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General Education Restructuring

Provost Bergeron appointed a General Education Task Force in April 2016 to consider changes to the GenEd program. All academic departments and other key campus units were invited to send a representative to serve on the Task Force.

 The charge for the Task Force was to:

  • Review current literature and case studies that focus on exemplars in General Education
  • Determine best practices currently incorporated into our existing General Education requirements
  • Identify any current programmatic barriers related to our existing General Education program (e.g., transferability, impact on retention or graduation, “siloing” of requirements, course availability)
  • Consider avenues for including cross-representational student input throughout the planning process
  • Determine “next steps” and timeline for the Task Force and/or an Implementation Steering Committee
  • Draft a proposed framework for a new General Education program that considers the following:
    • Alignment with SUNY Potsdam’s core values and mission
    • Alignment with SUNY system’s competencies
    • Elimination of any hidden prerequisites
    • Ease of transferability from other institutions into SUNY Potsdam
    • Recognized best practices related to a contemporary Liberal Education
    • Incorporation of high impact practices, including applied learning
    • Incorporation of emerging/innovative technologies such as “badges”
    • Integration of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary models
    • Creative uses of open source materials to enhance access and reduce costs for students
    • Budget neutrality

The Task Force concluded its work in Spring 2017 with the creation of a broad outline of a proposed new GenEd program, The Potsdam Pathways.

A smaller Steering Committee was drawn from Task Force members to continue the work of developing The Potsdam Pathways.

The current Steering Committee members are Kelly Bonnar, David Curry, Sheila McIntyre, Gordon Plague. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Alan Hersker and Krista Medo.