General Education Revision Subcommittee Members & Charge

The General Education Revision Subcommittee (GERS) is tasked with spearheading the effort to revise SSU's General Education program.  All GERS members are at-large representatives of the campus.

Suzanne Rivoire, suzanne.rivoire@sonoma.edu, Chair

Chiara Bacigalupa, chiara.bacigalupa@sonoma.edu

Jeff Baldwin, jeffrey.baldwin@sonoma.edu

Michelle Jolly, michelle.jolly@sonoma.edu

Hope Emry Ortiz, hope.ortiz@sonoma.edu

Tim Wandling, wandling@sonoma.edu

Karen Moranski (ex-officio), moranski@sonoma.edu

Alternates

Christine Renaudin, renaudin@sonoma.edu

Michael Balasek, balasek@sonoma.edu

Charge of GERS

The subcommittee will meet at least biweekly during the Spring term and will be financially supported to meet longer and more frequently during Summer 2018. Subcommittee members will be expected to consult with all University stakeholders (via interviews, surveys, focus groups, and/or other means), and regularly report to EPC as its official subcommittee.  The subcommittee is expected to communicate with the broader academic community during the development process for iterative feedback as GE belongs to the greater campus community.  As the subcommittee develops model curricula, it should regularly consult with key advising staff and administrators in order to identify potential pitfalls in advising plans, strategic alignment of budgeting and GE, and compliance with State and CSU requirements.  The subcommittee should seek out official liaisons to serve in these capacities.  Once the subcommittee’s task for revising SSU’s GE program is complete, it should be disbanded, and all primary oversight of managing the GE program returned to the existing GE Subcommittee.  

GE Revision Subcommittee Deliverables:

Task 1:  The subcommittee should elect a Chair and identify the appropriate stakeholders and establish official liaisons to advise the subcommittee appropriately about model feasibility as the curriculum model is developed.  This should be addressed at the first task-force meeting.  Academic Programs will facilitate subcommittee meetings.  The Chair will facilitate the movement of the model through faculty governance during Fall 2018.  

Task 2:  Review vision statements from the January 2018 faculty retreat and ideas from the world café exercise.  Considering this input, draft a new vision statement for the GE program.  Circulate the vision to all campus stakeholders for feedback.  The vision should be used to develop the model.  This should be delivered to EPC for discussion by the end of March.  

Task 3:  Review the pros and cons of the four GE models discussed at the retreat and consider any additional state and national programs and/or research the subcommittee deems appropriate to create a GE model for campus consideration.  Academic Programs will also supply additional materials for consideration.  Iterative deadlines should be set for campus community check-ins and these dates should be communicated in advance for the remainder of the Spring 2018 semester.*  

Task 4:  The subcommittee should incorporate, when appropriate, ideas about assessment, unit requirements for particular courses, double counting, met in the major possibilities, placement of transition curriculum, freshman/sophomore learning communities, and other currently valued GE components as they may relate to the campus GE model the subcommittee develops.*

*Progress on Tasks 3 and 4 should be reported to EPC no later than May 17th, 2018.

GE Model Development Guidelines:

  1. The GE model must account for the needs of multiple student groups including first time freshman, transfer students, non-traditional students, and part-time students.
  2. The GE model must account for the campus’ GI2025 retention and graduation targets.
  3. While the subcommittee should not allow EO1100 to drive the development of the curriculum model, they should take into account the campus need to be in compliance with the Chancellor’s Office Executive Order.