This conference was designed for faculty, staff, administrators,
and students to share and examine new ways to build effective
General Education programs, including the strategies to achieve
them and ways to assess student learning. The conference provided
concrete examples and explorations of how to achieve greater
expectations for student learning in the face of shrinking
General Education: Goals, Strategies, and Assessments
for Powerful Learning helped faculty, staff, administrators,
and students to explore new ways of advancing the goals of
their general education programs including strategies to achieve
them and evidence to support them. Conference sessions were
organized in four tracks:
Track I: Program Designs for Powerful Learning
Ways to frame a comprehensive vision for greater student accomplishment and examples of successful innovations that are attuned to campus culture and values.
Track II: Charting Processes, Strategies, and Politics for General Education Reform
How to implement the relationships, processes, and leadership structures that are central to achieving and sustaining quality general education programs during times of limited resources.
Track III: Connecting General Education and the Majors
Ways of aligning general education and departmental goals so that both parts work together to foster higher levels of student engagement and accomplishment.
Track IV: Designing an Assessment Strategy
How the goals of general education can be identified, understood, better evaluated, and tied to program improvement.
The Council for Administration of General and Liberal Studies (CAGLS) is a professional organization composed of the individuals primarily responsible for administering general education programs. CAGLS provides a forum in which these academic professionals can network and share new ideas. For more information about CAGLS, contact John Nichols, President, CAGLS, at 219.866.6133.