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Problem Solving

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Problem Solving

At Alverno, one planned outcome of a student's education is the ability to solve problems. This includes defining a problem, selecting and applying problem solving processes and critiquing one's actions. Problem solving is focused on developing a student's ability to get things done through a conscious, organized process.

Problem solving overlaps with other ability areas in the Alverno curriculum, but it also involves unique qualities that are difficult to access. Included are the "imaginative ability to project consequences, and to pursue intuitive 'hunches;' "the perseverance to risk implementing a solution in the face of obstacles; and finally, the "flexibility to adapt to constraints and to learn from results." (2005) Ability-based Learning Outcomes, p. 23.


Statements of the Ability

Over time the statements describing the Problem Solving ability have evolved and changed. Below are links to statements of the ability (from the "4-pagers") used from 1973 to the present:

1973 Problem Solving Ability Statement - Version 1

1983 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 3

1988 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 5

1991 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 7

1994 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 9

1994 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 10

1996 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 11

1996 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 12

2000 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 13

2005 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 15


1980 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 2

1985 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 4

1989 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 6

1992 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 8

1994 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 9b

1994 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 10b

1996 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 11b

1996 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 12b

2002 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 14

2010 Problem Solving Ability Statement - version 16

 

Name Changes

Develop Workable Problem-Solving Skill (Green Bible, August 1973)
Problem Solving Skills (1974)
Problem Solving Ability (1976)
Problem Solving (1981)

Leadership

Sheila Isakson Chair, 1974-1978
Kathleen O'Brien Chair, 1978-1981
Zita Allen Chair, 1981-1982
Patricia Jensen Chair, 1982-1985
Allen Wutzdorff Chair, 1985-1986
Mary Georgia Matlock & Kathleen O'Brien Co-Chairs, 1986-1987
Mary Georgia Matlock Chair, 1987-1994
David Dathe Chair, 1994- Fall 1997
Dena Lieberman Acting Chair, 1998
David Dathe Chair, Spring 1999- 2001
Rebecca Burton Chair, 2001-2009
Pat Walsh Acting Chair, Spring 2005
Pat Walsh Acting Chair, Spring 2006
Pat Walsh Chair, 2009-2010
Lois Kailhofer Chair, 2010-