2014 Core Conference

General Education and Student Success

Renewing the Core Curriculum at Brooklyn College

April 25, 2014
9 a.m. – 4 p.m

Keynote Speaker

  • Terrel L. Rhodes, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Dr. Rhodes is director of the VALUE project [Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education], a major component of the Liberal Education and America’s Promise, or LEAP initiative, at AAC&U focused on enhancing the quality of student learning and its assessment through rubrics and e-portfolios. Previous to joining AAC&U, he spent 30 years as a professor and academic administrator at St. John's University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Portland State University. He is the author or editor of four books and numerous articles on politics, public administration and assessment.

Schedule of Events (subject to change)


9 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Terrence Cheng, Associate Provost for Academic Programs


9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Terrel Rhodes, Association of American Colleges and Universities: "From My Work to Our Work: General Education and Student Success"

Concurrent Panels and Presentations

Session One: 11 – 11:45 a.m.

  1. "Undergraduate General Education: What Is It Good For?"
    Panelists:  Elaine Brooks, English; Danielle Kellogg, Classics; Frans Albarillo, Library; Karl Steel, English
  2. "A Game Changer: Open Educational Resources"
    Panelists:  Miriam Deutch, Library; Jane Palmquist, Music; Steve Ovadia, LaGuardia Community College; Maura Smale, New York City College of Technology; Deimosa Webber-Bey, Library
  3. "A Gen Ed Essential: Learning Communities and Student Success"
    Panelists: Sara Crosby, Director of First College Year Program; Marcia Babbitt, Former Chair, Department of English, Kingsborough Community College; Brett Branco, Earth and Environmental Sciences 

Session Two: noon – 12:45 p.m.

  1. "Flipping Over General Education: Using Team-Based Learning in CORE Classics and Music Classes"
    Moderator: Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, Center for Teaching & School Psychology, Counseling & Leadership
    Panelists: JoAnn Luhrs, Classics: "Pericles, Lincoln, Obama — Three Leaders, Three Eras, One Speech"; Michael Goyette, Classics: "Dramatizing and Diagnosing Euripedes' Medea: A Team-Based Learning Approach"; Jane Palmquist, Music: "Music Is Music Is Music: The There There"; Douglas Cohen, Music: "Creative Expression: Supporting the Individual in a Team-based Environment"
  2. "Writing and Thinking: Strategies from the Composition Classroom"
    Panelists: Matthew Burgess, Heidi Diehl, Judson Merrill, and Janet Moser (English)
  3. "Pathways and the Brooklyn College Gen Ed Curriculum: Framing the Debate in a National Context"
    Panelists: Alex Vitale, Sociology; Len Fox, English; Baila Epstein, Speech; Alejandro Alonso, Modern Languages; Peter Lipke, Biology


1 – 2 p.m.

Session Three: 2 – 2:45 p.m.

  1. Breakout Session with Terrel Rhodes: "Making Sense Out of Non-Sense"
  2. "I'm Not a Math Person: Making Quantitative Reasoning Accessible, Applicable and Relevant to Students in the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences" 
    Panelists: Alla Chavarga, Psychology; Briana Young, Psychology
  3. Unified Advisement: An Integrated Approach to Major and General Education Advisement
    Panelists: Jesus Perez, Director, Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success; Michael LoPorto, Robert Booras, Takiyah Charles, CAASS advisers; Jeffrey Glass, assistant registrar

Reception and Light Refreshments

3 – 4 p.m.

Conference Registration

To register for the conference, please fill out the Registration Form (pdf).

Brooklyn College registrants will eligible for a $100 research fund account for professional expenses. To be eligible for these funds, the application form must be completed and submitted before 4 p.m. on April 17 (deadline extended). Please e-mail us your registration and research fund application forms.

Additional Questions

Renison Gonsalves
P: 718.951.5928