K-State 8 History
From 2003 through 2008, several groups worked toward assessing and revising Kansas State University's general education program. The groups consisted of faculty members, students, academic advisors, student service representatives, department heads, and dean's representatives.
The General Education Task Force (2006-2008) submitted a proposal to Faculty Senate in June of 2008. Members of the task force continued to work with the Academic Affairs Committee on several revisions. The K-State 8 General Education Program (PDF) was approved by Faculty Senate on May 12, 2009.
During the following months, departments tagged their courses and reviewed lists of tagged courses to determine viability of the K-State 8 for undergraduate curricula. On May 18, 2010, Academic Affairs resolved that the K-State 8 tagging procedures would be approved once an acceptable outline of an assessment procedure was provided. Faculty Senate approved the K-State 8 Assessment Plan on November 9, 2010.
Following approval of the K-State 8 proposal in May 2009, a working group was formed to begin plans for the modifications needed to implement the K-State 8 in iSIS, DARS, the undergraduate catalog, and the course schedule. That group has worked consistently from Summer 2009 through Spring 2011 to have the K-State 8 ready for spring 2011 enrollment.