This is the planning calendar for the Curriculum Review Steering Committee. Scroll down to view future events.
- Committee approval of the DRAFT- planning calendar; submission of the calendar to EPC
- April meeting: Initial discussion of the following questions: What kind of data do we want? What kind of Liberal Arts Curriculum would we like to create? Will we create something new or adjust what we have?
Update: Throughout the spring and summer, the committee worked under the general understanding that we will create something new. As of late August, we continue to prefer a more integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts than our GER structure currently makes possible.
- Prepare a presentation to the BOV; Lewis and Serghi make the presentation
- Establish subcommittee structure
The working subcommittees are: Data Collection; Institutional Memory; and Research on Other Models
- Presentation of the calendar to A&S
- Evaluation of the CRSC budget
- 5-day seminar for committee members on major issues and allocation of subcommittee assignments
- Subcommittees work on assignments.
- Three CRSC members attend the AAC&U Institute on General Education for a Global Century the first week in August
- Re-convene the committee on Wednesday August 17
- Establish a plan for communicating with faculty. The plan will include small satellite committees or focus groups. The goal is to have faculty react to our work and contribute ideas.
- Set up website and other interactive sites. Distribute to the faculty of A&S a survey about the Liberal Arts at W&M.
- Meetings with guests from outside W&M and/or invitations for meetings to be held in October and November
- Begin meetings with the small satellite committees or focus groups. Explore with them the following question: How do you and your department/program and area see itself in relation to the Liberal Arts? How would you, your department/program and area like to position yourself in the next two decades?
- Continue meetings with the small satellite committees or focus groups.
- Committee meeting/seminar with outside scholars and experts on the Liberal Arts in the 21st Century
- Half day retreat, Friday the 2nd. Review what we have learned; make decisions about the model(s) we will move forward.
Update: The committee’s original (April 2011) plan was to design two new curriculum models. However, during the June seminar, the steering committee met with experts on change management from the Mason Business School. We have been advised that the proposed “two models” plan is problematic. As of August 26, our inclination is to construct one model.
- Briefing of administrators: Provost; Deans, Vice-provosts; Registrar
- 5-day seminar on the design of the new curriculum; include sessions on proficiency requirements, course load, and the costs of a new curriculum
- Faculty conversation about the preliminary model: February 28, 4-5:30 pm, 201 Washington Hall. All faculty are invited to attend.
- Faculty conversation about the preliminary model: February 29, 4-5:30 pm, Tidewater AB, Sadler Center. All faculty are invited to attend.
- SRSC works on the revision and presentation of the new curriculum throughout the month.
- Presentation to EPC
- Faculty conversation about the proposed curriculum: April 10, 4-5:30 pm, ISC 1127. All faculty are invited to attend.
- Faculty conversation about the proposed curriculum: April 11, 4-5:30 pm, Tyler 102. All faculty are invited to attend.
- Presentation of year-end report to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
September and October 2012
- Presentations to A&S departments and programs
- Two faculty conversations: Presentation of the preliminary feasibility study; update on the proposal after the September and October meetings with programs and departments; and discussion. (1) Wednesday, November 7, from 4 to 5:30 pm in Chesapeake C, Sadler Center, and (2) Thursday, November 8, from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Commonwealth Auditorium, Sadler Center.
- Presentation of Executive Summary to the Educational Policy Committee.
- Presentation of Executive Summary to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.
On February 5 the faculty approved a motion brought forward by the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) to endorse the guiding principles and conceptual framework of the proposed curriculum. Through the spring semester the EPC's working groups will review and adjust each part of the curriculum for seriatum discussion by the faculty as a whole.