Aerial photograph of the Immaculate Conception Chapel

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

CAP COMMITTEES, FACULTY INSTITUTE, RFP AND UNIT PROGRESS

Committees Launched. The CAP Competencies (CAPCC) and CAP Leadership (CAPL) committees began meeting in Spring, 2011.  All academic units are represented on the committees. Members of these committees will participate in a full day retreat in which they will develop a stronger understanding of the CAP “Big Ideas.” CAP Big Ideas include: (1) HIR Student Learning Outcomes, (2) developmentally sequenced courses and experiences, (3) integrated learning, (4) learning centered, and (5) assessment of student learning.   The CAPCC has started work on the creation of course approval forms and application procedures. The CAPL  team will concentrate on the grant process and the development of other targeted tasks.

Faculty Development Through CAP Faculty Institute.  The LTC has offered multiple opportunities for CAP faculty development. Since January 2011, 119 people have attended at least one of these sessions for a total of 240+ participation (some faculty attended more than 1 session).

Crossing Boundaries RFP.  The RFP for Crossing Boundaries pilots has been posted with the deadline of October 15, 2011 (download grant application). Grants will be reviewed by the CAPL committee. Two additional Crossing Boundaries grant opportunities will be available for those who wish to submit proposals in Spring or Fall 2012.

Unit Progress.

College of Arts and Sciences. CAS has made substantial progress toward CAP implementation this summer. CAP-related faculty development experiences included the Humanities Commons’ multi-day on-campus workshops in both May and August. Representatives from both the social sciences and the natural sciences attended multi-day workshops in which their CAP structures were developed. Meetings with the Arts faculty (Music and Visual Arts) addressed CAP requirements and methods for incorporating these into their courses. The Social Justice LLC spent 1 week developing their program to meet the CAP requirements.  Faculty enthusiasm for the CAP has continues to grow. In particular, there is excitement about creative course development opportunities and the belief that administration has and will continue to support innovation.  Twenty-four CAP pilot humanities courses have been approved for implementation in either Fall 2011 or Spring 2012.

School of Education and Allied Professions. The Dean and Associate Dean of the SOEAP will facilitate faculty development opportunities intended to promote course and program CAP implementation. The target date for these targeted sessions is late October or early November. 

School of Engineering. An SOE CAP committee has been formed and met several times during Spring, 2011. A number of engineering faculty have expressed an interest in collaborating with the College to create Crossing Boundaries courses. More work will be done this fall in terms of creative, logistical implementation of courses that meet the CAP requirements within the tight matriculation schedule.

School of Business. Some faculty in the SBA have participated in the CAP Faculty Institute, and faculty are involved in the CAPC and CAPL teams.   In addition, Brother Ray Fitz and Pat Johnson have developed a CAP-guided business / practical ethical action course.