Every faculty team provides students with a covenant of mutual responsibilities and program requirements. All members of this learning community agree to take responsibility for their part in meeting the commitments and requirements described in this covenant. College-wide policies as related to the Evergreen Social Contract apply to this program. This covenant will be replaced by the one created by the learning community.
Program Goals, Focus and Direction
The intention of this 10-week program is to engage in the exploration of the dynamics of human communication in intercultural interactions. Students and faculty will focus on creating a learning community in which all are supported as we work toward developing an understanding of what matters in intercultural
encounters and an understanding of the cultural framework out of which we each operate.
Participation in the program should help develop skills for participating collaboratively and responsibly in a diverse society; for communicating creatively and effectively; and for learning to think independently, critically and in an integrative manner.
Expectations and Responsibilities of Faculty and Students
Students and faculty will work collaboratively and independently to meet the program’s goals. Specifically, faculty will,
The Evaluation Process
Faculty will meet individually with their seminar students for a final evaluation conference during Evaluation Week. Students are expected to bring a copy of their Self-Evaluation and evaluation of the faculty member to that conference.
Students will be evaluated at the end of the quarter for the following: satisfactory completion of all assignments; active participation in program activities; improvements of academic skills; and demonstration of understanding of the terminology, themes, issues and techniques discussed in the program.
Each faculty member will evaluate students in her seminar with the input from the other faculty team member. Seminar leaders will form their evaluations by examining the writing students’ submit, their contributions in seminars, their participation in workshops, their projects and final portfolio, and the completion of assessments, including the student’s self-evaluation.
The evaluation is a statement describing the quality of a student’s work. Students receive full credit for fulfilling minimum standards and requirements. It is possible for a student to attend regularly yet receive reduced credit because of unsatisfactory performance or missing work. It is also possible for a student to receive credit and receive an evaluation that describes poor quality work.
Due Process in Resolving Grievances
This program operates under the College’s Social Contract and prohibition against discrimination. Complementing Evergreen’s Social Contract is the Student Conduct Code ? Grievance and Appeals Process. Evergreen has long promoted a policy that conflict and grievances should first be dealt with between the parties themselves. The following procedures should be followed:
*This document reflects the ideas of faculty member Jose’
Gomez whose work can be viewed on the academic program web page for “How
can you tell an American?”
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