Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Gen Ed Visioning Committee

Re-Envisioning General Education at WSU

Commencing in fall 2008, a General Education Visioning Committee composed of faculty and student representatives began its work to re-envision general education for undergraduates at Washington State University.  It was charged with considering new possibilities for structuring the program in light of current national literature and models, and to do an internal review of issues at WSU.

 GEVC Initial Report (August 2009)

GEVC's initial report details the current status and fundamental issues and concerns regarding general education.  It was approved by Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick Bayly in December 2009.

Key Issues

  • An outdated budgeting system
  • A widespread lack of knowledge about the nature, purpose, and structure of the program
  • A fundamental shift in education nationally and internationally to focus on outcomes
  • The benefits  of creating coherent general education pathways that run "vertically" through all four years of a student's baccalaureate program rather than horizontally" in the first two years, allowing students to engage in their declared interests earlier.

 Next Step, New Partners

Provost Bayly indicates that the next step is to welcome widespread dialogue across the campuses at WSU regarding the report's implications and suggestions for redefining outcomes and curricula.  The Teaching Academy and the General Education Committee will assist members of the GEVC in facilitating these initial discussions.


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