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General Education Reform Colleges Encourage Open Forum Attendance

10/17/06 message to Arts & Sciences faculty:

Dear Fellow Faculty:

I write to draw your attention to two open forums scheduled for October 27 on the reform of UNL's general education program. One forum will be from 10:30-noon in the City Union and the other from 1:00-2:30 in the East Campus Union. You should already know that colleges will be asked to approve institutional objectives and learning outcomes this fall. Planning continues to propose structures for accomplishing the outcomes and for the administration of the program once it is fully adopted.

I urge all of you to become engaged in this important matter. I have heard occasional comments of support for and of criticism of the plans as they are understood so far. It is very important to become involved in the public discussions and to register your suggestions. It will be far more effective to do so now than it will be to wait until the last moment to raise objections. You have the opportunity to provide important input into the final shape of the core of the undergraduate experience, and I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Information about the planning and the proposals so far may be found on the Senior Vice Chancellor's web page at http://www.unl.edu/svcaa/gened/. It would be especially helpful if you attended one of the sessions on October 27 prepared with knowledge of what has happened so far.

Dick Hoffmann


10/18/06 message to Journalism & Mass Communication faculty:

Two open forums are scheduled for October 27 on the reform of UNL's general education program. One forum will be from 10:30 until noon in the City Union and the other from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the East Campus Union.

Colleges will be asked to approve institutional objectives and learning outcomes this fall. Planning continues to propose structures for accomplishing the outcomes and for the administration of the program once it is fully adopted.

I urge all of you to become engaged in this important matter. It is important to become involved in the public discussions and to register your suggestions. It will be far more effective to do so now than it will be to wait until the last moment to raise objections. You have the opportunity to provide important input into the final shape of the core of the undergraduate experience, and I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Information about the planning and the proposals so far may be found on the Senior Vice Chancellor's web page at http://www.unl.edu/svcaa/gened/.

Will


10/19/06 message to Hixson-Lied Fine & Performing Arts faculty:

Dear colleagues,

As you already know, two open forums have been scheduled for October 27 on the reform of UNL's general education program. One forum will be from 10:30-noon in the City Union and the other from 1:00-2:30 in the East Campus Union. According to the timeline regarding the development of our new General Education curriculum set last fall by the Chancellor, colleges will be asked to approve institutional objectives and learning outcomes sometime this fall. Planning continues to propose structures for accomplishing the outcomes and for the administration of the program once it is fully adopted.

We in our College have been fortunate throughout this process to have Pete Pinnell's involvement at the campus level, and he has afforded us with a variety of opportunities to keep abreast of what has been going on. In addition, I know that there have also been conversations about this at various levels in the College thus far. Nevertheless, I urge all of you to take advantage of this opportunity on October 27th, so that you will be as informed as possible when the time comes for our College to approve what has been developed. FYI, information about the planning and the proposals to date may be found on the Senior Vice Chancellor's web page at http://www.unl.edu/svcaa/gened/.

Thanks for your attention to this important matter. Let me know if you have any questions.

Giacomo M. Oliva
Professor of Music and Hixson-Lied Endowed Dean
Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts


10/19/06 message to Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources faculty:

Dear colleagues,

As you already know, two open forums have been scheduled for October 27 on the reform of UNL's general education program. One forum will be from 10:30-noon in the City Union and the other from 1:00-2:30 in the East Campus Union. According to the timeline regarding the development of our new General Education curriculum set last fall by the Chancellor, colleges will be asked to approve institutional objectives and learning outcomes sometime this fall. Planning continues to propose structures for accomplishing the outcomes and for the administration of the program once it is fully adopted.

We in our College have been fortunate throughout this process to have Wes Peterson and Dennis McCallister involved at the campus level, and they have afforded us with a variety of opportunities to keep abreast of what has been going on. In addition, I know that there have also been conversations about this at various levels in the College thus far. Nevertheless, I urge all of you to take advantage of this opportunity on October 27th, so that you will be as informed as possible when the time comes for our College to approve what has been developed. FYI, information about the planning and the proposals to date may be found on the Senior Vice Chancellor's web page at http://www.unl.edu/svcaa/gened/.

Thanks for your attention to this important matter. Let me know if you have any questions.

Steven S. Waller
Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources


10/20/06 message sent to Education & Human Sciences faculty:

General Education Forums

Two open forums are scheduled for October 27 on the reform of UNL's general education program. One forum will be from 10:30-noon in the City Union and the other from 1:00-2:30 in the East Campus Union. All colleges will be asked to approve institutional objectives and learning outcomes this fall.

You have the opportunity to provide important input into the final shape of the core of the undergraduate experience.

Information about the planning and the proposals so far may be found on the Senior Vice Chancellor's web page at http://www.unl.edu/svcaa/gened/. It would be especially helpful if you attended one of the sessions on October 27 prepared with knowledge of what has happened so far.