Subcommittee on Curriculum

The curriculum developed, designed, and implemented by faculty is the core of the educational process. It distinguishes one institution from another and ensures students learn in an integrated and coherent manner. It is how knowledge is transmitted and how core competencies are built to guide student progression to and through college. The curriculum is dynamic, and over time is responsive to changes that occur in the larger society.[1] With this knowledge, Kennesaw State University is presented with an opportunity to be intentional in our efforts to enhance our curriculum.

To inform its recommendations, the Subcommittee on Curriculum analyzed feedback from the listening sessions and other relevant documentation provided by on-campus groups. In addition, the Subcommittee conducted a survey of KSU faculty to assess the nature of current race-related content in the curriculum and to solicit race and curriculum recommendations. Upon review of all information, the Subcommittee emerged with three general themes related to race in curriculum at KSU: course-specific modification and/or enhancements, expanded support for faculty, and an anti-racism initiative.

Based on its research, the Subcommittee on Curriculum submits the following recommendations.

Course-specific modifications and/or enhancements:

  • Create a course dedicated to the topic of race that can serve as an option within the university’s general education curriculum.
  • Infuse race as appropriate into existing courses across all disciplines.

Expanded support for faculty:

  • Provide faculty with training and education on opportunities to appropriately include race in their courses. The university should also explore the opportunity to appoint a designated faculty fellow to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to spearhead the programming and scholarship associated with this initiative.
  • Increase support through CETL and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for faculty teaching courses involving race.

Anti-racism initiative:

  • Implement an anti-racism project to study and contribute to dismantling systems of racism. To be known as the Racial Progress Project (RPP), this initiative should be led by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and utilize the content expertise of C.O.R.E.D. and CETL. The conceptual framework for RPP should be comprised of the following three components.
    • Educating: The RPP will serve as a repository for race-related research, best practices, and training modules.
    • Listening: The RPP will host a speaker series on race-related topics to be accessible to all students, faculty, and staff.
    • Collaborating: The RPP will collaborate with CETL, C.O.R.E.D., the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and other relevant units throughout the campus community to offer race-related faculty training and assist academic units with incorporating race in the curriculum.
  • Host a bi-annual anti-racism symposium to showcase KSU faculty, staff, and national scholars presenting on race.

[1] Clayton-Pedersen, A. & O’Neill, N. (2005). Curricula Designed to Meet 21st-Century Expectations. In Educating the Net Generation. Educause.