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Charges for task forces

Listening Session PowerPoint

Listening Sessions Notes (includes student feedback)


Foundations Task Force

Charge for Foundations


Co-chairs: Dr. Lars Olson, ENG and Dr. Sarah Feldner, Director, Core of Common Studies

Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, THEO

Dr. Jenn Fishman, ENGL

Dr. Steven Goldzwig, COMM

Dr. John Jones, PHIL

Rev. Thomas Krettek, S.J., Office of Mission & Ministry

Dr. Laura Matthew, HIST

Dr. Robert Masson, THEO

Dr. Theresa Tobin, PHIL

Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, ENGL


(12/12) Group shared in progress work for each of the courses. As a task force, addressed tier from a holistic perspective. Particular focus on the extent to which commitment to maintain Theology and Philosophy (per 2010 agreement between Marquette and Jesuit Community) is being fulfilled. This group will ask the Discovery Task Force to consider adding structure that allows greater visibility to these areas and will ask that the Culminating Task Force consider returning to key themes of Foundations in this last course.

(12/5) Recapped progress: This tier will have 4 courses (Philsosophy, Theology, Rhetoric, and Modes of Inquiry). The Philosophy and Theology will be linked through key questions. The Rhetoric will be a praxis based course. The inquiry course will intentionally connect three different disciplines. This tier will seek to develop a mindset or worldview for students -- a way of approaching questions. For next meeting, subgroups will work on learning outcomes and specific details for each course.

(11/21) Discussed the student feedback. Spent time discussing the best name to capture the purpose of the course. Focused on the idea of inquiry. Made plans to develop clear assignments and guidelines to connect the courses.

(11/7) Responded to feedback that expressed concerns about the use of lecture format with discussion sections. Moved to a model that will use stand alone classes. Next steps will be establishing criteria for classes.

(10/24) Conversation continued on comparing two options weighing pros and cons and identifying questions that needs to be addressed. Group had a discussion to think about one model to work on developing further to provide a tentative direction and will work on fleshing ideas in future meetings.

(10/17) Foundations task force compared two approaches -- one model that has a rotation of instructors with discussions sectoins. The second would have large campuswide lectures (like TedX) with faculty led seminar sections. Goal of both is to provide students with capacity to think in integrated ways.

(10/10) The foundations group worked in smaller subgroups to explore specific models for this tier. Each group presented the options. These models will be refined in future meetings.

(9/30) The Foundations task force had its first meeting on Sept. 26. Conversation at this first meeting focused on the need for backward design. That is, if the students will be prepared for learning outcome 6, what will need to happen in the Foundations Courses? The task force also considered models for integration: team taught courses, shared courses where different faculty teach different units on a rotational basis, key questions or touchpoints that will be addressed across courses, and a version of a team taught that uses mutlple faculty in large lectures combined with smaller break out discussions.



Dec. 12, 2016

Dec. 5, 2016

Nov. 21, 2016

Nov. 7, 2016

Oct. 24, 2016

Oct. 17, 2016

Oct. 10, 2016

Sept. 26, 2016


Engaging Social Systems and Values Task Force

Charge for Engaging Social Systems and Values


Co-Chairs:  Dr. Shaun Longstreet, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning and Dr. Sarah Feldner, Director, Core of Common Studies

Dr. Noel Adams, PHIL

Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova, FOLL

Dr. Angie Harris, SOCS

Dr. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J., EDUC

Dr. Cheryl Maranto, BUS

Dr. Barrett McCormick POSC

Dr. Irfan Omar, THEO

Dr. Darren Wheelock, SOCS


(12/12) Continued discussion on what criteria would be needed for courses to be included in ESSV. Revisited topic of when this course would be taken with a particular focus on whether or not this should be taken in the first year. Task force members also thought about how reflection could be included in this requirement. Boston College reflection models were considered as options.

(12/6) Task force focused on what would be required for courses to be included in this tier. The focus was on what information would allow for consistency and a focus on learning outcomes. Some discussion addressed question of what faculty would teach this class and the needed supports for faculty to be successful with this requirement.

(11/29) Meeting spent working on rubrics for ESSV with goal of deliniated what would be expected for a course that woudl fulfill the outcomes.

(11/21) Discussed feedback from listening session with particular focus on some requests for OIE. Talked about how to take the goals from our discussions to date and make a concrete proposal.

(11/8) Talked about how to implement a second level ESSV course. How might this requirement be included in the Discovery tier. Also, discussed what the goals for an experiential component would be. Emphasized the idea of providing an opportunity for analyziing situations.

(10/31) Task force reviewed VALUES rubric on intercultural competence. Discussed merits and limitation. Talked about how to have the outcome be addressed throughout the curriculum. Group considering a first level and a second level requirement.

(10/18) Task force focused on the competencies called for by the learning outcome. This discussion led to a consideration of what types of course experiences would provide these competencies. Discussion focused on a model that would allow for a range of courses that could fulfill a specific requirement.

(9/30) The first task force meeting focused on identifying key questions that the group will need to explore as they map out this requirement. Among these is thinking about the elements in learning outcome 4and what that might entail. The task force considered the merits of identifying a course or a limited number of courses to fulfill the requirement versus embedding content across the foundations courses. These standpoints were juxtaposed against our current diverse cultures requirement that includes an extensive list of courses. Questions to be considered: effective use of faculty resources, oversight of requirement, understanding courses that exist and whether or not they help to achieve the learning outcomes.



