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2014 Institute on General Education and Assessment

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

Institute Goals

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 and practices for successful implementation of curricular/cocurricular change that reflect intercultural awareness within and beyond campus and attend to shifting student demographics, transfer challenges, and inclusive standards for student success;
  • implement meaningful assessment strategies that target learning outcomes (especially those critical personal and social responsibility outcomes often demonstrated through high-impact practices), produce useful data, that can be widely communicated, and lead to meaningful improvement in teaching and learning practices;
  • 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.

From Planning to Campus Action

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 a campus “action plan” to bring back to campus. The action plan is intended to represent 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 helpful feedback and guidance from fellow Institute participants and Institute faculty.

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