December 12, 2012:
Time is of the essence. It has been brought to our attention that there is a Faculty Assembly regarding the curriculum of the Global Liberal Studies major on December 13th, 2012 with a vote that will take place the following Friday, December 14th. We would like to first thank all the professors, administrators, and other faculty members who realize the potential of our beloved major and want it to advance. Next, we emphasize, and cannot stress enough, that this is not an attack on any specific professor or class. In no means do we intend to offend or disrespect. Our only dire ambition is to voice the students’ experiences/opinions, accumulated over the year(s)/semester(s), that require serious consideration when formulating changes to our curriculum. Although it isn’t perfect (in detail or time-dedication), this rough draft generalizes major changes that we, students, agree need to occur.
Realistically speaking, these changes strongly/directly impact our interests, tuitions, and futures. Due to short notice, not every aspect from every student has been accounted for. Nevertheless, these signatures demonstrate the active participation we are taking and the attention we are demanding as the recipients of your decisions. We understand wise changes require time and contemplation but the little implementations are less than satisfactory. We chose Global Liberal Studies with high hopes that it will be exclusively global, challenging, and engaging. Only a leap will fulfill these hopes. The following are our major grievances:
We recognize that our resolutions may seem radical and difficult to satisfy immediately. However, too conservative approaches are wasting time and precious opportunities for us, GLS majors, who applied with the intention of having control of our studies. This is a crucial time for us, so we beg the full consideration and cooperation of our faculty. GLS has so much potential. With decreased requirements, we’ll have flexibility. With flexibility, we’ll have more course options. With increased options, we’ll specialize and form a backbone for the GLS major, domestically and internationally. GLS’s mission is to produce global citizens of remarkable accomplishments and profound thought. We can be just that. Let go of our hands and trust that we’ll flourish with the real GLS.
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