Expanding the Co-ordinated Arts Program: Phase II

TitleExpanding the Co-ordinated Arts Program: Phase II
Faculty/College/UnitArts
StatusCompleted
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2006
Completion03/31/2008
Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleCo-ordinated Arts Program
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2006/2007
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorNancy Gallini
Year 1: Funded Amount150,000
Year 1: Summary

One operational goals of Trek 2010 is to "make the big small wherever appropriate." The Faculty of Arts is seeking funds to launch an ambitious program for first year students that will help in achieving this goal. By forming learning communities we will have cohorts of students enrolling in 18 credits of linked courses, including a small 6-credit seminar of 25 students. Effectively three 6-credit courses will be coordinated across a variety of dimensions to ensure a more integrated learning experience for students. These dimensions of co-ordination will include a central learning theme linking each course, as well as harmonization of classrooms, timetables, evaluation due dates, and so forth. Finally students in these cohort programs will have access to learning space dedicated to the Co-ordinated Arts Program (CAP). The funds are required to help in launching this program because the initial size must be small, growing over time to be successful.

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2007/2008
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorNancy Gallini
Year 2: Funded Amount108,770
Year 2: Summary

The Faculty of Arts is revitalizing undergraduate learning. In keeping with a key strategic goal of Trek 2010, "to make the big small wherever appropriate, we have successfully introduced a cohort learning portal for first year students - ­the Co-ordinated Arts Program. Three themes were introduced in September of 2006: PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics, n=110); Individual and Society (n=80); and Global Citizenship (n=100). A fourth theme, Ecology and Sustainability (n=20) was less successful (see progress report for explanation).

Our plan for year two, as indicated in last yea(s successful application, is to increase the student numbers by approximately 200-300. This will be done both by increasing the size of the current streams (all of which we will repeat, although with improvements) and by introducing two new streams (likely to be Health and Society, and the Entrepreneurial Society). We have also been successful in ensuring that some of these courses are taught by regular faculty (e.g., Trevor Barnes, Bruce Baum, Neil Guppy, David Ley).