Academic Value Proposition
The Hearth develops the academic value proposition for new universities, colleges, departments or courses. World class universities are those that offer (1) excellence in the education of their students; (2) research, development and dissemination of knowledge; and (3) activities that contribute to the cultural, scientific, and civic life of society. Excellent education requires that students not only study and learn the specific content of the areas of their major interest, but also study ideas that influenced those areas as well as the cultures of the world that form the context for all knowledge. It is not enough for students to read texts and write exam papers that repeat what they read; students must develop through their university courses the habits of mind that enable them to succeed.
The main areas of advice/consulting provided by the Hearth include developing the governance and education objectives at the university level, as well as assisting formulation of programme educational objectives (broad goals) and programme outcomes that address institutional and programme mission statements and stakeholders. In some case, the work of the Hearth extents to identifying the “programme core,” set of courses in the curriculum that address the knowledge, skills, and attitudes specified in the outcomes, or perhaps identifying course content and define measurable learning objectives for it.