Event Title

Our First Decade of Innovation: the Evolution of Education Practices at Governors State University

Author/ Authors/ Presenter/ Presenters/ Panelists:

Matt Kearns, Governors State UniversityFollow

Start Date

4-12-2019 12:30 PM

End Date

4-12-2019 1:30 PM

Abstract

Governors State University was founded to be forward thinking, flexible, and efficient. Over the course of its first decade the school made use of innovative educational practices. Competency based evaluation which featured no letter grades was just one of several exciting and unique practices employed by the founding members of the U. Through archival research and oral interviews I have recreated what innovation education looked like, how it worked, and will offer an explanation as to what factors lead to the changes in the U's educational model towards the end of 70's . I propose that just as things change over time so did the needs of the students at GSU and innovate education evolved alongside them. I would enjoy an opportunity to inform and educate interested parties about a University that was truly one of kind in both its methods and design.

Faculty / Staff Sponsor

Dr. Ellen Walsh- Professor of History

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Our First Decade of Innovation: the Evolution of Education Practices at Governors State University

Governors State University was founded to be forward thinking, flexible, and efficient. Over the course of its first decade the school made use of innovative educational practices. Competency based evaluation which featured no letter grades was just one of several exciting and unique practices employed by the founding members of the U. Through archival research and oral interviews I have recreated what innovation education looked like, how it worked, and will offer an explanation as to what factors lead to the changes in the U's educational model towards the end of 70's . I propose that just as things change over time so did the needs of the students at GSU and innovate education evolved alongside them. I would enjoy an opportunity to inform and educate interested parties about a University that was truly one of kind in both its methods and design.