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Faculty weighs in on proposed core curriculum changes

first_imgThe Core Curriculum Review Committee released its final report Aug. 31, after taking feedback on a draft report released last November. The proposed changes would reduce the number of required math and science courses and modify the requirements related to the arts, humanities and social sciences. According to the report, if the changes are accepted, they will be the most significant changes to the core curriculum in more than 40 years.Lindsey Meyers In order to take effect, the Academic Council and University President Fr. John Jenkins will have to approve the proposal.“The old requirement was two math, two science and now it’s one of each plus one more of either — so it indicates a bit of a decrease,” mathematics department chair Jeffrey Diller said. “No one likes to see their own area deemphasized. That said, there seems to be a ton of interest in math courses, requirements aside, these days. I don’t think we’re very worried about loss of enrollment or something in freshman course offerings. “Lots of people take calculus; I think econ, in particular, has been stressing taking calculus classes even more. The practical effect of it is, in truth, probably not that large for us.” Diller said he felt “neutral” toward the possible decrease in math classes and that his “concerns will be elsewhere,” specifically with students not being able to use AP credit to fill requirements.“So if you got a five on the Calculus BC exam that doesn’t automatically get you out of the University math requirement — you still need to take a math course, but it could be something down the road from calc I or II,” he said. “We’ll be very concerned that the advising matches that change. It’s a shame if people who took calc I and II in high school take it again because that’s just the simplest thing to do under the circumstances. We’ll be concerned to find courses where people actually see something new.”The report indicates that students would be required to take one class each in “quantitative reasoning” and “science and technology” and one additional course in either. Diller said the change in name could indicate an expansion in who can teach classes related to math. “In truth, even under the old system, it was possible for another department to propose a course that would fulfill the math requirement, but there never were any proposals,” he said. “Maybe that will change now for reasons that I can’t see. Even with the change in name, there was this opportunity before to have courses offered by people other than us.”The report also recommends requiring students to take a foundational philosophy course, but allowing a student to take a second course in philosophy or one in “Catholicism and the Disciplines” (CAD), a new category of courses that cover Catholic topics, but can be in any field.“When taught well, philosophy courses don’t just give students a body of information,” philosophy department chair Jeff Speaks said in an email. “They also teach students to form and defend their own views about the right answers to fundamental questions about the universe and themselves. “According to the recommendation, CAD courses must have this normative dimension as well. If they really do, then I think that the proposed changes will open up some interesting opportunities for Notre Dame students. If they don’t, then we will have taken a step in the wrong direction.”Diller said the proposed changes essentially come down to how much the University requires students to step out of their specific field of study.“Is it a good idea to make students take courses outside of their area of interest, or should we be like Brown [University], for instance, where there are basically no general requirements and people just take exactly what they want to take?” he said. “That’s somewhat above my paygrade, but I am sort of in favor in pushing people to try stuff outside of their specific area.”In addition to advising students to take appropriate math classes, Diller said he also has concerns about flexibility in course schedules.“This does make things somewhat more flexible for a lot of students, but not for science or engineering students,” he said. “It would be nice to see more flexibility for them. … I don’t see that the core curriculum has touched on this at all.”Tags: academics, Core Curriculum, core curriculum review committee, University Requirementslast_img read more

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Wildcats Get EIAC Win Over Knights

first_imgFranklin County improved their conference record with a 3-2 victory over South Dearborn Monday night. Offensively, the Wildcats were unable to take advantage of opportunities after having two innings with bases loaded but led by Augustus Runyon’s 3 hit night, were able to score enough to hold off SD.Joe Fields threw a complete game on the mound for FC, allowing 6 hits over 7 innings. Fields allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out 5 and walking just one batter.Franklin County will travel to South Dearborn on Thursday for their next game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.last_img read more

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English Girls’ U16/U14 – Daily Highlights

first_img Tags: English U14 girls’, English U16 girls’ Day two round-up:Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo holds a single shot lead over England’s Issy Hopkins at the halfway stage of the English Girls’ Under 16 Open Amateur Championship at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.Cattaneo carded a second round 74 to go into the last 36 holes on two-over par 144 but has Hopkins from Bristol & Clifton breathing down her neck after the English teenager carded the same score in the second round.Italy’s Lucrezia Rossettin made a big move up the leaderboard after firing a two-under par 70 to go into the final 36-holes in third place on two-over par 146 while Spain’s Mar Garcia Jimenez will still be hoping to make a late bid for the title after carding a 76 to remain handily-placed on 147.English trio Rachel Gourley, Lottie Woad and Lydia Cryer are all tied in fifth place alongside Spain’s Gabriela Fernandez three shots further adrift.Spain’s Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio has built up a five-shot lead with just one round to play at the English Girls’ Under 14 Open Amateur Championship at the same venue.The Spaniard fired a two under par 70 to add to her opening 73 and go into the last day on one-under par 143. Her nearest challengers are Wimbledon Park’s Hyun-Ji Kim and Roisin Scanlon from the Bedfordshire after the former carded a second round 74 and the latter shot a 76.Calixte Goeckels is one of three French golfers inside the top-ten after climbing to fourth place on 149 with a 72. Further down the leaderboard Spain’s Rocio Tejedo is fifth on 150, France’s Maylis Lamoure, England’s Ellen Yates and Spain’s Cloe Amion Villarino are tied sixth on 151 and England’s Maggie Whitehead and France’s Vairana Heck are tied ninth one shot further behind.There are two rounds to play during the last day of the Under 16 event while the younger players in the Under 14 competition play only one more before the new champion is determined.View live leaderboardDay one round-up:Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo holds a slender one-shot lead after the first round of the English Girls’ Under 16 Open Amateur Championship at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.Cattaneo posted three birdies in an opening two-under par round of 70 to go into the second round a single shot ahead of Spain’s Mar Garcia Jimenez and England’s Issy Hopkins from Bristol & Clifton.On a difficult day for scoring England’s Lydia Cryer claimed fourth place with a one-over par 73 one shot ahead of Italy’s Emma Tatti and two in front of Maria Babadi from Littlestone Golf Club in Kent. Spain’s Gabriela Fernandez, Austria’s Anna Neumayer, Italy’s Lucrezia Rossetin and English duo Lottie Woad and Libby Bell all shared seventh place on four-over par 76. Woad from Farnham recently represented England at the European Young Masters in the Czech Republic where she finished sixth.The leaderboard is also crowded at the English Girls’ Under 14 Open Amateur Championship staged over the same course with England’s Roisin Scanlon leading the way on level par 72. That gives the Bedfordshire golfer a one-shot lead over Spain’s Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio heading into the second round. Wimbledon Park’s Hyun-Ji Kim, Windlesham’s Ellen Yates and France’s Vairana Heck are tied third on 74. 8 Aug 2019 English Girls’ U16/U14 – Daily Highlights last_img read more