Alamo Colleges students will study the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People instead of history, philosophy or literature, if Chancellor Bruce Leslie gets his way. Leslie is seeking state approval for a course based on Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling self-help book. Learning Framework would be part of the core curriculum, replacing one of only two humanities requirements.
Some faculty and administrators at the San Antonio area colleges are opposed, reports Inside Higher Ed.
“When you look at the humanities courses that are offered, there are logic classes or a world civilization class or language courses,” said Charles Hinkley, chair of Northwest Vista’s history department, which would be deeply affected by the change. “Even if the [proposed] course is a worthwhile course to take, it’s still not clear that it’s more vital to students’ development than these other courses.”
Leslie said the new course will help students “do college,” while letting them earn credits that will transfer to a state university.
Business leaders are looking for graduates with “soft skills,” such as leadership and time management, said Leslie. Among the “seven habits” are “putting first things first” and “beginning with the end in mind.”
Learning Framework, known as EDUC 1300, is a pre-core requirement in the Dallas County Community College District, notes Inside Higher Ed. “Cross-listed as a psychology course, it’s supposed to focus on learning strategies and cognitive processes.” Veterans and others who’ve learned “soft skills” elsewhere can get waivers.