In light of the ongoing shifting landscape of higher education nationally and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and in keeping with Morehead State University’s commitment to providing students with an exceptional educational experience, the faculty ad hoc General Education Review Task Force (GERTF) is charged to conduct a thorough assessment of Morehead State University’s General Education program. Specifically, the GERTF is tasked to accomplish the following by the end of the spring 2017 semester:
- Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the present General Education Program that includes but is not limited to faculty and student responses to the program, program structure, delivery, efficiency, relevance to mission, cost, impact on student learning, and student preparation for post-graduation success.
- Review and become familiar with national best practice standards in General Education.
- Evaluate the extent to which Morehead State’s General Education Program is consistent with national best practice standards.
- Submit a report that addresses points 1-3 above. Recommend changes as necessary to ensure Morehead State University’s General Education Program is in alignment with national best practice standards, is consistent with institutional priorities outlined in ASPIRE, and meets the needs of our students. Recommended changes must be supported by a compelling rationale.”
- Submit the report to the Steering Committee, General Education Council, Provost, and the President.
- Christopher Schroeder (Chair), Professor, Mathematics
- Christopher Beckham, Asst. Professor, Education
- Julia Finch, Asst. Professor, Art History
- Cyndi Gibbs, Assoc. Professor, Imaging Sciences
- Mark Graves, Assoc. Professor, English
- Connie Hardesty, Assoc. Professor, Sociology
- Kenneth Henderson, Assoc. Professor, Marketing
- Nilesh Joshi, Assoc. Professor, Eng. and Tech. Management
- Gregory McBrayer, Asst. Professor, Government
- Gilbert Remillard, Assoc. Professor, Psychology
- David Peyton, Professor, Biology
- Melinda Willis, Assoc. Professor, Education
- Shannon Harr (ex officio) - data collection and evaluation
The national landscape of higher education is in transition. The transition has led to a plethora of ongoing curricular innovations, including new models of course content delivery, increased emphasis on high impact student experiences and more. The altered landscape is also manifest in higher education funding models, such as intense competition for increasingly scarce resources and performance-based allocations. These and other changes to higher education are apparent in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky Center for Postsecondary Education’s directives, including the 30-hour transfer rule, a renewed interest in creating articulation agreements among state institutions and a move to reduce the number of credits to graduation require Morehead State University to review carefully its curriculum and curriculum-related policies and procedures. Also affecting Morehead State University are students who rightfully demand more value for their investment.
Morehead State University has responded to the shifting landscape of higher education. One of many responses was the 2014-2015 Academic Affairs Self-Study. Since the submission of the Self-Study report, modifications to numerous academic programs have occurred. However, the report did not consider the most fundamental curricular program at Morehead State University, that is, General Education. General Education is the one program that touches almost every student, and as such, it is a singularly defining component of the MSU educational experience.