History of General Education at UNLV

Fall 2015

Culminating Experiences introduced.

Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

Faculty Senate General Education Committee develops specific learning outcomes for distribution courses.

Fall 2014

Milestone Courses introduced.

Fall 2013

Second-Year Seminars introduced.

Fall 2012

The UNLV General Education reforms take effect.

Summer 2012

  • The UNLV Administration, Faculty Senate General Education and Curriculum committees reviewed final catalog copy incorporating the curriculum reforms.
  • The UNLV Administration initiated a joint CSN/UNLV Academic Advising Training workshop to address advising, transfer and articulation issues occasioned by UNLV's adopted revisions to its general education curriculum.

Spring 2012

  • The UNLV Administration held faculty workshops and institutes for development and implementation of the First Year Seminar courses.
  • The Faculty Senate General Education and Curriculum Committees reviewed proposals for First Year Seminars.
  • The Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee reviewed revised undergraduate major curricula for inclusion of the FYS and SYS.
  • The UNLV Administration completed planning efforts with UNLV's Colleges to schedule and staff the FYS Seminar.
  • The UNLV Administration completed new funding and resource allocation for implementation of the First Year Seminar.
  • The UNLV administration met with the College of Southern Nevada administration to discuss how transfer and articulation, in accordance with NSHE policies, will be affected by UNLV's now-adopted revisions to its General Education curriculum.

Fall 2011

  • The UNLV Faculty Senate adopted hallmarks for the proposed First Year and Second Year Seminars, in terms of class size, instructor qualifications and minimum levels of rigor.
  • The UNLV Faculty Senate approved the Vertical Model, First Year Seminar, Second Year Seminars (with the hallmarks), Milestone and Culminating Experiences.
  • The UNLV Administration appointed Dr. Carl Reiber as new Interim Director of General Education.
  • The UNLV Administration initiated planning for implementation of General Education reforms.

Spring 2011

  • The General Education Advisory Committee participated on the General Education Task Force in the campus-wide review of the General Education reform proposal.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee generated the final versions of the draft general education proposal based on campus input received through the Task Force.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee generated draft resource proposals for implementation of the proposed reforms.
  • The UNLV Faculty Senate received reports from the General Education Task Force and the Faculty Senate General Education committee.
  • The UNLV Faculty Senate reviewed the general education proposal.
  • The UNLV Faculty Senate approved the proposed university undergraduate learning outcomes.

Fall 2010 & Spring 2011

  • The General Education Task Force conducted a thorough campus-wide review of the draft General Education revision proposal that included:
    • Open campus meetings with stakeholder groups
    • On on-line survey
    • Meetings with nearly all campus departments
    • A resource analysis for implementation of the proposed reforms.
  • The General Education Task Force compiled and analyzed all information received, and wrote a report recommending:
    • Revisions to the proposed draft General Education curriculum
    • An implementation schedule
    • A resource model for implementation of the proposed reforms.

Fall 2010

  • The General Education Advisory Committee presented an initial draft of portions of the proposal, including a revised, generic preliminary curricular plan to the Faculty Senate General Education committee.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee evaluated several curricular options and selected the version shown in the final General Education proposal.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee presented a final draft of the long version of the draft proposal to the Deans' council.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee drafted a condensed version of the draft proposal, completing this work by November 8, 2010.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee initiated roll-out of the short version of the proposal to the campus, presenting the draft to the Administrative Development Seminar, the Academic Advising Council, and the new General Education Task Force.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee, at the request of the Faculty Senate General Education committee, worked with Academic Assessment to generate undergraduate student retention and transfer data, and presented these data to that committee in November 2010.

Spring 2010

  • The General Education Advisory Committee evaluated how the UNLV Distribution requirement could be shaped to assist attainment of the UULO's, especially the Intellectual Breadth and Lifelong Learning Outcome.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee partnered with the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Academic Assessment and the colleges of Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Urban Affairs to develop pilot implementations of linked courses, themed courses and cross-college learning communities that would evaluate.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee reviewed several drafts of this proposal for reform of Undergraduate Education.
  • The General Education Advisory Committee presented an initial draft of portions of the proposal, including a preliminary curricular plan to the Faculty Senate General Education committee.

Summer & Fall 2009

The General Education Advisory Committee developed a proposed Vertical Curricular Model for implementing the UULO's and the framework developed at the 2009 AAC&U Institute. Partnerships with existing UNLV entities, such as Educational Outreach, University Libraries and the Office of Information Technology, coordinated through the Consortium for Faculty Professional Opportunities, were initiated to support faculty development efforts.

Summer 2009

  • A UNLV team participated in the AAC&U Engaging Departments Institute and developed a report proposing:
    • An undergraduate educational experience for all students
    • A framework for organizing educational experiences at three developmental levels in an undergraduate academic career.
  • The team also produced a framework for engaging colleges, departments, and programs of study in curricular reform and the integration of UULO's.

Spring 2009

Presentations were made at 13 meetings with 9 departments, Dean's council, the Faculty Senate General Education committee, the Vice Provost's Academic Assessment and Academic Advising Executive committees to obtain feedback about the proposed UULO's. These meetings included 138 faculty members and administrators.

November & December 2009

The Committee on the Culture of Teaching and Learning, with the support of University Libraries, held two workshops with 77 faculty and 34 students and administrators:

  • To introduce and seek feedback from on the proposed UULO's.
  • To discuss how high-impact learning practices could be used to attain the UULO's.

Summer 2008

Two campus teams participated in the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) General Education and Greater Expectations Institutes. Reports from these Institute teams proposed an overall framework for the undergraduate educational experience at UNLV.

September 2007

A campus-wide retreat on General Education was held in September 2007, in which 116 faculty members and 52 administrators, students, and community representatives participated in workshops on outcomes-based learning and recommended several broad areas for UNLV student learning outcomes.

2007-2008 Academic Year

  • UNLV's then Executive Vice President and Provost Neal Smatresk (currently UNLV's President) organized an extensive strategic planning effort, FOCUS: 50-100, that developed a long-range strategic plan intended to guide UNLV's development over its second 50 years, from 2007 to 2057. Campus town hall meetings involving faculty, students, staff and community stakeholders were held in three major areas: Education, Research and Infrastructure. For the Education Task force, planning priorities included Student Success and Learning, Curriculum Improvement, Educational Collaboration and Partnerships, Educational Innovation and Multidisciplinary Focus.
  • The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs' General Education Advisory Committee (a committee whose formation had been recommended by the 2003 General Education Task Force) finalized the retreat's recommendations into five UNLV University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes (UULO's).