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General Education Reform update

General Education Committee members Bob Frank and Greg Kremer sent the following email to faculty on May 10

Dear Colleagues,

The 1804 General Education Task Force, which worked throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, did a great service for the university by studying the history of general education at Ohio University and making recommendations for the future.  

Their report, completed in March 2012, is available at http://www.ohio.edu/provost/.   

With the transition to semesters accomplished, the subject of general education reform can now take center stage as we continue our efforts to strengthen the Ohio University undergraduate academic experience.

One of the task force recommendations was the appointment of a new group to develop a process for improving general education at Ohio University. In February 2013, Provost Benoit appointed such a committee and charged it with ensuring that the process by which any proposals are reached is consultative and consistent with principles of shared governance.  

The committee consists of faculty and administrators who represent academic colleges and Regional Higher Education.  Members include: Gary Coombs, College of Business; Geoff Dabelko, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; David Descutner, University College; Laura Harrison, Patton College of Education; Chao-Yang Lee, College of Health Sciences and Professions; Beth Novak, Scripps College of Communication; David Thomas, College of Fine Arts; Beth Quitslund, College of Arts and Sciences; and Matt Wanat, Ohio University-Lancaster.

To date, the committee has reviewed the previous task force report and discussed how to involve the university community in a dialogue about general education. In Fall 2013, conversations will begin with faculty, department chairs, school directors, deans, and students.  

Regular communication with the university community also will take place. Through these conversations and communications there will be frequent opportunities to discuss the purpose of a general education program, learning outcomes, assessment of student outcomes achievement, integration of general education with the major, and the process for approving and implementing changes to general education.

Your engagement, in shaping the future of general education at Ohio University, matters.



Bob Frank,

Co-Chair, General Education Committee, and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Greg Kremer,

Co-Chair, General Education Committee, and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology