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Planning for the 21 st Century Learning Outcomes Project. a presentation for the College Planning Council - January 29, 2003. What is the Learning Outcomes Project?.
a presentation for the College Planning Council - January 29, 2003
The Pew Charitable Trusts initially funded a League planning project in which community college presidents worked with consultants in higher education to define skills fundamental to the education of all community college students.
In stage two of the project, 16 colleges (including SFCC) were tasked with defining, developing, delivering, and documenting these critical competencies.
Strategic Plan 2000
Adding value to the lives of our students and enriching our community
Strategic Plan 2000: Educational Programs
Provide learning opportunities and academic support to ensure the highest levels of academic performance
Karen Cole-Smith and Anne Kress, co-chairs
develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills
develop an understanding of diversity/pluralism in the world community and an awareness of civic and social participation and ethical and informed decision-making
develop computer and Internet skills and the ability to retrieve, manage, and evaluate digital information
develop the skills necessary to collect, verify, document, and organize information from a variety of sources
develop effective leadership, teamwork, relationship management, conflict resolution, and workplace skills
develop the skills necessary to understand and apply mathematical concepts and reasoning and to analyze and interpret various types of data
develop an ability to understand and manage self, adapt to change, enhance wellness, and learn effectively, as well as a framework for aesthetic responsiveness
Thinking and Problem Solving
develop the skills necessary for analysis, synthesis, evaluation, decision-making, critical and creative thinking, and the creative process
Continued . . .
In Fall 2002, all departments were asked to conduct a learning outcomes inventory of their courses. The results were used to create for Santa Fe’s first “curriculum maps”—mapping how students completing AA general education or AS/AAS program requirements experienced these learning outcomes.
The resulting curriculum maps will be shared with the College Senate’s General Education Committee for use in establishing the next AA-GenEd package and refining AS/AAS program curricula—assuring that all Santa Fe graduates will attain the learning outcomes through the college’s required curriculum.