In 2004, President Schwartz appointed a taskforce to look into developing a General Education program that could be considered a hallmark of a CSU education. He catalyzed the campus discussion on General Education by challenging the faculty to consider what a graduate of CSU "ought to know." General Education requirements should be experienced as a positive, formative experience, rather than as a hurdle over which each student must jump. The work of this taskforce was completed in 2006-07, and in Fall 2007 the implementation of this newly approved General Education program has been launched.
Following are the programmatic priorities of the new General Education requirements:
- Clearly articulated objectives for general education
- Ongoing assessment linked to key objectives
- Course clusters offering students a more cohesive general education experience and opportunity to develop learning communities
- Links between general education and major programs, including a capstone experience and collaboration between instructors and departments teaching general education courses and programs whose students take them
- A simple, clear set of general education requirements
- Improved mechanisms for overseeing and reviewing the general education requirements.
The CSU faculty agreed that we want all our students to achieve the following skills:
- Written communication
- Quantitative literacy
- Critical thinking
- Information literacy
- Working in groups, including those of diverse composition
- Oral communication
These skills will first be introduced to students in ASC101, Introduction to University Life, and then developed further in general education courses as well as the majors.
- Read the March 20, 2007 report of the General Education Task Force to the University Curriculum Committee here. (Note: this is a MSWord document.)
- Additional information about the current General Education Program is at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/