The task force recommends that the new college focus on leading issues in education and human development across the lifespan for all citizens. The configuration of the new college, by bringing together researchers in education, developmental education, psychology, early intervention, development and family processes, and social work, provides a unique opportunity to act as a national and international leader in conducting interdisciplinary research on disparities in educational achievement The importance of the expertise of Social Work and Family Social Science to the broader mission and vision of the new college is considerable. A holistic approach to research and teaching, including the importance to human development and learning of context, multiculturalism, social justice, the promotion of mental health, family structure, and urban/suburban/rural environments can be a hallmark of the new college.
From the report:
"The mission of the General College (GC)/College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) task force was to develop a set of recommendations for designing a new college that would build on the strengths of GC, CEHD, the Department of Family Social Science and the School of Social Work in order to become a national model for teaching, learning, and human development, consistent with the University’s goal to become one of the top three public research universities in the world."
Coffin Koch, Laura; Serfass, Robert.
Transforming the University: Preliminary Recommendations of the Task Force on Collegiate Design: CEHD/GC.
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