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2014 Institute on General Education and Assessment

June 3-7, 2014
The University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Curricular Framework

The Institute curriculum is designed to address a range of current topics. Tracks allow participants to engage with Institute faculty and each other in a workshop-style atmosphere intended to promote depth of learning and discovery.

Institute Tracks

Track 1: Building Institutional Capacity for General Education Reform

A quality general education experience can provide the foundation for a productive life and a successful career. What are promising practices for engaging diverse campus constituencies in creating a common vision for general education? Track 1 workshops connect mission-driven learning outcomes with strategies that build support for reform among faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators. Track topics include strategies for connecting the curriculum and cocurriculum, innovative approaches for faculty development that include contingent faculty, and development of effective communication strategies—including those that build on national reform frameworks such as LEAP and the Degree Qualifications Framework.

Track 2: High-Impact Models of General Education to Maximize Learning and Improve Delivery

Launching reform of general education presents an opportunity to innovate, integrate, and improve student learning across the institution. Track 2 workshops examine ways of structuring and innovating within general education to accommodate varied campus contexts and to be inclusive of a range of learning outcomes, including outcomes related to civic engagement and global learning. Track topics focus on campus models for reform that embed high-impact educational practices, respond to cultural differences, and promote outcomes related to personal and social responsibility and effective use of e-portfolios.

Track 3: Student Success and Making Excellence Inclusive

General education is both the foundation for learning and the pathway to student success. Ensuring success means being attentive to the engagement, experiences, and needs of all students, especially those who are traditionally underserved. Track 3 workshops address issues that affect the campus context for inclusion and successful reform:

  • actively supporting and engaging students of color, first-generation, and low-income students
  • integrating and supporting transfer students
  • articulating and implementing diversity, civic, and global learning priorities, and intercultural competence
  • adopting effective pedagogies for learning and student development
  • working with e-portfolios and other new technologies to enhance learning

Track 4: Authentic Assessment and Strategic Use of Evidence

Any plan for successful general education reform must include a framework for gathering meaningful assessment for improvement.  Track 4 workshops address strategies for developing an on-going assessment plan and aligning assessment for accountability (i.e., accreditation) with assessment for improvement.  Workshops also address ways to assess high-impact practices and communicate results to advance institutional goals. The use of rubrics and portfolios, including e-portfolios, and engaging students’ own self-assessment of learning are among the assessment strategies explored.

Example of last year's Curriculum/Schedule can be found here

Questions may be directed to Alexis Krivian at or 202-387-3760 x404.