We propose the following outline for the new Common Baccalaureate Requirements at UAF. Associates Degrees will use a subset of these requirements.
Note that in addition to the Common Baccalaureate Requirements outlined here, specific degree programs and majors have their own additional requirements. The entire package of “common baccalaureate requirements” includes “general education requirements” as a subset.
The new requirements facilitate students achieving the learning outcomes approved by faculty senate.
Learning Outcome 1: Build knowledge of Human Institutions, Socio-Cultural Processes, and the Physical and Natural World
- One course in the Natural Sciences (4 credits; includes a lab); draft course list
- One course in Mathematics (3-4 credits); draft course list
- One course in the Arts (3 credits; may combine theory and practice); draft course list
- One courses in the Social Sciences (3 credits); draft course list
- One courses in the Humanities (3 credits); draft course list
- Two other courses (6 credits) in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, or a combination (e.g., an interdisciplinary course in those areas)
Total credits to satisfy Learning Outcome 1: 22-23 credits.
Learning Outcome 2: Develop intellectual and practical skills across the curriculum.
Fulfilled by taking the following:
- Two courses in Writing, including information literacy (6 credits; current English 111X, English 211X/English 213X)
- One course in Communication (3 credits; current Communication 131X/ Communication 141X)
- One Quantitative Literacy course; anywhere across the curriculum (3-4 credits); draft course list [Alternate proposal: another course either in Mathematics or in Natural Science, taken from the above lists…]
Total credits to satisfy Learning Outcome 2: 12 – 13 credits.
[Note: The combination of courses required for Learning Outcomes 1 and 2 comprises the “general education requirements”.]
Learning Outcome 3: Acquire tools for effective civic engagement
Fulfilled by taking one course per attribute anywhere across the curriculum with each of the following attributes:
- Civic Engagement (3 credits); draft course list
- Alaska and Arctic Issues (3 credits); draft course list
- Intercultural Competence & Diversity (3 credits); draft course list
Note: Courses whose attributes satisfy Learning Outcome 3 may also satisfy Learning Outcomes 1 or 2; they may satisfy a student’s specific degree requirements; they may satisfy a student’s major requirements.
These requirements will not necessitate taking additional credits to satisfy a student’s general education requirements, although depending on the choices, the courses may increase that total.
We expect that many students will choose to take courses for Outcomes 1 and 2 that also are marked A, E, or D, thus satisfying the requirements for Outcome 3 with the same courses.
Total credits to satisfy Learning Outcome 3: 0 – 9 credits.
Total credits to satisfy the new GER: 34 — 45 credits, depending on attribute choices.
Learning Outcome 4: Integrate and apply learning
- A capstone course or experiential learning opportunity (e.g. internship) in student’s major (0 – 3 credits?)
- Fulfilment of the Communications Learning Outcomes:
- Explain disciplinary content using a variety of modes of communication.
- Communicate to audiences in the discipline using appropriate disciplinary conventions.
- Translate disciplinary content to audiences outside the discipline, making disciplinary knowledge relevant to broader communities.
- Integrate feedback from others to enhance or revise communication.
- by satisfying the requirements listed in the degree’s Communications Plan, which describes how that degree program meets those learning outcomes via the requirements of the degree.
[This is a change from the 2013-4 proposal, which said: 3 courses marked C that integrate several kinds of communication practices with upper-division content, typically in a student’s major.]
Total credits to satisfy Learning Outcome 4: 6 – 9 credits.
Note that courses that satisfy Learning Outcome 4 occur at the upper-division level and are not typically counted as adding to the credit load of the “core”.