By Bridget Trogden, Ph.D.
Associate dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies
As part of the university’s ClemsonForward plan, we are looking at changing the way we teach our students. Innovation, integration, teamwork, and knowledge-creation are major components of a 21st century workforce and we want to educate our Clemson students not just for the time we have them, but to also lay the foundation for lifelong learning.
We have an opportunity now to think carefully about the knowledge and skills that Clemson students should have and to deliver on the promises of general education – the components of a Clemson education that affect all students regardless of major. Because general education impacts every undergraduate student at Clemson, these conversations are important to everyone.
What should these changes look like? Creation of new 21st century learning outcomes? Developing a team-based project for all students? Building experiential learning into the curriculum? It is important to obtain the input of a wide range of Clemson stakeholders so that we can deliver an impactful and engaging general education experience.
A series of open discussions on general education student learning outcomes will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 6 and noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in The Great Hall at the Honors Center at Core Campus. Anyone who teaches or advises undergraduate students is explicitly invited, and anyone who wants to engage in the conversation is welcome. Food will be served, so RSVPs are requested.
Conversations on general education revision will continue to occur over the next several months. The campus is invited to keep up and contribute throughout the process through the general education blog.
Those with additional comments or concerns should contact me at email@example.com.