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A Message to OU Undergraduates - Philosophy of OU General Education

By policy of the State Regents for Higher Education, every public college and university in Oklahoma has a general education requirement. Undergraduate students at OU are expected to take 40 credit hours of general education-a full third of the typical undergraduate experience. Why?

First, because the most important aspect of a college education is not grooming for a single career but preparing for a lifetime of change. We in the faculty designed the University-wide general education core curriculum with an eye toward the essential skills and knowledge you will need in order to be ready for whatever shape society takes in ten, twenty, even fifty years' time. Your future depends not just on acquiring asingle skill, but on your lifetime ability to think creatively, reason and communicate clearly, and respond quickly to our rapidly changing physical, social, and technological world.

Second, the general education ideal builds community. Students from different academic territories come together in general education courses. The classroom experience is quite different when the discussions include students from disciplines as varied as art, political science, and chemical engineering learning to address problems and work toward solutions with individuals whose interests may vary widely from your own is an essential part of the general education experience. More than that, participating in a campus-wide community of learning now is an important step in being an educated citizen later, someone capable of joining and shaping diverse communities in the future. Everyone who pursues a baccalaureate degree does so for reasons that are unique and personal, but OU should be more than the sum of its individuals. We hope the general education experience can help create a bond between you and all other OU students.

The courses in the general education core curriculum are designed to help you speak and write with clarity and persuasion, to use mathematical analysis with elegance and precision, to examine problems critically and intelligently. If you approach them in the right spirit, these courses will foster enthusiasm, curiosity, and a desire to continue learning.

On behalf of all the faculty, I give you this encouragement: embrace the opportunity that general education courses offer. Don't mistake them for chores to be checked off a list. Use them well. All our futures depend on your success.

Nancy L. Mergler, Senior Vice President and Provost

Spring 2014 Meetings - Ellison Hall, Room 132

Deadline for proposal to be considered            Meeting Date 

February 17                                                       February 24    

March 17                                                            March 24

April 14                                                               April 21

General Education website (forms, policies and procedures)