March 6, 2014
Most LHU students will be looking at revamped general education requirements next fall.
“The world is changing rapidly. The state of knowledge is changing rapidly,” said Donna Wilson, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “And the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in the 21st century are changing.”
The curriculum’s revisions include a new category called “Global Awareness and Citizenship” and, while two sciences will still be required, only one must be a lab science.
“I feel taking out the second lab science might hinder students coming in. They’re not getting the education they’re paying for,” Brad Parker, a senior majoring in recreation management, said. “They’re not getting a rounded education.”
Some students have a different opinion on the matter.
“Offering students more of a choice is definitely a positive and should be encouraged,” said Chris Gill, a senior secondary education English major. “Hopefully students will utilize this freedom to make positive impacts on their education.”
The total number of credits students must receive will not change, nor will the number of credits they have already received.
“It is very important to understand that every course a student has taken to meet a requirement under the old curriculum will meet a requirement under the new,” said Provost Wilson. “Students will not lose general education credits already earned because of the change.”
Continuing students will be subject to the new general education requirements. However students may “opt out” and continue under the old requirements if their advisors agree that it is in their best interests to do so.
Provost Wilson said the streamlined curriculum will hopefully simplify advising students. She hopes faculty will take the new requirements and build interesting new courses to address them while also continuing courses they and students have enjoyed and “that help students achieve essential learning needed to be successful in careers and in life.”
Lock Haven’s general education curriculum was up for review for the first time in about 15 years, which is the standard lifespan of a general education curriculum.
Along with the Provost’s office, the department curriculum committees, college curriculum committees, deans, a general education subcommittee, the University Curriculum Committee and the University’s president all help decide and implement the new curriculum.
“There was much that was good in the current curriculum and that remained through a rigorous faculty review,” said Provost Wilson. “But there were also changes that the faculty believe will stand students in better stead to solve problems and create opportunities in the 21st century.”