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Learning Enhancement Taskforce

September 29, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the Office of Undergraduate Experiences is holding the 10th Undergraduate Experiences Symposium this Friday, October 3, 2014. The main topic is integrating learning across the undergraduate curriculum. I am planning to attend and hope many of you will also attend and engage in the discussion.

You may be aware that the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) supports universities adopting a set of “essential learning outcomes” for undergraduate education. Partly as a response to the work of AAC&U, a CLAS taskforce – the Learning Enhancement Taskforce (LET)—recommended adopting essential learning outcomes (ELO) for all CLAS undergraduate programs. CLAS is implementing these outcomes now. LET also recommended increasing integrative learning approaches in academic programs as a way to raise the level of undergraduate learning. A summary of the LET report is available for your consideration (LINK). The entire report is also available (LINK). I especially hope that faculty attending the symposium will be familiar with the work of the LET.

In addition to considering the topic of integrated learning at the symposium, I have asked all the Denver Campus Deans to discuss the LET report and the ELO initiative with their faculty. I think that this is an important conversation for the faculty to have as it relates to improving the educational experience and success of our undergraduate students. Since not all of you will be able to participate in the conversation at the symposium I do hope that you will participate in considering the topic of ELOs/integrated learning in your schools/colleges.

I look forward to the discussion at the symposium and to hearing from each of the schools and colleges if this is an initiative the Denver Campus faculty think should be adopted to enhance undergraduate education.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Roderick Nairn, PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


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