Wellness Education Credit Gives Students Room to Explore – Dartmouth News

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Education

Following a faculty vote in May, Dartmouth’s physical education graduation requirement has become a wellness education requirement, which can be fulfilled with options offered through Physical Education and Recreation, the Student Wellness Center, or other approved activities.Beginning with the Class of 2026, the change offers students more flexibility in how they approach learning to support their physical and emotional health and emphasizes well-being as a key component to academic and personal success, says Caitlin Barthelmes, director of the wellness center.“For many years there has been student interest in broadening the PE requirement to be more representative of how students support their well-being at Dartmouth,” Barthelmes says. “The new model recognizes that fostering other dimensions of wellness is equally important to the growth and development for students at Dartmouth and beyond.”Under the new model, students must complete three wellness education credits to graduate. The credits can be earned through full-term courses, including traditional PE courses; through athletic activities such as varsity teams or club sports; or through participation in a variety of approved mini-courses, workshops, and single-session experiences.“Our hope is to give students more choices on how they can fulfill this credit,” says Patrick Dolph, an associate professor of biological sciences, who chaired the faculty Committee on Instruction that proposed the change. “It gives students a chance to explore new activities without having to commit to a 12-week course. One hope is they’ll find something they really enjoy and be able to continue doing that at Dartmouth.”The Office of the Registrar is in the process of developing a system to record credit for à-la-carte options, and a committee with faculty, staff, and student repre …

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