General Education

AAC&U has worked intensively on the issue of general education reform since the early 1980s. AAC&U general education initiatives aim to ensure that every undergraduate student experiences a relevant and challenging general education curriculum. In addition to working with campuses to strengthen their general education programs overall or to reform specific aspects of them (e.g. science requirements or diversity requirements), AAC&U initiatives address strengthening general education for transfer students, embedding high expectations and meaningful assessment of student learning, and general education as essential for enhancing curricula and pedagogy.

Campus Models and Case Studies

The new "Archways" curriculum at Nebraska Wesleyan University features an integrated core organized around pressing global issues and requires all students to participate in experiential learning.

An Integrative Approach to Global Learning at Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU), a private liberal arts university in Lincoln, Nebraska, is in the process of developing a new general education program. The new program, titled "Archways," would... Read More
City University of Hong Kong

A New Approach to General Education and Integrative Learning at City University of Hong Kong

Graduates of Hong Kong's eight public universities consistently score near the top on international assessments of science and mathematics. But despite these scores, government and business leaders... Read More
The I-series courses, a new general education requirement unique to UMD, introduce students to inquiry-based learning in their first two years on campus. These courses “invert the curricular pyramid” by focusing a specific problem or issue, rather than giving the broad disciplinary survey common in introductory courses. (Photo courtesy of John T. Consoli/University of Maryland)

Innovation, Inquiry Key Outcomes of New General Education Program at the University of Maryland, College Park

A 2008 survey conducted by AAC&U revealed that a large number of colleges and universities are reforming their general education programs, revamping old distribution requirements or adding new... Read More
SUNY-Potsdam

Learning Across Disciplines in Freshmen Interest Groups at SUNY-Potsdam

All too often college learning occurs in isolated departments that don't communicate with each other, says Gerald Lee Ratliff, associate vice provost of academic affairs at the State University of... Read More
University of South Carolina

Using General Education Review and Accreditation to Drive Change at the University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina Professor of English David Miller knows firsthand how learning can become fragmented in a large research university. "I've often been riding in the elevator and heard... Read More
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