Progress Report Spring/Summer 2019

This is the second semester report from the General Education Taskforce (GET).  Dr. Fred Whiting (Blount) stepped down as co-chair.  He was replaced by Dr. Richard Richards (Philosophy).  Dr. Frankie Lanaan (Education) stepped down from the committee.  He was replaced by Dr. Lane McLelland (Crossroads).  GET met nine times during the Spring 2019 semester, for a total of 27 hours.  Committee work at these meetings consisted of discussions that centered around:

  • benchmarking other institutions that have undergone core curriculum revision
  • administering a campus-wide survey
  • holding listening session
  • generating a preliminary vision statement and a list of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

During the Spring 2019 semester, we met with:

  • The Deans and Department Chairs of all undergraduate degree-granting programs to solicit their feedback and expectations for the University’s general education curriculum
  • The Council of Assistant and Associate Deans (CAAD) to update them on our progress
  • The Core Curriculum Oversight Committee to discuss the initiative
  • A taskforce looking into UA foreign language learning / study abroad (all members of CAAD)

We also held two public listening sessions:

  • March 19, 2019 3-4 Heritage Room, Ferguson Center
  • March 29, 2019 3-4 205 Gorgas Library

In February, three members of the GET Taskforce (Chapman Greer, Lane McLelland, and Kristin Maki) attended an AAC&U Conference on General Education reform, held in San Francisco. In June, five members of the initiative (Chapman Greer, Richard Richards, Kristin Maki, Ginger Bishop, and Louheng Han) attended an AAC&U Institute (VT), where we worked to refine our understanding of Gen Ed Reform.  Five of us (Chapman Greer, Richard Richards, and Ginger Bishop, along with Adam Sterritt and Roger Sidje) also attended an AAC&U High-Impact Practices (HIPs) Institute (PA), where we learned best practices for meshing HIPs with Gen Ed Reform.

In the Fall of 2019, Dr. Richard Richards stepped down as co-chair.  Dr. André Denham (College of Education) and Dr. Erik Peterson (College of Arts & Sciences) became co-chairs with Dr. Chapman Greer (Culverhouse College of Business).  During the Fall, we will be working with our liaison members to refine the SLOs at the committee level, after which we will disseminate our product to the Faculty Senate, UA Faculty, and UA Community at large, for input and revision.  We will be working with students, to determine their understanding of GE.  And we will be examining what’s currently happening on campus vis a vis core classes offered / # of students per core class / high-impact practices, etc.

Please check back regularly for future progress reports and announcements


Progress Report Fall 2018

This is the first in what will be semesterly reports from the General Education Taskforce (GET) to keep the University of Alabama community apprised of Taskforce operations.  The GET was constituted in September of 2018 and met six times during the Fall 2018 semester, for a total of twelve hours.  Committee work at these meetings consisted in the following activities.

  • Identified the Taskforce operations requisite to fulfilling its charge and established an outline and a timeline for the committee’s operations
  • Compiled and reviewed a comprehensive general education bibliography
  • Generated a framework for identifying the relevant UA constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Designed preliminary poll to solicit feedback from UA faculty, staff, and students

We will be contacting the various UA constituencies throughout the spring semester of 2019 to solicit feedback about their experiences of and expectations for the University’s general education curriculum.  Please check back regularly for future progress reports and announcements.