The "Completion Agenda" and GenEd Reform

Discussions and debates among faculty and administrators often occur in the context of conversations and machinations happening several levels up from faculty meetings and the gatherings of deans.

In 28 March Chronicle of Higher Education Dan Berrett describes several institutions where administrators and faculty don’t see eye to eye about curricular changes associated with “the completion agenda.” Of note:
  • curricular changes get pushed through over objections with justified by the need to “smooth the transfer of credits between institutions”
  • supporters of credit hour changes trumpet state concerns as “a big problem”
  • the debate is framed as changes that support completion vs. academic quality
  • the Lumina Foundation and its “Degree Qualifications Profile” are in the background
  • at one school, a core humanities requirement gets replaced by a course on “leadership “based in part on a self-help book by Steven R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.”
The institutions mentioned include Alamo Colleges in Texas, CUNY’s Queens College, Fort Lewis College in Colorado.

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Author: Dan Ryan

I'm currently an Academic Program Director at I've been a professor at University of Toronto, University of Southern California, and Mills College teaching things like human centered design, computational thinking, modeling for policy sciences, and social theory. I'm driven by the desire to figure out how to teach twice as many twice as well twice as easily.

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