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WKU Regents approve new general education program

The WKU Board of Regents today (July 27) approved a new general education program that will begin in fall 2014.

The Colonnade Program was developed by the General Education Task Force to update the core curriculum in place for more than 10 years. It divides general education courses into three categories: Foundations, covering intellectual and practical skills; Explorations, covering knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world; and Connections, covering understanding individual and social responsibility.

WKU Provost Gordon Emslie said the goal of task force was to create a true program that addressed student needs and not just a menu of classes.

Larry Snyder, associate dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters, chaired the task force. He said the 39-hour program was designed to be fluid and flexible and allow for changes without having to be re-invented.

Also at the meeting, WKU’s newest regent, John Ridley of Bowling Green, was sworn in. Ridley was appointed Wednesday by Gov. Steve Beshear for a six-year term.

John Ridley

John Ridley (right) of Bowling Green is sworn in as WKU’s newest regent by Chair Fred Higdon. WKU Photo by Bryan Lemon.

In other business, the Board:

*Approved undergraduate minors in American Sign Language and literature;

*Appointed Dr. David Keeling, a professor and head of the Geography and Geology Department, as a University Distinguished Professor;

*Approved emeritus status for Michael Binder (Libraries), Richard Greer, Daniel Roenker and Joyce Wilder (Psychology), Elmer Gray (Agriculture); Wanda Wiedemann (Math); James Flynn (English); Edward Schoen and Arvin Vos (Philosophy and Religion) and James Brown (Theatre and Dance);

*Approved employment contracts with Women’s Basketball Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard, Men’s Head Basketball Coach Ray Harper and Athletics Director Todd Stewart;

*Approved the purchase of property at 330 and 340 Alumni Ave. in the Greek Village from the WKU Real Estate Corp. for sale to Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for a fraternity house;

*Approved the sale of property at 1324 and 1328 Center St. in the Greek Village to Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity for a fraternity house. WKU will buy the current fraternity house at 1430 Chestnut St.

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