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Practice : Spring 2012
completed to date. These meetings produc ed plans for a fully redesigned curriculum, articulated in three phases: Foundation, Integration, a nd Synthesis. Each of these phases was differentiated by level s of instruction, a nd coursework was laid out in a n integrated sequenc e of lea rning, utilizing a va riety of learning opportunity formats. These plans were again presented to the BAC’s larger community during two sessions held in mid-September, 2011. Input and feedba ck gathered from these were compiled and given to the various design teams that took on the tasks of designing course descriptions and broad syllabi for the interdisciplinary Foundation year. Cra ndon Gusta fson, Head of the School of Interior Design and Maria Bellalta, Head of the School of Landscape Architecture, led the designing of the graduate Foundation year, and Karen Nelson, Head of the School of Architecture and Don Hunsicker, Head of the School of Design Studies, led the effort of de signing the undergraduate Foundation year. Diana Ramirez-Jasso, Director of Liberal Studies, wrote c ours e de scription s for both the undergraduate and graduate Libera l Studies sequenc es, Herb Childress , D ean, Research and Assessment, met with a group to define a ssessment processes, both for students and for the progra ms , themselves, and Julia Halevy initiated a series of meetings with administrative directors. Tina Blythe, Director of Faculty Development, has also met with Julia Halevy to begin the process of designing the necessary instructor educ ation that provides our faculty with the understa ndings, skills and team orientation to teaching the students in the revised curricula. Addition ally, teams of Instructors and Administrative Fac ulty provided reflections to the undergraduate a nd graduate Foundation design groups. As questions arose concerning the benefits to e xisting students as well a s to understand the student who enters with possible tra nsfer credit, the Head s of Schools, led by Crandon Gustafson, designed plans that a llow current students to c omplete their studies in less time and to access some of the revision s a s they move toward completing their progra ms . The Implementation Task Force, consisting of the Heads’ Team and Directors of Administrative offic es , continued weekly meetings to re spond to all the inevitable que stions and issues that arise when planning for substa ntial change. Finally, Provost Julia Halevy developed a business plan that identifies the immediate benefits and costs of the revisions. Final progra m outlines have been released, and new teams are forming to design syllabi definition s for Foundation course s. First and second semester c ourses have been prepared and new course descrip- tions for Segments II and III for e ach progra m, a t both the undergraduate and graduate le vels, a re being refined. The new curriculum begins with an intensive 8-day period of le arning, CityLab, designed to introduc e students to the fields of design through the City of Boston. CityLab is followed by Critical Reading and Research, Studio a nd Visual Thinking, ea ch offered s eparately and differently to undergraduate and graduate students . At the graduate level, Studio and Critical Reading and Research are being planned as an integrated set of learning; at the undergraduate le vel, this process is being applied to Studio and CityLab. It is expected All programs have been shortened, learning is developmental and sequential, coursework and assignments are logically integrated across disciplines, assessment is regularized. Whitney Maehara, B.Arch Hector Inirio, B.Arch PRACTICE 22 FEATURE] TOWARD AN INTEGRATED CURRICULUM