The University Colloquium is an interdisciplinary environmental education course designed to explore the concept of sustainability as it relates to a variety of considerations and forces in Southwest Florida . In particular, we will consider environmental, social, ethical, historical, scientific, economic, and political influences.
The course goals are:
to provide a sense of place and an understanding of the unique ecological features of the Southwest Florida environment;
to assist in achieving the Florida Gulf Coast University learning goal of developing "an ecological perspective" and in teaching the related outcomes that the student will
"..know the issues related to economic, social, and ecological sustainability, analyze and evaluate ecological issues locally and globally, participate in collaborative projects requiring awareness and/or analysis of ecological and environmental issues;"
to provide experiences to assist in moving toward achieving the eight other FGCU learning goals and their related outcomes (a list of the nine FGCU Student Learning Goals and Outcomes is attached);
to enable a working understanding of sustainability, of environmental education, and of ecological literacy.
The University Colloquium is coordinated through the Colloquium Office. The course focuses on assessing and improving student learning in the areas of ecological perspective and community awareness and involvement. For general questions about the course, please contact University Colloquium Coordinator Sarah Davis at (239) 590-7679 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Colloquium Office Manager Locksley Knibbs at (239) 590-7488 email@example.com.
Concept Adopted At The January 15, 1997 Dean's Council Meeting
We have made a commitment as a university to make environmental education an integral part of our identity. One of our university-wide outcomes is that all students will develop "an ecological perspective". A way to accomplish this perspective is to devise a course, or group of experiences, with an environmental focus that all FGCU students must complete, and in which faculty from all four colleges would be involved. Because "ecology" applies to our total living space and interrelationships, human and natural, it is relevant to all our disciplines and professions. Thus, an ecology course would touch on all nine of the university-wide goals and outcomes, and more. Students would not only be introduced to FGCU values, they would participate in them.