In a Nutshell.
- The “La Verne Experience” REPRODUCES what we have done for generations—intuitively known and understood by faculty, staff, students, and alumni—namely close faculty-student relationship in small classes.
- The “La Verne Experience” is NOT FLEX [First Semester La Verne Experience] Learning Communities. Rather, FLEX is simply the INITIAL La Verne Experience THAT INTRODUCES FRESHMEN TO LA VERNE.
- The “La Verne Experience” Freshman to Senior sequence is a work in progress as we re-imagine liberal arts education with cutting-edge pedagogies, backed by best practices. Current students are subject to the requirements of the catalog of their Freshman Year.
- FLEX participation does NOT endanger 4-year academic and graduation plans. We encourage all freshmen to design 4-year academic plans in consultation with their academic advisors. These “Advising Worksheets” are downloadable.
- The La Verne Experience triggered a simplified GE (“LVGE” as of Fall 2015) that did not add to the total classes needed for graduation.
- Senior capstone projects will continue AS A VALUABLE ASPECT OF THE LA VERNE EXPERIENCE; adjustments to the degree are determined by faculty within each department.
Fall 2013, Vol. 15, No. 4
Going Beyond the Requirement: The Capstone Experience
By Peggy Redman, director, The La Verne Experience, University of La Verne
For many years, University of La Verne students have completed capstone projects that build on their primary academic focuses developed in their junior and senior years and allow for greater understanding and clarity about their intended professional focus post-graduation. Today, the University of La Verne is working to take capstone courses to the next level, preparing students earlier than ever before to begin thinking strategically about their areas of study, their professions, and the values they would embody long after graduation. Continue…
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