Linking Rigor and Learning Outcomes. Group 1. Defining Rigor.
Courses where students work hard but are not engaged in rigid or busy work. It has to involve both students and faculty in reflective engagement and problem solving. It also requires changing culture among students so that they take responsibility for signing up for rigorous courses and do not decide on courses solely because you can get a good grade.
II. We need to be open in terms of transparency (include on the syllabus what we expect students to be able to do).
3. Hold departments to accreditation or Major Assessment Plans and encourage departments to review program more frequently in light of these goals. Look at program, see what they will be doing in each course, and make the learning outcomes easy enough to understand and specifically defined by how the students will demonstrate these outcomes (operationalize).
4. Increase Student input into curricular decisions.
5. Institute Peer-Mentoring: between a senior and junior faculty member.