Support of the Give Students a Compass Project
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the important collaboration among the California State University system, the Oregon State University system, and the University of Wisconsin system in the two-year Give Students a Compass Project connected to the Association of American Colleges and Universities Liberal Education and America’s Promise campaign; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the goals of this project to re-configure educational aims, practices, and assessment of general education in public university settings through the creation of approaches that emphasize the acquisition and understanding of the underlying meaning of learning; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the Association of American Colleges and Univerisites (AA&U) listing of “high impact” learning activities for undergraduate students including: (1) learning communities; (2) service learning; (3) study abroad; (4) student-faculty research; and (5) senior culminating experiences; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the inclusion of faculty in curricular leadership and the development of curricula, guidelines, and assignments through direct involvement in student learning; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU encourage collaborative faculty involvement and leadership in all phases of the two-year Give Students a Compass project, especially in the exploration and measurement of strategies designed to link undergraduate civic engagement with improvements in learning, information retention, and degree completion and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge faculty involvement in the development of recommendations, implementation, and evaluation of CSU pilot cohorts to explore how practices such as learning communities, undergraduate research, service learning, study abroad, and senior culminating experiences contribute to learning success, especially for underserved student populations; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge direct faculty participation in the Request For Proposal process to select sub-grant awardees on three CSU campuses; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU send copies of this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, Chancellor, campus presidents and provosts, and campus senate chairs.
RATIONALE: The Association of American Colleges and Universities has provided leadership in the development of the Give Students a Compass project, a collaboration among the CSU, Oregon State University, and the University of Wisconsin. This two- year project is designed to explore how the integration of general education and “high impact learning activities including faculty student collaboration, learning communities, undergraduate research, service learning, and capstone experiences may improve student success. Of special interest, is the use of these strategies to improve performance levels in underserved student populations. The AAC&U initiative on Liberal Education and America’s Promise is used as a framework for this project, and the three partner campuses are developing principles, new general education frameworks, and assessing ways to improve higher levels of integrative learning. The above strategies are connected to both the Essential Learning Outcomes and the Principles of Excellence identified in the 2008 AAC&U Executive Summary on College Learning for the New Global Century. Essential learning outcomes include the following: (1) knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world; (2) intellectual and practical skills; (3) personal and social responsibility; and (4) integrative learning. Identified Principles of Excellence are as follows: (1) aim high and make excellence inclusive; (2) give students a compass; (3) teach the arts of inquiry; (4) engage the big questions; (5) connect knowledge with choices and action; (6) foster civic, intercultural, and ethnic learning; and (7) assess students’ ability to apply learning to complex problems. Preparation of students for many of the global challenges of life in the 21st century is an overarching goal of this project. Specific outcomes, strategies, and activities have been identified for this project and RFP criteria developed for future campus participation in the Compass Project.
Approved Without Dissent – January 23, 2009