Schreyer Conference 2017 “General Education: Inspiration for Integration”

Save the Date! Wednesday, October, 25, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn


Faculty of all ranks and administrators, at all Penn State locations, are invited to participate in the biennial Schreyer Conference next fall. On October, 25, 2017, the Schreyer Photo of participants discusssing general education at a previous Schreyer Conference.Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Schreyer Honors College, along with co-sponsorship from the Office for General Education, will host this year’s conference entitled “General Education: Inspiration for Integration.” The focus of the conference is moving forward on Penn State’s recently revised General Education (Gen Ed) program.

The new Gen Ed program was designed to meet the learning needs and thinking skills required of students who live in a world of interconnected contexts. The requirements will apply to incoming students beginning in summer 2018.

The Schreyer Conference program will emphasize the practical aspects of Gen Ed integration, while maintaining a focus on students. Conference topics will address the concerns of faculty, particularly faculty who will be submitting new course proposals and revised courses for recertification.

Topics of concurrent working sessions are likely to include the following, but may include additional concerns that arise between now and the conference:

  • Integrative Courses: Lessons Learned
  • Linked Courses: What are the Options?
  • Designing Inclusive Gen Ed Courses
  • Collaborating Across Domains: Teaching Outside Your Comfort Zone
  • Managing the Senate Recertification Process
Photo of Provost Nick Jones

The Conference will begin with a brief review of the program approved by the University Faculty Senate last year. To ensure that curricular design stays focused on students, conference participants will have an opportunity to hear students’ perspectives on Gen Ed through the rebroadcast of a 2013 video created by Penn State Public Media.

Gen Ed Faculty Fellows will initiate roundtable discussions with participants during lunch. The conference will culminate in a wrap-up and Q&A with Dr. Nick Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

For more information, contact Deidre Yingling or watch for details on our website.