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Academic planning task force to hold final public meeting

Queen's Senate Academic Planning Task Force meets

Queen’s community members will have another opportunity to provide input to the Academic Planning Task Force (APTF) on Monday April 11, when the group holds its last formal public consultation.

The APTF will present a preliminary draft plan to Senate in late April, with a final report in September. Although the team’s open meetings will end with Monday’s town hall, to provide time for drafting, online consultation will continue, says task force chair Peter Taylor.

The topic at Monday’s town hall will be Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity, one of the “four pillars” put forward by the task force in its initial framework.

"The four pillars state our broad principles and goals, but the plan must provide some feasible ways to realize these,” says Dr. Taylor. “Most of us agree that Queen's values both disciplinarity and interdisciplinary approaches – but how exactly do we integrate these in our teaching programs?"

As an example, the task force has been discussing a proposal for half-year introductory-level interdisciplinary courses in small sections (about 50 students) that would involve both inquiry and (inter)disciplinary writing.

"Offering a series of such team-taught courses on a range of topics could fire students' curiosity about how intellectual disciplines work and interact,” says Dr. Taylor. "We need to know, not just what people think of this idea, but what alternatives they can imagine. And for upper-year courses, we want to make it easier for students from one faculty to take courses that interest them in another faculty, or for faculty in different departments to form teaching collaborations."

Monday’s session will take place from 11:30am to 1:30 pm, in Ellis Hall Auditorium. Queen's Senate is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have particular requirements, please contact senate@queensu.ca or phone 613-533-6095.

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