The SMU faculty has voted 194-74 in favor of a new University general education curriculum – the common knowledge, skills and experiences every student must accrue before they graduate.
The Faculty Senate held an open forum March 17 to allow faculty members to discuss questions and concerns with members of the General Education Review Committee, which formulated the new curriculum with input from the SMU faculty and key staff members. The new curriculum will be submitted next to the University’s administration and Board of Trustees.
The General Education Review Committee began meeting in October 2008 to review the existing curriculum for needed changes. Its goals included “eliciting the faculty’s judgment about the core knowledge and competencies that graduates of SMU should possess,” as well as to ensure “ongoing involvement of the faculty in determining and implementing the details,” according to the proposal document.
The Committee presented its first proposal for faculty input and discussion in April 2009. The final proposal – dated March 2, 2010 – describes the faculty committees that will be responsible for further defining and implementing the new course of study.
In addition, the latest proposal clarifies that student electronic portfolios are not a requirement for graduation and will not require faculty evaluation or certification. Instead, it recommends “that students be introduced, in their first year at SMU, to the use of e-portfolios.”
Among the goals set for the new curriculum is to make it easier for students to pursue multiple majors and minors. It also aims to accommodate more opportunities for honors programming, international study, undergraduate research options, internship experiences and service learning.
Additionally, the University Curriculum’s structure is designed to better accommodate transfer students from other universities, as well as make it easier for current SMU students to transfer their existing credits if they change majors.
As with the current General Education Curriculum (GEC), the UC will constitute approximately one-third of a 120-hour baccalaureate degree plan. An estimated 85 percent of the new requirements will map to existing courses.
Read more about the University Curriculum under the link below.