Regental System General Education Review


This page has been established to keep personnel within the Regental system informed about the current status of the General Education Review.  Work undertaken by the steering committee, and updates provided to the Board of Regents and the Academic Affairs Council will be posted here to ensure transparency for the review process.



Over the past two years, the Academic Affairs Council (AAC) has been discussing Board of Regents Policy 2:7 and 2:26 which provide guidance for the System (SGR’s) and Institutional Graduation Requirements (IGR’s).  For the BOR Planning Session in August, a formal agenda item was developed to provide a comprehensive history on system policy in this area, outline challenges associated with the evolving landscape of higher education, and highlight national level activities underway at institutions/systems around the country.  The agenda item concluded with three action items seeking to engage the system in a preliminary review during the 2014-15 academic year.  These three action items include: 

  • A review of the student learning outcomes that result in unique Institutional Graduation Requirements;
  • A review of the continued value of the CAAP examination for assessing system General Education and establishing student academic proficiency;
  • Alignment of system General Education policy with national efforts to establish a coordinated foundation for Liberal Arts Education.


Board of Regents & Academic Affairs Agenda Items

Board of Regents
August Retreat


Academic Affairs Council
September AAC Meeting
October AAC Meeting
February AAC 2015


Steering Committee & Timeline

During the September 2014 meeting, AAC agreed that the most effective approach for addressing these action items would be to establish a coordinating/steering committee representing faculty and campus leadership.  This steering committee would then be charged with evaluating the landscape of current national initiatives[1] and identify one that could serve to provide a viable roadmap for facilitating significant change for the system’s approach to general education. 


                Steering Committee Representatives

                Proposed Timeline & Steering Committee Charge

                Campus PowerPoint Presentation

                Institutional Graduation Requirements Comparison

                System-Wide General Education Requirements (EAB Research Brief)


                General Education Steering Committee -- Recommended Action Items

April 10, 2015 – Recommended Action Items – Draft 1
April 17, 2015 – Gen Ed Committee Feedback
April 20, 2015 – Recommended Action Items – Draft 2
April 21, 2015 – Recommended Action Items – Draft 3

                Steering Committee Feedback Survey Results Regarding National Initiatives

WICHE Passport Project
AAC&U LEAP Project
Multi-State Collaborative (MSC) to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment
Competency-Based Education (CBE)
Degree Qualifications Profile
Overall Ranking of all Five National Initiatives Discussed

                Steering Committee Meetings

October 30, 2014 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes
December 10, 2014 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes
January 28, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes
February 25, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes
March 11, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes   CBE Slides
March 25, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes
April 8, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Minutes



[1] Specifically, the BOR retreat item provided brief background on five national initiatives that may provide a useful framework for guiding faculty work in this area.  These include: 1) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP); 2) Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcome Assessment (MSC); 3) The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP); 4) Interstate Passport Initiative (Passport); 5) Guided Pathways to Success (GPS).