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Serving the Greater Good: Delivering General Education Outcomes in a Small Liberal Arts College

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A small liberal arts college presents challenges and opportunities to teach non-majors in lower and upper division courses. Convinced that political science courses enhance any academic program, and particularly pre-professional programs, the department selected and redesigned courses to serve double duty: discipline specific and general education requirements. This paper examines the re-design of several courses to meet methodological needs of majors while making the courses accessible to non-majors. Focusing on several courses, we evaluate the successes and areas of improvement of different learning techniques in lower and upper division courses from across the sub-disciplines in political science to meet the developmental learning outcomes of majors and non-majors. Finally, we examine assessment data collected to measure student learning for both general college learning outcomes as well as to meet specific disciplinary outcomes. In the spirit of “serving the greater good,” we argue that the difficulties associated with offering courses for multiple student constituencies has actually afforded substantial benefits for the College as well as for the program in political science.

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Lopez, Lillian. and McKinlay, Patrick. "Serving the Greater Good: Delivering General Education Outcomes in a Small Liberal Arts College" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California, Feb 22, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245636_index.html>

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Lopez, L. J. and McKinlay, P. F. , 2008-02-22 "Serving the Greater Good: Delivering General Education Outcomes in a Small Liberal Arts College" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245636_index.html

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Abstract: A small liberal arts college presents challenges and opportunities to teach non-majors in lower and upper division courses. Convinced that political science courses enhance any academic program, and particularly pre-professional programs, the department selected and redesigned courses to serve double duty: discipline specific and general education requirements. This paper examines the re-design of several courses to meet methodological needs of majors while making the courses accessible to non-majors. Focusing on several courses, we evaluate the successes and areas of improvement of different learning techniques in lower and upper division courses from across the sub-disciplines in political science to meet the developmental learning outcomes of majors and non-majors. Finally, we examine assessment data collected to measure student learning for both general college learning outcomes as well as to meet specific disciplinary outcomes. In the spirit of “serving the greater good,” we argue that the difficulties associated with offering courses for multiple student constituencies has actually afforded substantial benefits for the College as well as for the program in political science.

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