The development of a new General Education program is a high priority for the University and an integral component of academic excellence. The faculty, students, and staff who comprise the task force will be charged with developing a dynamic program that engages the entire campus in providing the intellectual context for the academic, civic, and professional lives of our students.
The task force will complete the proposal by the end of Fall Semester 2009 for consideration by the University Senate.
This taskforce should develop a detailed plan for the revision of the General Education program, which will be submitted to the Senate, and upon Senate action, presented to the President for approval. The plan should include specific requirements for numbers and types of courses to be taken. The University's General Education program, as the shared curricular experience for all of our undergraduates, embodies our particular mission, vision, and values. Thus, the new program should provide an intellectual context for academic, personal, civic, and professional life in which students will be challenged to explore how various disciplines contribute to knowledge and to an understanding of the human condition and society. This experience will be embedded in courses in traditional disciplines and also will confront complex issues that cut across disciplinary boundaries.
The new General Education program should be designed to accommodate the current credit limits of existing baccalaureate programs. Please make every effort to engage and inform the community, including the leadership of the University Senate, as you develop your recommendations. In addition to academic units, please engage the Division of Student Affairs, the University Libraries, and the Office of Information Technology. Consistent with the recommendations of the Strategic Plan, all colleges and schools should contribute to the new program.
Finally, there remain open issues and questions relative to our Fundamental Studies requirements. The taskforce should feel free to consider these issues as a part of its deliberations and recommendations.
The Task Force should begin its work immediately. We expect the Task Force to submit its report with a proposed plan for General Education before the end of the fall semester 2009 with deliberations at the Senate immediately thereafter.
We would like to thank each and every member of this Task Force for your expertise, your enthusiasm, your dedication, and for your time. As a group, you represent units, disciplines, and inter-disciplines from across the campus. We are all especially indebted to your chair, Ira Berlin, whose matchless leadership and tireless devotion to undergraduate education constantly reminds us of the essential linkages between academic excellence and our research mission. You all are about to embark on a wonderful and challenging journey to refine the heart of our undergraduate experience for the next generation of University of Maryland students. Your chair will update us on a regular basis as the work develops. We enthusiastically look forward to hearing of your progress and to receiving the final plan.
If you have questions about the task force, please contact Dr. Betsy Beise, firstname.lastname@example.org or x56836.
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