Talking to Student About Liberal Education
Why is it important to talk to students about the new liberal education program?
We need to help students understand:
- that taking courses from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives helps accomplish UWEC's goal of educating the whole person and future citizen, not just the future worker.
that the knowledge, skills, and values gained through our LE program are also highly valued by employers, graduate and professional schools, and the communities in which our students will live.
that we expect our students to be engaged in LE courses, to work toward meeting the courses' LE outcomes, and to strive to integrate their learning across their LE program.
how to talk with employers and the general public about the value of a liberal education and of a UW-Eau Claire degree.
How can we talk to students about the new liberal education program?
- Explain what we mean by outcomes-based education.
- Explain the LE Program's specific requirements and how they can meet them in a meaningful way.
- Explain how achieving the LE outcomes starts them on a path toward personal and professional success.
- Help them see how liberal education connects with the other components of their degree.
- Use personal examples to illustrate the impact that liberal education courses or experiences had on our lives and careers.(Did a GE or LE course or experience give you a life-long interest in a topic? Did it influence how you view yourself or your discipline? Do you regret not taking advantage of an LE experience, or not paying better attention in an LE course?)