History of UDC’s GEP
The UDC General Education Program was launched in Fall 2010 after a comprehensive, fifteen-month reform effort led by faculty members from across the University. The committee sought to strengthen the institution’s baccalaureate offerings and develop a renewed curriculum that would address both the changing expectations at the University and changing approaches to undergraduate education nationwide.
Chaired by April Massey, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the committee embraced the 14 core learning outcomes outlined in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ report “Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP),”
|1. Inquiry||8. Teamwork|
|2. Critical thinking||9. Problem solving|
|3. Creative thinking||10. Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global|
|4. Written communication||11. Intercultural knowledge and competence|
|5. Oral communication||12. Ethical reasoning|
|6. Quantitative literacy||13. Foundations and skills for lifelong learning|
|7. Information literacy||14. Integrative learning|
The committee issued its recommendations in a March 2010 report; a revised version of the report was adopted by the Academic Senate in April 2010. The first courses in the new General Education program were offered that fall.
Educating For Life
The mission of the General Education Program at the University of the District of Columbia is to provide all students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will serve them in their efforts to become lifelong learners, community leaders, and fruitfully engaged professionals in rewarding and evolving careers and endeavors.
- What is “General Education”?
- Why do I have to take all these General Education courses?
- How long will it take me to finish all my General Education requirements?
- What if I am not going to be a full-time student?
- What happens if I do not complete the General Education requirements?
- Can I test out of any courses?
- Will General Education courses count toward my major?
- Do I have to take these courses in order?
- What makes General Education courses different?
- It says that General Education courses are “interdisciplinary. “ What does that mean?
- I see that General Education courses are taught “collaboratively.” What does that mean?
- What is the difference among “Foundations,” “Discovery,” and “Frontier” courses?
- What are the Foundations Quantitative Reasoning I and II courses?
- What is a “capstone” project?
- I am having trouble understanding all the requirements. Where can I get more information?