General Education Redesign: Building a University Core

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MTSU has been working on a major redesign of its general education curriculum since Fall 2018. The impetus for the current redesign came from Provost Mark Byrnes and is based on the premise that MTSU’s change from TBR institution to locally governed institution with the FOCUS Act gave us the freedom and the opportunity to imagine a redesigned, 21st century curriculum that is faculty-driven and potentially more congruent with MTSU’s identity.  

As you likely know, when the spring of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated shifting hundreds of courses to remote and online learning, we made a conscious decision to pause our efforts for redesigning the general education curriculum, given the enormous stresses everyone was facing.

During fall semester of 2020, the work of redesign began once again. After consultation with the Chairs Council, the design team and University General Education Committee invited departments to form subcommittees to participate more fully in the design process by joining a D2L shell we created for this purpose. All departments were invited to participate, and subcommittees have been at work since October 2020. We are collating those responses now. Very soon, we hope to share the product of this collaborative design process with the entire campus, but if you'd like access to the D2L shell and are MTSU faculty, please feel free to email us at to request access. 

On this website, you’ll find information about what general education is, what redesign means, a general timeline for redesign, reports and data on general education at MTSU, the strategic plan for redesign, how to participate in the redesign now and in the future, as well as a place for you to reach out with questions or concerns about the process.


Have questions? See the FAQ or About us pages.

Want to read our strategic plan? Click here

Want to provide anonymous feedback? Click here.  

Want to request a workshop or presentation for your department or organization? Click here.

Looking for information about MTSU's current General Education Program? Click here.



Director of General Education
Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk
Professor of History

Implementation Coordinator
Dr. Christina Cobb
Assistant Professor, University Studies

Graduate Assistant
Ms. Kate Holt

Executive Aide
Ms. Debbie Perry

Contact Information


Institutional Memberships:

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

Association for General & Liberal Studies (AGLS)