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- Your department/college Task Force representative
- David Johnson, General Education Task Force Chair, at email@example.com
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What is Gen Ed?
Why Revise Gen Ed Now?
When and How?
The Gen Ed Revision Task Force worked in two phases over Spring 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022. During Spring 2021, the Task Force identified outcomes and possible foci. During Academic Year 2021-2022, the Task Force worked on issues around implementation.
The goal is a general education program that serves students’ needs by creating a curriculum that:
- Is equitable and sustainable
- has a clearly articulated philosophical foundation and defined outcomes
- Is integrated into academic majors
- Is built to serve our large transfer population as well as our first-time-in-college students
- Provides students opportunities to develop critical competencies and skills, such as critical thinking, communication, deep reading, quantitative reasoning, data analysis, civic engagement, and intercultural awareness (among others)
- Integrates ongoing faculty development
The elements of each phase were as follows:
- Obtain feedback from faculty, students, co-curricular units, administrators, alumni, and community groups, where appropriate, at various stages of development
- Develop a philosophy and intellectual framework for the new curriculum, including learning outcomes
- Design a curriculum that works within existing resources
- Share a proposal with interested groups (listed above) for feedback and revision
- Identify working groups that expand the conversation to more faculty while helping take steps to implement the new curriculum
Phase TwoThis phase welcomed the work of multiple working groups in developing more detailed curricula for each of the curriculum areas and requirements defined in Phase One.
Working groups focused on curriculum details by:
- Defining learning objectives within each component
- Determining approved courses in consultation with academic departments
- Assessing impact of changes to gauge sustainability of curriculum
- Recommending new courses or course elements
- Recruiting faculty to pilot courses
- Designing longitudinal assessment, including recommendations for administrative processes and structures
- Planning and implementing faculty development to support the new curriculum
The Task Force, near the end of Phase Two, prepared the final curriculum proposal for faculty governance approval.