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Reimagining General Education

Faculty groups have been working since May 2015 to craft a new intellectual core that we feel meets the goals of general education in the twenty-first century. Our goal is to implement a new core program for all undergraduate students, including transfer students, who arrive on campus in Fall 2018 and beyond. Students who arrive prior to that date will be subject to current requirements. This fall, we look forward to continuing discussions with the campus community and creating opportunities for faculty and staff to shape the student learning outcomes, using the framework for the new AU Core that was approved by the Faculty Senate as a launching point for this important work.


General Education Implementation Task Force Co-Chairs:
Cynthia Bair Van Dam, Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer, College Writing Program
Jessica L. Waters, Dean of Undergraduate Education

AU CORE FRAMEWORK

The Faculty Senate unanimously voted on February 1, 2017 to approve the AU Core Curriculum. The proposal document and an executive summary are available for review. 

The AU Core will be implemented for all undergraduate students, including transfer students, who arrive on campus in Fall 2018 and beyond.

HABITS OF MIND

The Habit of Mind student learning outcomes for the new AU Core were finalized in May by the relevant Faculty Senate subcommittees.

We invite you to review these outcomes as you begin to imagine new or revised courses that might be a part of this curriculum. Proposal details and deadlines will be shared with departments in August.

View the Student Outcomes

Complex Problems

We have adopted a rolling deadline for Complex Problems course proposals for Academic Year 2018-2019 and beyond. All full-time faculty are eligible to teach these courses. Prior to submitting a proposal, we ask that you please confirm with your associate dean or department chair that you're able to teach a Complex Problems course.

Call For Proposals