2013 Institute on General Education and Assessment
June 1-5, 2013
The University of Vermont
To advance general education reform on campuses, teams will work to
- align campus goals for general education with institutional goals for learning and student development;
- develop intentional general education programs and cocurricular designs to integrate effective instruction with the purpose of improving learning from cornerstone to capstone;
- identify strategies for successful implementation of curricular change that meets the needs of rapidly changing student demographics, transfer challenges, and inclusive standards for student success;
- implement meaningful assessment strategies that target learning outcomes, produce useful data, can be widely communicated, and lead to meaningful improvement in teaching and learning outcomes;
- create a plan for action that enables team members to take thoughtful, strategic steps toward accomplishing their goals for general education reform upon return from the Institute.
Campus Action Plans
In addition to attending participation-based workshops, a significant portion of the Institute curriculum is reserved for teams to work independently to advance their own campus’s general education reform goals. During these periods, teams share ideas, map strategies, and consult with Institute faculty on specific obstacles or issues. Teams use this time to prepare campus “action plans” to bring back to campus. The action plan is intended to identify initial and continuing steps for implementation and advancement upon returning to campus, key persons to engage in the change process, and a realistic timeline for accomplishing goals. Action plans are shared in small groups at the end of the Institute with two to three additional campus teams in order to receive feedback and guidance from fellow Institute participants and Institute faculty.
Teams consist of five members: a team leader and four members. These teams must include a senior academic officer and faculty members from a range of disciplines, and reflect a campus’s diversity. Teams should be cross-functional, and include persons with different perspectives on the work. Teams should recruit individuals who are significantly involved in the projected campus work, as well as key individuals who could extend the reach of action.
Questions may be directed to Alexis Krivian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-387-3760 x404.