December 9-13, 2019


Well, the TERRAIN testbed is complete! Congratulations to the students, staff, and instructional team who made this experience successful. Teaching fellow Emily Goldthwaite distributed a final anonymous survey to the TERRAIN students asking them to provide feedback on their experiences. In the coming weeks, we will synthesize survey and final assessment data in a testbed report. (Teaser: 71% of students agreed or strongly agreed that the TERRAIN experience helped them to learn to recognize and respect differences in others. 75% of the students agreed or strongly agreed that TERRAIN pushed them to try something outside of their comfort zone  . . . Stay tuned for the full report to learn more!). The report will also include suggestions for design considerations for the full launch of TERRAIN in fall 2020.


Ray Phinney, Zach Falcon, and I presented an overview of the quarter calendar during Community Meeting this week (Tuesday, 12.10) and answered students’ questions afterward. Ray also encouraged students to submit written questions (knowing that there would be insufficient time to address them all) and the Sustaining the Flagship team is responding to them in a comprehensive FAQ document that VPF Falcon will share.


We are moving ahead with an on-campus interview of a candidate for the Curriculum Designer position. This will take place in early January.


The faculty elected five members to serve on the ad hoc Faculty Workload Committee: Ellen Batchelder, Kate Coseo, Kathleen Dunckel, Aimee Phillippi, and Kevin Spigel. Pending final approval of the committee at Senior Staff next week, the committee will take up its charge in January.


CAPC completed a draft of revised catalog language describing the general education requirements and will share this with faculty in early January.


I will close this update with a final congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped make the TERRAIN testbed possible and who continues to support the work of bringing TERRAIN to a successful launch next fall.


Best wishes for a peaceful and rejuvenating holiday,






Jennifer L. Cartier, Ph.D. (she, her, hers)

Dean of the School of Environmental Citizenship

Professor of Education

Unity College

Unity, Maine 04998

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