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Cover of the Core Course bookletStructural Parameters
  1. Each section of Created and Called for Community course is open to all students, and no prerequisites are required except for a First-Year Seminar. The Created and Called for Community course is taken after the First-Year Seminar, though in rare cases the two may be taken concurrently.
  2. The Created and Called for Community course meets for the equivalent of three 60‑minute class sessions each week during Spring Term. Students are awarded three credit hours and faculty are assigned four units toward their 24-hour loads. Students are expected to participate in co-curricular programs sponsored by Residence Education and to attend three required Spring convocations and first-year chapels. The additional faculty load unit is awarded to compensate for time spent in required team planning sessions and attendance at the convocations.
  3. The Created and Called for Community course is divided into class sections with student enrollments of 25. Individual faculty members are assigned to a team of five to seven faculty; one faculty member serves as the team coordinator. Teams meet twice monthly to discuss lectures, readings, assignments, and pedagogical approaches. In addition, faculty are required to participate in a full day of in‑service training during May and a half day of training in late January.
  4. Administrative oversight of the Created and Called for Community course resides in a Steering Committee composed of the team coordinators, the Associate Dean of Residence Education, the person responsible for planning First-Year Chapels, and the Director of the Created and Called for Community Program, who serves as the chair. Proposed syllabus changes are presented to the entire Created and Called for Community faculty for approval during the May training meeting.
  5. The Created and Called for Community course utilizes a common syllabus.
    • The course syllabus includes a majority (80%) of common readings, videos, music, interviews, common assignments, and a common calendar.
    • No more than 15% of the reading assignments are changed in any given year.
  6. There are three distinct thematic units in the Created and Called for Community course.
    • Each thematic unit requires a variety of assigned readings/texts. Assigned readings include both western and non-western texts.
    • Each thematic unit raises and addresses ethical issues or questions.
    • Each thematic unit utilizes biblical and theological texts in development of topics.
  7. Student evaluation is accomplished through at least two papers related to two separate units of the courses and three essay exams, one on each unit.
  8. The Created and Called for Community course focuses on careful reading of written texts.
    • Most texts are primary sources. Multiple readings, reflecting a variety of perspectives and authors, are assigned. To a large extent, the class discussions revolve around the readings.
    • The emphasis of this course is on the process of intellectual discovery and skill development. Although pedagogical approaches may be varied, the course concentrates on active student learning: discussions are primary and lectures are used to provide a context for the readings and thus to enhance the process of active student learning.
  9. While the subject content of the Created and Called for Community course remains the primary objective, the writing process is an integral part of the intellectual and pedagogical fabric of the course.
    • Writing is aimed at allowing students to reflect critically or respond creatively to assigned texts, and reinforcing intellectual skills introduced in First-Year Seminar.
    • Reflective writing includes some of the following: journals, reading logs, response papers, micro-themes, letters to the class, and e-mail discussion lists.
    • Each unit requires at least one major essay or project in which students:
      • analyze and synthesize complex material in relation to a specific thesis.
      • provide material in persuasive support of a thesis.
      • creatively present personal experiences or observations on a theme of interest to the unit under discussion.
  10. The Created and Called for Community course requires the cooperation of faculty and co-curricular educators.
    • Faculty reference or incorporate the first-year student convocations and/or chapels into classroom discussions.
    • Faculty assign small group work to be administered or coordinated by residence education personnel.
    • Attendance and participation in a convocation is required for all students and faculty.
    • One common speaker, artistic event, or production is planned for each unit.
    • One common film, play, or media presentation may be assigned for each unit.
  11. An assessment instrument for the Created and Called for Community Course is administered each time it is taught. This instrument is developed and edited by the Faculty and the Director of the Created and Called for Community course, and the results are processed and filed in the Office of General Education and Common Learning. This instrument focuses on the achievement of course objectives.
  12. The faculty who teach sections of the Created and Called for Community course are expected to follow the parameters, course objectives, and the general guidelines specified in the common general course syllabus. However, within these boundaries, faculty members are free to shape the course as they desire.
  13. These Created and Called for Community course parameters are consistently implemented in all sections; therefore, faculty members submit copies of their syllabi to the Director of the Created and Called for Community Program prior to the beginning of the semester. Syllabi are not distributed to students until they have been reviewed by the Director. The specific due dates for the submission of syllabi for this review are established and communicated by the Associate Dean for General Education and Common Learning on an annual basis.
  14. Faculty for the Created and Called for Community course are selected according to the following parameters:
    • Created and Called for Community faculty are individuals with interdisciplinary interests.
    • Faculty in the Created and Called for Community course are primarily members of the teaching faculty.
    • Other College educators and administrators may also teach the Created and Called for Community course if they have equivalent teaching experience.
    • Priority for teaching the Created and Called for Community course is given to full‑time teaching faculty.
 

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