SMU Faculty Passes New GEC To Go Into Effect Fall 2012

March 22, 2010  

By Amanda Mervine

SMU’s proposed new General Education Curriculum has passed with a 194-to-74 vote and will become effective beginning the fall semester of 2012.

Faculty voting for the new GEC ended last Friday at 5 p.m. and the verdict in favor of the change was announced to faculty members that same evening.

The new curriculum was voted on by the all members of the faculty who came together and contributed to forming the new GEC by saying what they thought was important, explained Fred Olness, SMU’s Faculty Senate President.

While some professors had questions during the new GEC proposal forum last Wednesday regarding the details of the new curriculum, they say its overall purpose aligns with that of SMU’s philosophical foundation for an undergraduate curriculum.

That is that “liberal arts are central to the goal of graduating educated women and men,” as SMU’s Charge to the General Education Review Committee stated in October of 2008.

The new curriculum has been designed to enhance the quality of SMU’s liberal arts education as well as foster the missions and goals of our university in the 21st century through many new changes and improvements. The methods of instruction aimed at these new objectives will be focused on engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.

“The goal is the learning outcome. It’s not to simply just take classes but to acquire the skills we think are important for any college graduate no matter what they choose to study,” said Olness.

Now that the new curriculum has passed, faculty committees will begin meeting this May through December of 2011 in order to further define and shape it.

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