Changes are coming to Malone’s General Education program through reductions aimed at improving the overall learning experience for students.
Dr. Gregory Miller, professor of history and chair of the General Education committee, presented the proposal at the Student Senate meeting on September 10. Faculty will vote on the proposal in October. Once they approve the proposal, changes are expected to become effective in fall 2015.
The proposed changes come as a response to a request from the Board of Trustees to cut the General Education budget by 25 percent. The General Education committee used the request for cuts as an opportunity to reform the program as a whole.
According to a handout provided by Miller at the Senate meeting, the committee centered the revisions on the question, “What courses/menus are essential for the fulfillment of our four General Education program objectives?”
The committee sought to make changes that will promote holistic learning rather than mere exposure.
The four unchanged program objectives are:
- Students will understand theories and cultural influences that have shaped the world.
- Students will think critically and creatively.
- Students will communicate effectively in multiple contexts.
- Students will understand the foundations of the Christian faith and the role of service to the church, community and world.
The program reductions will make the General Education program smaller, but they will also improve the program. The changes will also make the addition of a double major, minor or electives easier on students.
Miller’s handout also shared the hopes of the changes in relation to transfers and graduation.
“[The General Education committee] desired that any change in the General Education curriculum increase the ease of transfer to Malone and also remove barriers to graduation” (handout).
Student leaders provided input for the proposed improvements last spring, and the committee worked with students in mind.
Just as with many other areas of Malone, the General Education program is subject to change as the Board of Trustees and faculty attempt to meet the needs of the modern university in connection with the motto of “Christ’s Kingdom First.”