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

Implementation Process

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.

Implementation Committee

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
  • Advising
  • Policies/procedures
  • Enhanced attention to: writing, data analysis, technology, international
  • Guiding the Expected Learning Outcomes for each component of the new GE

Implementation Committee Members

Co-Chair; Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs & Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Blaine Lilly

Co-Chair; Professor and Chair, Department of Spanish and Portugese

Laura Podalsky

Course Coordinator, Center for Life Science Education

Adam L. Andrews

Associate Director for Research and Education

Alison Armstrong

Faculty Fellow, University Institute for Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor of Statistics, Program Specialist

Jonathan R. Baker

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students and Programs

Elliot Bendoly

Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs
Assistant Professor, Clinical Nursing

Wendy Bowles

Senior Director, Student Activities and Orientation, Associate Dean of Students

Matt Couch

Associate Professor of Art

Alison E. Crocetta

Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbus State Community College

Ronald Elizaga

Associate Executive Dean for Curriculum and Instruction
Associate Professor of English

Steven Fink

Council of Graduate Students; Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

DaVonti' Haynes

Assistant Executive Dean for Advising and Academic Services

Mary Ellen Jenkins

Associate Professor, Clinical, and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs in Public Health

Gail L. Kaye

Associate Dean and Professor of Anthropology, Ohio State Mansfield

Dawn M. Kitchen

Associate Professor of Communication

Susan L. Kline

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Animal Sciences

Steven Neal

Undergraduate Student Government

Adler J. Pierce

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences

Wendy Smooth

Digital Communications Strategist

John Strawn

Director Learning Programs, Office of Distance Education and eLearning

Cory Tressler

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education and Human Ecology

Bryan R. Warnick

Support Team

Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Science

Eric Bielefeld

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education

Meg Daly

Associate Vice President for Online Education, Office of Distance Education and eLearning

Robert P. Griffiths

Assistant Vice Provost

Alan Kalish

University Registrar

Jack D. Miner

Vice Provost for Academic Programs

W. Randy Smith

Associate Dean, College of Engineering

David L. Tomasko

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.


Vice Provost for Academic Programs

W. Randy Smith