ASSURANCE OF MASTERY-LEVEL TREATMENT OF ARGUMENTATION SKILLS IN CONNECTION COURSES
Connections courses play a critical pedagogical and assessment role within the Colonnade Program. Connections courses serve to ensure a capstone experience within the general education curriculum and, as such, play a key role in program-level assessment of general education at WKU. It was originally envisioned by the General Education Review Task Force that Connections courses would be primarily new courses, developed specifically for the Colonnade Program. While some new course development has occurred, and more will likely come with time, most of the currently-approved Connections courses already existed within the WKU course inventory prior to development and implementation of the Colonnade Program.
Given this, it is critical to ensure that connections course are addressing E&A student learning outcomes at a mastery level, and building upon the teaching and learning foundations established courses such as ENG 100, COMM 145, and ENG 300. Specific initiatives are anticipated to include:
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