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Unformatted text preview: Circular U9-2007 1 General Education at Indiana University A Report to President Adam W. Herbert Prepared by the University Faculty Council Educational Policies Committee FINAL REPORT: January 29, 2007 Circular U9-2007 2 Table of Contents I. Statement on General Education at Indiana UniversityPage 3 II. General Education Programs at IU Campuses..Page 5 III. Indiana Course Transfer Library and IU General EducationAttached Spreadsheet Circular U9-2007 3 I. Statement on General Education at Indiana University An undergraduate college education should broaden, enhance, and strengthen a persons knowledge, intellectual capabilities, and understanding. To help achieve these goals, every Indiana University baccalaureate degree program contains a general education component. To this end, every IU general education component provides: a) a sound foundation in communication skills, qualitative and quantitative analysis and reasoning, and literacy in information resources, b) a solid breadth of knowledge, intellectual capabilities, and understanding, and c) opportunities for educational engagement with the local and global community. Historically, these general education requirements have been defined by the faculty of the School or College that awards the degree. For various reasons, including North Centrals increased focus on assessing general education at an institutional level, faculties on the majority of IU campuses have instituted campus-wide general education programs in the last decade, moving beyond the school-specific requirements. Faculty on the Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Indianapolis, Northwest, South Bend, Southeast, and East campuses have defined campus-level expectations for undergraduate education that incorporate the principles of a general education. The faculty on these campuses are constantly revising and improving those programs. Faculty on the Bloomington campus are currently in the process of developing their own campus-wide program. Although each campus has had different impetus and motivation for moving toward campus- level general education expectations, each effort has been led by faculty members, endorsed by the faculty of the campus, and is managed and assessed with faculty oversight and involvement. Around the country, different institutions have defined general education in different ways. In the pages that follow you will see how the eight IU campus faculties have approached general education to provide the best possible educational program for their students while building on the strengths and resources of the local campus and surrounding community. These programs are not incompatible philosophically or practically. In fact, there are many similarities. However, the contrasting approaches and the varied emphases of content or requirements highlight the specific knowledge and disciplines of the faculty, the local community, composition of the student body, and the mission of the individual campus. As the Mission Differentiation Report suggests, these and the mission of the individual campus....
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U9-2007a.final - Circular U9-2007 1 General Education at...

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