General Education Re-Envisioning

Announcements (reverse chronological order)

  • Check out the blog tab. More announcements will come as thing smove forward!

Archival Information about General Education Re-Envisioning

  • Ad Hoc Task Force from 2017-2018
  • Archive - Announcements from AY17-18 and AY19-20
    • 12/10/18: Last week, the UCC approved our revised student learning outcome proposal  for some components of the general education curriculum - those pertaining to courses in arts and humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and communication/composition. A new vision statement was also approved. These will be effective for the 2019 undergraduate catalog. So what's next?
      • Faculty teaching courses with the revised student learning outcomes and rubrics will be invited to a faculty development series in spring 2019. More information is on the blog. (See also SLO/Rubrics document and an Infographic for how the components of a coherent general education curriculum should fit together.)
      • We need to determine overall structure and hours dedicated to key curricular areas. How do we view our interdisciplinary areas of the general education curriculum (currently - CCA and STS, along with the critical thinking, communication, and ethical judgment components embedded in majors) and how to we envision these moving forward? What is a general education course? How do we develop a coherent and impactful general education program in the world of AP and transfer credits? The General Education Committee members will be facilitating this work in spring 2019.
    • 11/01/18: The General Education Committee has shaped and voted on a final version of the student learning outcomes for some parts of the General Education curriculum. (Link to proposal is here.) Information is on the blog. We will be continuing the discussions and re-envisioning of the full curriculum over the coming semesters.
    • 9/24/18: A report on General Education teaching loads by college and competency is available. Link. (Must have Clemson Box credentials to access.)
    • 9/17/18: What is a white paper but a way to stimulate discussion and encourage revision? To that end, we're in the midst of careful change! Faculty provided feedback on the white paper between May and August, and that has led to some new ideas and revisions of the white paper. To understand the changes, the progress guided by the General Education Committee, and to see the revised version, please check out a new blog page. (Information on providing more feedback is also included in the blog.)
    • 5/04/18: A white paper on General Education is available! A link to the pdf is here, and Clemson stakeholders are invited to provide comments via the blog link above or via a survey. (Link now closed.) The General Education Committee will review the comments between now and end of August 2018.
    Apr 2018: A keynote on "The Purpose and Promise of General Education" was given on April 12 by Dr. Kate McConnell - Senior Director for Research and Assessment, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities). During her day-long consulting visit, Dr. McConnell also met and gave advice to OTEI, the General Education Task Force, and assessment subgroups.The keynote was recorded, and is available on the OTEI Ensemble account:

    Feb 2018: The Faculty Senate has approved a standing General Education Committee. The Committee will operate ad hoc via the Committee on Committees in order for Colleges to hold elections in spring 2018 for terms to start in May 2018. The 2018-2019 Faculty Manual will reflect the responsibilities of the General Education Committee when it comes out next fall. A memo sent by Dean Griffin details the start of this important Committee.

    Jan 2018: Spring 2018 involves continued and focused discussions about general education student learning outcomes.
    • Phase 1 - Kick-off January 18, 2018. a.) Collaborative Workshop Session on General Education - See Blog link for more information and handouts.b.) Workshop on Designing Your Course for Student Success - Handouts are available here
    • Phases 2 & 3 - Featured weeks of discussion from January 22-March 2, 2018 are complete! (Flyer for Phase 2Flyer for Phase 3.) The blog has a page for each topic and is still open for reviewing ideas, resources, and making comments!

      Nov 2017: Open Discussions on General Education were held Nov 6 & 9, 2017 with over one hundred faculty and staff attending and participating. Background Readings for November Open Discussions can be located below on the "Readings and Resources for Clemson Colleagues" tab. (A Spark page was sent in late October as an invitation and to provide context. It can be found here