June 2, 2014
Dear University Community:
UB values highly the tradition of liberal education that is embodied in a quality General Education program, and is committed to providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to flourish as citizens of a democratic society. General Education exposes students to the full richness of academic inquiry, and enables them to advance their understanding, broaden their horizons, deepen their empathy, explore their creativity, and think how to think, and learn how to learn. The best General Education is reflexive and pragmatic, and provides a personal resource with the potential to last a lifetime.
UB’s current General Education program has served us well, but is now over 20 years old, during which time it has not undergone a comprehensive curriculum review. The report presented here is an effort to provide that oversight, representing the work of 139 faculty, staff and students across three committees beginning in 2009 and culminating in Academic Year 2013-14. Their task has been to study and understand the content, provision, and inter-connectedness of factors both internal and external that shape our current program, and to propose changes that will enable the delivery of a liberal education that can meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.
The progress report is offered to campus as the point of departure for a broader discussion that will determine next steps. Your participation is essential. Please submit your feedback, questions, and comments on the online form below, and plan to attend the public forums organized to discuss the progress report on September 16th and 17th, 2014. Further details of times and locations will be forthcoming.
Dean of Undergraduate Education
On Behalf of the General Education Committee
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