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Global Challenges, College Learning, and America’s Promise
January 21-24, 2009
Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges
Recognizing the importance of liberal arts and sciences education for success in a complex global society, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) champions the cause of liberal arts education of superior quality in the public sector. COPLAC institutions provide students of high ability and from all backgrounds access to an outstanding liberal arts education.
Thursday, January 22, 2:45-4:00 pm
Innovations to Sustainable Education
While some colleges are developing science courses that emphasize global climate change and its impact on ecosystems, colleges can do far more to integrate sustainability concepts into the very fabric of their institutions. Ultimately students must be engaged in this process on all levels within the college. COPLAC institutions are diffusing sustainability into curricula and their missions at a fundamental level, engaging students, graduate students, and their communities to seek powerful alternatives in thinking and behavior.
Michael Patton, Professor of Philosophy, University of Montevallo; Fred Loxsom, Professor of Sustainable Energy Studies, Eastern Connecticut State University; Mike Edelstein, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Friday, January 23, 10:30-11:45 am
The Biology Major: Undergraduate Research at Public Liberal Arts Colleges
Affording students an opportunity to engage in meaningful research at the undergraduate level is one of the hallmarks of the public liberal arts college. Faculty members at COPLAC institutions typically teach three to four courses per semester, thus the work of sponsoring and supervising undergraduate research projects demands innovative approaches to teaching and learning. This session will explore some of these innovations in the biology major.
Jeffrey Byrd, Aldom-Plansoen Distinguished Professor of Biology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Sherell Byrd, Associate Professor of Biology, Fort Lewis College; Kevin Jansen, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Virginia College at Wise