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General Education Reform Proposal 1: Institutional Objectives for Undergraduate General Education at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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Develop intellectual and practical skills, including proficiency in written, oral, and visual communication, inquiry techniques, critical and creative thinking, quantitative applications, information assessment, teamwork, and problem-solving.

1. Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, incorporate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.

2. Demonstrate communication competence in one or a combination of the following ways: (a) making oral presentations, (b) participating in problem-solving teams with reporting responsibility, or (c) creating and interpreting visual messages.

3. Use mathematical, statistical, or formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, and determine reasonableness.

Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world through the study of mathematics, sciences and technologies, histories, humanities, arts, social sciences, and human diversity.

4. Use scientific methods and knowledge of the natural and physical world to address problems through inquiry, interpretation, analysis, and the making of inferences from data, to determine whether conclusions or solutions are reasonable.

5. Use knowledge, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.

6. Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate human behavior.

7. Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.

Exercise individual and social responsibilities through the study of ethical principles and reasoning, application of civic knowledge, interaction with diverse cultures, and engagement with global issues.

8. Explain ethical principles, civics, and stewardship, and their importance to society.

9. Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.

Integrate these abilities and capacities, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities.

10. Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

The four Institutional Objectives were approved by GEAC in December 2005. The ten Student Learning Outcomes were approved by GEAC in May, August, September, October, and November 2006. This present version of Proposal 1 was approved by GEAC on November 17, 2006.