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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Quest II Course Development Workshop

Over this past weekend, 34 members of our teaching community met to begin to create Quest II courses. In Quest II, students will address the three Signature Questions in a variety of disciplinary courses. The Quest II courses also ask students to consider ethical issues embedded within the content. As the new Quest II teaching community works toward the following deadlines, they will be supported by Web resources, brown bag discussions, a collaborative team focused on “ethical reasoning,” stipends from a UW System grant, the CETL Advisory Council, and the USP Council:

  • Draft syllabi for feedback from USP Council: Nov. 5, 2012
  • Final Syllabi for USP Council (usp@uwosh.edu): Jan. 14, 2013
  • Final Syllabi and USP Form(s) for Faculty Governance
    Course Review and Approval: Jan. 14, 2013

Meet the USP Council:

The USP Council is comprised of members of the UW Oshkosh campus community who are supporting the early implementation of this new general education program (2012-2014). In the next several USP Updates, we will introduce members of this collaborative team.

Tracy Slagter (Political Science)

Tracy Slagter

Tracy Slagter, Ph.D. (assistant professor, political science) serves as the director for Quest I & II in the USP, working to ensure that incoming first-time students will have a welcoming and transformative First-Year Experience beginning in Fall 2013.

Together with the director of USP, Tracy is helping to give shape to the distinctive courses that will comprise the first year of the USP: Quest I and Quest II. In that capacity Tracy develops materials to support instructors’ Quest I and II course design, provides feedback to instructors on their drafted Quest courses, co-leads professional development workshops, and provides content for the Quest I and II portions of the evolving USP website.

Tracy is also working — along with other USP Council members — to define and create the extensive Peer Mentor and the new Ambassador programs that are such critical components of the Quest I curriculum. Email Tracy at usp@uwosh.edu with any questions or comments related to Quest courses, the Peer Mentor program, or other First-Year Experience issues.

Need Help?
For assistance, please use the following contact information:
e-mail: usp@uwosh.edu
website: uwosh.edu/usp

Watch for University Studies Program Update each Tuesday of the Fall 2012 Semester!
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