TO:                  All Faculty

 

FROM:            C&T Committee

 

RE:                   Core Curriculum Review

 

Date:                Tuesday, October 12, 2004

 

The faculty meeting on October 29 will address the ongoing review of the Core Curriculum program.  In preparation for that meeting the C&T Committee is sending out the attached survey to solicit your views on the current Statement of Purpose for the Core Curriculum, the consistency of current Core classes with the Statement of Purpose, and the adequacy of these classes in implementing this mission.  Results of this survey will be used to facilitate productive discussion at the October 29 meeting.  The C&T Committee will be seeking your suggestions and feedback on other issues regarding the Core Curriculum in upcoming months.

 

Before completing this survey, please review the entire Statement of Purpose for the Core (http://www.kings.edu/academics/core.html). 

 

Please return your completed survey to Derrick Boucher (via intercampus mail or delivery to Admin 307) by October 25.

 

We thank you in advance for your attention to this very important step for the College.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Members of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee

Dr. Derrick Boucher, Associate Professor of Physics, Committee Chair

Dr. Claire Gilmore, Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Hamid Hosseini, Professor of Economics

Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Edwin Ockerman, Associate Professor of Social Sciences

Mr. Jeremy Simington, Assistant Clinical Professor in Sports Medicine

Dr. Trent Snider, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. David Sosar, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Thomas Visgilio, Associate Professor of Philosophy

 


 

Faculty Survey on Core Review

 

This survey is the next step in the C&T committee’s ongoing review of the Core Curriculum.  This survey is intended to quantify your thoughts on the current Statement of Purpose for the Core Curriculum, the consistency of current Core classes with the Statement of Purpose, and the adequacy of these classes in implementing this mission.  We welcome and encourage specific comments on the aspects covered by this survey, and will be seeking your suggestions and feedback on other issues regarding the Core Curriculum in upcoming months.

 

Part One: The Purpose of our Core Curriculum

The Statement of Purpose was written in1984.  Please take a moment to read the entire statement (http://www.kings.edu/academics/core.html).  Our first task in this survey is to get your views on how appropriate this Statement of Purpose is for the realities of King’s, our students, and the world in 2004.  For each of the items from the Statement of Purpose, please answer the question below.  Answer for every category.  Please do not leave any blank.

 

I believe that this item should be an essential part of a King’s College education today.

 

 

Item in Statement of Purpose

strongly agree

agree

disagree

strongly disagree

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to develop in students the fundamental thinking and communication skills required of every educated person;

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to convey to students knowledge of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;

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to give students an understanding of how the various disciplines differ, how they are related and how their distinct perspectives enrich our lives;

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to endow students with a respect for their culture and the cultures of others;

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to provide students with traditional academic and pre-professional major programs of study that build upon the foundational courses of the CORE Curriculum;

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to engage students in the philosophical and theological dimensions of an examined life;

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to cultivate students' capacity and desire for independent and continuing learning;

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to lead students to recognize their personal worth and to develop a sense of purpose and willingness to assume responsibility for their own lives and decisions;

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to encourage students to examine their own religious and moral convictions so that they may discover appropriate ways of attaining personal fulfillment and of improving the quality of life in society at large.

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10. For any item that you disagreed or strongly disagreed with, please provide some explanation as to why you feel this way.  Should it be eliminated, rephrased…?

 

11. Are there items you would like to see added to the Statement of Purpose?

 

 

Part Two: Specific areas in our current Core curriculum

Although it is possible that we might significantly alter our Statement of Purpose, it is very likely that we will retain some aspects of our Core curriculum or that they will reemerge in slightly altered form. We are therefore going to ask you questions about the conception of our current Core categories and the effectiveness of their implementation.

This part of the survey is separated into each of the three main categories of the Core. Each part is then divided into subcategories. You will be commenting on two very distinct questions. The first asks whether the idea of the category itself is appropriate to implementing our Statement of Purpose.  The second asks how well it’s currently implemented by the courses being taught in that area. 

 

 

I. The Transferable Skills of Liberal Learning

 

Critical Thinking CORE 100 Critical Thinking (taken in the freshman year)

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Effective Writing CORE 110 Effective Writing (taken in the freshman year)

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Effective Oral Communication CORE 115 Effective Oral Communication OR CORE 116 Argumentation and Debate (taken before end of sophomore year)

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Quantitative Reasoning CORE 120 Quantitative Reasoning (or MATH 121, 125 or 129) (taken by the end of the sophomore year)

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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II. Knowledge, Traditional Disciplines and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

 

Civilization: Historical Perspectives I & II
CORE 130 American Civilization OR CORE 131 Western Civilization AND
CORE 132 The Twentieth Century: A Global Perspective

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Global Awareness/Foreign Cultures One of the following:

CORE 140 Foreign Cultures; CORE 141 Language for Communication I; CORE 142 Language for Communication II; CORE 143 Language for Communication III; CORE 144 Language for Communication IV; CORE 145 Conversation and Composition I; CORE 146 Conversation and Composition II

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Human Behavior and Social Institutions: 

CORE 150 Human Behavior and Social Institutions AND one of the following:

CORE 151 American Government; CORE 152 Contemporary Social Issues; CORE 153 The Principles of Economic: Macro Economics; CORE 154 Psychological Foundations; CORE 155 Women in American Society; CORE 156 Aging & American Society

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Literature and the Arts

CORE 160 Literature and the Arts AND one of the following:

CORE 161 Experiencing the Fine Arts; CORE 162 Foreign Literature in English; CORE 163 Historical Perspectives in Literature; CORE 164 Literary Modes and Themes; CORE 165 Theatre Experience

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Natural Sciences (Science majors exempt)
CORE 270 Natural Science AND one of the following:

CORE 271 Astronomy; CORE 272 Chemistry and Mankind; CORE 273 Contemporary Biology; CORE 274 Human Biology; CORE 275 Human Genetics; CORE 276 Principles of Electronics; CORE 277 Chemistry and Industry; CORE 278 Forensic Chemistry; CORE 279 Perspectives in Natural Science

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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III. Informed Believing and Acting

 

Philosophy

CORE 280 Fundamentals of Philosophy AND one of the following:

CORE 281 Introduction to Logic; CORE 282 Philosophical Themes; CORE 283 Philosophy of Education; CORE 284 Philosophy of Human Nature; CORE 285 Philosophy of Death and the Meaning of Life; CORE 286 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics; CORE 287 Ethics, Business, and Society; CORE 288 Bioethics; CORE 289 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Philosophy

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Systematic Theology One of the following:

CORE 250 Catholic Perspectives; CORE 251 The Old Testament; CORE 252 The New Testament; CORE 253 Key Biblical Themes; CORE 254 Belief and Unbelief; CORE 255  The Church; CORE 256 Science, Theology and Culture; CORE 259 Topics in Systematic Theology

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Moral Theology One of the following:

CORE 260 Christian Ethics; CORE 261 Faith, Morality, and the Person; CORE 263 Christian Marriage; CORE 264 Christian Social Ethics; CORE 265 Christian Environmental Ethics; CORE 269 Topics in Moral Theology

 

 

I have taught in this area of the Core. (response required)

Yes                                  No

O                                    O

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think that this area is consistent with our current Statement of Purpose. (Response required.)

 

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I think that this area is implemented effectively. (If you are unable to judge, enter no response.)

 

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Part Three: Pertinent information from YOU

 

 

1-5

5-10

10-15

15+

Number of years teaching at King’s

 

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(optional) Your name:              

 

Please provide us with any information that you feel is relevant about curriculum reform either here at King’s in the past or at other institutions.