Pathways Project

What is “Pathways”?

The Pathways Project will transition Adams State University into a new comprehensive academic and co-curricular framework by reforming how ASU conceptualizes, designs, delivers, and measures higher learning experiences. Guiding this initiative are the best practices for liberal arts education as identified by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the new Adams Outcomes, inclusive excellence, and an emphasis on enhancing the impact and perceived value of the general educational curriculum through integrative learning and High Impact Practices.

Adams Outcomes

Area I: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts. Focused by engagement with big questions grounded in Place-based Education which encourages the learner to contextualize knowledge within local, national, and global communities.

Area II: Intellectual and Practical Skills

Critical thinking, creative thinking, written and oral communication, problem-solving

Area III: Personal and Social Responsibility

Civic engagement and foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Area IV: Integrative and Learning

Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies

Pathways Themes

The ASU Pathways “themes” are interdisciplinary course clusters around a unified topic. Theme-based gen ed, first-year seminar and upper division courses are taken across multiple semesters and appear on the transcript similar to an emphasis or minor.

Example themes:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Crime and Forensics
  • Heath and Wellness

High Impact Practices

  • Signature Work
  • Undergraduate Research
  • E-portfolio
  • Capstone Courses
  • Theme-based Learning
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Place-based
  • Learning Communities (with Peer Mentoring)
  • First-year Seminar
  • Co-curricular Experiences
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