• ASCSU General Education Task Force Report
  • General Education Task Force Presentation Slides
  • ASCSU Report to the SDSU Senate Executive Committee / Senate
  • Update to the GETF Report provided by ASCSU Chair Nelson to the Academic Affairs Council (Provosts)
  • Summary of SDSU Community Feedback

    4/12/19: From Peter Herman:

    A friend described the motivation for this report as "we need to do it to ourselves before the Chancellor's Office" does it for us. In other words, the CO is going to eviscerate the GE program, so in an attempt to minimize the damage, the GE Task Force decided to eviscerate the program by themselves. Not a great motivation.

    Many people have gone on at great length about the problems, so I will keep my comments to a minimum. Essentially, rather than doubling down on the importance of GE especially the American Institutiions courses, the Committee reduces the number of GE courses students should take. The reasons don't stand up to scrutiny: graduation rates are going up, not down, and students need more courses on American history and the importance of literature, not fewer. No less a tech person than Satya Nadella said that "“without books I can’t live,” and his office looks like a library.

    In short, this proposal (along with the Chancellor's Executive Order, which so far as I know, still stands) will continue the trend of diluting education for students at less elite while the kids who go to Yale or Columbia get the full range of courses and teachers. It's a bad idea, and should be rejected in its entirety.

  • Recording from April 15, 2019 Innovation District Forum