Cal State San Marcos Chosen To Participate in National Project on General Education for a Global Century


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As One of Thirty-Two Participating Institutions, CSUSM Will Revise General Education Curricula To Better Prepare Today's Students With Skills and Knowledge Essential for Socially Responsible Citizenship

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced the names of thirty-two colleges and universities chosen in a competitive process to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a curriculum and faculty development project that is part of AAC&U's Shared Futures initiative and is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.  Over 140 institutions applied to be part of the initiative.

"Participation in the Shared Futures program will help California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) transform our undergraduates' experience as it broadens their perspective beyond the local to help them understand the global nature of our lives," said CSUSM President Karen S. Haynes. "A dedicated team of faculty from across university disciplines and colleges put together our successful proposal and will ensure that all students-no matter what their major-will benefit from this program."

The institutions selected are from all regions of the country and include institutions of many different types-including two-year and four-year, public and private institutions.  Institutions selected include:

California State University San Marcos, (CA)
Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
Central College (IA)
College of William and Mary (VA)
Delaware State University (DE)
Haverford College (PA)
John Carroll University (OH)
Keene State College (NH)
Kennesaw State University (GA)
Lynn University (FL)
Miami University (OH)
Michigan State University (MI)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MN)
Monroe Community College (NY)
Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)
Oregon State University (OR)
Rider University (NJ)
San Jose State University (CA)
Southern Connecticut State University (CT)
Spring Hill College (AL)
St. Edward's University (TX)
St. Lawrence University (NY)
The College of Wooster (OH)
University at Albany, SUNY (NY)
University of Maryland College Park (MD)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
University of South Florida (FL)
University of Wisconsin Colleges (WI)
Utah Valley University (UT)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

"Increasingly, in their mission statements and strategic plans, colleges and universities promise that their graduates will develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to act as responsible and productive global citizens in an interconnected and interdependent world. Yet in most cases general education curricular designs have not kept pace with the rhetoric," said AAC&U Director of Global Learning and Curricular Change Kevin Hovland. "These selected institutions will all be working together to create clear and creative pathways-horizontally and vertically-through which students can connect their learning and achieve essential global learning outcomes. Many of these schools have already made significant progress in reimagining general education for a global century and, in this project, they will be able to test new curricular models, assess global learning outcomes, and share insights with each other and with the larger higher education community."

This new project builds upon innovative efforts to reframe general education courses and programs, and create coherent curricular designs that address complex, global issues across divisions and disciplines. In concert with a Global Learning Leadership Council, Cal State San Marcos will help lead a high profile, national effort to:

  •  articulate essential global learning outcomes for all students;
  • refine and disseminate models of global general education curricula that can be adapted across all institutional types;
  • provide faculty development opportunities to assist college faculty in designing and teaching interdisciplinary, integrative courses that focus on real-world global issues; and
  • develop rubrics to assess global learning outcomes.

Institutional teams will spend the fall and winter on their home campuses refining general education reform strategies and strengthening connections between existing general education goals and outcomes and essential global learning outcomes. They will also inventory the curricular and co-curricular opportunities for global learning that already exist on their campuses and ways those opportunities could be better integrated within their larger general education efforts. Working through a social networking website, team members will help identify common areas of interest and concern.T hose critical issues will be addressed in the project's central activity-an intensive summer institute in 2011.

"It was gratifying to see how many campuses applied to be part of this initiative," said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. "It is testament to how seriously today's academy takes the challenge of preparing college students to participate effectively and responsibly in an interdependent global community. Both their future employers and our society need students with much higher levels of global knowledge and skill. This initiative will help the higher education community graduate students with these critical capacities. The Shared Futures initiative and this work on general education are important foci for AAC&U's ongoing work to connect liberal education with the needs of a fast-changing world."

For additional information about the initiative, see:

About AAC&U
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,200 member institutions-including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local levels and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.