Department of Experiential Learning
Center for Teaching Excellence
The Center for Teaching Excellence is the primary source of faculty professional development at Grand Rapids Community College.
General Education Review Team
As charged by GRCC’s Academic Governing Council (AGC), the General Education Review Team is responsible for defining the distribution categories for GRCC’s general education program, determining the outcomes for each of the distribution categories, defining the criteria that will be used in making decisions about inclusion of courses in the general education distribution areas, and reviewing courses according to that criteria.
General Education Philosophy:
- General Education at Grand Rapids Community College is comprised of two goals. The first is to expand and deepen our students’ understanding of the intellectual traditions that constitute the liberal arts and sciences. To that end, General Education courses at GRCC combine content knowledge with broadly-applicable academic skills such as critical thinking and communication. The second is to provide students with a set of courses that help meet their educational and career goals. In keeping with this goal, GRCC recognizes the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and includes General Education coursework in its transfer and workforce Associates degree programs. General Education at GRCC builds knowledge, skills, and attitudes that every college-educated person should possess.
General Education Review Team Meeting Schedule:
|9/22/2020||1 - 3 p.m.||Virtual|
|10/20/2020||1 - 3 p.m.||Virtual|
|10/30/2020 Retreat||9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.||Virtual|
|11/3/2020||1 - 3 p.m.||Virtual|
|12/1/2020||1 - 3 p.m.||Virtual|
|1/26/2021||1 - 3 p.m.||Virtual|
|2/16/2021||1 - 3 p.m.*||Virtual|
|3/23/2021||1 - 3 p.m.*||Virtual|
|4/6/2021||1 - 3 p.m.*||Virtual|
*If needed to continue AGC Decision Implementation
Curriculum Approval Team
The Curriculum Approval Team is the primary body to review and make decisions concerning curriculum development at GRCC.
The Curriculum Approval Team is a Standing Committee of the Academic Governing Council (AGC) and is responsible, per AGC Bylaws, for gathering information and making recommendations to AGC, in addition to the purpose outlined above. Faculty participation and leadership are essential to the Team’s work of reviewing and approving the following: new courses, major course revisions, new programs, program revisions, and curriculum-related procedures.
Curriculum Approval Team Meeting Schedule:
|10/9/2020- Optional Orientation||11:30 a.m. - noon||Virtual|
|10/16/2020||1 - 3 p.m.||Virtual|
|11/6/2020||9 - 11 a.m.||Virtual|
|11/20/2020||2:30 - 4:30 p.m.||Virtual|
|12/4/2020||9 - 11 a.m.||Virtual|
|12/11/2020||1 - 3 p.m.||Virtual|
|1/22/2021||9 - 11 a.m.||Virtual|
|1/29/2021||2:30 - 4:30 pm||Virtual|
|2/5/2021||9 - 11 a.m.||Virtual|
The Learning Environment Team
The Learning Environment Team's purpose is to evaluate the current learning spaces at GRCC and enhance them to create a warm, vibrant, and safe learning environment. The entire campus honors learning, engagement, professional conversation, reflection, and social interaction. This team also recommends revisions to the college's vision of the Learning Environment through the AGC.
Learning Environment Team Meeting Schedule:
|9/30/2020||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
|10/21/2020||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
|11/18/2020||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
|1/27/2021||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
|2/24/2021||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
|3/31/2021||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
|4/28/2021||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
|5/26/2021||3:30 - 5 p.m.||Virtual|
Strengthen Our Systems for the Assessment of General Education
The purpose of this project is to strengthen GRCC systems for the assessment of general education through the following approach: focused, actionable, connected to learning, and leveraging existing processes/practices. The goals for this initiative are to establish the following: a routine schedule for assessing student learning outcomes in all of our general education distribution areas and a cycle of assessment which includes analysis by faculty in order to continuously improve the curriculum.
|10/30/2020 Retreat||9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.||Virtual|