General Education Course Proposal Process and More

Want to be part of our new general education curriculum?  Visit the General Education Course Proposal Process page on this website to find out more or select from the list below to visit individual sections of that page.

Draft SLOs & Requirements for Mission Markers & Interdisciplinary Concentrations

During the Fall of 2016 over 80 faculty and key staff worked in Requirement Development Committees (RDCs) to propose Student Learning Outcomes and other requirements for each of the elements of the new general education curriculum.  GERC is currently in the process of seeking feedback on a second set of curriculum elements that needed more development.  They are the following:

  • Mission Markers (formerly Integrations), which include
    • Writing-Rich Courses
    • Experiential Learning for Social Justice
    • Social Identities
  • Interdisciplinary Concentrations (formerly Pathways)

GERC will follow the same process used to seek feedback and input on the other curriculum elements.  Schools will have the opportunity to weigh in with questions and concerns.  Additionally, all faculty and key staff will receive individual feedback surveys.  GERC will share feedback from the SEU community with the appropriate RDC groups and, when appropriate, ask for revisions.  The revised SLOs and other requirements will then go to Curriculum Committee and Academic Council in early Fall 2017.

DRAFTS of the requirements for each curriculum element are available here: DRAFT Mission Markers and Interdisciplinary Concentrations

Development of Curriculum Framework Elements

Now that our new general education framework has been approved, our next task is the define what elements of that framework mean in terms of student learning outcomes and other requirements.  In Fall 2016 committees of content experts will be convened to define each element in more detail.  GERC has established criteria, i.e., needed expertise, for the members of each committee and asked the deans of each school to nominate appropriate faculty.  Once the membership of these Requirement Development Committees has been ratified by GERC and the council of deans, each group will be charged with establishing student learning outcomes and any other features that should be required for the curriculum component.  The deadline for development is the end of the Fall 2016 semester.  The elements of the curriculum to be developed are:

Skills and Competencies

  1. Quantitative Reasoning
  2. Modern Languages
  3. Oral Communication
  4. Writing I and II and writing-rich flag

Content and Context

  1. Science
  2. Reexamining America
  3. Global Perspectives
  4. Exploring Expressive Works 
  5. Creativity and Making
  6. Ethics: 
  7. Theology and Religion

Other Components

  • Pathways


  • Writing-rich courses (to be developed in conjunction with writing skills and competencies)
  • Experiential Learning for Social Justice
  • Social Identities
  • Culminating Experience

Curriculum Models and Commonalities

St. Edward's University faculty discuss general education curriculum models at the Fall 2015 faculty meeting.

St. Edward’s University faculty discuss general education curriculum models at the Fall 2015 faculty meeting.

Three groups of faculty (subgroups of the curriculum models group) worked in Spring 2015 to generate potential models for our general education curriculum based on best practices for general education and the data gathered by the General Education Renewal Committee (GERC) to date.  GERC seeks feedback both on the commonalities between the models and on individual aspects of each models.  To share your ideas, please do one of the following:

  1. Submit a comment to our feedback survey:
  2. Upload a document on our feedback page: Feedback
  3. Contact a member of GERC: See the list with contact information on the People page.

View the Curriculum Models and Commonalities

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