Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

Reimagining the Undergraduate Curriculum

Time and Depth for and with Loyola University Maryland: Reimagining the Undergraduate Curriculum
(VPAA letter to faculty, Sep 2015)

Criteria for a reimagined curriculum:

  1. Does the reimagined framework nurture an intentional and thoughtful relationship between students and the courses they are taking?
  2. Is the reimagined framework nimble?
  3. Can we develop a framework that values and creates time for extended, concentrated engagement within and across areas of study?
  4. Can a reimagined curricular framework take intellectual development into account?

Process and Engagement Opportunities

 Time & Depth                                                               fall 14  Time & Depth for and with Loyola
 (VPAA address)
Informal faculty
conversation and discovery                                           
spring 15 

 Big Questions on Time & Depth
 (VPAA white paper)

 Time & Depth Faculty Conversations
 (summary, 3 pages)

 Time & Depth Faculty Conversations
 (full notes, 24 pages)

 National and Institutional Background
 (Board of Trustees slides)

Reimagining: listening sessions                                                                          

fall 15

 Time/Depth for Gritty, Sticky Learning 
 (VPAA address)
 VPAA Charge to the Reimagining Team
 (VPAA letter and examples)

 Reimagining Team Response

 Relationship to Shared Governance

 Listening Sessions Summary                

Reimagining: drafting                         

spring 16                     

 Elements of our current framework  

 Course requirements by major
 (current framework)

 Letter to Community                               
 (from the Reimagining team)

 Spring Listening Session: data analysis

 Pressure Points on Current Curriculum (key data)

 Draft Proposed Framework
 (from the Reimagining team) 

 VPAA Note to Community 
 (preliminary notes and reflections on framework)        

Academic Senate Inquiry and Deliberations

fall 16

 Charge for an ad hoc committee of the Academic Senate
 (adopted 10/25/16)

 Nov 11 Faculty Assembly: The Future of Liberal Education
 and Jesuit Education
Panelists: Carolyn McNamara Barry (Psychology); Allen Brizee (Writing); John Conley, SJ (Philosophy/Theology); Ramon Goings (Educational Leadership); Lisa Scheifele (Biology); Norm Sedgley (Economics)

 Faculty Assembly Presentation Dec 8 and 9, 2016

 Faculty Comments from December Assemblies

 Announcement of Committee Dec 19, 2016

Ad Hoc Reimagining Committee spring 17

 Faculty Assembly Presentation Jan 20, 2017

 Faculty Assembly Presentation Feb 17, 2017

 Guidelines for Proposals

 Questions Posed by Committee to Departments

 Departmental Responses to Questions

Institutional Research Data requested by ad hoc Reimagining Committee spring 17

 NSSE 2015 Student Perceptions

 Degrees by Division vs. Benchmarks
 (chart of data)

 Classes of 2015/2016 Student Engagement Data

 NSSE 2015 Loyola vs. Benchmarks

 2017 Loyola Student Focus Groups on the Undergraduate Curriculum

 Institutional Research Fact Book 2016

 Reasons Given for Withdrawing from Loyola 2012-2016

 Faculty, Student, and Alumni Perspectives on Mission and Core 2011

 Admitted Student Survey 2014

 Minor Counts 2012-2015

 Average Language Courses Taken by Non-Language Students

 Proposals spring 17  Reimagining Proposals

Resources and Entry Points

On pedagogy and student learning (e.g., high impact practices)

On interdisciplinary inquiry

On the Jesuit education model today

On the liberal education model today

On the future of undergraduate education