University General Education Curriculum - College of Education

The over all objective of the University General Education (UGE) program is to add breadth to the educational experiences of Kansas State University students. Designed to help students widen their perspectives, explore relationships among various subjects, and develop critical and analytical thinking skills, the UGE objective is consistent with the College of Education program outcomes which reflect state and national standards for the preparation of teacher education.

The College of Education requires 18 credit hours to fulfill the university general education requirements. These 18 credit hours, which must be approved university general education courses from outside of the major, may overlay with the general studies requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

At least 1/3 (6 credit hours) of the 18 credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above, and no more than 6 credit hours may be counted in any one field of study toward the required 18 credit hours. For example, no more than 6 hours of ART, or 6 hours of HIST, may be counted toward the 18 hours. All courses must be approved university general education courses.

First Years of Implementation:

Some of the questions that guided the assessment of the College of Education UGE program during the first years of implementation related to communication of requirements and availability of appropriate courses. When it was discovered that not all students understood the UGE program requirements following new student orientation, the College of Education Undergraduate Student Handbook was revised to address the purpose and the credit hour requirements for UGE. Advisors in the College of Education were surveyed in relation to the problems students encountered in completing the requirements for the UGE. When it was discovered that students (mostly transfer students) were having difficulty finding sufficient number of approved 300 level or above course options, advisors were asked to develop a requisite list of appropriate courses. This list was shared with representatives to the ICCP (Intercollege Coordinating Panel). Together with recommendations from other colleges, these recommendations resulted in an increase in the number of 300 level or above UGE courses available to students. Recently, a review of May, 2001 College of Education graduates showed a small number of transfer students had one of the required 300 level or above courses waived.

Future Assessment:

The college recognizes that the institutionÆs plan for UGE assessment is an important but not sufficient avenue for evaluating outcomes of the collegeÆs UGE program. To this end, a Subcommittee of the Program Coordinating Committee, formed to develop a College of Education assessment system to collect and analyze data related to applicant qualifications, candidate and graduate performance, and unit operations will include UGE assessment in the system.