Comprehensive report outlines the project’s vision, rationale, and guiding principles. Emphasizes the importance of creating guided pathways for integrative learning and provides connections to signature assignments and Degree Qualifications Profile.
Provides an overview of the GEMs initiative and includes links to the GEMs publications. Lists the core design principles and guidelines of this initiative.
"This publication calls for a re-envisioning of general education with clear, purposeful pathways for all students, allowing them to actively demonstrate their learning through high-impact practices and teaching strategies that are transferable across disciplines, departments, institutions, and even state systems."
From the Task Report of the University’s Common Curriculum Visioning Committee, webpage includes a definition of each GEM design principles, key questions to consider and the committee’s next steps for each principle. In this work, they reference key pages of AAC&U’s GEMs publication: General Education Maps and Markers
Offers brief background for the GEMs initiative, summarizing other AAC & U initiatives in an effort to show relation to the GEMs work.
Showcases George Mason University’s recently established Mason Core requirements and the related Encore Series. Beginning Fall 2016, students can opt to complete GE through co-curricular activities centered on career readiness, civic learning/community engagement, global/multicultural understanding or well-being--an example of GEMs.
Outlines Signature Work and briefly summarizes which colleges are implementing Signature Work in specific programs.
Centers around the Habits of Mind needed to maximize a learner’s potential with newly acquired skills and knowledge. “By explicitly teaching 'habits of mind,' we hope to equip students with the intellectual skills necessary to successfully and soundly make use of the information and knowledge available to them.”