A new draft of the General Education curriculum overhaul was made public in December, following the previous draft released in September. This latest draft bears some differences to the last proposal, such as putting students into learning groups, but it is still not the final version.
The proposal comes from the General Education Curriculum Revision Working Group, a group appointed by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Kevin Guskiewicz. Entitled “IDEAs in Action,” it responds to backlash from faculty regarding details of the first draft demonstrated that alterations were necessary before a consensus could be reached on the curriculum.
Andrew Perrin, chairperson of the group, called the current “Making Connections” curriculum one of the most demanding General Education curricula in the nation. He said one of the goals of the committee is to lessen the burden that students feel to only meet their General Education requirements.
The newest draft of a General Education curriculum overhaul was made public last December, proposing major changes in the requirements that future undergraduates will have to meet at the University.
“Right now, many students see it as, structurally, they do their General Education and they do their major,” Perrin said. “Educationally and philosophically, that’s not really right. Students should spend the time they need getting a great general education and also have time to do elective education as well.”
The current proposal requires students to meet nine “Focus Capacities” through their General Education courses. Perrin feels that these capacities, ranging from “Engagement with the Human Past” to “Diversity, Power, and Inclusion,” will offer students a wider selection of courses to satisfy their requirements. Students would not be allowed to substitute them with Advanced Placement or similar credits that they may have received before coming to the University.