The Academic Statement Initiative
In November 2011 and after many years of careful consideration, Evergreen’s faculty created a new requirement for undergraduates: each student will write an Academic Statement about her or his college education. Students will revise their statements annually with support from the faculty. Each student will decide how best to document how she or he is earning a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College. The final version must be submitted to the College as a condition of graduation, and becomes the cover page of each student’s official Evergreen transcript where it will introduce the student’s undergraduate career to an outside audience. This requirement goes into effect starting with incoming students in fall of 2013.
During the 2012-13 academic year, approximately half of Evergreen’s faculty will create the framework to support students so they can fulfill the requirement. Students, faculty and staff across the College will be developing and testing structures, practices, and events to enable students to critically reflect on and assess their decisions, experiences, and accomplishments at Evergreen. This ongoing work of critical reflection and assessment will foster thoughtful work that will enable students to better develop creative and fruitful academic pathways, and write compelling Academic Statements. Although the requirement doesn’t begin until fall 2013, all students are invited to include an Academic Statement in their transcripts when they graduate.
If you have any questions about this exciting new initiative, please contact Nancy Koppelman, Project Director for the Academic Statement Initiative and Member of the Faculty.