Redesigned General Education

Draft Principles


General education should educate students in a body of knowledge in major academic disciplines and a set of core competencies that enables them to be well-informed learners and should develop the foundations for success.

For All Settings

General education should expose students to diverse skill sets, ways of knowing and learning perspectives, preparing them for a lifetime of learning.


General education should inspire students to learn by allowing students to explore their passion and purposes and to make connections between a coherent body of knowledge in the core, their chosen professions, and information they may not realize they need to know.

21st Century Skills

General education should encourage inquisitiveness, self-motivation and critical thinking, and should develop 21st century skills such as data and technology literacy, and working in diverse multi-disciplinary teams.


General education should prepare students to thrive in the workplace, society, and the world.

General education should prepare students for future employability by providing a broad base of knowledge and the skills to succeed in the workforce.

General education should prepare students to be intellectually engaged productive citizens, strongly grounded in American history and government, while participating in a diverse and complex global economy.

General education should teach students to communicate their ideas in a manner that is respectful of civil discourse and diverse perspectives, and to demonstrate those skills in team settings through verbal, written, digital, and multi-modal communication channels.


General education should provide a flexible platform for student success by providing engaging, high-quality courses that maintain consistent rigor and facilitate seamless institutional transfer.