Northern Kentucky University is the first in the state to receive a National Planning Grant for General Education

Northern Kentucky University received a Cornerstone: Learning for Living Planning grant to fund Becoming a STAR at Northern Kentucky University and Beyond: A Pathway through the Foundation of Knowledge General Education Program.

NKU is the first institution in the state of Kentucky to be awarded this nationally competitive planning grant to support general education.

“It is truly gratifying for the University of Northern Kentucky to be the first institution in Kentucky to be awarded nationally competitive planning grant funds from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the ‘innovation in general education,’” Tonya Krouse, English teacher and Honors College freshman experience coordinator, said. “Our faculty-led program will emphasize best teaching practices to close equity gaps, increase students’ sense of belonging, and improve student achievement, and it will ensure that more students Undergraduates will take courses with expert faculty leading to tenure and tenure from the first semester they enroll at NKU.

Becoming a STAR at Northern Kentucky University and Beyond is a faculty-led initiative to energize the humanities and demonstrate its relevance to all undergraduates, but especially those not pursuing humanities degrees. To this end, the vision of the program is to create a high-impact, cohesive, intellectually challenging and inspiring general education experience that particularly targets students interested in career paths in STEM-H and business. If successful, the program will foster a culture of respect, inquiry, debate, participatory citizenship, and reflective reflection, which will begin in the general education classroom and extend to the NKU campus, surrounding community, and to the region.

“We are especially excited to show how a strong foundation in the humanities can enhance creative problem-solving, communication skills and cross-cultural skills for students in major pre-professional study programs,” said Emily Detmer-Goebel, Director of general education. “We look forward to creating something that will benefit students, local communities and employers in the region. »

Building on a core list of transformative texts, the Gateway and Pathway STAR courses will create a common intellectual experience for students and encourage them to:

• Study transformative texts discover lives and places outside of their own experience.
• Think deeply and critically about their own identity in relation to others, a task made possible by the transformative texts they study.
• Act responsibly in the communities they are part of, using classroom learning to inform non-academic efforts.
• Reflect on these actions as part of a larger intellectual and social project of humanistic inquiry, which links the pressing concerns of our present moment to a living past embodied in enduring works of literature, history and philosophy.

Within these four pillars, the program emphasizes literacy, written communication and oral communication as foundational skills for 21st century learners and leaders. It harnesses the humanities to introduce concepts, approaches, and skills that are essential to both participatory citizenship and workplace success.

Read more about general education at NKU on the website.

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