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Curriculum Review and Renewal in A&S

Ensuring the best possible quality of academic experience for our students is the highest single priority in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Our curriculum, therefore, must provide the academic structure in which we frame this experience. To this end, the Faculty of Arts and Science is conducting a major review of its undergraduate curriculum.

The review, begun last year, resulted in the release of a green paper in early 2006 and in May 2006, a white paper was released containing the 16 key questions that the review will focus on.

In September 2006, a review committee comprised broadly of students, staff, alumni and faculty was struck to make recommendations and met throughout the academic year until the end of June 2007. Two town halls were held in November 2006 to facilitate early dialogue and input from the Arts and Science community. A draft report was released in mid-March 2007 on which feedback was solicited, and two more town halls were held in late March. The committee received much input from faculty, staff, and students which helped to guide their further deliberations in the spring and early summer.

Please see this important memo from the Dean of Arts and Science regarding the Final Report of the Curriculum Review and Renewal Committee. The report puts forward a set of recommendations for consideration by Faculty Council and will be presented for approval in principle at the Faculty Council in October.

Contents:


Executive Summary and Final Report of the Curriculum Review and Renewal Committee

The Final Report of the Curriculum Review and Renewal Committee

Curriculum Review and Renewal Draft Report

Mandate of the Curriculum Review and Renewal Committee (CRRC):

  • To review and evaluate the curriculum and curricular options available to Arts and Science students.
  • Make recommendations for improvement in quality and effectiveness of the undergraduate education experience.

Specifically consider:

  • The degree program and credit structure and the in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences that should make up the academic experience.
  • Recommendations on how the Faculty most effectively integrates into a students curricular experience the following:
    • research opportunities
    • international experiences
    • the Faculty‚Äôs commitment to curricular equity and diversity
    • experiential and collaborative learning
    • leadership development
    • increased effectiveness in writing and communication

Membership of the Curriculum Review and Renewal Committee

Process and Timetable:

  • The Curriculum Review and Renewal Committee is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni (41 members): co-chairs; Professor Susan Howson and Professor Joe Desloges.
  • Liaisons appointed to each department and major extra-departmental programs to bring feedback from each unit on curriculum issues (29 departments and 5 extra-departmental program groupings).
  • Town Halls to facilitate feedback from the wider Arts and Science community.
  • Develop a set of recommendations for consideration by Faculty Council in the spring of 2007.

Background Information:

Send Your Feedback to the CRRC:

  • Your feedback on curriculum renewal in A&S generally or on the Town Hall discussions specifically may be emailed to Jennifer Owen at crrc@geog.utoronto.ca.

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