GEMs: Connecting General Education with Students' Lives and Society's Needs

The Next Generation of Liberal Education Reforms

Featured Session
Thursday January 22, 2015 10:45am to 12:15pm

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.

David Paris
Vice President, Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons
Scott Evenbeck
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
Johnnella E. Butler
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2005-2014
Spelman College
Ken O'Donnell
Senior Director, Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives and Partnerships
California State University System Office
Elaine Maimon
Governors State University
Related Publication
General Education Maps and Markers

This new publication from AAC&U will be released at the 2015 Annual Meeting