APTF: Consultation with Arts and Science Faculty Board Scheduled for 11 March 2011

Academic Planning Task Force (APTF) Notice, posted on 9 March 2011:

Senate Academic Planning Task Force
Arts & Science Faculty Board
March 11, 2011, ~4:15-4:45 p.m.
Kingston Hall, room 201

In developing a framework for the Academic Plan, we have spent considerable time discussing the University’s primary academic mission of teaching and research. We see the student learning experience as being supported by four pillars:

I. Fundamental Academic Literacy

II. Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity

III. Global Citizenship

IV. Community and Student Wellness

Each of these has been explained on the APTF website. For today’s consultation, we welcome comments on these four pillars, but we would also like to hear your responses to some more specific questions:

  • Where Next? suggests that Queen’s may have to do “less with less.” What, in your view, could Queen’s do less of?
  • Are there ways in which we can teach writing more efficiently?
  • How and at what level should students be introduced to interdisciplinary approaches?
  • Should Queen’s students be required to take a foreign language course? How is Queen’s ideal of “global citizenship” related to language training?
  • What can we do to make Queen’s campus more diverse, tolerant, and inclusive? What kind of changes do we have to make to our curricular and institutional practices to accomplish these goals?
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