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Community Engagement

Over the 2018-19 academic year, the University Undergraduate Core Committee (UUCC) will engage the wider University community in an orientation and collaborative translation of our new SLOs into draft architectures.

Our Core Invention Workspace (access restricted to the SLU community), gives our entire university community access to a range of Core Invention materials, including public lectures, peer institutional models, workshop artifacts, and a full participant directory. The UUCC invites everyone to use this space to collaborate on architectural models for a new SLU Core. These models will be made public, discussed, and revised in an iterative process, culminating in an approved Core architecture by December 2019.

Phase Three: Proposal Invitation Process
  • Designing Core Structures (hosted in partnership with Parks College of Engineering and Aviation): Tuesday, December 4th, 3:30-4:45pm, Mc Donnell Douglas Hall room 1075 
  • Call for Proposals: December 2018
Phase Two: Imagining Core Structures Workshop (offered three times in St. Louis)

This workshop gave  participants the opportunity to explore how to design a common SLU core using three different structural approaches.

  • Workshop One: Friday, September 21st – 2:30–4:30pm @ BSC 352-353 
  • Workshop Two: Friday, October 5th – 2:30–4:30pm @ BSC 253 
  • Workshop Three: Friday, October 26th – 2:30-4:30pm @ Education Union Auditorium
  • SLU Madrid Workshop: Friday, October 19th—2:30-4:30 @ San Ignacio Hall 
Phase One: Alignment
Public Lecture:
Friday, September 14th, 2018, Morrissey Hall, Room 3400
Time: 2:00-3:15pm

Current Trends in 21st Century Core Curricular Design: Exploring Best Practices, Rationales and Implications – Dr. Paul Hanstedt, Roanoke College
This presentation provided a quick but comprehensive look at current trends in liberal education curricular design—the causes for these trends, and some of the consequences and benefits for front-line faculty and their students. Attendees left with a clear sense of what's happening across the country—and around the world—and how these ideas might relate to the current conversation about common Core development SLU.

Background reading:

  • “Some Examples of Integrative Curricular Models,” from Paul Hanstedt’s General Education Essentials (San Francisco: Wiley, 2012)
    Video of the talk will be accessible from the UUCC Core Invention Workspace [Access to both the reading and video restricted to the SLU community]
  • Core Student Learning Outcomes -- Please see the Alignments section

The UUCC looks forward to partnering with you all in this crucial work—work that asks us to consciously examine our University’s approach to undergraduate education, to reflect upon what we find, and to use that reflection to cultivate a community will to reinvigorate for the 21st century student our distinctive SLU approach to Jesuit education.