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The implementation process continues for the Connecting Undergraduate Education (or CUE) initiative—the proposed revision of the University’s general education curriculum.

The curricular revision has been presented to the BG Perspective Committee and Undergraduate Council for first readings, and, on Nov. 4, BG Perspective delivered the Inquiry course template and a toolkit comprising a complete course-design model.

The CUE themes and learning outcomes have been approved by the Implementation and BG Perspective committees and distributed across campus. CUE subcommittees—working groups of faculty members from a wide number of disciplines—have been working with departments across campus to decide and define how CUE fits into individual academic units.

"With the approval and dissemination of the inquiry themes, learning outcomes, and course approval templates, the CUE implementation has taken its next substantive step forward," said Dr. Stephen Langendorfer, BG Perspective director.

Kevin Basch, Undergraduate Student Government president, said students are encouraged by the steps being taken and he feels CUE can do a lot of great things for undergraduate education at BGSU. “The proposed CUE model gets away from the idea that undergraduate students just want to get ‘gen ed’ requirements out of the way.”

Basch said CUE reaches across the entire curriculum and encourages students to think critically, which will prepare them for the challenges of the future.

 “After looking at the initial CUE report, there is a conscious effort here to connect the undergraduate experience more thoroughly,” said Dr. Paul Cesarini, technology. “To me, it all goes back to critical thinking — it doesn’t matter if we’re trying to educate scientists or journalists, we need people to be able to think on their feet, and by having courses that are connected by themes CUE will go a long way to helping that.”

The Implementation Committee is working toward having the first elements of CUE in place by fall 2011.

The initiative is designed to make connections between and across general education courses, the majors and the co-curriculum throughout a student’s entire undergraduate education. Students will enroll in several sequences of courses that are related by themes and share common critical thinking, inquiry, and problem-solving learning outcomes.


 
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November 8, 2010

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