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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.

PROPOSAL (approved by Faculty Senate 3-22-18, 2nd reading)

Click here to view proposals.

We value your opinion! Here are 2 ways to give us your feedback...

  1. Click here to fill out the Comments or Suggestions survey
  2. Contact a member of the Gen Ed Working Group (listed below)

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

JULY

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

Continue work on mission statement, program goals, begin to develop assessable SLOs that are in-line with mission statement and program goals

Seek campus feedback on mission statement, program goals (SLOs, if ready)

Open Fora Monday, 8-27 and Tuesday, 8-28, at 2pm each day, in 150 Murphy

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOV-DEC

JANUARY

Seek campus feedback on mission statement, program goals (SLOs, if ready)

Bring mission statement, program goals (SLOs, if ready) to Faculty Senate for approval

(Continue work on assessable SLOs that are in-line with mission statement and program goals)

Develop GE scaffold that is in-line with mission statement, program goals, SLOs onto which departments can place their current GE courses or develop new ones

Seek campus feedback

Bring GE scaffold (and SLOs if not yet approved) 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