Re-Imagining our BA

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At UBC Okanagan, we’re thinking about how our Bachelor of Arts (BA) curriculum can lead to empowered graduates and promote sustainability in our community. In other words – we’re re-imagining the BA degree.

We want to offer an experience that inspires students to engage critical global issues and ideas. Our BA graduates should be well-rounded, intellectually sophisticated and caring citizens. To help us achieve this goal, we need your help.

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How We Got Here:

    • BA Review Report (2016) – An external review of the Bachelor of Arts Degree.
    • Place and Promise (2009) – UBC’s current strategic plan, which articulates UBC’s vision, values, commitments, goals and actions.
    • UBC’s Next Century – Currently in progress, UBC’s Next Century is the roadmap for developing the next strategic plan for the university.
    • Aspire – This report proposes a vision for the future of UBC’s Okanagan campus that will provide direction to the Academic, Research and Campus Master Planning processes.
    • Okanagan Charter – Provides institutions with a common language, principles and framework to become a ‘health and wellbeing promoting campus’.
    • Aboriginal Engagement – In response to the expressed needs and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples, UBC engages in research and generates curricula across the University that respect, reflect, and include Aboriginal cultures, histories, and systems of knowledge.

Steering Committee

Mandate:
  • To develop and recommend to the Deans and Faculty Councils of FCCS and the IKBSAS, a road map for the comprehensive revision of the BA degree, that will see a revised BA degree in place for the Fall of 2019.
  • To establish committees and/or working groups that may be necessary to address various components of the external review committee’s recommendations.
Composition:
  • Co-chairs: Marianne Legault (Associate Dean, FCCS) and Bernard Momer (Associate Dean, IKBSAS).
  • Members: Ilya Parkins, Paul Milton, Jan Cioe, Ramine Adl, Noriko Ozawa, Bryce Traister (to be replaced in until January 2019), Nathan Greyghost (student), Dana Penney (student).

Workgroup I: Analysis of BA Requirements Reports

Mandate:
  • To explore how the content of the 2012 Proposed Changes to the BA Requirements Report and the 2016 External Review of the Bachelor of Arts Degree at UBC Okanagan report can be articulated with UBC Okanagan’s Strategic Plan.
  • To work in tandem with the other working groups to make recommendations to the Steering Committee.
Composition:
  • Co-chairs: Paul Milton (English), Jan Cioe (Psychology).
  • Members: Terina Mailer (Academic Advising), Trudy Kavanagh (Geography), Martin Blum (Critical Studies).

Workgroup II: BA Models

Mandate:
  • To identify successful BA degree models from similar institutions in North America, showing consistent student intake growth and retention in their BA degree. Successful placement of these students into the workforce should also be considered.
Composition:
  • Co-chairs: Ben Nilson (History), Bryce Traister (FCCS).
  • Provost’s Office Support: Nicky Dhaliwal.

Workgroup III: Student Mobility

Mandate:
  • To examine existing impediments to student mobility on campus, considering the impact of a new BA degree structure on student mobility across campus and with other institutions, and considering how students can complete minors in other areas of study more easily.
  • To explore experiential learning opportunities, reviewing the 12 credits outside of faculty rule, considering the impact of the 50% rule (minimum of transferable credits counting towards a UBC Okanagan degree), and identifying any policies requiring change to improve student mobility.
Composition:
  • Co-chairs: Noriko Ozawa (Economics), Ramine Adl (French).
  • Members: Ilya Parkins (Gender and Women’s Studies), Christine Squire (Academic Advising).

Steering Committee Agendas and Minutes

 

Process & Timelines

Dates Description Status
Early Summer – October 2017 Information gathering Completed
August – September 2017 First round of consultations with departments and programs for both faculties Completed
August – October 2017 Consultations with UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts Completed
October 2017 – January 2018 Analysis of collected data In Process
November 2017 Alumni and upper level students focus groups and surveys In Process
February – April 2018 Degree Framing (determine new structure of BA, potential new courses) Upcoming
February – April 2018 Second round of consultations with UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts Upcoming
June – July 2018 Consultations with other faculties on campus and community stakeholders Upcoming
July 2018 Submission of final report outlining the new degree structure Upcoming
September 2018 Approval of new BA by Faculty Councils of both faculties Upcoming
July 2018 Submission of final report to the Deans of FCCS and IKBSAS, outlining the new degree structure Upcoming
August 2018 – March 2019 Adoption of new structure and curriculum updates (curriculum committees, Senate, and Board of Governors) Upcoming
January 2019 Media Release Upcoming
September 2019 First student intake Upcoming