New Rochelle, NY (November 21, 2014) On November 19, the Iona College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new core curriculum as proposed by the faculty, endorsed by the internal college governance system, and recommended by the president. The Board of Trustees, President Joseph E. Nyre and Provost Mark Kiselica congratulate and thank the faculty who developed the new core and engaged in a meaningful and transparent review process consistent with the values of and shared strategy of Iona College.
As called for in the strategic plan, the core curriculum is designed to be distinctive, innovative, and integrated and includes the development of mechanisms for the ongoing assessment of the core and student learning outcomes.
The project team, represented a cross-section of college faculty, led by Dr. Tricia Mulligan and Dr. Michael Jordan. Members including Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Dr. Joseph Stabile, Dr. Robert Schiaffino, Dr. Jeannie Matich-Maroney, and Dr. Anand Shetty, considered models of existing core education programs from peer institutions and worked with all levels of faculty to ensure consensus and endorsement at each level of their review.
The new core curriculum provides a common learning experience that will prepare students for ethical, engaged citizenship and lifelong learning through the lenses of diversity, sustainability and a global perspective. Framed by the values of peace, justice, civic engagement and service, the content rich, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum is cohesively structured and characterized by an emphasis on the skills of critical thinking and literacy in its many forms. The dynamic core promotes the use of high-impact educational practices and is designed to foster deep learning experiences that support students in their pursuit of the knowledge and skills needed to thrive.
The proposed core reduces the overall total core credits by 11 to 46 credits for most students. This provides students greater flexibility and opportunity to pursue second majors and minors as well as options to pursue courses to satisfy and enhance intellectual curiosity. College faculty will have the opportunity to teach classes in an interdisciplinary fashion and offer classes in line with research and scholarly interests.
“The curriculum increases distinctiveness, further incorporates the mission and values of Iona College, deploys a common freshman experience, elevates learning communities and increases flexibility,” President Nyre said. “The College is grateful to Drs. Mulligan and Jordan, the project team and all those who shepherded this important initiative to this stage of its development.”
Iona College Board of Trustees Approves New Core Curriculum