Truman Prepares Work for Pathways Demonstration Project

Truman is participating as a Pioneer Institution in the Higher Learning Commission’s Pathways Demonstration Project.

The University’s work in the project examines achievement of three University-wide student learning outcomes (critical thinking, leadership and healthy living) and the role of transformative experiences in that process. The project focuses on ways to enhance the achievement of those three learning goals in measurable ways.

The University will issue a request for proposals that invites individuals and groups to submit plans for pilot projects focusing on one or more of the following outcomes: understanding and articulating well-reasoned arguments (critical thinking); demonstrating leadership (leadership); or living emotionally and physically healthy lives (healthy living).

Members of the task force will host three sessions to provide information about the potential of these pilot projects, the work of each task force and transformative learning in these projects.

The first meeting will take place from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Student Union Building Room 3203 and will discuss critical thinking. The second will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Union Building Room 3202 and will discuss wellness. The third will be from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Student Union Building 3201 and will discuss leadership.

Those interested are encouraged to read the “Purple Papers” written by members of the task forces. They can be found at under links for the 2011 Summer Planning and Assessment.

For more information, contact Royce Kallerud at for critical thinking, Adrien Presley at for leadership, Evonne Bird at for healthy living and Lou Ann Gilchrist at for transformational experiences.