General Education Reform The Oregon State experience History 1989-2008 Review & Revision 2008-2010 Learning Goals for Graduates Faculty-Administration Collaboration First-Year Success Experiential Learning Implementation 2010-
Student Perspectives on General Education Q: X contributes to my lifelong personal growth
Student Perspectives on General Education Importance of Baccalaureate Core Category by Major College Skills Perspectives Synthesis
Potholes of General Education Revision (Gaston and Gaff 2009) Potholes 1-42: Review, Planning & Approval Potholes 43- 50: IMPLEMENTATION Pothole 49: Take it for granted that the program will work well the first time. Pothole 50: Regard assessment as someone elses job.
Implementation is forever Implementation is for everyone
Three Principles of Implementation Anticipate Successful implementation depends on foresight during the review/(re)design process. Engage Successful implementation depends on support and commitment of faculty, administration, advisors, students, recruiters, marketers, alumni, donors... Converge and align What does success look like at your institution?
(Hypothetical?) Case Studies Grateful College Liberal arts college adopts visionary curriculum that implodes. Comp State Tech Large state comprehensive boasts transformed curriculum that devolves to adjunct faculty. Hypergrant U Composes new learning outcomes and gen ed categories that are then re-populated with same old courses.
Scenarios: Identifiable challenges everywhere What does it take to effect meaningful, lasting change in student learning? Will anything change day to day? Course changes? Structural changes to the constellation of courses available? Advising, messaging and marketing? Faculty and students
Your Task NOW 1.Anticipate how this scenario will affect general education planning, approval, AND implementation. 2.Describe how to engage the forces in this scenario to improve general education planning, approval, AND implementation 3.Imagine how resolution of this scenario can support successful general education planning, approval, AND implementation.
Scenarios Overview 1.Professor Passionwood and academic freedom 2.Goodheart Foundations endowed GE program 3.Executive VP Beemys marketing campaign 4.Hypergrant Universitys distant departments 5.Tad Checkboxs advising strategy 6.The Marge A. Knull School of General Studies 7.Professor Outrage and administrative mistrust