The yearlong journey aimed at designing a powerful undergraduate experience that is unique to Bowling Green has reached its destination. The Connecting the Undergraduate Experience (CUE) Steering Committee held its final meeting July 29.
At the summary meeting, members reviewed the new curriculum model they have created and discussed critical next steps in the process of transforming Bowling Green’s general education program and overall undergraduate experience.
“Roll up your sleeves,” said Catherine Cardwell, Steering Committee chair, as she symbolically passed the charge to the Implementation Committee. “Now the next layer of work begins. We have a concrete curriculum we can begin to put in place.”
Though the process has been long and exacting, “there’s been a great degree of enthusiasm,” said Bonnie Fink, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. “This is an exciting, innovative curriculum that’s unique in the country.” The center will be a key player in helping develop pedagogy for the new program and provide faculty instructional development.
The undergraduate curriculum is intended to guide every BGSU student to achieve competencies in the University’s identified learning outcomes by fostering transferable intellectual and practical skills along with personal and social responsibility. The ultimate goal is to create the “Bowling Green Experience,” a four-year, integrated program organized around several key course sequences: inquiry, problem solving, and “transitions,” a nine-hour sequence that begins with foundations of critical and creative thinking (with a unique alternative class for transfer students), moves on to the junior-year experience in the major and ends with a senior capstone
Co-curricular and high-impact practices such as collaborative work, intensive writing, undergraduate research, or study abroad that boost learning are key aspects of the proposed Bowling Green Experience. Achieving intercultural competence, examination of values, and respect for diversity are also goals for the four-year plan, and will be woven into the basic courses.
Assessment of students’ grasp of the core competencies is another major emphasis of the transformed program; benchmark assessments will be defined as the plan further develops at the departmental level.
Of note is a new learning outcome, as proposed by faculty: achieving quantitative literacy. The new learning outcome can be achieved through different courses that will be unique to the majors. “This is an opportunity for each program to have a discussion about what our students need to become quantitatively literate and to be successful in their discipline,” said Dr. Stephen Langendorfer, director of the BG Perspective general education program.
Now the emphasis will be on implementing the new undergraduate curriculum and the connection to co-curricular activities. The Implementation Team is being composed and will include members of the CUE committee and representatives from the BG Perspective team for general education.
The final CUE documents may be viewed at http://www.bgsu.edu/cue/page83887.html.