Education for an inter- connected world.
What should it mean to hold a degree from BU? What skills, knowledge and habits of mind do today’s students need to thrive in their personal, professional and civic lives? What capacities should every BU undergraduate develop, regardless of college or major?
Boston University moved decisively to answer those essential questions in May 2016, when the University Council voted to approve the vision and intellectual framework proposed in the final report of the Task Force on General Education for the BU Hub, our first ever university-wide general education program.
The multiple reasons why BU has made a priority of this general education initiative continue to animate its second phase of efforts now underway to take the BU Hub from vision to reality. In September 2016, Provost Morrison charged a new task force, the BU Hub Implementation Task Force, with developing the structures and processes needed for implementing university-wide general education in all its curricular, co-curricular, and operational dimensions. Assisted by 10 BU Hub Satellite Committees, the Task Force established the BU Hub requirements for students and developed the learning outcomes for each area of the Hub with the goals of piloting aspects of the BU Hub in the 2017-2018 academic year and fully launching the program for freshmen entering in September 2018.
The first Task Force report was the culmination of 15 months of intensive deliberation and consultation that included 36 separate meetings with a wide range of stakeholders in the BU community, including faculty in every school and college. The Implementation Task Force has likewise worked to keep the whole community informed and involved at every stage of planning for the BU Hub.
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Perspectives on General Education
Here are the eight steps to Developing a University-wide General Education Program. View the Roadmap details
Task Force on General Education Appointed
Task Force Develops Initial Ideas
Discussion with the University Community
Revision and Report on a Vision for University-Wide General Education
Fall 2015/Winter 2016
Discussion, Consideration, and Approval of the Task Force’s Report
Appointment of the General Education Implementation Task Force
Fall 2016/Spring 2017
Pilot Implementation of General Education
2017-2018 Academic Year
Full Implementation of General Education