Two recent articles from Inside Education – very worthwhile reading – focus on general education and the efforts underway by several institutions to improve the curriculum to make it meaningful and rigorous. Too often students don’t understand the purpose of general education requirements and what they’re supposed to be learning.
Interstate Passport News
A new report from the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education examines the issues of most concern to students and higher education institutions. Two years in the making, The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America offers actionable recommendations for helping colleges of every type deal more effectively and efficiently with quality, affordability and completion.
The United States Air Force Academy was established in 1954, and since that time the general education curriculum has been its defining characteristic – a single core curriculum with no academic majors. Since 2006, the Academy has undergone a process very similar to the development of the Interstate Passport framework: the development and assessment of a single set of institution-wide outcomes based on the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.
The latest research report from Davis Jenkins and John Fink of the Community College Resource Center focuses on partnerships between two- and four-year institutions that enable community college entrants to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree. Takes Two To Tango: Essential Practices of Highly Effective Transfer Partnerships describes the process undertaken to identify cross-sector partnerships that are high performers for transfer success.