Title

"Tuning" the Disciplines

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Liberal Education

Volume

98

Issue

4

Publisher

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

Since March of 2009, the Utah System of Higher Education has been a partner with the Lumina Foundation for Education in the Tuning USA project, Lumina’s first experiment in introducing the European concept of degree “tuning” to American academia. Developed in the European Union as a way to create common degree standards across multiple nations, “tuning” is a methodology whereby subject-area teams develop criterion-referenced learning outcomes and competencies for particular degrees. It is a faculty-led approach that involves seeking input from students, recent graduates, and employers in order to create a common understanding of what students should know, understand, and be able to do when they finish each level of a disciplinary degree program.

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