Cornerstone

This is the preliminary online community site for instructors in the Cornerstone Program.

More will be added in the coming weeks as we gather resources that will be useful for those teaching in the program.

Introduction

The Cornerstone and Keystone seminars are unique, transformational courses which constitute central elements of the General Education program at North Park University.  The Cornerstone Seminar lays a foundation for first year students and the Keystone Seminar fosters integration across a senior students Core and Major courses.

Cornerstone Seminar Learning Outcomes  

As one of the the first courses students take at NPU, the Cornerstone Seminar is a foundation of the GE curriculum. It introduces students to North Park’s vision of Christian liberal arts education through a multidisciplinary and multicultural inquiry into the human person, while equipping students with college level skills in written communication, information literacy, and critical thinking, and introducing them to experiential learning in an urban context.

  • GE Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Integrative and Applied Learning: Integrate the knowledge and methods of multiple disciplines within the general education curriculum to explore significant and enduring questions of human experience.
    • Self-Awareness:  Practice introspective and critical self-awareness of one’s own assumed beliefs, prejudices, ignorance and status in society.
    • Communication: Demonstrate effective written, oral, and visual communication skills and sensitivities.
    • Inquiry:  Retrieve and interpret information and scholarship in particular contexts to formulate constructive questions.
  • Courses fulfilling this requirement will:
    • Meet requirements of introductory writing intensive course in terms of quantity and quality of assignments.
    • Use source material for learning from multiple disciplines and representative of multiple cultural contexts.
    • Integrate off-campus engagement of the city into the course learning objectives and assignments.
    • Integrate, as needed, 1st Year lecture series events and Voyage workshops into course instruction.

Keystone Seminar Learning Outcomes

The Keystone seminar crowns the student’s GE experience. It supports and locks into place the entire undergraduate educational structure.  The Keystone course, which is distinct from a “senior seminar” course in the major, involves experiential education and the integration of upper level skills and knowledge applied to contemporary social issues in light of the Core Curricular values outcomes. It allows students to integrate and apply their General Education knowledge, skills, and ethical reasoning  in order to actively engage with significant issues facing our city and the world at large.

GE Learning Outcomes

      • Assessed
            • Integrative and Applied Learning:  Apply broad knowledge and a variety of skills to a complex and concrete problem in the world in light of chosen value commitments.
            • Communication: Demonstrate effective written, oral, and visual communication skills and sensitivities.
            • Values Outcomes:  Each course will engage at least one of the following four values outcomes listed in the GE Learning Outcomes document: Human Wellness, Environmental Stewardship, Social Justice or Intercultural Dialogue.
              • Courses fulfilling this requirement will:
            • Utilize in a significant way one of three methods of Engaged Learning: Service Learning, Cultural Immersion, or Experiential Learning.
            • Require students to write a major research paper integrating knowledge gained from both classroom and Engaged Learning practices throughout the course.
            • Teach and assess student learning on at least one of the four values outcomes listed in the Common Learning Outcomes.
            • Use source material for student learning from multiple disciplines and representative of multiple cultural contexts.
            • Meet the writing instruction expectations for “Research Writing” courses.

More Resources

Cornerstone Seminar:  Organizing Your Cornerstone Class

North Park Common Read Program

Cornerstone Faculty Development

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