Why is the General Studies Council focusing on this particular curriculum model?
It is a combination of the Roundtable recommendations, NCA requirements, identified best practices in general education, and elements of other models proposed by UNK faculty.
Can’t UNK just put existing General Studies courses into the new categories?
There will be new categories that will have learning outcomes that are different from the existing ones. The revising of learning outcomes is necessary because of NCA requirements.
What is the approval process for a new General Studies program?
The process of renewing General Studies began in fall 2005 with Roundtable Phase I, and continues with the work of the General Studies Council presently. Approving a renewed program follows the procedures in the General Studies Governance Document.
What will be the approval process for new General Studies course submissions?
To submit a course for approval as General Studies, departments will follow the procedures in the General Studies Governance Document, Section V.
What things have to happen in order to have a new General Studies program?
The General Studies Council will fulfill its charge by articulating learning outcomes, a renewed curriculum, and related assessment practices. To do so, the Council will continue to consult with each of the colleges and with the general faculty. Input from the whole academic community is critical to ensuring a high quality, broadly supported new program.
What if one or more of the colleges votes “no”?
Under the General Studies Governance Document, three of the four colleges must approve the renewed program. If more than one college voted against the program, the General Studies Council would seek every possible means to resolve the concerns.
Do I have any say in renewing the General Studies program, or is it a “done deal”?
Changing the General Studies learning outcomes, assessment practices, and curriculum are a necessity because of NCA requirements. Because of the magnitude and importance of changing General Studies, there has been a long period (over four years) of discussion, meetings, presentations, forums, etc. about it. Over 60 faculty from the Roundtables and the General Studies Council have been involved so far, and they were charged to convey the views of their colleagues to the Roundtable and Council. Faculty will continue to have opportunities to convey their views and suggestions about the proposed General Studies curriculum and assessment plans before they are finalized. Afterwards, the faculty in each college will vote on whether to accept the renewed curriculum.
What would happen if the General Studies renewal effort isn’t successful?
Because of the dire consequences for UNK’s accreditation, retaining the current General Studies program that has already been cited twice by NCA is not an option. NCA requirements will be met.