The Foundations of
General Education
 Objectives Steering Committee
 Statement of Objectives for the
Baccalaureate Degree
 Faculty Senate
 Plan to Reconsider GE Requirements
 BRIDGE.htm
Open and transparent
Basic Principle:
 Build on the heritage of the institution
and harness its strengths to reimagine a general education program
relevant to the 21st century
Timeline: Phase I
Fall 2005 and Spring 2006
BRIDGE Workshops
Call for Designs: October 3
Letter of Intent to Submit Design: October 14
Sep. 7
Sep. 15
Sep. 23
Sep. 26
Oct. 4
Proposed Team Members
Preliminary Proposals Due: November 11
 Abstract and Approach
Open Meetings for Proposal Feedback: Jan-Feb 2006
Complete Design Proposals Due: March 15
Timeline: Phase II
Spring, Summer, and Fall 2006
BRIDGE Committee Audit: March 16
Publication of Designs: April
Peer Review Process Begins
Public Comment on
Proposed Designs
 Phase II Plans Selected
or Created
Guidelines/Broad Criteria
 Consistent with University Values:
 (SIUE —- Values)
 Designed around the Statement of Objectives for the
Baccalaureate Degree:
 (Statement of Objectives)
 Builds on Existing University Commitments
 Includes Interdisciplinary Studies classes or
equivalent, New Student Seminar, and Senior
Assignment or Capstone Experience
 Considers the diverse range of SIUE’s student body
and the special needs of the various professional and
academic programs
Design Teams
 At least 3 members
 Faculty, students, staff, and community
 Teams that represent a variety of groups
and interests across the community are
especially encouraged
 Please post on faculty and staff listserves if you are interested in forming or
joining a design team
Current GE Requirements
 Current GE Requirements
 SIUE Undergraduate Catalogs
Possible Curricular Roles of a
General Education Program
 to provide a disciplinary foundation
 to provide an interdisciplinary
 to provide an integrated investigation
of a series of topics
 to integrate general and disciplinary
 to apply theoretical knowledge to
societal problems
(from Andrea Leskes)
Types of General Education
Core Programs
Distribution Programs
Goals Across the Curriculum
Complex Models
Writing Across the Curriculum
Models of GE
 Core Programs
 St. John's College
Colgate University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
 Distribution Models
 Yale University
Western Carolina University
 Goals-across-the-curriculum Programs
 King's College (The Core Curriculum, with core
Northeastern University (Academic Common
Experience/Core Curriculum)
Duke University (Curriculum 2000, without core
(from Andrea Leskes and UNC Asheville)
Models of GE
 Competency-based Programs
 Alverno College
 Complex Models
 Wagner College (The Wagner Plan for the Practical
Liberal Arts)
Portland State University (University Studies)
 Learning Communities
 Evergreen State University
 Writing Across the Curriculum
 Cornell University (The John S. Knight Institute for
Writing in the Disciplines)
Elon University
Mary Washington College (scroll down to "Across the
Curriculum" requirements; see also links to General
Education and to the Liberal Arts degree for more
(from Andrea Leskes and UNC Asheville)
Models of GE
 Miami University of Ohio
 Miami Plan
 University of California San Diego
 Undergraduate Colleges
 University of Chicago
 Integrated Sequences