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2014 Institute on General Education and Assessment

June 3-7, 2014
The University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Applications will be due February 14, 2014. Notification will be sent by March 7, 2014. *Application Form coming soon.*

Application Components and Selection Criteria

Applicants use an online form to submit names and contact information for a team leader and at least four additional team members, a President's authorization, and a narrative statement that addresses the questions below.

Note: Campus teams should include a senior academic officer and faculty members working on general education committees or teaching general education courses. Team members can include student affairs professionals and also assessment and curriculum specialists with active roles in advancing student learning on campus. All team members must be in residence for the entire Institute.

Questions to be addressed in the narrative portion of the application

Need:  What is your current general education model and what has motivated a desire for reform? Have assessment results prompted the review or do you need help creating an assessment plan? What work already has been accomplished and by whom? What resources or political issues are at play in the process? Has a unified vision of the planned reform emerged? 

Goals:  What high-priority tasks do you expect your team to work on during the Institute? (These should be the tasks that, if advanced substantially during the Institute, would lead your team and campus to judge your efforts a success.) 

Team characteristics: In what ways do your team members reflect the range of concerns surrounding general education redesign on your campus? How do they reflect the diversity and the various interest groups on your campus? 

Contributions:  What do you believe your institution can contribute to the Institute?

The narrative should be clear and concise– no more than 1,300 words.

Applications will be judged on the extent to which the Institute can assist the applying institution in its general education initiative. Reviewers will also balance a number of other considerations, such as institutional type and project focus, to ensure a representative group of participants.

Questions may be directed to Alexis Krivian at or 202-387-3760 x404.