Institute Goals: 2016 Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments

Institute Goals

The Institute is designed to support faculty, staff, and administrative teams in leading curricular change that deepens students’ integrative capacities over time. The Institute provides practical guidance, mentoring, and resources for campus teams to:

  • explore integrative learning definitions, outcomes, hallmarks, and challenges;
  • promote educational effectiveness by connecting equity-minded, innovative teaching and learning practices to meet departmental-, programmatic-, and institutional-level goals;
  • focus on problem-based inquiry and students’ exploration of big questions and unscripted problems through integrative and progressively more challenging assignments in both general education and majors;
  • assess student achievement in integrative learning, concentrating on authentic assessment of student work in classes and in field-based learning experiences, and;
  • lead institutional and departmental efforts to advance equity-minded, engaging, and intentional integrative curricula and practices within and across departments, majors, general education, the co-curriculum, and the community.

Campus Action Plans

Teams applying to the Institute will each propose an educational change project specific to their individual institutions, and commit to developing and supporting faculty leadership for student learning within and across departments as well as within and across academic and student affairs. Teams will leave the Institute having developed action plans for achieving their specific goals. Expert faculty and other teams will provide initial feedback on the plans at the Institute. Team members are expected to be in residence for the duration of the Institute.

Questions may be directed to Jasmine Epps at epps@aacu.org or 202-884-7429.