WPI's Curriculum a Model for 21st Century Liberal Education, a New National Report Says

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recently released the final report from its Greater Expectations project, a major initiative aimed at articulating the aims of a 21st century liberal education and identifying innovative models that other campuses can follow to improve learning for all undergraduate students.

The publication, Purposeful Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Key Learning Outcomes, by Andrea Leskes and Ross Miller, reflects the work of the Greater Expectations leadership consortium. WPI was one of 16 schools selected to join the consortium as Leadership Institutions; each was chosen for its innovative practices in undergraduate education that could serve as models for other institutions across the nation. WPI was the only technological university in the group.

Purposeful Pathways focuses on four learning outcomes identified as essential for undergraduate education in the 21st century: integrative learning; inquiry learning; global learning; and civic learning. The report highlights practices that promote these outcomes and offers examples of good practice. Six institutions, including WPI, are singled out for exemplary practice in promoting all four outcomes.

In a full-page essay and commentary, the report describes WPI's innovative undergraduate curriculum, including its three required projects and its global program, as a "purposeful pathway" to achieving the four learning outcomes.

Read the essay (PDF; used with permission from the AAC&U).

More information about the Greater Expectations project can be found at the Association of American Colleges & Universities Web site.

To order copies of full Purposeful Pathways report, visit the website.

January 10, 2007

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