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Summaries to Questions About Learning Beyond the Classroom From the Fifth Stakeholder Conference

2. What do you find most appealing about the proposed option?

        Responses for Option #1 (integrating learning beyond the classroom into the general education curriculum):

        Will help to retain students and increase the long term connection to the university.

        Learning beyond the classroom experiences in the general education curriculum will help students make a decision about what they want to do

        All students will get an enriching college experience that is not limited to their majors, and this will set a standard for participation and for the kinds of learning we value at GC.

        The connection to the real world (applied learning) transforms general education from a series of prerequisites and competencies to a set of skills used in practice to address real and relevant problems. This focus requires critical thinking, inquiry, research and communication and enhanced experiences in all majors.

        It connects well with the mission of a liberal arts school where all students will come out with a core understanding of the issues that affect our world.

        Experiential learning in general education curriculum will help students to decide what they want to do on the upper levels.

        Integrating learning beyond the classroom experiences into the general education curriculum will be mission-based, and would help to focus our efforts as a university community (faculty, staff, foundation, community) funding opportunities, friend-raising, community involvement and over all mission of the university.

        The core component would be necessary to incorporate an interdisciplinary component to problem-solving.

        Focus on general education curriculum might help to unite student body, and possibly counter the potential for residential learning communities to create cliques.


        Responses for Option #2 (integrating learning beyond the classroom into the majors):

        Produces distinctive outputs that university can sell.

        Will build on pre-existent advising structure in the majors.

        Students have strong connection to major.

        Already being done in some majors.

        Will force all majors to embrace learning beyond the classroom options.

        Provides more structured experiences.

        Provides best option for competitiveness because it is the best option for keeping students here for four years.

        Offers many alternatives and possibilities all the while still relating to area of study. This will allow for the concept to be both accepted and encouraged by the students and it could turn into fantastic strategic advantage for enrollment.

        Truly beneficial activity based/experiential learning should be directly related to the major plan of study, since it will increase interest on he student's part and clearly tie the experience to the classroom education.

        Students can learn while making money while making themselves more competitive in the job market and for graduate school.

        Easier to manage and create than other options, since Gen Ed has system-wide limits, while majors do not. Area F may be one of the best places to supplement with these experiences, though we should not rely upon Area F exclusively.

        Offers flexibility to create experiences relevant to each major.

        Builds on investment at dept/major level, makes best use of resources, and is most likely to succeed.

        Responses for Option #3 (integrating learning beyond the classroom through a menu of options):

        Offers the most flexibility for students and choosing which options to follow might itself become part of the learning process.

        Incorporates the other two options.

        Modularity is an advantage.

        Ability to easily assess options and projects is a plus.

        Options 1 and 2 are already being done in some schools, and option 3 provides the most distinction.

        Builds on and can enhance what we are already doing, leading to greater faculty buy-in and the possibility of including all schools.

        Providing more choices helps attract more diverse students with varied interests to GC.

        Can broadly complement and enhance liberal arts mission learning and can change to meet market and economic and environment.

        Offers the most distinction and is easily documented.

        Engagement in learning beyond the classroom throughout student's entire academic career and not just the last two years.

        All students can complete this option even if they transfer in or leave early.

        Offers strong tie-in to etymological meaning of artes liberalis: promotes the education of a free people by allowing students to go beyond the campus and learn how their contributions make our society work.

        Responses for a mixture of options 2 and 3 (integrating learning beyond the classroom through the major and a menu of options):

        Ownership and buy-in from major departments/faculty to determine which selections from menu of choices will serve their students the best. Offers department control for guarantees in each major and produces graduates with documented experience transcript. Students will know that if they come to Georgia College and they will definitely achieve real world experience through their major.


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