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Components of a General Education Program

One can think about putting together a general education program by thinking about its various components (aka considerations).  Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of components comprising the various models being proposed.

  1. Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
  2. Total Credit Hours
    • How large should our general education program be?
  3. Core/Foundation Courses
    • Is there a set of courses that every student will need to take?
    • Which courses are those?
  4. Writing Intensive/Quantitative Reasoning Courses
    • Will there be writing intensive or quantitative courses?
  5. Experiential Learning
    • Do we incorporate experiential learning into general education? If so, how?
  6. “University Program” areas
    • What do we think of our current distribution areas?
    • Which courses do we think satisfy those areas?
  7. Oral Communication/Transformative Dialogue?
    • How do we help our students have difficult discussions?
  8. Interdisciplinary Courses
    • Do we add truly interdisciplinary courses into our program?
  9. General Education Capstone
    • Do we add a capstone experience to our program?