New core curriculum set in place for incoming class of 2022

first_imgThe most significant changes to Notre Dame’s core curriculum in over 40 years are officially in place for the class of 2022 and all future classes. These changes alter the number of courses required, grant students more academic flexibility and introduce integrative courses.According to the 2016 core curriculum report, the University reviews its curriculum every 10 years. Following more than 50 meetings, open forums, information sessions and surveys, the Core Curriculum Review Committee came up with a proposal of changes that received unanimous approval from the Academic Council in 2016. Michael Hildreth, co-chair of the Core Curriculum Review Committee, said the new core is centered on three themes: a ‘focus’ on broadening everyone’s perspective, increased ‘flexibility’ in student control over core courses and ‘innovation’ with the introduction of new courses.“I think we can all agree that the world has moved on since the 1970’s so I think it was time for an update,” Hildreth said. “[Students] wanted integration in what we call a general education requirement and we also think that the new wrinkles that we added really do deepen the engagement of the core curriculum with the Catholic mission of the University.”The new curriculum was constructed to emphasize the Catholic liberal arts education of Notre Dame, the 2016 core curriculum report said. The new requirements now correspond to one of nine “ways of knowing” — quantitative reasoning, science and technology, art, literature, advanced language and culture, history, social science, theology and philosophy.”At any university, the things that students are required to take are an indication of that university’s values — what sorts of things do we expect students to know, what areas of inquiry do we expect them to investigate to be citizens of democracy and the United States?” John McGreevy, co-chair of the Core Curriculum Review Committee, said.By minimizing the amount of University requirements, students have more room to experiment in their first year, McGreevy said. In addition, fewer courses will be taught by graduate students to allow departments more ownership over courses and limits were placed on the number of courses required within a major.“[The changes] clear up more space in the first year curriculum so students can dabble a little bit and try to figure out what major they want to choose as opposed to being locked into something quite early,” McGreevy said.Hildreth said all old courses were grandfathered into the new core without revision to ensure a smooth transition. However, courses may fall under new categories — for example, math is now considered ‘quantitative reasoning.’“Most of the categories are pretty similar to the old core and so it was easy to move them over,” Hildreth said. “But we still want to go back and look at them to make sure that it should be a core course or maybe we should rethink why this is being taught in the core as opposed to just a regular discipline-specific course.”New courses include integrative courses, which will be team-taught by scholars in various academic disciplines, and a Catholicism and the Disciplines course, which is offered to students as an alternative for their second philosophy requirement.Since the previous core curriculum was “owned by departments and not faculty,” Hildreth said a major goal was to break down the walls of the core requirements to allow faculty to teach subjects or courses that may not be in their given department but can still satisfy a core requirement.“I’m hoping that as we work with more and more faculty we can get them to appreciate that focus as opposed to ‘this is the introduction to my discipline, I’m teaching you a bunch of facts, and whatever,’” Hildreth said. “I really think that it’s up to the faculty to show the importance of the discipline and how it can engage.”The desired impact of the changes, Hildreth said, is that students will come out of the University with a “greater sense of maturity, independence and fulfillment.”“I am hoping that [students] will value this newer sense of independence that they have in terms of their self-determination of their trajectory through the University,” he said. “People are not telling them when to take stuff anymore so they have to figure out what classes they would like to take, when makes the most sense for them to take them and so they’re more self-determined in some sense.”Though the response to the changes has been “genuinely positive” so far, the committee will be observing the faculty and student response throughout the academic year. One of the committee’s main concerns, Hildreth said, involves class enrollment. “[For example,] we don’t know how many freshmen are going to sign up for math and science courses if they don’t have to take them as freshmen,” Hildreth said. “So there’s a whole question of how many seats should we reserve next year for the people who didn’t take the courses this year, and then how does that work two or three years out?”To avoid mass confusion and allow a smoother transition, the core will be fully-implemented throughout a “four-year roll-out” and first-year advisors are “well-versed” in the new requirements to assist students, Hildreth said.“There may be some strange dialogue when [freshmen] start talking to the upperclassmen because the upperclassmen don’t have any idea what’s going on with the new core,” he said. “I’m hoping that the new people coming in will just see this is as ‘Well, this is the core and this is how I need to thread my path through the University.’”Tags: Core Curriculum, core curriculum review committee, course requirements, John McGreevy, Michael Hildreth, ways of knowinglast_img read more

