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University to participate in National Project on General Education

SAN MARCOS — The Association of American Colleges and Universities, or AAC&U, recently announced the names of 32 colleges and universities chosen in a competitive process to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a curriculum and faculty development project that is part of AAC&U’s Shared Futures initiative and is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. More than 140 institutions applied to be part of the initiative.
“Participation in the Shared Futures program will help Cal State San Marcos transform our undergraduates’ experience as it broadens their perspective beyond the local to help them understand the global nature of our lives,” university President Karen S. Haynes said. “A dedicated team of faculty from across university disciplines and colleges put together our successful proposal and will ensure that all students — no matter what their major — will benefit from this program.”
The institutions selected are from all regions of the country and include institutions of many different types, including two-year and four-year, public and private institutions.
This new project builds upon efforts to reframe general education courses and programs, and create coherent curricular designs that address complex, global issues across divisions and disciplines.
Institutional teams will spend the fall and winter on their home campuses refining general education reform strategies and strengthening connections between existing general education goals and outcomes and essential global learning outcomes. They will also inventory the curricular and co-curricular opportunities for global learning that already exist on their campuses and ways those opportunities could be better integrated within their larger general education efforts. Working through a social networking website, team members will help identify common areas of interest and concern. Those critical issues will be addressed in the project’s central activity, an intensive summer institute in 2011.