GEMs: Connecting General Education with Students' Lives and Society's Needs
The Next Generation of Liberal Education Reforms
What is the role of general education in meeting increasing demands for broad-based skills and problem-solving capacities in the context of a growing number of students, especially "new majority" students, who transfer and otherwise build their education in a variety of settings? GEMs (General Education Maps and Markers) seeks to ensure that all students—particularly those from groups that have been traditionally underserved by higher education—are engaged in deep, inquiry-based learning and have multiple opportunities to apply their knowledge, skills, and ethical responsibilities to complex problems and questions. This forum will show how institutions can use GEMs principles and the Degree Qualifications Profile to reposition general education, from first to final year, as a catalyst both for integrative and inquiry-centered learning and for successful transfer.
This new publication from AAC&U will be released at the 2015 Annual Meeting