In "Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities," the Boyer Commission reported that "too many students report a sense of anticlimax in their senior years" and urged universities to reinvigorate the last year through courses that â€˜draw together" the preceding three years and provide enrichment and closure to their educational experience (1998).
The capstone provides a summative opportunity for students to draw upon, synthesize, and apply what they have learned to an original project and/or real life application. Depending upon the discipline, the capstone may involve such components as collaborative projects, internships, service learning, fieldwork, independent research, community outreach, and/or thesis writing. In every case, capstone courses include a set of well-defined learning outcomes, significant writing, and integration of discipline-specific competencies in quantitative literacy and in ethics and civic responsibility. Most importantly, the capstone provides an enriching bridge experience for students between their undergraduate education and post-graduation lives.
Conversation on Capstones Workshops