The New Academy - Northern Michigan University

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					NMU Towards the       21st   Century
          Mitchell Klett
           Alan Willis
          Ruth Watry
         Laura Reissner
         Gary Brunswick
  The Nineteenth Century College

• A Common Core Curriculum
• All Learning is “General Education”
The Twentieth Century University
The Twenty-First Century Academy
Examination of Northern’s Liberal
       Studies Program
          The last 5 years
• Assessment effort
  – Goal: assess current program
  – Lesson: existing goals and program so fragmented
    they were almost impossible to assess
• Survey Data
  – Liberal Studies Committee surveyed the faculty
  – Quarried Faculty about goals and mission for the
  – Developed a draft which was presented to a
    faculty forum in Winter 2006
        LSC Learning Endeavors
• Members of the Committee have attended
  multiple conferences on General Education
  – Green Bay, Wisconsin
  – Chicago, Illinois
  – Phoenix, Arizona
  – Newport, Rhode Island
• Members of the Committee have studied a
  diverse range of programs at other universities
              The Bottom Line

Faculty Initiative has driven the

     The administration has been supportive, not directive!
 The Essential Learning Outcomes
Beginning in school and continuing at successively
  higher levels across their college studies, students
  should prepare for 21st Century Challenges by gaining
   – Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical
     and Natural World
   – Intellectual and Practical Skills
   – Personal and Social Responsibility
   – Integrative Learning
  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the
      Physical and Natural World
• Through study in the sciences and
  mathematics, social sciences, humanities,
  histories, languages, and the arts

Focused by engagement with big questions,
  both contemporary and enduring
    Intellectual and Practical Skills
• Inquiry and analysis
• Critical and creative thinking
• Written and oral communication
• Quantitative literacy
• Information literacy
• Teamwork and problem solving
Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the
  context of progressively challenging problems,
  projects, and standards for performances
 Personal and Social Responsibility
• Civic knowledge and engagement—local and
• Intercultural knowledge and competence
• Ethical reasoning and action
• Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
Anchored through active involvement with
  diverse communities and real-world
          Integrative Learning
• Synthesis and advanced accomplishments
  across general and specialized studies

Demonstrated through the application of
 knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new
 and complex problems
      The New Goals and Mission
The faculty of Northern Michigan University emphasizes the
  development of the following skills in the Liberal Studies
• Ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively
• Ability to evaluate various forms of evidence and knowledge
• Ability to engage in analytical reasoning and argumentation
• Ability to engage in quantitative analysis
• Ability to engage in scientific inquiry and processes
• Ability to see across disciplinary boundaries
We stress the application of these abilities in the pursuit of:

• Understanding cultural diversity within the United States
• Understanding the world as a diverse and interrelated
• Understanding the relationship of the individual to society
  and its culture and institutions
• Understanding the role of the fine and performing arts and
  the humanities in shaping and expressing a culture’s values
  and ideals
• Understanding natural phenomena and the physical world
• Understanding multiple problem-solving perspectives

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