General Studies

Renewal Sources, Conferences and Reference Materials

During the renewal process, the General Studies Council was guided by numerous publications about general education reform, such as these from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U):

  • “Academic Freedom” (Liberal Education, Spring 2006)
  • Advancing Liberal Education: Assessment Practices on Campus, 2005
  • “Creating Shared Responsibility for General Education and Assessment” (Peer Review, Fall 2004)
  • “Cultural Studies and General Education” (Liberal Education, Summer 2004)
  • “Education Reform” (Peer Review, Fall 2008)
  • General Education and Student Transfer, 2005
  • General Education and the Assessment Reform Agenda, 2004
  • General Education: A Self-Study Guide for Review and Assessment, 2005
  • General Education: The Changing Agenda, 1999
  • Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College, 2000
  • High Impact Educational Practices, 2008
  • Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain, 2005
  • “Quantitative Literacy” (Peer Review, Summer 2004)
  • Revising General Education - And Avoiding the Potholes: A Guide for Curricular Change, 2009
  • Strong Foundations: General Education Programs, 1994
  • “Student Preparation, Motivation, and Achievement” (Peer Review, Winter 2007)
  • Taking Responsibility for the Quality of the Baccalaureate Degree, 2004
  • The Art and Science of Assessing General Education Outcomes: A Practical Guide, 2005
  • The Status of General Education in the Year 2000: Summary of a National Survey, 2000
  • “Toward Intentionality and Transparency: Analysis and Reflection on the Process of General“ (Peer Review, Fall 2008)

The General Studies Program sent Council members to attend leading professional conferences and workshops about general education reform, such as: 

  • AAC&U (Association of American Colleges & Universities) Conference 2006: "Liberal Education and Democracy's Big Questions"
  • AAC&U Conference 2007: "General Education and Assessment: Engaging Critical Questions, Fostering Critical Learning"
  • HLC (NCA) Annual Conference, 2006
  • HCL Assessment Workshop, 2007
  • NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) Users Workshop, 2007