Change an existing non-degree program
General Education (Note: Gen Ed is not a
Certificate, but no other appropriate option in Workflow)
Summary of the changes:
UNF’s General Education curriculum focuses on
development of competencies and skills necessary for success in upper level
coursework and in students’ eventual careers. The three central competency
areas are Writing Effectively, Thinking Critically, and Reasoning and Analyzing
Quantitatively and/or Understanding the Scientific Method. Currently, courses
in social and cultural diversity are one option for completing a fourth area.
Students may take a “CD” designated course, complete an experiential or
integrative learning experience, or take an additional course in one of the
first three areas.
This proposal elevates learning about
diversity and difference to a requirement. It expands the Critical Thinking
category to emphasize critical thinking skills across three domains: Social
Sciences, Humanities, and Diversity and Difference (3 credit hours in each).
The total number of credit hours in Critical Thinking remains the same (12).
The current fourth category would continue to include an approved experiential
or integrative learning opportunity, signaling to students that an internship,
study abroad, community-based learning course, or similar opportunity, is
available and valuable as part of General Education (and students could still
take an additional course from one of the three main competency areas). The
proposal retains the current curriculum’s 36 total of credit hours, and its
The proposed change responds to issues raised
by UNF students following the racist incidents on UNF’s campus in fall 2017,
and the concerns of faculty dissatisfied with how diversity was incorporated
into the current competency-based curriculum. While most students currently
take a “CD” course, this type of course is optional, suggesting that learning
about diversity and difference lack importance. Students perceived this as
conflicting with UNF’s stated values.
In fall 2017 and spring 2018, a draft version
of this proposal was reviewed by the Chairs of all departments that contribute
to the General Education program, who shared it with their faculty. It was also
reviewed by the Academic Deans and the Provost. Feedback was positive and
enthusiastic. In spring 2018, an ad-hoc committee of faculty (volunteers and
those nominated by their chairs) worked to develop succinct, flexible, and
appropriate learning outcomes that would guide the curriculum in the new area.
Online comments on the draft proposal and learning outcomes were encouraged, as
announced in the May 2018 Faculty Association Meeting. On September 6, 2018,
the working group developed the following four learning outcomes:
Having completed courses in this area,
students should be able to:
reflect their own social positions or cultural backgrounds;
systems that produce social inequality or cultural difference;
the perspectives of others; and/or
knowledge of diversity and difference to issues outside the classroom.
Pending approval of the revised General
Education requirements by the Academic Programs Committee and Faculty
Association, the General Education Council will work with faculty teaching
courses carrying the current General Education Cultural Diversity (“CD”)
attribute to ensure that these courses reflect the new outcomes. Courses that
serve this new area of the General Education curriculum will need to be
assessed based on current General Education Program Assessment procedures.
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