By: Rebecca Reese, Editor in Chief
The Curriculum Task Force specializes in ways to keep instructional costs under wraps so the college can operate successfully. However, two departments have been proactive about making curriculum changes before the Curriculum Task Force got to them.
Exercise Science and Electronic Journalism Arts (EJA) have made many changes since last semester. Exercise Science Department Head Doctor Katie Bouley would like to make it clear that these are curriculum changes and not cuts.
Both departments share the same value of making sure that everything a student needs to be successful is still offered. If anything, they are just trying to make it easier.
“The fields students are working towards are always changing – always evolving,” Bouley said. “In order to provide students with the best education and keep our graduates competitive with graduates from different institutions, we also need to evolve. That means our curriculum needs to change. If we fail to keep the curriculum a dynamic process, then it is possible that we will become stagnant.”
The thought process of the EJA department is spot on with Bouley’s. Co-Department Head of EJA Meaghan Meacham called the changes a proactive choice to keep up with the times.
Meacham explained that journalism is moving to many mediums– with the biggest being web. As the program stood, it sounded like a strictly broadcast program.
“We’re a journalism program and sometimes it’s easy to forget we do journalism holistically not just broadcast and if you look at core now there’s a lot of video classes that make it look like just a broadcast program,” she said.
At the end of the day, Meacham reassures that the broadcast will never go away but now if you look at the courses it looks like a more modern journalism program.
For example, the Social Media and Journalism Course will be running its fourth spring next semester.
“Every student that has gone through it has been raving about it and that sets off some alarms,” Meacham said. “It shouldn’t be an elective when social media is a big part of journalism.”
Looking back, more than a streamline curriculum was produced.
“It’s an ongoing process and I am very fortunate to work with three additional dedicated individuals who are committed to the continued success of this department and LSC,” Bouley said.
And the EJA faculty becoming closer than ever after spending about 50 hours over the summer working closely together in what they call the “Group Hug” approach.