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Several factors motivated Nebraska Wesleyan to
overhaul general education. "Our understanding of
what it means to be a global citizen is a lot broader now
than it was in the '90s," said Wolfe, an English professor.
"We also know a lot more now about good learning
practices." Pre- and post-testing of students in the old
general education courses "weren't showing as much
improvement as we would like, especially in writing
and oral communication," the dean said.
While the university passed reaccreditation with
flying colors in 2010, the visitors were underwhelmed
by the core. Their comment was along the lines that it
was working pretty well "for an antique," Wolfe said.
Provost Judy Muyskens was a strong proponent of
placing more emphasis on experiential learning and
blending academic affairs and student life. She hosted
the curriculum committee at three gatherings that
mixed group discussions with socializing. One ended
with the faculty band playing "Sweet Curriculum" to
the tune of "Sweet Caroline." Observed Wolfe, "Never
underestimate the power of the sing-along to generate
good will."
"We've never had as much conversation on campus about curriculum as we've had over the last three
years," said Wolfe, a 1990 alumnus who recalls a threeweek class in England as "the most memorable thing"
she did as an undergraduate. "Nebraska Wesleyan did
great things for me, but I know I would have gotten a
lot more out of a curriculum like this."

SHUTTERSTOCK

NWU changed the core in 1997 when it rolled
out what it called its "Global Citizenship Preparation"
program, which prescribed language and global culture studies. The new Archways Curriculum moves
from "a strictly distributive model to something...
more relevant to this world," said Kathy Wolfe, dean
of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Instead
of front-loading required courses aimed at building
students' writing, speaking, and civic discourse skills,
it will seek to "scaffold" those skills in linked courses
called "threads" that students will take across all four
years. It comes with two, new experiential learning
requirements for graduation: a 20-hour "exploratory"
experience followed by a 45-hour "intensive" one. The
changes take effect in fall 2014.
The ways to meet these requirements include study
abroad or study away, internships and practica, service
learning, collaborative research, and campus leadership
as well, Wolfe said. Some students, of course, already
do far more than 20 or 45 hours, but making everyone
do it "is a big change for us."
Students will complete two "threads," consisting of
three courses from at least two disciplines linked by
a common theme of global significance. Each thread
will be buttressed by co-curricular activities. "We're
developing threads in global human health, science
and religion, gender and sexuality identity. It just
sounds more interesting and enjoyable to them than
the random, distributive set of classes," the dean said.



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International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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