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Curriculum Reform

Inaugural College Fellows Announced

Central to the new curriculum pilot is the creation of a group of College Fellows who will design and teach courses in the four Engagements. This effort brings together faculty from across the College and entrust them with crafting a unique and compelling first-year experience. The pilot program is an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine the liberal arts and sciences for the 21st century at the University of Virginia and to develop citizen leaders for the nation and the world.

All full-time faculty (tenure-track and general faculty) in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to serve as a faculty fellow.

The inaugural College Fellows were announced on August 30, 2016.

Background and 2015-16 Update

Since 2012, the General Education Committee has been working to propose an overall concept and direction for the College’s general education program—including recommendations as to the outcomes we should expect from the undergraduate experience in Arts & Sciences and the curricular pathways, methods of instruction and co-curricular experiences most appropriate to foster those outcomes.

The Committee hosted a series of town halls in the 2015-16 academic year (November 19, 2015; December 14, 2015; February 16, 2016; April 22, 2016) and four open discussion sessions the week of February 8, 2016 to share ideas for a new curriculum and to gather input from faculty. This feedback was used for the proposed curriculum presented to CEPC on March 22, 2016. CEPC unanimously decided to forward the proposal to the entire faculty for a vote.

On May 4, 2016, College of Arts & Sciences faculty members voted to pilot the proposed new curriculum for general education.





Chad Wellmon – Chair
Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures