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U-ASC Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

U-ASC welcomes faculty input on the “Sustainability Path in General Education” Faculty Learning Community (FLC) this academic year.

Environmental Sustainability is one of several General Education Student Learning Outcomes currently under consideration by the faculty. U-ASC holds a broad view of sustainability that spans the disciplines and supports the SU mission to empower students to thrive in an interdependent world. As such, this FLC seeks to provide support and concrete options for consideration by the General Education Steering Committee that can facilitate students actively seeking a sustainability-themed path in their coursework. The FLC will meet on select Fridays (2-3pm) and Mondays (1-2pm). If you wish to participate in this group, or have suggestions on this topic, please contact Karl Maier (kjmaier@salisbury.edu).

CrossTalk: Sustainability in General Education

You may also contribute by participating in CrossTalk this semester. So named for supporting discussion across the disciplines, CrossTalk is an informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty, & staff to discuss incorporating sustainability into campus life at SU.

The Fall 2017 CrossTalk theme will be: Sustainability in General Education: let’s discuss what and how!

Who:     Students and faculty from all majors, staff, and administrators
What:    Semi-structured discussions to share ideas on addressing sustainability (social, environmental, economic) in our General Education program. Student perspectives will be especially important.
When:    Wednesday October 11th & 25th; Tuesday November 7th & 28th; Tuesday December 12th
Where:   Caroline Room, The Commons. For meal ticket, check in with cashier.

If you cannot participate in the above initiatives in person, please provide U-ASC with suggestions on the following:

  1. What does sustainability mean to you? To others?
  2. Should sustainability be part of Gen Ed?
  3. What aspects of sustainability should be included?
  4. What types of information or critical thinking skills do students need?
  5. What Gen Ed courses have you taught/taken that address sustainability? How is this done?
  6. How could courses themed in sustainability be identified? How would students find out?
  7. What should qualify a course for a “sustainability” designation?
  8. How might students track their progress in a “sustainability path”?
  9. How can sustainability themed courses be coordinated across instructors, majors, campus?
  10. How could we know if students are benefiting (assessment)?
  11. What are potential problems to offering a sustainability pathway in Gen Ed …… and solutions?

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