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Steering Committee and Working Groups Committee Membership

Over the past year, 21C has engaged the University community in many thoughtful and rigorous discussions of ways to enhance the undergraduate learning experience.  Based on early feedback from departmental curriculum committees and program committees, areas of interest emerged warranting deeper review. 
21C convened four working groups, comprised of faculty, students and staff across colleges and units engaged in teaching and learning in the undergraduate curriculum:

  • Teaching-Research Link
  • Organizational Processes
  • First Year Experience
  • Transformative Teaching and Learning Innovations

Their goal was to investigate distinct themes and report back to the steering committee with ideas and proposals. 

The working groups met through the Fall and into the Winter of 2007 to create draft reports.  Late in the Winter 2007 semester, their reports were made available on line to all members of the university community, and comments were solicited.  Comments from dozens of faculty, staff and students were received and digested by the working groups in the first instance, and then by the 21C Steering Committee itself. 

It is important to acknowledge that even as the 21C process has moved forward, many departments and programs at Guelph have continued to invest locally in undergraduate curriculum assessment and renewal.  Indeed, as conversations within the University community make abundantly clear, there is a substantial renewal and revitalization of the undergraduate learning experience underway at Guelph that is building upon a long and distinguished tradition of educational innovation that is a hallmark of the University’s programs for students. As a community, Guelph continues to be at the fore of curricular and teaching excellence.  The 21C Steering Committee recognizes and celebrates these efforts even as it makes new proposals for the community’s consideration.

The Final Report of the 21C Steering Committee provides the community with 14 major recommendations and a history and context for curriculum renewal.  For clarity, the recommendations are listed in two categories: those related to curriculum matters, and those that are more procedural in nature but still greatly influence our undergraduate curriculum. An outline of the key responsibility sites (leadership, implementation and governance) is appended.  In all of these efforts, the 21st Century Curriculum Committee has worked to respect the autonomy of all academic units while promoting a culture of wide renewal of the undergraduate learning environment.

The Provost and AVPA wish to thank members of the 21C Steering Committee, members of the four working groups, and in particular the chairs of the working groups, for their significant contributions to this process of review and consultation.


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