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Faculty Forum addresses questions surrounding core curriculum

Jacob Martin

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: News
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Throughout the forum, both Baeslack and the panel made it clear that they were going to keep students involved in all aspects of the process.
Throughout the forum, both Baeslack and the panel made it clear that they were going to keep students involved in all aspects of the process.
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Should Case Western Reserve University have a General Education Curriculum (GEC)? What does the faculty think about the issue? What about the students? These were some of the questions addressed at this year's Faculty Forum, The Questions of Core Curriculum: Do we have one? Should we have one? Organized by the Office of Greek Life in conjunction with University Center for Innovation, Teaching, and Education. Over 100 students and faculty packed into Clapp last Friday to explore the questions.

This is a major issue currently before the Faculty Senate, and it is causing much commotion. What began as an innocent question by the School of Engineering on the necessity of the SAGES program has spread to all corners of campus and prompted a diverse panel of faculty and staff to address the issue.

The panel consisted of associate dean for undergraduate and integrated programs and professor of accountancy Julia Grant, chair of the Faculty Senate and professor of gastroenterology in the School of Medicine Alan Levine, Nord professor of Engineering in electrical engineering and computer science Ken Loparo, director of SAGES and professor of geology Peter Whiting, and vice provost for undergraduate education Donald Feke.

University provost William "Bud" Baeslack moderated the event. "Along with provost Lynn Singer, our goal is really to work all over the entire academic program," he began, "But from the standpoint of a core curriculum/GEC, our goal here is to provide you with the best possible education."

Before the forum was opened, many students in attendance were openly skeptical and critical. Freshman Nicholas Swingle expressed his doubts about the effectiveness of the forum, saying, "I wonder if the discussion that takes place will actually influence University policy?" Freshman Dan Jacobson spoke for many students when he expressed his frustrations regarding the SAGES program: "Why do we have SAGES? Or at least why can't we pick if we want to do it?"
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