General Education revision (updated 10-5-18)

Strategic Planning

These are the key findings and recommendations from a team of UWL faculty, including some who attended a national workshop on general education sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The Faculty Senate invites campus constituents to review the work included on this page to help create a common foundation regarding an examination of UWL's General Education Program.

New General Education Mission Statement/Program Goals

After a summer of work by the GE Working Group, and three open fora and two rounds of Qualtrics surveys to elicit feedback, the Faculty Senate approved the new General Education Mission Statement and Program Goals on October 4, 2018. Thank you all for your help and feedback in this process so far!

The next step for the working group is to continue working with campus to develop assessable program outcomes and a structure for the GE coursework. Please look for requests for help on this part of the project in October and beyond. 

Current* General Education Working Group Membership

  • Colin Belby** (Geography & Earth Science; recent GEC chair)
  • Sam Cocks** (Philosophy; recent GEC member)
  • Natalie Eschenbaum (English; SEC, Senate Chair)
  • Anne Galbraith (Biology; recent Senate Chair, current GEC member)
  • Tav Hawkins** (Physics; SEC)
  • Shelley Hay** (Global Cultures & Languages)
  • Heather Hulett (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Kenneth Shonk (History; SoE affiliation)  

Previous members: Lauren Mason-student, Fa17; Aaron Bhatoya-student, Sp17; John Nunley- Economics, Fa17; Laurie Miller- Economics, Sp18; Nadia Carmosini-Chemistry and Biochemistry, Sp18

*Current membership as of June 2018

**Members who attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Institute on General Education and Assessment in Chicago (Sp17).

General Education Working Group '18-'19 Timeline for Phase II ("the categories")

MAY

JUNE

AUGUST

Collect feedback from department chairs by attending all College Chairs Meetings

Organize all feedback from open fora, website, student focus groups, August 2017 brainstorming session

Start from the beginning: use feedback to develop a mission statement and program goals

Seek campus feedback on mission statement, program goals

Open Fora Monday, 8-27 and Tuesday, 8-28, at 2pm each day, in 150 Murphy, and again Tuesday, 9-25, at 1:10pm in 150 Murphy

SEPTEMBER

NOV-FEB (tentative)

MARCH 2019?

Seek campus feedback on mission statement, program goals, begin to develop assessable program outcomes that are in-line with mission statement and program goals

Bring mission statement, program goals to Faculty Senate for approval

Continue work on assessable program outcomes and a program structure that are in-line with the mission statement and program goals 

Seek campus help and feedback on SLOs

Bring GE program outcomes and structure to Faculty Senate for approval

Informational Readings

  1. Gaston, P. L., & Gaff, J. G. (2009). Revising General Education - and Avoiding the Potholes. Association of American Colleges and Universities.
  2. Hanstedt, P. (2012). General Education Essentials: A Guide for College Faculty. John Wiley & Sons. In particular the first two chapters: Structuring General Education and Some Examples of Integrative Curricular Models.
  3. Rising to the LEAP Challenge 
  4. PowerPoint AAC&U High-Impact Practices that focuses on general education.
  5. Resources made available from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
  6. General Education AAC&U Action Team Overview, Summary and Notes.
  7. GEC Report on Size and Purpose of UWL General Education Program, Spring 2017