General Education Program

GEP Action Project

The SSU AQIP action project on revising the General education program aims to ensure that every SSU student experiences a relevant and challenging general education curriculum. In addition to working campus wide to strengthen our general education program overall, the action project will address embedding high expectations and meaningful assessment of student learning, and general education as essential for enhancing curricula and pedagogy.

National Trends and Analyses

Trends and Emerging Practices in General Education:
From November 19, 2008, to February 16, 2009, Hart Research conducted an online survey among 433 Chief Academic Officers or designated representatives at AAC&U member institutions to measure the prevalence of specified learning outcomes in higher education institutions today and to document recent trends in curricular change, specifically in the areas of general education and assessment. The research report can be found at

Outcomes and Vision

Essential Learning Outcomes
The LEAP campaign is organized around a robust set of "Essential Learning Outcomes" (ELO) – all of which are best developed by a contemporary liberal education. The ELO can be accessed at

High Impact Educational Practices

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter by George D. Kuh, (Washington, DC: AAC&U, 2008).

Outcomes of High Impact Practices for Underserved Students: A review of the literature (preliminary draft) by Jayne Brownell and Lynn Swaner.

General Education Program

Contact Information

Michael Barnhart, Director

Phone: (740) 351-3212

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

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