Design Committee Updates
THE LATEST UPDATE
Using feedback from all of the University’s colleges, the University Curriculum Council (UCC) voted unanimously in July to move forward with the GE proposal pending amendments. Once all necessary amendments are agreed upon, the proposal will advance to the Academic Vice President’s Council for the next stage of approval.
The GEDC 2.0 submitted its draft proposal for a new General Education Program at BYU to the Faculty General Education Committee (FGEC) in December 2020, and the FGEC divided itself into working subgroups to develop foundation documents for each of the GE requirements specified in the proposal.
After having spent the disrupted spring taking feedback from the workshops held last fall and reading the literature on GE design, the GE Design Committee worked to finalize program learning outcomes. In June, the committee convened to present learning outcome drafts to members of the first design committee and other specialists for feedback. Significant revisions to the GE website were set in motion with Hannah Lunt, the new communications manager for Undergraduate Education. In response to recent events in connection with racism, diversity, and inclusion, Undergraduate Education issued the following statement.
UE Dean Susan Rugh visited with college deans and discussed GE reform. The deans are supportive of the reform. A steering committee was appointed to help direct the work of the committee whose charge is to build on the work of the first GE Design Committee and consider comments from faculty feedback.
In the fall of 2018, BYU President Kevin J. Worthen issued a charge to BYU faculty and staff concerning BYU’s General Education program. “BYU deserves a general education program that captures and reinforces our university identity, is easy for students and faculty to navigate, provides more common learning experiences, and is more efficient.”
The GE Design Committee worked deep into the fall to create a proposal for general education based on the learning outcomes developed during summer. Particular attention was paid to meeting the charge given to the committee regarding identity, commonality, efficiency, and simplicity in a revised GE program.
Undergraduate Education and members of the General Education Design Committee regularly receive questions about efforts to reform general education at BYU. This letter by associate professor Rex Nielson (Spanish and Portuguese) is the first in a series of letters written by faculty members explaining why they are involved in rethinking the GE experience for BYU students.
This month the GE Design Committee spent a day discussing the foundations of general education, possible models of general education and their corresponding problems, and life skills general education courses should teach.