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Liberal Education

The University's Liberal Education requirements have been in place for twenty years, with some revisions made to them in 2007-2008. While these requirements have served students and the University very well, regular reassessment is healthy. With implementation of the campus strategic plan underway, and a reaccreditation review recently completed successfully, the campus is taking this opportune time to revisit liberal education at the University of Minnesota.

A Pre-Planning Committee met over a period of 18 months and during that time fostered preliminary open conversations on liberal education. In November 2017 the Liberal Education Redesign Committee was charged to incorporate that preliminary work and move to the next stage: to develop one or more possible designs/models for a revised curriculum. Designs are under discussion with the hope for a vote by the full UMTC Faculty Senate in fall 2018. Implementation would follow during the fall 2019 or fall 2020 academic year.

The Liberal Education Redesign Committee includes the following individuals:

  • Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, College of Science and Engineering, Chair
  • Randal Barnes, College of Science and Engineering
  • Jay Bell, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Mary Benner, Carlson School of Management
  • Daniel Bond, College of Biological Sciences
  • Jonathan Gewirtz, College of Liberal Arts
  • Gayle Golden, College of Liberal Arts
  • Vlad Griskevicius, Carlson School of Management
  • Rashne Jehangir, College of Education and Human Development
  • Ken Leopold, College of Science and Engineering
  • Malinda Lindquist, College of Liberal Arts
  • Gayla Lindt, College of Design
  • Richa Nagar, College of Liberal Arts
  • Ruby Nguyen, School of Public Health
  • Chris Phelan, College of Liberal Arts
  • Matthew Rahaim, College of Liberal Arts
  • Justin Revenaugh, College of Science and Engineering
  • JB Shank, College of Liberal Arts
  • Sue Staats, College of Education and Human Development
  • John Watkins, College of Liberal Arts
  • Liliya Williams, College of Science and Engineering
  • Robert McMaster, Office of Undergraduate Education. Ex Officio
  • Julie Tonneson, Budget Office, Ex Officio