A student must take a 3 credit course designated as an Essential Studies Synthesis Experience (ESSE). The purpose of the ESSE is, as its name suggests, to synthesize the learning in all six pathways and apply it at the practicing level in a single course, preparing students for the capstone experience within their major. At least one foundational course in each pathway must be completed prior to a student taking an ESSE course.
To qualify as an ESSE, a course must:
As a signature element of Oregon Tech’s proposed Essential Studies Model for general education, the General Education Review Task Force proposed the ESSE (Essential Studies Synthesis Experience): an integrative, interdisciplinary, project-based course. As a new idea for Oregon Tech rich in opportunity, we are seeking to test models for delivering such an experience that make sense given our student population, resource constraints, and community and industry connections.
To support the collaborative development of ESSEs by interdisciplinary faculty teams, the Provost’s Office is offering the following workload model for these four pilot ESSEs only. For approved official ESSE pilots, the faculty team would share the following WLU based on student enrollment:
(Note: This workload model is experimental and applies only for 2017-2018 pilot ESSEs. WLUs may be split between the faculty team in whatever manner they and their departments decide.)
Faculty teams interested in teaching an official pilot ESSE should submit: a 1-2 page proposal for a three-credit course experience. Within this proposal should be a tentative week-by-week outline of course structure and some description of major student/work assignments.
Submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a spring 2018 pilot ESSE, submit this proposal by January 9, 2018.
Essential components of pilot ESSEs:
Submissions will be reviewed by the ESSE pilot committee (an ad hoc subcommittee of GEAC); their recommendations will be forwarded to the Provost for final approval. Proposal review and decisions will be made within 7-10 days of the submission deadline.
Faculty members who have been involved in developing the ESSE concept and who may be able to provide additional information or guidance include: Aaron Scher (EERE), Kristy Weidman (Management), Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy (Library), Terri Torres (Mathematics).