Coordinated studies and the seminar are uniquely social modes of learning, with potential for either reinforcing social inequalities or transforming them, for enabling people to feel confident and assertive, or making them feel inhibited and fearful. In practice, we recognize that a considerable degree of trust is necessary in order for people to exercise their rights to voice opinions and to be as honest as the social contract requires. This covenant is a set of mutual expectations, elaborated over years of teaching and learning at Evergreen, designed to create an environment where people can collaborate to enhance each other’s learning, challenge each other intellectually, and trust each other enough to put the social contract into practice.
Expectations of Students
This is a full-time integrated program. We expect students to register for 16 units of credit each quarter. Students are expected to complete all the assigned work and receive full credit, awarded at the end of each quarter. Partial credit for work partially completed will be awarded in special circumstances (illness, emergencies, etc.) only with the consent of the whole team. This means that students must participate in all aspects of the program, not picking and choosing some elements and ignoring others. Students will be informed about their credit status during the fifth week of each quarter and, of course, at the end of the quarter. Students can enroll in an additional course in the college, if they choose, but it must not interfere with work in this full time program. Students should consult with their seminar leader about their plans for taking courses outside of the program.
You will receive credit if you do satisfactory work and if you adhere to the following expectations:
Expectations of Faculty
Faculty agree to:
As a group, we all agree to address work and life together with good humor and friendship. Above all, we pledge willing cooperation.
Sign and return this copy to your seminar leader.