Kevin Hogan
Nancy Parkes

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Program Covenant

Both students and faculty will

  • treat all members of this learning community with respect.

  • demonstrate commitment to and provide a supportive atmosphere for all members of this learning community.
  • abide by the principles of the Social Contract and the Sexual Harassment Policy.

  • attempt to resolve conflict and grievances fully and promptly first on an individual basis, then by seeking assistance from appropriate others if issues remain unresolved.

  • dedicate approximately 20 hours a week, in and out of the classroom, to advancing the goals of this learning community.

Faculty will

  • foster a rich learning environment, including opportunities for lectures, guest lectures, field trips, and interactive/collaborative problem solving.

  • work to address program problems promptly when brought to the faculty’s attention by students.

  • be available for students during office hours and by appointment.

  • arrange evaluation conferences with each student and write timely evaluations of each student.

  • be prepared for and attend weekly faculty team planning meetings focused on the facilitation of student learning.

  • attend all program activities required of the entire group of students when not ill or absent for professional reasons.

  • arrange a faculty evaluation conference during or shortly after evaluation week and prepare drafts of a self-evaluation for that conference.

Students will

  • attend all program activities, arrive on time, and be fully prepared to participate.

  • notify faculty in advance if they are unable to attend due to illness or emergency.

  • participate openly in the learning community to advance their own learning as well as contribute to the learning of others.

  • take initiative in seeking help from faculty whenever significant difficulty exists with the pace or content of the program.

  • collaborate effectively with other students to produce group work that represents the talents and efforts of all members of the group.

  • display academic integrity by submitting original work and giving appropriate credit for the contributions of others. (Please meet with the program faculty and consult the college's definition of plagiarism if you have any doubts about what is meant by academic integrity.)

  • demonstrate professionalism by submitting typed, appropriately formatted work that has been thoroughly proofread.

  • maintain and submit a program portfolio that will serve as one basis for evaluating student performance.

  • arrange an evaluation conference during evaluation week and prepare drafts of a self-evaluation for that conference.

Credit and evaluation policy

  • Academic credit for work in the program will be awarded on an all-or-nothing basis each quarter. This is because the curriculum is designed to be cohesive and interdisciplinary; no part stands without the other. Partial credit may be only be awarded for absences due to illness or extraordinary circumstances as determined by the faculty team.

  • The evaluation process is a central feature of education at Evergreen that allows students to learn by reflecting on their experiences. Students are required to submit timely self-evaluations and faculty evaluations in order to receive credit for the program.

  • Students receive credit for fulfilling minimum requirements. Plagiarism or academic dishonesty may lead to total loss of credit. Credit may be reduced due to unsatisfactory attendance (missing more than one class is unsatisfactory) or due to unsatisfactory performance. Reduction of credit will require consensus of the full faculty team.

  • Credit is not the same as positive evaluation. It is possible to receive credit yet receive a poor evaluation.