3. B.3. Every degree program offered by the institution engages students in collecting, analyzing, and communicating information; in mastering modes of inquiry or creative work; and in developing skills adaptable to changing environments.
The exercise of intellectual inquiry goes along with the acquisition of a broad range of knowledge and skills at Miller College. Curriculum and instruction may be described as social constructivist. Inquiry and learning in small group settings, conversation around problems as part of the lesson design, and sharing interpretations of meaning are a normal part of doing business. This relationship between inquiry and learning within a social and cooperative context may be further observed through an examination of course syllabi where activities and performance assessments reflect this practice. Observing instruction will produce similar conclusions: what often will be noted are activities, the conclusion of which is an assessment aligned with program and course objectives. The presence of intellectual inquiry may also be observed in the relationship between faculty and students. Faculty members are approachable and encourage conversation.
Support for intellectual inquiry is present in the research and learning resources available to students through several formats: the KCC Learning Resource Center which includes over 60,000 books and media titles; Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MelCat) to which Miller College and KCC subscribe for additional learning resources and the Miller College Virtual Library (See Miller College Website). The Miller College Virtual Library consists of additional databases and resources that will facilitate upper-level research and scholarly activity. The College has contracted with the Michigan Library Consortium to develop and maintain the Miller College Virtual Library. Student use of these resources develops skills in adapting to changing environments.
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