The GEAC reports to the Provost to make recommendations concerning the structure of the bachelor’s degree general education program. In doing so, they will consult with program directors to frame that structure to support student success in achieving Oregon Tech’s Essential Student Learning Outcomes (ESLOs).The Provost will support the committee’s work and provide appropriate resources in achieving these ends.
Membership of the committee is determined by the Provost, based on recommendations of the Director of the Office of Academic Excellence. The committee is composed of representatives of each ESLO committee, the Director of the Office of Academic Excellence, a representative from the Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee, and other members as needed to ensure adequate representation. The committee shall include representation from all Oregon Tech colleges and primary campuses, including the General Education Coordinator for the Portland Metro campus. The provost shall appoint one faculty member to serve as chair for a two-year term (may be reappointed). Faculty members shall serve on the General Education Advisory Council for terms of three years and may be reappointed. A vice chair may be appointed from the membership of GEAC to support continuity of leadership, particularly during the last year of a chair’s term.
General Education Reform
Beginning in 2013, Oregon Tech began a process of comprehensive reconsideration of its general education program. The General Education Review Task Force (GERTF) was constituted to lead this effort from Spring 2013 through Spring 2016. The proposed model, Essential Studies, was shifted to an implementation phase beginning in 2016, with GEAC providing guidance to the implementation process.
GEAC Implementation Phase (2016-2017)
GERAC and Post-GERAC Phase (2018-2019)
As challenges emerged in the implementation process, a short-term group, the General Education Reform Ad Hoc Committee (GERAC), was formed during the summer of 2018 to offer additional input into the path forward before implementation activity was handed back to GEAC in the 2018-2019 academic year.
An archive of key documents from this process is included below. Particularly seminal or comprehensive documents are emphasized in bold and starred.**
GERTF Phase: 2013-2016