The Curricular Strategy of Luther Seminary will serve as the foundation for all four educational processes in supporting the mission and vision and will be fully implemented in a contextually relevant manner.
By 2005, the theological education being delivered in all educational processes will have fully implemented the curricular strategy in a contexually relevant manner that is consistent with the mission and vision.
Yearly seminars on curricular strategy for faculty, with special attention to new faculty.
All courses developed and regularly updated in light of curricular strategy.
The focus on educating leaders for mission is central to all educational processes.
Being a confessional seminary is central to all educational processes.
Scan and performance evaluation data regularly address the realities of contextualization in a relevant manner within all educational processes.
Include for specific evaluation within the realities of contextualization progress in addressing questions of race, class, and gender.
Action Steps – Fall 1999 through July 2001
6.1.1 By December 1999, the Academic Dean and ALT will have developed a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the six-week courses as a learning block in light of the desire to improve student’s abilities in critical thinking and the integration of theological thinking and acting. An initial evaluation will have been completed by May 2000, with any recommended changes being implemented during 2000-2001.
6.1.2 By March 2000, the Academic Dean, in consultation with the ALT, will have developed a yearly professional development seminar for all faculty that provides further development and refinement of the curricular strategy, with this seminar being implemented in the late spring/early summer of each year.
6.1.3 By June 2000, the Academic Dean, in consultation with the ALT, will have developed an orientation seminar for all new faculty that introduces them to the curricular strategy and how to develop course syllabi to incorporate this strategy, with this seminar being implemented each summer.
6.1.4 By October 2000, the Academic Dean and ALT, in consultation with the Research Work Group, will have developed an initial process for engaging in performance evaluation of the curricular strategy, with a yearly evaluation of such being included within the yearly faculty development seminar beginning the spring of 2001.
6.1.5 Between September 2000 and May 2001, the faculty, through the work of the divisions, will have reviewed every core course to ensure that it effectively carries out the curricular strategy, and using scan data from the Research Work Group, ensure that each course addresses the needs of contextualization in a relevant manner.