If the proposed resolution is presented to and passed by the Board of Trustees, the following steps would be set in motion. These steps and the accompanying timetable could be modified. At this time, however, current thinking suggests the following:
GENERAL EDUCATION FRAMEWORK
- The Chancellor, in consultation with the Council of Presidents, the University Faculty Senate, and the University Student Senate, will convene a task force of faculty, students, and academic administrators and charge it with creating a general education framework for the undergraduate colleges of the University, with the understanding that faculty members at each college will select the individual courses to fit within the framework. (spring 2011)
- The Task Force will create a framework that will set credit requirements in general education across broad disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary areas and will consist of a maximum of 36 credits of lower-division general education courses, with baccalaureate programs able to add up to six credits of lower- or upper-division credits at their option. The Task Force will specify the learning outcomes by which courses will qualify as satisfying the requirements of a broad disciplinary area and present its recommended framework, including the necessary learning outcomes and any other actions needed to effect the recommended framework, to the Chancellor in a report by November 1, 2011.
- Based on these recommendations and the decisions that stem from it, colleges will begin to evaluate which of their current and new courses will qualify as satisfying the requirements of each broad disciplinary area in January 2012, and submit a list to a designated review body by September 2012.
- The review body will release a list of all courses across CUNY that satisfy the requirements of each disciplinary area by December 2012.
PATHWAYS FOR LARGEST TRANSFER MAJORS
- In order to establish clear pathways for the largest transfer majors, the Chancellor, in consultation with the Council of Presidents, the University Faculty Senate, and the University Student Senate, will convene relevant disciplinary committees of faculty, students, and academic administrators. (summer 2011)
- Each committee working to establish a clear pathway for one of the largest transfer majors will specify no fewer than three and no more than six courses in the major or cognate fields that will be accepted as entry-level major courses or as prerequisites for such courses by all colleges offering those majors, by March 1, 2012.
GENERAL EDUCATION FRAMEWORK, PATHWAYS FOR LARGEST TRANSFER MAJORS, and FULL COURSE TRANSFERABILTY
- All necessary system updates will be completed during spring 2013.
- All components of this policy—a general education framework, discrete pathways for the largest transfer majors, and full transferability between and among CUNY colleges of all courses taught at the University—will be fully effective for students entering CUNY no later than fall 2013.
- The first students will transfer under the new system in 2014.
- The first students with associate degrees from CUNY colleges will transfer under the new system in 2015.