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Invading the General Education Curriculum: A Step Toward Program Sustainability. Jessica Jensen, Assistant Professor a nd Daniel J. Klenow, Professor and Head from North Dakota State University Department of Emergency Management. Presentation Overview.

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Invading the general education curriculum a step toward program sustainability

Invading the General Education Curriculum: A Step Toward Program Sustainability

Jessica Jensen, Assistant Professor

and

Daniel J. Klenow, Professor and Head

from

North Dakota State University

Department of Emergency Management


Presentation overview

Presentation Overview

  • Tell the story of our introductory course;

  • Its role in our curriculum;

  • How it ended up as a general education course in the social and behavioral sciences category; and,

  • Suggest considerations if you want to pursue such a course too


History of program at ndsu

History of Program at NDSU

  • Brief, general history

  • Original orientation/approach to program

    • Role of course within that perspective


History of course

History of Course

  • Original design of course

  • How course was offered


Initial changes to course

Initial Changes to Course

  • From EMGT 201: Introduction to Emergency Management to

  • EMGT 101: Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes


Initial changes continued

Initial Changes Continued…

  • Change in Content

    • From government-centric, technical, doctrine driven course to…

    • Exploration of 3 parallel streams

      • History of disasters

      • Evolution of emergency management

      • Functional areas of emergency management and key concepts

    • Relationship of streams to one another


Initial changes continued1

Initial Changes Continued…

  • More frequent offerings

    • From 1 x per year to

    • Every semester


Departmental shifts

Departmental Shifts

  • Convergence of three shifts in general orientation of the program led to exploring the possibility of 101 as a General Education course


1 orientation to numbers

#1: Orientation to Numbers

  • Campus wide focus on the $ relationship to#s of students in courses and program

  • Desire to draw more MINORS, majors too, BUT MINORS


2 orientation to awareness building

#2: Orientation to Awareness-Building

  • Students

  • Other departments

  • Administration


3 orientation to emgt in hi ed

#3: Orientation to EMGT in Hi Ed

  • Emergency management as

    • Broad career area

    • Distributed function

    • Emergency management as academic discipline


Implications of shifts

Implications of Shifts

  • Curriculum

  • Potential numbers

  • Potential awareness

  • Potential societal impacts

  • Potential impact to program sustainability


Deciding to pursue gen ed

Deciding to Pursue Gen Ed

  • Factors considered

    • Requirements for general education versus current course design

    • Benefits to program

    • Additional demands if so designated

    • Process involved with getting approval

  • Decision made


Process of pursuing gen ed

Process of Pursuing Gen Ed

  • Learning expectations

  • Feeling out committee members

  • Developing application

  • Initial feedback

  • Formal submission

  • Corrections

  • Revised approval

  • Future steps


Results

Results

  • Successful

    • Numbers

      • Enrollment only limited by size of classroom

    • Generating awareness

  • Broader audience

    • Shrinking proportion of our majors to others in the class

    • Who we are attracting

    • Minors, minors, minors

  • Implications


Considerations if interested

Considerations if Interested

  • Course requirements to become a general education courses at your institution

  • The process at your institution including

    • Steps

    • Players

    • Timeframe

    • Recent approvals

  • Teaching capacity


Broader potential

Broader Potential

  • Addressing a range of challenges programs experience currently

    • Majors versus minors and jobs

    • Numbers

    • Awareness

    • Sustainability

  • Societal impact


Invading the general education curriculum a step toward program sustainability

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