2005, the Undergraduate Experiences Symposium has been a dynamic
environment for the growth and evolution of undergraduate education at
the University of Colorado Denver.
The goals for the 2013 Symposium are:
- Review national efforts on shared learning outcomes and integrative learning
- Identify CU Denver integrative learning practices
- Create a draft action plan for each academic unit as a prelude to extended unit discussions
- Plan for a Spring 2014 mini Symposium to develop a campus-wide integrative learning plan
8:30-9:00 Registration and light breakfast
9:00-9:15 Welcome and introduction
& A session with keynote speaker
presentation by CU Denver representativess
11:00-12:00 Table discussions
12:00-1:15 Working lunch, continued table discussions
comments by keynote speaker
Cecilio Alvarez, Academic Advisor, CLAS Academic Advising Office
Barbara Seidl, Associate Dean, School of Education and Human Development
Khushnur Dadabhoy, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life
Mitch Handelsman, Professor, Psychology and CU President's Teaching Scholar
Keynote speaker: Dr. Terrel Rhodes
received his B.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington and his M.A. and Ph.D.
in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before moving into national higher education work, he was a faculty member for
twenty-five years. Dr. Rhodes is currently Vice President for the Office of
Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and
Universities (AAC&U) where he focuses on the quality of undergraduate
education, access, general education, and assessment of student learning. He is
also director of the annual AAC&U General Education Institute and the Institute
on Integrative Learning and the Departments.
many years of experience leading undergraduate curriculum development efforts,
teaching public policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels, developing
learning outcomes assessment plans, and forging inter-institutional
collaborations with community colleges and high schools.
at AAC&U he lead the project on faculty driven assessment of student
learning supported by the Fund for Improvement of Post Secondary Education
(FIPSE) and the State Farm Companies
Foundation entitled Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education
(VALUE). VALUE faculty teams developed rubrics for the full range of essential
learning outcomes that can be used with authentic student work to demonstrate
quality student learning. Continuing the work of the Greater Expectations: A New Vision
for Learning as a Nation Goes to College project, his office furthers
the importance of clearly articulating the qualities of a well-educated person,
creating coherent educational programs that cultivate those qualities, and
assessing to determine if they have been achieved through general education,
the majors, and co-curricular work.
he leads a new initiative, Quality
Collaboratives, involving campuses and state systems in nine states
exploring ways in which the Degree Qualifications Profile might be used as a
guide for determining student competencies on the broad range of Essential
Learning Outcomes identified with student success in the context of transfer
from two to four year institutions.
has published extensively on both undergraduate education reform issues and in
his academic field of public policy and administration. His many books
and articles cover such issues as integrative learning, e-portfolios, high
school-college connections, and public policies affecting urban American Indian
communities. He is member of the Ethics Section of the American Society for