design Principle #4: Focus on "Connections".............................................................................................................48

                    Design Principle #5: Consider Equity in Curricular Design......................................................................................54

                    Design Principle #6: Establish an Assessment Plan................................................................................................55

                    Design Principle #7: Re-Brand General Education at CSB/SJU..............................................................................57

                    Design Principle #8: Ensure Students Can Graduate in Four Years......................................................................58

          B.4 Case Studies of Success..........................................................................................................................................................58

Part C: Making It Happen....................................................................................................................................................................................60

          C.1 CCVC and Faculty Governance.................................................................................................................................................60

          C.2 Proposed New Charge for CCVC.............................................................................................................................................60

          C.3 Proposed Timeline with Checkpoints......................................................................................................................................61

          C.4 Characteristics of Success........................................................................................................................................................66

                    1) Provide time for collaboration on teaching and learning.......................................................................................66

                    2) Make a commitment to the support of teaching through financial resources, technology, etc.......................67

                    3) Provide leadership and a home for the general education program and evaluate the learning outcomes through ongoing assessment............................................................................................................................................................................68

                    4) Ensure continued quality with a curriculum that serves as a common foundation and language...............70

          C.5 Conclusion....................................................................................................................................................................................70

Bibliography..........................................................................................................................................................................................................71

Appendix A: CCVC Outreach Activities 2014-2015........................................................................................................................................88

Appendix B: Current CSB/SJU Common Curriculum Learning Goals and Requirements..................................................................89

Appendix C: LEAP Principles of Excellence...................................................................................................................................................95

Appendix D: Sample General Education Vision Statements from other Institutions.............................................................................96

Appendix E: LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes........................................................................................................................................98

Appendix F: AAC&U High-Impact Educational Practices.............................................................................................................................99

Appendix G: Sample Guided Pathway with Signature Work.....................................................................................................................101

Appendix H: The Degree Qualifications Profile Overview.........................................................................................................................106

Appendix I: Alverno College "Core Abilities"................................................................................................................................................109

Appendix J: Purpose and Goals for General Education at Portland State University..........................................................................115

Appendix K: Sample VALUE Rubric..............................................................................................................................................................118

Appendix L: Employer Opinions on Learning Outcomes..........................................................................................................................120