Can a negotiated curriculum increase engagement?
Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, some professors of Gen Ed requirements know that many of their students “have” to be there vs. “want” to be there. So they’ve discovered that the best way to turn the “haves” into “wants” is to give their students control of the syllabus.
This doesn’t mean handing over academic governance. But within the framework of the course, it can absolutely help direct what the professor focuses on within each topic.
The takeaway? A negotiated curriculum may be an all-too underutilized professorial tactic to greatly improve student engagement.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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