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General Education 2.0 Model

As directed by the General Education 2.0 Task Force Charge, GE2.0 will “be driven by clearly stated and measurable student learning outcomes that articulate the essential competencies which faculty strive to instill in all UMKC’s undergraduate students” (Bichelmeyer, July 2016). GE2.0 is not a curriculum, but a program that will provide a common intellectual experience for all UMKC undergraduate students.

GE2.0 is guided by the Student Learning Outcomes that were developed by the General Education 2.0 Task Force with feedback by the faculty and endorsed by the Faculty Senate during AY 2016‐2017. These SLOs were approved by the Provost as the guide for GE2.0 in March 2017.

SLOs will be met through a 30‐credit hour curricular model that was developed by the General Education 2.0 Task Force with feedback by the faculty and endorsed by the Faculty Senate during AY 2016‐2017. The model was approved by the Provost as the guide for GE2.0 in March 2017. As approved, the model contains two types of courses, foundational courses and Essential Question courses. Foundational courses include two courses in Written Communication, one course in Oral Communication and one Math Pathways course. The Foundational courses are guided by and will be assessed on the Written and Oral Communication and Quantitative Reasoning SLOs, respectively.

The remaining six courses (18 credit hours) are satisfied through Essential Questions (EQ) courses. EQ courses are guided by and will be assessed by the Critical Thinking, Culture & Diversity and Civic and Urban Engagement SLOs. The first EQ course is the First Year Experience (FYE). As directed by the GE2.0 Charge, FYE provides “a baseline common denominator experience for undergraduate students in all degree programs” (Bichelmeyer, July 2016). FYE is described in detail in the “Student Experience” section of this report. The five other EQ courses contain three courses in Critical Thinking, one course in Culture & Diversity and one course in Civic & Urban Engagement. As stated, these courses are guided by and will be assessed on the respective SLOs. Furthermore, the Critical Thinking courses expose students to critical thinking in three separate disciplinary areas (one course each): humanities, social science and natural science.



Recommendations for course sequencing is as follows (FTC unless otherwise specified)
FYE and Foundational Courses:


First 12 Hours - Foundation
Writing (6 hrs)
Oral Communication (3 hrs)
Math Pathway (3 hrs)

Second 18 Hours - Essential Questions
1st Year Experience (3 hrs)
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (3 hrs) - 100-/200-level classes
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (3 hrs) - 100-/200-level classes
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs) - 100-/200-level classes
Culture & Diversity Class (3 hrs) - 100-/200-level classes
Civic Engagement Class (3 hrs) - 100-/200-level classes

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