ERIC Number: ED446658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Reviewing and Renewing General Education: A Practice Guide. Working Paper #24.
Green, Janice S.
This document offers practical guidelines and suggestions to assist those responsible for reviewing, evaluating, developing, and implementing general education curricula. Emphasis is placed on collaborative practices, ongoing open communication, thorough planning, and reliable information, with the aim of facilitating the process of renewing a program from inception to a successful conclusion. Organizational, political, academic, and financial issues are considered, together with the role of responsibilities of leadership. The first step to renewing a general education program should be to set up a task force that develops a time line for program review and revision, and a summary of contemporary trends in general education. The task force should then develop a list of learning objectives for the program, involving members of the campus community who are not on the task force. The identified learning objectives should then be evaluated as to whether they are currently being met by the present program. If they are, the work of the task force is finished. If they aren't being met, then a new or revised education program must be developed. Once a new program is designed, a time line for implementation should be constructed and assessment modes keyed to successive implementation stages should be built. The program should then be presented to the faculty for approval. Once approved, the curriculum can be developed, courses can be developed, the program can be implemented, and faculty development activities can be created. The new program should continue to be evaluated, as well as the evaluation process itself. (Contains 10 references.) (EMS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. New England Resource Center for Higher Education.