General Education Review
The Ohio State University is committed to educating students broadly for life as well as educating students for their future careers and professions. The commitment to educating students broadly is realized through Ohio State’s General Education (GE), a foundational element of the undergraduate educational experience at the university.
The GE is important to every student and to every academic unit. The GE enhances the undergraduate experience and complements the student's major program of study. Commitment to these core principles remains a foundation of the General Education Review.
Why Review General Education?
Late in 2016, the University Senate’s Council on Academic Affairs (CAA), based on a report from the University-Level Advisory Committee (ULAC) on the General Education (GE), recommended a review of the current GE program. The recommendation is based on ULAC’s insights through its continuous monitoring of the GE over the past decade, as well as its recent discussion about several contemporary issues that have aligned to prompt such a review. Please review the full report for more details.
In February 2017, a 16-member GE Review Coordinating Committee [Co-Chaired by Professors Lawrence Krissek (School of Earth Sciences) and Catherine Montalto (Department of Human Sciences)] was established to conduct the review. The process is being staffed by the Office of Academic Affairs through Vice Provost W. Randy Smith.
GE Review Process
The GE Review will proceed through four broad phases.
- In February 2018, “Listening Sessions” were held throughout the university community to solicit input from constituencies. All members of the university community were encouraged to contribute ideas to the process.
- The GE Review Coordinating Committee met through Summer of 2017 and used input from the “Listening Sessions” and the related literature and research to outline goals and possible template(s) for the GE.
- During Autumn Semester 2017 “Listening Sessions” were again conducted in order to share the proposed goals and template and to solicit input and feedback from constituencies.
- In March 2018, the Final Report was distributed. Each of the colleges and campuses with undergraduate students, with adherence to its established curricular approval processes, is reviewing the report.
Updates from the Committee
Over 25 listening sessions have been held, reaching over 800 faculty, staff and students. Sessions were held with OAA Academic Program Advisory Committee; ASC Senate; ASC Undergraduate Studies Chairs; ASC Arts & Humanities Chairs and Directors; ASC Curriculum Committee; ASC Executive Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee; University Senate Diversity Committee & DISCO representatives; College of Engineering GE Oversight Committee; College of Social Work & John Glenn College of Public Affairs; College of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences; College of Public Health; College of Education and Human Ecology; Fisher College of Business.
Each session was arranged with guidance from the respective Curricular Associate Dean(s) regarding meeting structure and attendees. Listening sessions have also been held at OSU-Lima, OSU-Mansfield, OSU-Marion, and OSU-Newark, as well as two open listening sessions in Arts and Sciences. A listening session with academic advisers has also been scheduled.
All Chairs and Directors have been invited to submit written departmental/school input to the GE Review process.
Lawrence A. Krissekkrissek.email@example.com
Catherine P. Montaltomontalto.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam M. Abuswayabusway.email@example.com
Assistant Professor, Clinical Nursing
Jack D. Minerminer.firstname.lastname@example.org
W. Randy Smithsmith.email@example.com
John D. Wanzerwanzer.firstname.lastname@example.org