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Phase I

  • April 2016: Provost Bergeron appoints/charges General Education Task Force (GETF)
  • May 2016: initial meeting of GETF
  • June-December 2016: GETF defines problems/challenges with current program, reviews current literature of best practices in liberal education, reviews several existing GenEd programs in public and private liberal arts colleges, develops Aspirational Goals of SUNY Potsdam General Education, conducts a RFP for College Core proposals; forms GenEd Steering Committee (SC)
  • January – March 2017: SC meets weekly to delve deeper into literature, reviews College Core proposals, creates a broad outline of a College Core (aka The Potsdam Pathways)
  • March-April 2017: GETF members solicit unit input on The Potsdam Pathways, SC holds several open meetings and distributes Survey Monkey survey to gather faculty input on The Potsdam Pathways
  • SC revises PP 1.0 based on input to create The Potsdam Pathways 2.0
  • May 11, 2017: Faculty Senate votes to endorse The Potsdam Pathways and the SC to continue developing the proposal

Phase II

  • June 2017: SC members attend AAC&U Summer Institute on General Education and Assessment
  • September 2017: Faculty Working Groups (drawn from GETF and broadly representative of academic departments) formed for each of the proposed The Potsdam Pathways designators
  • September 2017: WAYS 101: Potsdam Seminar pilot faculty recruited from GETF members, SC members, and other widely respected teachers across the three schools
  • September – December 2017: Working groups and WAYS 101 pilot faculty craft designator descriptors, criteria, student learning outcomes
  • January – February 2018: Faculty comment period on descriptors, criteria, student learning outcomes; SC members adjust The Potsdam Pathways as appropriate in consultation with Working Groups
  • March 2018: The Potsdam Pathways brought to Faculty Senate for endorsement to move forward to Phase III

Phase III

  • March – August 2018: develop Implementation Package:
  • Solicit impact data from departments and units across campus
  • Propose faculty workshops and development support resources
  • Estimate course and staffing requirements
  • Develop transition plan
  • Design The Potsdam Pathways management/organizational structure
  • Confirm feasibility of The Potsdam Pathways program outline and designator descriptors, criteria, SLOs
  • September 2018: present Implementation Package to Faculty Senate for review
  • September/October 2018: seek Final Program Approval by Faculty Senate
  • Pilot faculty offer WAYS 101: Potsdam Seminar

Phase IV

  • Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
  • Faculty workshops & professional development
  • Constitute Potsdam Pathways organizational structure
  • Develop and approve courses

Fall 2019: The Potsdam Pathways begins for entering freshman class