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Lincoln Program Implementation

Action Project Declaration

Institution: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Submitted: Not Yet Submitted Contact: Victoria Scott
E-mail: Telephone: (618)650-3772
Planned project kickoff date: November 15, 2008
Target completion date: July 31, 2011

A. Give this Action Project a short title in 10 words or fewer:

Lincoln Program Implementation

B. Describe this Action Project's goal in 100 words or fewer:

This project seeks to guide a smooth and successful implementation of a new general education curriculum, named the Lincoln Program. All incoming students will be required to complete this program as part of their baccalaureate degrees. This project builds on the success of the Baccalaureate Reform though Integration Design of General Education (BRIDGE) process to create a seamless transition from the current general education program to the Lincoln Program.

C. Identify the single AQIP Category which the Action Project will most affect or impact:

Student Learning

D. Describe briefly your institution's reasons for taking on this Action Project now -- why the project and its goals are high among your current priorities:

In fall 2007, SIUE began a redesign of its general education program (the BRIDGE process). Design proposals, created by teams, for general education reform were completed and presented to the campus community. An All-Faculty Meeting was held on March 29, 2007. Following the meeting, the Faculty Senate conducted a faculty preferential vote and reported out the results. The faculty selected the distribution based proposal. A new design team was created to refine and prepare the faculty-selected plan into a final proposal for the Faculty Senate to study and review. The Senate's General Education Committee and the Curriculum Council fully reviewed the final design proposal and report, with the full Senate approving the Lincoln Program in Spring of 2008.

It is imperative to act upon the recent review of the current general education program that has brought general education into the spotlight. SIUE is taking advantage of the energy and perspectives of a wide range of new faculty that complement the experience and depth of vision of the existing faculty. Finally, implementation of The Lincoln Program complements current reform efforts geared toward advisement, course management and New Freshman Seminar.

E. List the organizational areas - -institutional departments, programs, divisions, or units -- most affected by or involved in this Action Project:

Since the general education program is required of all students, all academic Programs, Departments, and Schools/Colleges will be affected. Enrollment Management, Academic Advising, Instructional Services, and units associated with Academic Affairs will also be influenced by this Action Project.

F. Name and describe briefly the key organizational process(es) that you expect this Action Project to change or improve:

The General Education Program curriculum is the central process that will be improved. All other processes affected will respond to the changes in the General Education Program. Other processes include transfer articulation, advising, scheduling, and budgeting.

G. Explain the rationale for the length of time planned for this Action Project (from kickoff to target completion):

Implementing this new program will require re-organization of a large number of courses, development of new courses, a re-evaluation of degree requirements by Departments, and a tighter integration of General Education with other integrative programs on campus (e.g., New Freshman Seminar, Interdisciplinary Studies, Senior Assignment). Doing this so that students matriculating during a transitional period between our existing program and the Lincoln Program can complete their degree requirements smoothly will require implementing the new Program in phases spread out over several years.

H. Describe how you plan to monitor how successfully your efforts on this Action Project are progressing:

The Lincoln Program process is included in SIUE's strategic plan. Therefore, progress will be monitored and reported to the Board of Trustees on an annual basis. The process also involves the Provost Office, all of the Schools/Colleges, and the Faculty Senate on a continual basis.

The key indicator of success is the successful implementation of the new general education program.

I. Other information (e.g., publicity, sponsor or champion, etc.):

K. Project Leader and contact person:
First Name: Paul
Middle Initial: E.
Last Name: Brunkow
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 618-650-2976

L. Project team members: A university-wide committee of 15 members, charged by the Office of the Provost (Dr. Paul Ferguson) and the SIUE Faculty Senate (Dr. E. Duff Wrobbel, President)

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