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Millikin University in Illinois has about 2400 students and is committed to providing small, seminar-style, learning opportunities in every course. Millikin's Political Science Department has earned recognition institutionally and nationally for its work. In the summer of 2001, the department decided to revamp the curriculum and made a conscious decision to move away from the traditional subfield-based curriculum and embrace an objectives-based curriculum. One concern with the new objectives-based curriculum was that it would entail more intensive academic advising. How could the students and their faculty advisors learn the system and keep track of their progress? The answer was a simple, useful tool to help assess whether the students were meeting departmental objectives, a Web-based plan of study. This paper describes the Web-based plan of study and outlines its advantages. The paper also delineates the objectives of the department, lists core courses, and provides sample course descriptions. It explains that students create their own Web-based inventory of objectives to help them assess their progress in each critical area and that the program is also helpful in assisting the department assess its ongoing programs. (Author/BT)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Political Science, World Wide Web

Author: Posler, Brian D.


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