UVU Selected to Participate in Innovative Education Development Program
November 4, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Kathie Debenham (801) 863-7129
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504
Utah Valley University is one of 32 universities and colleges across the nation out of 140 applicants to be selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a prestigious curriculum and faculty development project.
UVU will be a pioneer in broadening what “general education” means. The University will assist in creating a new general education standard that pushes students to develop the knowledge, skills, and values they need to act as responsible and productive citizens of the world. A new standard will ensure that students understand the effect they have on both local and global issues.
“This is the first time UVU has been part of the national discussion on best practices in general education for the 21st century, and it is quite an honor to have our proposal selected,” said Kathie Debenham, associate vice president for academic affairs at UVU. “This is so relevant to where we are in our institutional transformation. We have this mission of engagement as well as a commitment to prepare stewards of place — people that know what is going on in the world, people that are responsible citizens. I thought this program would be absolutely critical to where we are as an institution, because we are trying to engage our students to live as responsible citizens, and this is great. It is something that fits us perfectly.”
Among the institutions that will participate in the project are Virginia Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, Oregon State University, the University of South Florida, Michigan State University, and the College of William and Mary.
Each institution selected will develop a team dedicated to the project, and that team will spend the fall and winter semesters on their home campuses, developing strategies to reform general education and discussing how those programs could be expanded to educate students about world issues. Working through a social networking Web site, team members will help identify common areas of interest and concern. Those issues will be addressed during a summer institute in 2011.
“These selected institutions will all be working together to create clear and creative pathways —horizontally and vertically — through which students can connect their learning,” said Kevin Hovland, director of global learning and curricular change for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. “Many of these schools have already made significant progress in re-imagining general education for a global century and in this project, they will be able to test new curricular models, assess global learning outcomes, and share insights with each other and with the larger higher education community.”