General Education Review

A Message From Bruce Henderson, General Education Review Task Force Chair

Attached is the final Report of the General Education Review Task Force (PDF). Included are responses to the Faculty Senate’s charge. We have reviewed the recent published literature on general education and we have looked carefully at the general education programs of scores of other institutions like WCU. We have solicited the input of the members of our own university through two series of open forums, through focus groups and through meetings with individuals with significant interest in general education. We have conducted an extensive survey of the faculty. After careful consideration of all the information gathered we are proposing changes in our current Liberal Studies program. The proposal contained in the attached document outlines what is basically a new approach to general education. Although it retains many features of the current program, it also suggests important changes consistent with our QEP.

We also recommend that two new groups be formed in order to implement the changes we are proposing.

First, we suggest that the Senate appoint a group to determine how the Senate best handle the consideration of our proposal. This group could also suggest precise means for implementation if the proposal portion is approved.  This group should probably be formed now so it can prepare for August.

Second, we are recommending the establishment of a permanent group to help develop outcomes assessment for general education that would then act as monitors of the degree to which outcomes are being met. This group needs to have the ability to gather data from courses in general education and then recommend removal of courses from general education when outcomes are not being met. This group would need to work in parallel with the work of approving courses for a new program. Even if our proposal fails this group needs to come into existence to develop outcomes measure for the existing program. Our report contains many concrete examples of how the proposed outcomes of the general education program could be assessed.

We believe that our report and proposal is ready to be released to the University community, but will leave it up to you to decide when to do that.

The Task Force has worked hard over the past two years. We now pass on the results of our best judgments with the hope that they will be given due attention.

Task Force Members:
Travis Bennett (Fine and Performing Arts)
Peg Connolly (Health and Human Sciences)
James Costa (Arts and Sciences)
James Deconinck (Business)
Peyton Flinchum (Student member)
John Habel (Education and Allied Professions)
Bruce Henderson (Education and Allied Professions)
Glenda Hensley (Office for Undergraduate Studies)
Gary Jones (Business)
Brent Kinser (Arts and Sciences)
Sofia Lilly (Student member)
Beth McDonough (Hunter Library)
Robert Mulligan (Business)
Phillip Sanger (Kimmel School)
April Tallant (Health and Human Sciences)
Laura Wright (Arts and Sciences)


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