The Kent Core provides the foundation of the University's mission to prepare students to live in today's complex, global society through a broad yet purposeful set of courses. It broadens intellectual perspectives, fosters ethical and humanitarian values and prepares students for responsible citizenship and productive careers. Through this learning experience, students develop the intellectual flexibility they need to adapt to an ever-changing world. This works because of thoughtful and purposeful curriculum planning at the course/unit and university levels.
Purpose: A common language of curricula helps students, colleagues, and community to understand the purpose and roles of the different courses involved. URCC will provide the gateway and process for courses to be designated a Kent Core Course. A major step for this process involves translating Kent Core Objectives (http://www.kent.edu/catalog/2010/policies/kent-core.cfm) into student learning outcomes.
As demonstrated in the 2011 Spring Learning and Assessment Institute, utilizing collegial input through a structured conversation offers benefit and efficiency to the process. The FPDC is prepared to assist in this endeavor which you can initiate with a phone call or email to Dr. Jeffrey Pellegrino, 20992. Some facilitation resources:
You note that assessment will need to be planned to understand the educational impact of the SLOs across sections of a particular course. Connecting Student Learning Outcomes to Assessment will challenge each unit to be cohesive about the SLO and assessment activities. Utilizing a current Basic Data Sheet or syllabus, teaching faculty or the entire unit need to explore connecting assessment strategies. To help you do this: