Curricular Recommendations from American
A panel of scholars convened by AAC&U's American Commitments project has
recommended that students engage diversity in the curriculum through multiple
forms of learning, and in a variety of educational contexts, across the college
The National Panel stresses that education for U.S. democratic pluralism is
not the same task as education for global knowledge. These American Commitments
recommendations focus on education for U.S. cultural and democratic
Student learning should explore:
- Experience, Identity, and Aspiration:
The study of one's own particular inherited and constructed traditions,
identity communities, and significant questions, in their complexity.
- United States Pluralism and the Pursuits of
Justice: An extended and comparative exploration of diverse peoples
in this society, with significant attention to their differing experiences of
U.S. democracy and the pursuits--sometimes successful, sometimes
frustrated--of equal opportunity.
- Experiences in Justice Seeking:
Encounters with systemic constraints on the development of human potential in
the United States and experiences in community-based efforts to articulate
principles of justice, expand opportunity, and redress inequities.
- Multiplicity and Relational Pluralism in Majors,
Concentrations, and Programs: Extensive participation in forms of
learning that foster sustained exploration of and deliberation about contested
issues important in particular communities of inquiry and practice.
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