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Integrative Learning - Transform Pedegogy and Pursue Excellence

Integrative Learning provides students with a unified, broad based intellectual education. The conceptual framework for the Integrative Studies Program is grounded in the AAC&U Greater Expectations report (http://www.greaterexpectations.org/pdf/GEX.FINAL.pdf). This report emphasizes a call for more attention to purposeful, intentional and transparent teaching and learning. Knowledge in both individual and multiple disciplines is the foundation upon which integrative learning builds. The integrative teaching and learning process approaches teaching and learning in intentionally connected ways.

Integrative learning is a process by which students

Integration across courses in the ISP, and between the ISP and the majors, is achieved in three primary ways. Courses offered in the ISP

  • focus on students' acquisition and development of a shared set of intellectual skills that build competence from 100 through 400-level course work
  • foreground the questions a discipline asks, the methods it uses to engage those questions, and some of the key explanatory concepts arising from these types of inquiry
  • can affiliate in a cross-disciplinary "cluster" or "concentration" of ISP courses that provide students with a(n) (inter)disciplinary approach to one of the program-wide themes that reflect campus values
  • Note: Work on implementing cross-disciplinary clusters/concentrations will take place in 2014-2015. The current "themes" under consideration are the program's initial integrative outcomes: Diversity, Ethics, Global Issues, Social and Environmental Engagement)

    An intentionally integrative program of general education enables students to