Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) represented the University of Minnesota as part of the Lumina Foundation Tuning Project final meeting in Washington, DC. James Boyd Brent (Graphic Design), and Assistant Dean, Student Services Kate Maple were also involved in the project, but didn't make the Washington trip.
The project was funded by the Foundation to encourage curricular integration and development of common student learning outcomes in graphic design and was administered by the State Higher Education Office and MnSCU. Three additional Minnesota institutions participated: Bemidji State University, Anexandria Technical College, and South-Central College. Two other states -- Utah and Indiana -- ran comparable disciplinary investigations in history and physics and education and biology, respectively. The Tuning Project is patterned after the Bologna Project, an effort by European education ministers to enable and encourage common learner outcomes in each discipline.
This phase of the Tuning Project will be completed with a disciplinary meeting for graphic design on April 30, 2010 on the Saint Paul campus to which all other Minnesota graphic design programs will be invited. The "What if..." theme of the project was inspired by the College of Design's own What if? campaign.