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Institutional Self-Study

Self-Study Report

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  • Part One: INTRODUCTION
  • 1. SETTING THE SCENE: DEVELOPMENTS OF LAST TEN
    YEARS
  • 2. INSTITUTIONAL GOALS FOR THE SELF-STUDY, THE
    ORGANIZATION OF THIS REPORT, & THE SELF-STUDY
    PROCESS

    Institutional Goals for the Self-Study
    Organization of the Self-Study
    The Self-Study Process
  • 3. RESPONSE TO 1999 CONCERNS OF EVALUATION
    TEAM
  • 4. THE KNOX COLLEGE MISSION & THE CHARACTER
    OF THE KNOX COMMUNITY

    The Knox College Mission
    The Character of the Knox Community
    Shared mission and values
    Challenges to Community
    Conclusion: Strengths & Challenges

  • Part Two: CARRYING OUT THE MISSION
  • 5. CURRICULUM
    Introduction: The New Curriculum
    Inquiry in Traditional as well as Newer Disciplines
    The Integrative Perspective of Interdisciplinary Work
    Advanced Preceptorial and its legacy; First-Year Preceptorial; Interdisciplinary programs offering minors/majors; Self-designed majors/minors; Multiple-course programs; Off-campus programs; Facilitating interdisciplinary courses and team-teaching
    Skills of Writing, Reading, Calculating and Critical Analysis (as well as Speaking, Information Literacy/Informed Use of Technology, Second Language, and Understanding Diversity)
    Through Key Competencies; Throughout the curriculum
    Sophisticated Research and Creative Expression
    College Honors Program; Ford Foundation Research Fellowships; Richter Memorial Scholarship Program; Ronald E. McNair Fellowships; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellows; Other grants that include support for student research; Capstone projects in majors; Independent study
    Conclusion: Strengths & Challenges
  • 6. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
    Critical Exchange of Ideas
    High Expectations and Persistent Demands for Rigorous Thinking
    Supportive and Egalitarian Environment
    Faculty-student learning relations (including Academic advising); Student-student learning relations; Learning resources (including Libraries, Art and performance spaces, Science laboratories, Language Learning Center); Special programs in support of learning (including Center for Teaching and Learning, TRIO Achievement Program, Ronald E. McNair Program, Center for Intercultural Life, Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development, Pre-law and Pre-medicine/health
    Informality and Openness that Mirrors Our Midwestern Surroundings
    Conclusion: Strengths & Challenges
  • 7. RESIDENTIAL CAMPUS CULTURE
    Encouraging Personal, Cultural and Intellectual Growth
    Personal growth (including Involvement in politics/social justice, Achievement orientation, Social life, Religious life, Emotional and physical health); Cultural growth; Intellectual growth
    A Reflective, Tolerant and Engaged Campus Community
    Supportive Residential Opportunities
    Residential housing; Dining services; Social life; Religious life; Counseling Center; Student Health Center; Campus Safety
    Numerous Student Organizations
    Clubs; Student Media; Student Senate; Fraternities and Sororities
    Wide Array of Creative Activities and Cultural Programming
    Arts events; Speakers
    Intercollegiate and Recreational Sports
    Intercollegiate varsity sports; Club sports; Intramurals; Fitness
    Conclusion: Strengths & Challenges
  • 8. KNOX AND THE COMMUNITY
    Galesburg and Surrounding Area
    Center for Community Service; Community involvement through academic courses/programs; Community involvement through internships; Faculty and staff involvement in the community; College involvement in the community
    Across the United States
    Community service; Internships
    Around the World
    Internships and community service; Independent study
    Conclusion: Strengths & Challenges
  • 9. THE IMPACT OF A KNOX EDUCATION
    National Survey Data
    Other External Measures
    Internal Knox Data
    Stories
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