Dec. 12, 2016

Dec. 6, 2016

Nov. 29, 2016

Nov. 21, 2016

Nov. 8, 2016

Oct. 31, 2016

Oct. 18, 2016

Sept. 27, 2016


Discovery Courses Task Force

Discovery Charge


Co-chairs: Dr. Lowell Barrington, POSC and Dr. Sarah Feldner, Director, Core of Common Studies

Dr. Monica Adya – BUS

Dr. James Marten, HIST

Dr. Patrick McNamara, ENG

Rev. Joseph Mueller, S.J., - THEO

Dr. Julia Paulk, FOLL

Dr. Jane Peterson - SOSC

Dr. Scott Reid, CHEM

Dr. Karen Robinson, NURS

Dr. Rebecca Sanders MSCS

Dr. Andrew Starsky, H SCI

Dr. Amelia Zurcher, ENGL


(12/13) Continued discussion from previous meeting. The perception of this group was that faculty have worked with the information from campus input and the committee charge. Task force elected not to modify the proposal at this time with a desire to remain with the process that was put in place. Reviewed the concept of the tier with 5 - 6 themes, with 4 threads in each theme. Themes will be selected via a call to campus and input from departments.

(12/9) Discussed questions raised by Jesuit Community. The idea of a fourth thread that was Theology and Philosophy was introduced as one way the program might be modified.

(11/30) Discussed the all task force meeting. Discussion of the three components that are needed for this tier: The requirements for courses to be included in a theme or tier; the process for choosing a theme; and examples of how assessment might work and assignments that could be tied to the themes.

(11/14) Continued to refine proposal from the discovery tier. Addressed feedback from the listening session and identified tasks for next steps.

(11/7) Groups presented proposals for how to organize this tier. Details in minutes.

(10/26) Group discussed credit requirements and the overlap between core and major requirements. Task force will work in smaller groups to develop concrete proposals.

(10/7) Continued discussion on themes and what format would best meet needs of students. Key points are that themes should relate to students but also reflect Marquette mission and priorities. Discovery courses should emphasize the idea of methodologies as they relate to various disciplines. Task force considered themes that could work well and will consult with department chairs to see what courses might fit within the various types of themes.

(9/30) The Discovery group focused on several global issues. Among these -- thinking about how to connect this tier to the previous foundation tier. One idea emerged which was the way in which key questions or content from the foundations might help structure the themes. The focus was to work to be sure that faculty have a clear sense of the content of the foundations. Second, the task force considered the nature of the themes -- ranging from broad philosophical questions to more concrete contexts or topics. Group is going to test ideas out with the campus community.


Dec. 13, 2016

Dec. 9, 2016

Nov. 30, 2016 (minutes forthcoming)

Nov. 14, 2016

Nov. 7, 2016

Oct. 26, 2016

Oct. 7, 2016

Sept. 30, 2016


Culminating Experiences Task Force

Culminating Charge


Co-chairs:  Dr. John Su, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dr. Sarah Feldner, Director, Core of Common Studies

Dr. Kati Berg, COMM

Dr. Ellen Eckman, EDUC

Dr. Beth Godbee, ENGL

Dr. John Grych, PSYC

Dr. Conor Kelly, THEO

Dr. John Mantsch, H SCI

Dr. Kristina Ropella, ENG

Dr. James South, ARTS

Dr. William Welburn, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Amber Young-Brice, NURS


(12/15) Addressed questions raised by the Jesuit Community about the extent to which core revision continues to address the commitment to its Jesuit traditions specifically an emphasis on Theology and Philosophy. Task force discussed ways to articulate this connections more clearly. Continued previous discussion of faculty development.

(12/5) Considered a proposed template for the course on the Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice. This basic framework should allow for mutliple faculty to teach the course. Focused on the types of faculty support that would be needed to deliver this course.

(11/30) Discussion of the all task force meeting and how this culminating course could build on these efforts. Focused on the logistics of how this course would be offiered with a particular emphasis on maintaining a consistent experience. Also, addressed student feedback which has been positive relative to a course that allows for students to think about connections to their majors. Members determined one way to address this would be to center on a theme of vocation.

(11/14) Continued to address what the culminating experience would be accomplishing. Addressed concerns that faculty might have about the style of teaching required.

(10/26) Task force continued to refine thinking on a single course. Focus on what it meant to be experiential and how a course might manage this effectively.

(10/18) Two models were discussed in depth. The group arrived at a conclusion that a single course option might better meet outcomes. This single course could include elements of a model that uses outside lectures and experiences that were a part of a second model. This course would be offered by select number of units to allow for consistency of experience and to ease planning.

(10/11) Task force worked in teams to work out details of each approach for a culminating experience.

(10/5) Task force shared examples of similar requirements at other campuses. Members discussed e-portfolios as a means of providing an integrating experience and discussed what experiential activities would best serve students. Next meeting will be a working session to work out details of three approaches.

(9/30) The task force took up 3 models for a culminating experience. These included: existing courses in a college or major, multiple courses that are "certified" as culminating based on their ability to meet identified parameters, and a designed course or courses that all students would take. While perspectives varied, the third option (two to three options taken by all students) was identified as having the benefit of providing interdisciplinary teams/learning (i.e., students from different majors working together) and its ability to draw together the three tiers -- that is, reinforcing learning from all levels in this final tier. Task force members are working on identifying examples that exist on campus and other campuses.



Dec. 15, 2016

Dec. 5, 2016

Nov. 30, 2016

Nov. 14, 2016

Oct. 26, 2016

Oct. 19, 2016

Oct. 11, 2016

Oct. 5, 2016

Sept. 26, 2016


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About the revision

In May 2015, President Michael R. Lovell and Provost Dan Myers issued a campus-wide charge to revise and revitalize the University Core of Common Studies in light of 21st-century pedagogical research and our continuing commitment to Jesuit higher education.

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