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General Education

Rodney Frey
Director, General Education
Phinney Hall 116
(208) 885-6268

Undergraduate General Education

What is an educated person, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

What educational competencies and skills do you, as a Vandal, need the day after your graduation?

We know that the skills in civic, ethical and collaborative engagement with diverse groups are critical for a well educated citizen.  In a recent survey of employers, they revealed that colleges need to increase their focus on: 

  • written and oral communication
  • critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • the application of knowledge and skills in real-world settings
  • complex problem-solving and analysis
  • ethical decision-making
  • teamwork skills
  • innovation and creativity
  • concepts and developments in science and technology
The University of Idaho's General Education Curriculum is at the heart of a broad-based, multi-year liberal educational experience.  These learning outcomes, aligned with the University of Idaho's Five Learning Outcomes, seek to address the question of what it is that entails a 21st century educated person, and meet the needs of employers, a democratic society, and the challenges of a rapidly changing and diverse world.  

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