In celebrating the CRC’s 40th anniversary during the 2016-2017 year, the CRC staffers and the broader Brown community hope to take stock of the evolving significance of the Open Curriculum and our role as a peer advising center within Brown's curricular / advising structure.
Given the ongoing campus conversation about diversity and inclusion--conversations which have brought to bear the challenges we still face as educators, advisors, and student-scholars in making Brown truly accessible to all undergraduates--we would like to examine anew some of the guiding principles, assumptions and implications of the Open Curriculum as they pertain to teaching and advising, exploration of the self, knowledge and plurality at Brown.
The Open Curriculum stands for many things--no distribution requirements, a de-emphasis on grades and rank, and encouragement of curricular innovation within the academy. It signals the importance of experiential learning and recognizes that one’s education far exceeds the classroom setting.
In asking for your stories, we are interested in collecting the lived experiences of these enduring ideas. We hope to integrate your stories in profile form for an online archive as a living testament to the joys, meaning, and the pitfalls of the Open Curriculum. We are grateful that you are taking the time to fill out the following questionnaire.
The online alumni profiles will be concise, featuring your name and a photo you submit; we will likely edit down your contributions, and we will be sure to get approval of your drafted profile before it is published.
Lastly, every alumnus who completes this form by answering all questions and submitting a profile picture by October 31, 2016 will be entered into a raffle. One winner will receive a $300 CRC sponsored stipend for your trip back to Brown and three other winners will receive a $100 Amazon or Brown Bookstore gift card.
P.S. A technical note: You should be able to exit the survey mid-way if you don't finish it in one sitting; close your browser or tab, and your progress should be saved. If you re-access the survey with the same browser and computer, then you should be able to pick up where you left off (as long as you don't clear the cache and cookie from the browser).