Theme 1


Advancing Liberal Education in the 21st Century

1 -- Evaluating the Strength of the Four C’s in the Core Curriculum

The co-chairs of the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee will provide a report to the Council of Chairs by Fall 2014 that will summarize student competencies in communication, critical thinking, civic leadership, and Christian perspective in the core curriculum.

2 -- Implementing the 10-Year Enrollment Management Plan

By implementing the approved 10-Year Enrollment Management Plan, Arts & Sciences will achieve a six-year graduation rate of 82 percent, a retention rate of more than 90 percent, and a freshman class consisting of 50 percent high ability students by year 2022.

3 -- Investing in Teaching

The Dean’s Office will lead efforts to develop pedagogical programming to foster exchanges among the faculty in various disciplines by Fall 2014.

4 -- Developing Strategies for Engaged Learning and Merit Scholarships

By Fall 2014 the Dean will form a taskforce to consider strategies to increase student access to undergraduate research opportunities and to assess the feasibility of expanding the activities of the Special Programs Office to improve advisement for merit scholarships and engaged learning experiences.

5 -- Assessing the Structure and Function of the Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum

The Dean and the Council of Chairs will hold colloquia during the 2014-2015 academic year with faculty who teach in the core curriculum to advance the idea that these courses serve a larger purpose of general importance to the University. By Summer 2015, following these colloquia and assessment by the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee, the Dean’s Office will determine if further assessment of the core is needed.