Recent History and Development of Proposed General Education Changes
In January 2012, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Kate Davy convened the General Education Task Force to assess the University of Michigan-Dearbornís distribution requirements and to consider alternative models of general education. A year later, the Task Force released its report recommending a transformation of general education from a distribution model that has been in place since the early 1970s to a shared-learning outcomes model, providing an organized framework for a common university-wide general education curriculum. The Task Force report can be found here.
In late February 2013, Provost Davy tasked the General Education Implementation Committee with reviewing the recommendations of the General Education Task Force to consider how to implement its proposals. The General Education Implementation Committee issued its report in May and recommended--among other things--the creation of an associate provost for undergraduate education to oversee the planning and development of a new general education core at UM-Dearborn. The Implementation Committee report can be found here.
In August 2013, Provost Davy created the position of Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Integrative Learning and appointed Mitch Sollenberger to the position. After consulting with the faculty members of the General Education Task Force and the General Education Implementation Committee, Associate Provost Sollenberger asked the Faculty Senate to approve the creation of the General Education Transition Committee.
In October 2013, the Faculty Senate established the General Education Transition Committee to report to it by March 2014 the structure of a new general education core for the University of Michigan-Dearborn along with the learning goals that will need to be assessed. The Committee will be guided by the reports issued by the General Education Task Force and the General Education Implementation Committee along with the latest version of the Michigan Transfer Agreement. The Transition Committee report shall serve as the finalized proposal on the amended general education framework. The Faculty Senate will vote on this report, which will serve as formal faculty approval for the campus-wide general education changes. The Faculty Senate motion can be found here.
General Education Transition Committee Membership
William DeGenaro, College of Arts, Sciences & Letters
Susan Erickson, College of Arts, Sciences & Letters
Gabriella Eschrich, College of Arts, Sciences & Letters
Carla Vecchiola, College of Arts, Sciences & Letters
Swatantra Kachhal, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Bruce Maxim, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Danielle DeFauw, College of Education, Health and Human Services
Joy Beatty, College of Business
Thomas Callahan, College of Business
Michael Lachance, Presidents Council Math Advisory Group
Janice Lewis-Boyd, University Registrar
Deb Peffer, Director of Admissions and Orientation
Laura Reynolds Keefer, Chief Assessment Officer