Pressure’s on Darnold, Gase to take next step for Jets

first_img Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Adam Gase sees — and hears — a clear difference in Sam Darnold each time he opens his mouth. The New York Jets coach will start calling a play during practice, and the quarterback routinely finishes his sentences.“He’s able to start the operation with me still talking and it just seems like everything’s a step faster this year,” Gase said. “He seems way more comfortable. He’s not thinking about, ‘All right, what’s the play call? Where’s this guy? What’s this guy have to do? What’s the adjustment?’“You can tell he’s not thinking about all the little things you do in the first year of a playbook.”That’s a positive sign, for sure. And a necessary one.Darnold is entering his third NFL season, and second running Gase’s offense. He has shown flashes of being the franchise-type quarterback the Jets believed he’d develop into when they took him third overall in 2018. But Darnold needs to be more consistent and take a significant step in his progress.This season depends on it.No pressure, right?“I think for me it’s always been about playing as hard and as good as I can, no matter what the circumstances are,” Darnold said. “So from my end, nothing’s going to change.”He has, however, tweaked his approach to being a team leader.Darnold is being more assertive in the huddle and his teammates see a more confident quarterback than the one who missed three games last season with mononucleosis and had uneven performances before a solid stretch that helped New York to a 6-2 finish.“Like night and day with Sam,” running back Le’Veon Bell said. “It’s clicking.”So is Darnold’s relationship with Gase, and that’s a major key.The coach’s future with the Jets is likely tied to Darnold’s overall performance. Gase understands he needs to draw on Darnold’s strengths and do everything he can to make sure the quarterback reaches his potential.If Darnold plays well, it will have a positive effect on the entire team — including Gase. If not, the franchise could be looking at a 10th straight season without a playoff appearance. And then, possibly be searching for a new coach with serious questions about its quarterback.“Our goal is always going to be playing in January; always going to be the goal,” Gase said.JUMBO MAKEOVERGeneral manager Joe Douglas overhauled an offensive line that struggled mightily with consistency and injuries.He signed center Connor McGovern, tackle George Fant and guard Greg Van Roten, who are all expected to start. New York also drafted 6-foot-7, 370-pound tackle Mekhi Becton with the 11th overall pick. Guard Alex Lewis, who wasn’t a starter at the beginning of last season, is the only holdover.In fact, the Jets will be only the fourth NFL team since the 2010 season to start five different offensive lineman in Week 1 of a season from the group that started the season opener the previous year.“The hardest part is the cohesion and so many guys on the starting line are learning a new offense,” McGovern said. “But the nice thing is we have all played a lot of football. Football is football. You can only run and protect the ball so many ways.”SECONDARY SHAKEUPStar safety Jamal Adams is gone, sent to Seattle for a trio of draft picks and Bradley McDougald, who’ll now team with Marcus Maye in the defensive backfield.New York also drafted safety Ashtyn Davis in the third round, and it’s a good bet defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will find a way to use his athleticism and versatility.The Jets added cornerback Pierre Desir in free agency, and he’ll team with nickel back Brian Poole and someone from a group that includes Bless Austin, Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston.CATCH ITJamison Crowder was a surprise last season, catching a career-high 78 passes last season while building a nice rapport with Darnold. But, he’s the only starting wide receiver back after the Jets allowed Robby Anderson to leave in free agency.Speedy Breshad Perriman should help offset the loss of Anderson after a terrific finish to last season with Tampa Bay. The Jets drafted Denzel Mims in the second round, but the former Baylor star missed valuable on-field time in camp with a hamstring issue.New York signed veteran Chris Hogan during camp, but the rest of the receiving corps is inexperienced. Tight ends Chris Herndon — who Crowder calls “a major X-factor” — and Ryan Griffin should help pick up the slack in the passing game. Bell is also expected to see plenty of passes out of the backfield.CARRYING THE LOADBell has a few new running mates with 37-year-old Frank Gore and fourth-rounder La’Mical Perine, but he’ll still be the lead back.Bell arrived to camp in what he says is the best shape of his career. He’s eager to put last season’s subpar debut in New York — he ran for just 789 yards and averaged a personal worst 3.2 yards per carry.Gase acknowledged he needs to use Bell more efficiently than he did last season, and make the offense less predictable.“I’m ready to show this is the best Le’Veon Bell that has ever played in the NFL,” the 28-year-old running back declared.Image credits: AP COMMENT Written By Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 08:45 IST Pressure’s On Darnold, Gase To Take Next Step For Jets Adam Gase sees — and hears — a clear difference in Sam Darnold each time he opens his mouth. The New York Jets coach will start calling a play during practice, and the quarterback routinely finishes his sentencescenter_img First Published: 28th August, 2020 08:45 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more