General Education Core -- Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the TBR General Education Core is to prepare every student to navigate a world of evolving opportunities. It is unbounded by academic discipline and challenges students to discover the inherent interconnectedness of knowledge and the intersection of self and society.
The General Education Core develops skills in acquiring, evaluating, and using information as well as communicating ideas through digital, written, oral, artistic, scientific, and mathematical expression. It challenges students to think independently, write clearly, and speak effectively, and to employ logical and critical reasoning to solve problems even when faced with incomplete, ambiguous, or conflicting data.
The Core encourages students to develop a curiosity for learning, an appreciation of conceptual complexity, and a deepened sense of self-awareness regarding their own beliefs and values. It helps students discover the richness of cultural diversity and instills a respect for people with contrasting life histories, opinions, and worldviews. It fosters an appreciation for human commonality and teaches individuals the ethical implications of living in a global, social ecosystem.
Ultimately, the Core’s purpose is to equip every student to pursue a challenging career, experience a rewarding personal life, and inspire others to do the same.
Current General Education Core Structure
The General Education Core at each TBR college comprises 41 hours (out of 60 for the associate’s degree) from 6 categories:
- Communication 9
- Humanities/Fine Arts 9
- Social/Behavioral Sciences 6
- History 6
- Natural Sciences 8
- Mathematics 3
Each category contains a list of courses by college, which will satisfy the requirements for such category.
TBR has begun a comprehensive review of its General Education Core, which is the first formal review of general education at the system level since the current General Education Core became TBR Policy in 2004. The mission is to construct a gen ed core framework that best meets the needs of all student populations, disciplines, and pathways including a clear structure of general education global learning outcomes. We will design a multi-year implementation strategy that aligns with the ongoing work at the 9 public universities in the state, addressing specific needs of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway model as well as general transfer dynamics.
In addition to renovating the general education core framework, TBR seeks to effectively communicate the value of a holistic and integral general education core to students and community. Any reform must answer the question: How do we demonstrate its relevance, purpose, and benefit to the student’s personal and professional goals?
General Education Core Review Committee Structure
Core Steering Committee Meeting March 2023
Core Steering Committee Meeting February 2023
Core Steering Committee Meeting November 2022
Core Steering Committee Meeting September 2022
Strengthen Your Core Summit February 2022
Core Steering Committee Meeting November 2021
Core Steering Committee Meeting April 2021
- Gen Ed Core Agenda 4.23.21
- Gen Ed Core Minutes 4.23.21
- PSCC Presentation 4.23.21
- ClSCC Presentation 4.23.21
Program Review Steering Committee Meeting May 2020
- Gen Ed Steering Comm Mtg 5.28.20
- Gen Ed Steering Comm_roll call
- Gen Ed Program Review Steering Committee Minutes 5.28.2020
- Gen Ed Redesign_TN Colleges 2019
- Gen Ed Steer Comm mtg_rmd_28May20
- 2020 gen ed steering committee
- The LSU Story
THEC Summit August 2019
Review Convening April 2019
Review Meeting February 2019
THEC Landscape March 2018
O’Banion, T. U. & Miles, C. (2022). Study maps state of gen ed at community colleges. Inside Higher Ed: Washington D.C.
Finley, A. (2021). How college contributes to workforce success; Employer views on what matters most. AAC&U: Washington, D.C.
Reality Check: Keeping General Education Vital a Struggle Against Original Sin?
The Case for a New Kind of Core – Nicholas Lemann in The Chronicle Review
AAC&U Liberal Education and America’s Promise
AAC&U Essential Learning Outcomes
The Degree Qualifications Profile
MTSU General Education Redesign: Building a University Core