General Education Implementation
Ohio State’s current General Education (GE) curriculum was established in 1988 and reviewed in 1996, 2002 and 2007 without substantially revision. A new review commenced in 2017 with broader ambitions. In March 2018, the 16-member review coordinating committee released a draft proposal to restructure the GE, incorporating significant input from the university community.
Once endorsed by each of the colleges and campuses with undergraduate students, the final, revised proposal was unanimously approved by the Council on Academic Affairs on April 17, 2019, and endorsed by University Senate the next day. The next objective is a detailed implementation plan marking the path to the anticipated Autumn Semester 2021 launch of the new GE.
The new General Education in detail
The University Senate has overwhelmingly approved the first major overhaul of Ohio State’s General Education curriculum since its creation more than 30 years ago. The university will now begin working on detailed implementation plans so that the new GE program can launch in Autumn Semester 2021, providing a cohesive academic foundation for a generation of future Buckeyes.Read more about the details of the new GE program
Translating the approved proposal into a cohesive portfolio of courses that forms an academic foundation for a generation of future Buckeyes will require tremendous levels of collaboration, cooperation and ingenuity.
An implementation committee has been charged with identifying the most prominent challenges and opportunities, working to understand them and recommending solutions. By the end of the 2019, the committee will put forward a formal implementation plan for endorsement by the undergraduate-serving colleges. Following approval, academic units would submit new and modified courses throughout calendar year 2020 for review and approval ahead of the new GE's autumn 2021 launch.
The implementation committee will meet every two weeks during Autumn Semester 2019.
The implementation committee was created to fulfill the university-wide expectation that a workgroup would resolve several issues that emerged during the approval process and map the remainder of the implementation process. A small support team, consisting of individuals who were highly involved in the review and approval process, will provide information, assist with meeting agendas, and help craft the formal plan and responses to the implementation issues.
Professor Laura Podalsky, chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Associate Professor Blaine Lilly, associate chair for Undergraduate Programs in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, serve as co-chairs of the implementation committee. Ohio State is especially grateful to Columbus State Community College Professor Ron Elizaga for representing our important transfer student partner on the committee.
The implementation committee will meet twice monthly through the summer and fall of 2019. Subcommittees and the support team will meet as necessary throughout the same period.
Input & Issues
Throughout the process, the implementation committee and its subcommittees will solicit input from the 12 undergraduate-serving colleges, the four regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark, Ohio, and the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster.
Subcommittees will tackle specific issues that arose during the approval process, including but not limited to:
- Bookend courses and the relationship of the first bookend course to the Survey course
- The open theme(s)
- Regional campus issues
- High-impact practices
- Enhanced attention to: writing, data analysis, technology, international
- Guiding the Expected Learning Outcomes for each component of the new GE
Implementation Committee Members
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Adler J. Piercepierce.firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert P. Griffithsgriffiths.email@example.com
Jack D. Minerminer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities to Engage
If you wish to contribute to the implementation process, stay tuned for details about participating in one of the subcommittees that will study known issues in depth. To express your interest, or for general inquiries about the process, please reach out to one of the listed contacts below.