To my mind, our revision of general education at VCU should be well-informed, conscientious, deliberate, and transparent. I believe that
- first-year students must be mentored by tenured professors in meaningful, face-to-face learning environments, allowing students the possibility of maintaining meaningful contact with senior faculty members throughout their college careers
- students must be taught primarily by experts in a variety of academic disciplines, as opposed to being taught primarily by their interaction with one another
- throughout a student’s college education at VCU, the academic disciplines available to students must be easily distinguishable from one another; e.g., students must be able to recognize the unique intellectual qualities of political science courses as distinguished from history courses, and sociology courses, anthropology courses, etc.
- students must understand that interdisciplinary collaboration works only when those involved possess powerful disciplinary knowledge.
- students are more fulfilled by their college careers when they can recognize a coherent arc in their process of learning from their first semester to their final one.