Development of Curriculum Framework Elements

Now that our new general education framework has been approved, our next task is the define what elements of that framework mean in terms of student learning outcomes and other requirements.  In Fall 2016 committees of content experts will be convened to define each element in more detail.  GERC has established criteria, i.e., needed expertise, for the members of each committee and asked the deans of each school to nominate appropriate faculty.  Once the membership of these Requirement Development Committees has been ratified by GERC and the council of deans, each group will be charged with establishing student learning outcomes and any other features that should be required for the curriculum component.  The deadline for development is the end of the Fall 2016 semester.  The elements of the curriculum to be developed are:

Skills and Competencies

  1. Quantitative Reasoning
  2. Modern Languages
  3. Oral Communication
  4. Writing I and II and writing-rich flag

Content and Context

  1. Science
  2. Reexamining America
  3. Global Perspectives
  4. Exploring Expressive Works 
  5. Creativity and Making
  6. Ethics: 
  7. Theology and Religion

Other Components

  • Pathways


  • Writing-rich courses (to be developed in conjunction with writing skills and competencies)
  • Experiential Learning for Social Justice
  • Social Identities
  • Culminating Experience
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About Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Frost Davis Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology Rebecca Frost Davis joined St. Edward’s in July 2013 as Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, where she provides leadership in the development of institutional vision with respect to the use of technology in pursuit of the university’s educational mission and collaborates with offices across campus to create and execute strategies to realize that vision. Instructional Technology helps faculty transform and adapt new digital methods in teaching and research to advance the essential learning outcomes of liberal education. Previously, Dr. Davis served as program officer for the humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where she also served as associate director of programs. Prior to her tenure at NITLE, she was the assistant director for instructional technology at the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center and an assistant professor of classical studies at Rhodes College, Denison University, and Sewanee: The University of the South. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in classical studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Davis is also a fellow with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). As a NITLE Fellow, Dr. Davis will develop a literature review relevant to intercampus teaching, which will cover contextual issues such as team-teaching, teaching through videoconferencing, and collaboration; a survey of intercampus teaching at NITLE member institutions; and several case studies of intercampus teaching at liberal arts colleges, including interviews with faculty, students, support staff, and administrators. This work will be summarized in a final report or white paper to be published by NITLE. At Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, ( Dr. Davis blogs about the changes wrought by new digital methods on scholarship, networking, and communication and how they are impacting the classroom. In her research, she explores the motivations and mechanisms for creating, integrating, and sustaining digital humanities within and across the undergraduate curriculum.

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