General Education Redesign: Building a University Core

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MTSU is in the beginning stages of a redesign of its general education curriculum. The decision to launch a general education redesign emerged in part as a response to the change in MTSU’s status from a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to a locally governed institution (LGI).  The 2004 redesign of general education was imposed on all TBR institutions and allowed little flexibility in creating a curriculum that was distinctive to MTSU.

The impetus for the current redesign came from the Provost Mark Byrnes and is based on the premise that  MTSU’s change in status 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. 

On this page, you’ll find information about what general education is, what redesign means, a general timeline for redesign, how to participate in the redesign itself as a student, faculty member, staff, or administrator, as well as a place for you to reach out with questions or concerns about the process.

We are at the outset of this process and are attempting to initiate and facilitate a university-wide conversation about general education at MTSU. Using focus groups and surveys we are in the midst of brainstorming about what we see as crucial to a 21st century general education or university core and reviewing our current program to ask whether it reflects university-wide values and achieves the goals we think are important. We hope you will join us.

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Director of General Education
Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk

Director of Communications & Research Associate
Dr. Katherine Brackett 

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