Priorities and Actions
Reconstitute the Liberal Education Core Administrative Steering Group–a joint faculty-administrator council to evaluate the Liberal Education Core and make recommendations to shared governance.
- Establish 9-member council comprised of the Provost, one additional administrator from Academic Affairs selected by the Provost, the chair of the Academic Policies Committee, the chair of the University Liberal Education Committee, the chair of University Senate, and one faculty member from each college. Faculty members will be appointed by the Provost in consultation with the deans.
- Empower the Liberal Education Core Administrative Steering Group to routinely review the Core and recommend revisions as needed to adapt to changing societal and professional needs.
Evaluate and revise the Liberal Education Core in 2019 and regularly after that to improve student learning and operational effectiveness.
- Evaluate the learning outcomes and revise as needed to adapt to changing needs.
- Review the number of experiences required in the Core.
- Review rubrics used to evaluate liberal education outcomes.
- Evaluate experiences used to meet the outcomes, including the use of data on student learning.
- Review the impact of the Core on outcomes such as retention, four-year graduation rate, and closing the equity gap.
Provide regular and predictable access for students to sufficient seats in Core courses to keep them on track for timely completion of their degrees.
- Align course demand and seat availability.
- Gather and communicate seat availability data on a regular basis.
- Analyze data from the Student Success Collaborative Campus software to anticipate future course availability needs.
Offer more extracurricular and co-curricular experiences to meet Liberal Education Core Learning Outcomes.
- Develop clear guidelines for inclusion of non-course experiences in the Core.
- Review Core rubrics for relevance to experience-based learning and revise as needed.
- Encourage applications for non-course experiences such as living-learning communities, performances, forensics, sales competitions, internships, and student leadership.
Strengthen the connections between the Liberal Education Core and academic majors and programs.
- Provide faculty and instructional academic staff with professional development opportunities focused on outcomes-based curriculum development and outcomes-based teaching and learning.
- Share AAC&U Essential Learning Outcomes with faculty and instructional academic staff and discuss the importance of extending liberal education beyond the Core.
- Evaluate all curricular changes for opportunities to infuse the values and outcomes associated with liberal education in all aspects of UW-Eau Claire curriculum.
- Use outcome-based teaching practices in the Core and in academic majors and programs.
- Support continuing development of students' understanding of the Liberal Education Learning Outcomes throughout academic programs and majors.
Establish liberal education in general, and the Liberal Education Core in particular, as valuable and defining elements of a UW-Eau Claire degree.
- Design and implement a communication plan consistent with the UW-Eau Claire brand that creates a strong and distinct identity for the Core as a program of experiences that are attractive to students, distinguish UW-Eau Claire graduates from others, and are valued by employers and society.
- Develop messages that clearly and consistently reinforce both the economic value and the civic value of liberal education.
- Develop messages to be used throughout the Core and academic programs that demonstrate for students the value of liberal education and gives them language to communicate its value to potential employers and others.