Revisions to GE Guidelines, Area A3
Assessment for Program Level Assessment of LEAP/VALUE Outcomes
Stephen Branz, San Jose State University
Stephen Branz earned his B.A. Chemistry from Brandeis University in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from MIT in 1978. Following postdoctoral research at University College (London) and Syntex Corporation (Palo Alto), he started his teaching career at San José State University (SJSU) in Fall 1981. He has enjoyed sabbatical leaves at Dartmouth (1987-88) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M; 1996-97).
Dr. Branz transitioned from experimental bench research in chemistry to chemical education research in the 1990’s and became more heavily involved in curriculum efforts at SJSU, and later nationally through work with the American Chemical Society (ACS) on the writing/editorial team for a General Chemistry text, and service on the ACS Exams Institute (culminating in chairing the organic exam committee (2006-08)). In the mid-1990’s, the NSF funded a small number of national projects aimed at systemic change to the chemistry curriculum. SJSU was part of a 5-year NSF-funded New Traditions project based at UW-M. The basic aim of the consortium members was to create a chemistry curriculum grounded in active learning and group learning. This was followed by a national dissemination effort to infuse these ideas across a range of institutions nationwide.
In 2005, Dr. Branz moved to the dark side of administration as the Interim, Associate Dean and later the Associate Dean for he College of Science at SJSU. In 2008 he became the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Director of General Education at SJSU. Duties include Oversight of all undergraduate student academic petitions and work on creating and implementing a variety of policies. He has also been involved in AAC&U Summer Conferences (as Team Leader) and AAC&U and CSU grants to help infuse AAC&U LEAP Outcomes and High Impact Practices (HIPs) in the curriculum, particularly in GE courses.
Current work to be discussed at CSU-East Bay (26 April 2013) – (1) GE Program Assessment Project(s) to determine how well graduating seniors at SJSU can demonstrate the 5 WASC Proficiencies, and (2) A significant revision of he GE Guidelines with emphasis on revising the SLOs and Content Objectives for the writing intensive courses in CSU GE Areas A2 and A3, and in the GWAR courses at SJSU.
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