The resolution directs the President of the Faculty Senate to charge the Faculty Senate Committee on General Education in partnership with the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies to oversee this review using the guidelines outlined below, and it directs each department or program responsible for administering undergraduate majors to ensure that their degree programs, inclusive of major, college, and university requirements fully support student development in all Objectives of General Education by September 1, 2017, and it resolves that an assessment mechanism for the General Education requirements be articulated.
Guidelines for the Faculty Senate Committee on General Education
The Faculty Senate Committee on General Education is charged to assist departments and programs administering undergraduate majors in ensuring full opportunity for all students to attain competency in the Objectives of General Education. The committee is also responsible for conducting a review of all degree programs in this regard in partnership with the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education. These committees are to be charged by the President of the Faculty Senate with all due haste upon adoption of this resolution. The committees are additionally charged to:
- Support and work with programs and departments to ensure that all degree programs provide support for all students in attaining competency in all the Objectives of General Education.
- Provide rubrics against which degree programs will be assessed, based on the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics, for each Objective of General Education or component of Objectives to all programs and departments by May 1, 2016.
- Provide clear guidelines for review of student learning in all degree programs, with regard to the Objectives of General Education, to all programs and departments by May 1, 2016.
- Provide clear examples and templates to all departments including curricular maps to aid in their internal reviews of how students are achieving the Objectives of General Education by May 1, 2016.
- Provide timely and detailed feedback and guidance on the review of student learning within each degree program.
- The Gen Ed Implementation Plan proposed last Spring was not voted forward as a complete package. In particular, the resolution on “Engagements and Encounters” (E&E) was not approved. This resolution had stated implications for the future of the multicultural (MC) requirement, discovery learning experience (DLE), and breadth courses. These mechanisms were to be rolled into the E&E. The multicultural component is being addressed with an active MC resolution but the Gen Ed Committee needs to revisit the implications of retaining the breadth and DLE requirements within the context of implementing the 5 new objectives and the overall General Education program.
- On 14 October 2015 there was a Chairs Workshop on curricular mapping and gap analysis which are critical tools to guide multiple aspects of the general education implementation process.
The committee has completed this task; a full description including the curriculum map and reports for undergraduate majors is available.