College degrees at the undergraduate level have three components: general education, the major, and electives. Each of these components makes an important contribution to a student's education. Courses in general education contribute to the development of knowledge and intellectual skills that all college graduates should possess, regardless of their degree. They also add breadth of study by including disciplines outside the major. Courses in the major contribute to the development of knowledge and intellectual skills that are specific to the discipline chosen. Finally, elective courses permit a student to round out a degree based on his or her individual interests. The purpose of this website is to describe general education for students who enter Indiana University Southeast in the fall semester 2007, or thereafter.
General education at IU Southeast includes both campus-wide requirements, which apply to all baccalaureate degrees, and requirements that are specific to each degree. Some degrees have extensive general education requirements of their own, whereas others have relatively few requirements beyond those established by the campus.
The General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC) is responsible for oversight of assessment of student learning in general education at IU Southeast. The committee has established a cycle that ensures student learning in all major goals of general education is continually assessed while formally reporting in consistent time periods.
The process the committee uses to carry out assessment is faculty driven. Through suggested consultation with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) faculty choose, customize, and implement assessment measures. OIRA aids with collection of assessment data and summarizes the data on an annual basis, providing data and summaries to both the faculty coordinating the General Education courses and to the GEAC Subcommittees at the time of review. The GEAC Subcommittees, comprised of one or two committee members, report to the GEAC at the end of the evaluation year, evaluating progress and recommending improvements based on the data. The GEAC reports to the Faculty Senate each year. This model for collaboration was approved by the GEAC during the 2010-2011 academic year. The roles and responsibilities for program coordinators, faculty members, OIRA, and the Institute for Learning & Teaching Excellence (ILTE) are explicated in Roles and Responsibilities.
The current General Education Committee:
Robin Morgan, Chair
School of Social Sciences
School of Education
Division of Continuing Studies
School of Business
School of Nursing
School of Arts and Letters
School of Natural Sciences
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
In Fall 2011, OIRA is currently meeting with General Education programs to help design tools, forms, and processes whose courses meet the following categories:
If your program offers General Education courses in these categories, please schedule a meeting with OIRA by contacting Ron Severtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Education courses in the following categories should be implementing their assessment plans starting in Fall 2011 after having met with OIRA in Spring and Summer 2011: