Supporting Intentional and Purposeful Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels
Create working groups to address
specific curricular needs at the undergraduate
and graduate levels. Working groups that are
- Online learning and
education (with UIT).
- Digital humanities in the
- Film and media studies.
Continue to develop and execute the
cluster hires to support interdisciplinary
- For the environmental
studies cluster, the economics
and anthropology departments
have made hires who will begin
in fall 2012 and fall 2013,
respectively; earth and ocean
sciences (formerly geology) has
just completed its search.
- For the race and ethnicity
cluster, the English and
sociology departments have been
authorized to search in
2012-2013 and history in
- Deans have selected, with
input from chairs and directors,
food science and policy and
digital humanities as the next
cluster hire topics.
Synthesize and begin to implement
recommendations from the interdisciplinary (ID)
review and faculty retreat.
Memoranda of understanding are being written for
international relations (IR) and women's studies
as well as environmental studies and race and
ethnicity clusters. The tenure and promotion
committee has developed guidelines for
interdisciplinary processes for tenure and
promotion. Deans are working with the Center for
Interdisciplinary studies to begin tracking
student minors so that we can more accurately
identify the populations that ID programs are
Continue the learning assessment
strategy and implementation in departments.
Sarah Herchel, the special assistant for
curriculum and program analysis for A&S, will be
a point person for ongoing assessment efforts. A
presentation on assessment to chairs and faculty
is planned for spring 2013. We will consider
graduate students and faculty member
partnerships, when possible, to carry out
assessment plans for departments and programs.
Develop a better structure for
integrating student life and curricular issues
and determine mechanisms for a comprehensive
review of undergraduate curriculum.
In spring 2012, we formed a working
group on curriculum, instruction, and
assessment, which includes student life staff,
faculty members, and administrators. Dean Bauer
now chairs the committee which is meeting in
January 2013. Also, the education policy
committee is discussing curriculum reviews.
Implement and evaluate the Bridge to
Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST) program.
The first BLAST cohort completed the
program in August 2012. The early evaluation of
the program highlights strong student
satisfaction and strong academic performance in
the fall semester.
Explore new academic initiatives.
Create a small internal subcommittee to
develop a pilot for a four-year program that
would involve a three-year undergraduate
sequence and a one-year master program leading
to a baccalaureate and a master-level degree.
(Consider economics as a pilot.)
Audit current degree programs and
assess where there may be gaps between strengths
at the graduate/professional level that do not
have undergraduate feeders programs.
Feeder programs to the Friedman School
of Nutritional Science and Policy and the
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine have been
identified as having areas of potential interest
Develop a plan to better integrate
graduate student needs into the student
divisions structure and align GSAS with