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With the release of a new state higher education student program, the Faculty senate at Wright State University looks to consider what general education courses should entail to fit new criteria.
Ohio Transfer 36
According to a resource guide from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Ohio Transfer 36 is an initiative to help students who transfer schools maintain general education credits from a prior institution.
“Ohio Transfer 36 courses ensure timely progress toward your degree by guaranteeing successful completion of general education coursework throughout your transfer experience,” according to the guide.
According to an ad hoc committee document, OT36 is part of a series of changes that the Ohio Department of Higher Education enacted since the 2020-2021 academic year.
How this impacts WSU
Co-chairs of the Core Review and Alignment Committee Sarah McGinley and Dr. Brian Boyd explained that the faculty senate at WSU learned about the new changes and developed a subcommittee last year to perform research and provide recommendations on how the university’s core curriculum could change to meet the new standards.
The requirements set forth in OT36 for general education will not have an immediate impact on WSU core, according to McGinley.
“This is a long, slow process. It’s not gonna be imposed, it’s stuff that faculty bodies have to vote on,” McGinley explained. “So, if people are worried about it, they should be talking to faculty senators and making sure their voices are heard.”
McGinley provided an OT36 comparison to WSU, showing the first 24 credit hours of the OT36 module consists of writing/communication, math, arts/humanities and science courses.
McGinley also mentioned that the main obstacle is how the remaining 12 hours of general education courses will be dispersed; OT36 labels these remaining credit hours as “exploration foundation” courses.
The two co-chairs made it clear that the committee is only conducting preliminary research at this time. McGinley clarified that the research focuses on how the last 12 credit hours are determined.
“That’s the other big thing that we’re still going back and forth on: who has control over those hours,” McGinley said.
To perform the research, the core review committee has created three separate subcommittees across different programs on campus.
McGinley mentioned that those subcommittees will be visiting different departments to gather input, speaking with advisors to understand the difficulties that students have when trying to schedule courses and seeing how other Ohio institutions are matching core classes with the requirements of OT36.
Boyd commented on the future of WSU core with regard to OT36.
“We’re gonna have broader discussions about what should be in our general education requirements in the Wright State core, and then let’s make some decisions.”