Academic Administration

Liberal Education Student Learning Outcomes

Creation of student learning outcomes for each component of the liberal education (LE) core is essential as our campus moves toward Fall 2012 implementation of the revised LE requirements.  Beginning this fall semester, departments will be asked to submit course proposals for the new LE package. As they do so, one question that will be asked is how the course meets the learning outcomes for the LE component(s).

Ten faculty/staff work groups have been established to draft outcomes for a specific LE component. Each group will meet between April 19 and May 7 for one, 2-3 hour session. Please select from the list below or scroll down for a list of group members and initial resource material.

UMD LIBERAL EDUCATION CORE
Part I. Language and Reasoning Skills (9 credits)
  Writing and Information Literacy (Writ 1120, 3 credits)
  Oral Communication and Languages (3 credits)
  Logic and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
Part II. Knowledge Domains (21 credits)
  The Natural Sciences (6 credits, 2 designators, 1 lab)
  The Social Sciences (6 credits, 2 designators)
  The Humanities (6 credits, 2 designators)
  The Fine Arts (3 credits)
Part III. Key Topics (9 credits)
  Global Perspectives (3 credits)
  Cultural Diversity in the US (3 credits)
  Environmental Sustainability (3 credits)

As of May 6, the ten work groups formed to draft Liberal Education (LE) student learning outcomes have completed their work.  Liberal Education Student Learning Outcomes provides an overview of UMD’s new LE requirements as well as the draft learning outcomes for those requirements.  These outcomes represent the essential, enduring understandings that will be attained through completion of the LE core. (The action verb(s) used within each statement indicates what students will do/perform to demonstrate learning as well as an expected level of cognitive competency.)

Two information sessions will be offered in order to share the outcome development process and to discuss the outcomes. (Information session handout) The sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 11:00-12:00 and Wednesday, May 12, 1:00-2:00, 102 Cina Hall.

The May 30 deadline for submitting written feedback on the draft outcome statements has passed. The draft outcomes and faculty/staff feedback have been forwarded to the LE Implementation Group, which will approve the final set of LE student learning outcomes.

Full report of the Liberal Education Task Force (revised Sept. 4, 2009)

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LE Student Learning Outcomes - Work Groups

Sincere thanks to all of the volunteers listed below!

Writing and Information Literacy - Writ 1120

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Jill Jenson, Writing Studies
  Bob Lloyd, Psychology
  Juli Parrish, Writing Studies
  Andrea Schokker, Civil Engineering
  Paul Sharp, Political Science
  Pam Spencer, CLA Student Affairs & Advising Center

Oral Communication and Languages

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Kent Brorson, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  Michael Pfau, Communication
  Ken Risdon, Writing Studies
  Corbin Smyth, Kirby Student Center
  Trista Vucetich Anderson, Communication
  Eileen Zeitz, Foreign Languages and Literature

Logic and Quantitative Reasoning

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  David Cole, Philosophy
  Dalibor Froncek, Mathematics and Statistics
  Carmen Latterell, Mathematics and Staistics
  Eric Musselman, Civil Engineering
  Paul Treuer, Knowledge Management Center

The Natural Sciences

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Colleen Belk, Biology
  Penelope Morton, Geological Sciences
  Mark Nierengarten, Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  Janet Pribyl, Career Services
  Bruce Reeves, ITSS
  Steve Sternberg, Chemical Engineering

The Social Sciences

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Sandeep Bhowmick, Marketing
  Ajit Das, Psychology (emeritus)
  Molly Minkkinen, Education
  Joseph Staats, Political Science
  Jill Strand, Supportive Services Program
  Joyce Strand, Education
  David Syring, Sociology/Anthropology

The Humanities

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  David Beard, Writing Studies
  Martin Bock, English
  Mohammed Hasan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  Kristen Hylenski, Foreign Languages and Literature
  Patrick Keenan, Kirby Student Center
  Amy Shuster, Political Science
  Carolyn Sigler, English
  Craig Stroupe, Writing Studies
  Jennifer Webb, Art and Design

The Fine Arts

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Gloria Brush, Art and Design
  Shannon Godsey, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  Mary Keenan, Retention and Learning Assessment
  Jim Klueg, Art and Design
  Gene Koshinski, Music
  Bill Payne, Theatre

Global Perspectives

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Denny Falk, Social Work
  Morris Levy, Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  Paula Pedersen, Psychology
  Kim Riordan, Education
  Michael Sunnafrank, Communication
  Julie Westlund, Career Services

Cultural Diversity in the US

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Joie Acheson-Lee, Kirby Student Center
  Mitra Emad, Sociology/Anthropology
  Nedra Hazareesingh, Education
  Georgia Keeney, Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  Angie Nichols, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Services
  Jackie Onchwari, Education
  John Schwetman, English
  Heidi Stark, American Indian Studies

Environmental Sustainability

Draft outcomes and mapping to institutional learning outcomes

Members:
  Geoff Bell, Management Studies
  Susan Darge, CEHSP Advising & Academic Services
  Emily Gaarder, Sociology/Anthropology
  Mindy Granley, Facilities Management
  Charlene Harkins, Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  Bruce Reeves, ITSS
  Andrea Schokker, Civil Engineering
  Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson, History