What’s the timeline for everything that has to happen in General Studies?
The new learning outcomes and renewed General Studies curriculum will be presented to faculty in spring 2009. Academic year 2009-2010 will be the time for departments to submit General Studies course proposals and for the Council to review them. The first students under the new program would begin in fall 2010, and the report to NCA is due that spring (2011).
Is it a good idea to do this now, considering the current fiscal situation?
NCA has mandated that we make these changes, and national best practices and our own assessment data show clearly the need for a renewal of the General Studies program. It is anticipated that the renewed program will not have a negative financial impact on the institution.
Why haven’t I heard about this before now?
Communication about the renewal process has been frequent and comprehensive. Since the Roundtables began in fall 2005, information about the General Studies renewal process has been communicated via email, newsletter, website, Blackboard, seminars, and forums across campus. Over 40 faculty from across the colleges and the library have participated in the Roundtable, and over 20 faculty from across the colleges and the library have served on the General Studies Council during this time. Information about the process has been offered continuously over the past four years by the General Studies Council, Council, the Office of Assessment, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Senior Vice Chancellor.