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August 29, 2007
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EMU general education program receives national recognition

YPSILANTI - – Eastern Michigan University’s General Education Program has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 Association for General and Liberal Studies Awards (AGSL) for improving general education.

“We are proud to be recognized by an organization with such a commitment to quality general education,” said Chris Foreman, director of the General Education Program at EMU.

Foreman said that EMU submitted its nomination in the category of “Commitment to common student learning objectives.”

“It was about why we decided to design a new program and how we did it,” said Foreman. “We were challenged to rethink what general education should be for our students. The General Education Reform Committee was formed and charged with examining the current program and developing new curriculum more in line with current thinking.”

According to Foreman, that meant getting away from the traditional model of a set list of courses and requirement, and focusing on an integrated approach that focused on outcomes.

“The new program provides the opportunity to choose courses in different areas and examine the outcomes for students,” Foreman said. “A students who takes a literature and philosophy course will have a different experience but the learning outcomes will be similar.”

Foreman said the AGLS is interested in schools that are AQIP members because of the continuous improvement element.
            “As knowledge changes, we can change,” Foreman said of the new General Education Program.

“The awards committee unanimously agreed that the EMU program review process will serve as an excellent model for other institutions,” said Michael E. Gress, president of AGLS.

Established in 1961, the Association for General and Liberal Studies is a national forum for inquiry concerning the improvement of undergraduate education.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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