What do you think about the proposed "Core Competencies for Biotech"?

I'd like to use these to assess or adjust course outlines

Course outlines are the central documents that communicate our courses to our college, other colleges, universities, etc.

It would be really helpful if this standards document had language that would be easy to use as:

Course Content
Course Outcomes (maybe student learning outcomes)

In the end, I think the goal is that our courses help students develop as many of these skills as possible. Common language helps us communicate that - but each college will at some point have to do its own "mapping" of course outlines onto these standards. If the standards contain ideas about common language - this mapping can be easier for those "in the trenches"?

Help with fine-grained (granular) examples of each key activity

I like this organization and broad categories a lot. I think it will really help in the effort to understand the similarities and differences between biotech programs across regions, states, and the country.

My comment is about communicating with all those folks who say -- "but they need to know how to sacrifice mice!". General language is fantastic, but different folks sometimes interpret them strangely.

Maybe it would be helpful to provide a map that sort the original list of more granular competencies onto this key activity scaffold.

Another way of doing this would be to have a 'for example' next to each key activity -

Core Competencies for Biotech

Read the draft of the Core Competencies for Biotech at Lisa Seidman's blog.


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