Future Generations curriculum is based on specific outcomes and objectives and builds concrete skills that students can apply in their communities. Students learn to think critically about development issues, make evidence-based decisions, and design, manage, monitor, and evaluate programs.
Curriculum is delivered in 3 learning “streams” that come together in a river of blended scholarship: Online Learning, Residential Experiences, and Community Field Labs.
Online course assignments require students to reflect and build upon their personal and community experiences, exchange ideas with peers, investigate how problems and opportunities have been addressed elsewhere, and adapt these lessons to the particular culture, economy, and ecology of their own communities.
Labs are where the rubber hits the road. Instead of waiting to have a degree in hand to make a difference in the world, labs allow students to earn their degree by making a difference in the world. With faculty as mentors, students identify needs in their communities. Then, they develop activities that address those needs and simultaneously meet course learning objectives.
Residential Experiences bring students, professors, and local practitioners together every term. Residentials are sometimes regional and sometimes international. Students participate in site visits, networking events, seminars, and group projects. Whether in Gandhi’s Ashram in India, the rugged mountains of Appalachia, or rural villages in Kenya, students are given the opportunity to examine community-based initiatives that have scaled up to have regional level impact.