History and Development of the Dearborn Discovery Core

In January 2012, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Kate Davy convened the General Education Task Force to assess the University of Michigan-Dearbornís distribution requirements and to consider alternative models of general education. A year later, the Task Force released its report recommending a transformation of general education from a distribution model that has been in place since the early 1970s to a shared-learning outcomes model, providing an organized framework for a common university-wide general education curriculum. The Task Force report can be found here.

In late February 2013, Provost Davy tasked the General Education Implementation Committee with reviewing the recommendations of the General Education Task Force to consider how to implement its proposals. The General Education Implementation Committee issued its report in May and recommended--among other things--the creation of an associate provost for undergraduate education to oversee the planning and development of a new general education core at UM-Dearborn. The Implementation Committee report can be found here.

In August 2013, Provost Davy created the position of Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Integrative Learning and appointed Mitch Sollenberger to the position.  After consulting with the faculty members of the General Education Task Force and the General Education Implementation Committee, Associate Provost Sollenberger asked the Faculty Senate to approve the creation of the General Education Transition Committee.

In October 2013, the Faculty Senate approved a motion to establish the General Education Transition Committee and asked that the committee report to it the structure of a new general education core for the University of Michigan-Dearborn along with the learning goals that will need to be assessed by March 2014. The Transition Committee submitted its report in early March 2014. On March 17, 2014, the Faculty Senate approved the proposed general education program.