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General Education Program External Review

Office of the ProvostMar 6, 2017

As part of our cyclical review of academic programs, Pacific hosted two national experts in teaching, learning and evaluation to conduct an external review of our General Education (GE) program. The review took place on February 28 and March 1. The purpose of the external review is to bring experts in the field to evaluate our strengths and areas for improvement, as well as identify potential opportunities for new developments.

Pacific was extremely fortunate to have as our external review team two leaders with national reputations for innovation and evaluation in undergraduate education:

  • Randy Bass, an alum of Pacific ('81), is the Vice Provost for Education at Georgetown University, leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative, and for thirty years has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  
  • Terrell (Terry) Rhodes is Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he focuses on the quality of undergraduate education and, among many other roles, directs the annual AAC&U General Education Institute. 

In order to understand and evaluate Pacific's GE program, the external review team first reviewed volumes of material prior to coming to campus, including the GE Program's self-study report (PacificNet login required). While on site, the reviewers met with a broad array of constituents (faculty, staff, students) to learn more about the GE program.  Pacific should receive the external reviewers' final report in early April.  This report will help shape Pacific's follow-up action plan for enhancing the core undergraduate learning experience at Pacific. 

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