ThinkAchieve: Connecting the Classroom and the Community
LINK 1 -- ThinkAchieve: Introduction
Incoming and transfer students should be introduced to not only the UTC campus, but
also to its community, and ThinkAchieve: Creating Connections wants that community
to be centered on creative and critical thinking. To foster this attitude and habit
from the very beginning of the UTC experience, there is freshman orientation programming based on Wolcott's work with problem solving (Wolcott, 2006). The orientation
programming introduces students to the concepts of critical and creative thinking
and problem solving through small group discussions. This programming serves as an
introduction to ThinkAchieve to further university expectations across the curriculum.
LINK 2 -- ThinkAchieve: In the Classroom
The emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills will continue through
UTC's general education program and disciplinary courses. ThinkAchieve and critical
thinking concepts will be integrated across the curriculum, so that every student
has the greatest possible chance to achieve this habit of mind. Departments and faculty
will define, focus, and assess student critical thinking in courses across the disciplines
to help students practice and improve these integral skills.
LINK 3 -- ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom
It has been shown that critical and creative thinking can be developed through active and
experiential learning. At UTC, departments provide opportunities beyond the classroom
to allow students to apply curricular materials in a practical setting. Additionally,
the Student Development Division offers a number of co-curricular activities and
opportunities for student engagement. ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom recognizes
the value of these opportunities and offers a means to unify these efforts and encourage,
track, and reward participation in such activities.
Wolcott, S.K. (2006). Steps for better thinking: A developmental problem solving process. Retrieved from www.wolcottlynch.com.