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As of 2016, the process of changing Gen. Ed. to meet the Goals of the Presidential initiative have been met. See the Catalog for canonical information.
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= Completed =

As of 2016, the process of changing Gen. Ed. to meet the Goals of the Presidential initiative have been met. See the Catalog for canonical information.

Note: Completed

As of 2016, the process of changing Gen. Ed. to meet the Goals of the Presidential initiative have been met. See the Catalog for canonical information.

Presidential Initiative 2014

The following objectives have been created from Gordon Bietz's initiative related to General Education:

  1. Make general education compatible with the "Tennessee Transfer Pathways"
  2. Shrink General Education by 10 hours to a target of 42-46 hours.
  3. Allow enough general electives so that a student can change majors at least once before their Sophomore year and still graduate in 4 years. I.e. Courses taken in a major may become general electives once switched to a new major.

Scenarios

The following scenarios are based on students taking 16 hours per semester.

General Education

General Electives

Major Courses & Cognates

Total Hours

Scenario 1

42 hours

22 hours

60 hours

124 hours

Scenario 2

46 hours

18 hours

60 hours

124 hours

Scenario 1 allows a student to change majors more easily into their sophomore year. In this case, students may take up to 22 hours in their major including cognates before they cannot change majors without increasing the total number of hours at graduation beyond 124. Scenario 2 restricts this farther. So that a students may take only 18 hours in their major including cognates before they cannot change majors without increasing the total number of hours at graduation beyond 124.

When considering this from a departmental standpoint, scenario 2 restricts the number of major/cognate hours you can put into the first three semesters or so before your program starts to interfere with the students ability to change majors and still graduate in 4 years.

Dr. Anderson's thoughts: In order to move from ~56 credits to 42 credits, we must define precisely what a general education class is and is not. The technical details need to come from the Vision see: GeneralEducation/Vision

Approach

  1. Define the Vision
  2. Apportion hours to the vision as appropriate - I.e. it will be easier to decide what to keep as opposed to decide what to cut.
  3. Establish measurable outcomes within the program

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