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Welcome to the General Education (GE) and Student Engagement Teaching Commons

The purpose of this site is to share resources, ideas, and to make connections between universities and community colleges to help transform General Education Breadth transfer curriculum into a more integrative, relevant, and contextualized curriculum that explicitly prepares students to achieve the Essential Learning Outcomes developed through the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

New Paradigms and Pathways in GE


Give Students a Compass Culminating Conference

February 12th-14th, 2015
California State University, Sacramento

students on campus

The culminating conference of the “Give Students a Compass” initiative in California featured outstanding plenary speakers, posters on innovations in GE, and interactive sessions to explore directions for the future.



What's new in GE?

Students and faculty discuss making GE relevant at the March Compass meeting

About MERLOT and the CSU General Education and Student Engagement Teaching Commons

  • Is a free, open educational resource dedicated to improving General Education that anyone can use.
  • Provides a collaborative space, supported by an online community of educators to share best practices and exchange ideas and resources.
  • Promotes the practical and tested use of student engagement strategies.
  • Is based on The Carnegie Foundation's model of "teaching commons."
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Join the GE & Student Engagement Online Community

MERLOT Voices provides a FREE online communications network for faculty and administrators in the CSU and community colleges to share material and ideas, ask questions, connect with each other, report on progress, and much more in an easy to use online community. You can:

  • Contribute to online discussions, blogs, or chats.
  • Post, share, exchange, and comment on documents and videos that can help you be a more successful instructor or administrator.
  • Get advice and information about general education and student engagement.
  • Share successes, ask questions, contact colleagues, and pose problems and have your GE colleagues respond.

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Please join our growing membership for occasional updates about best practices in General Education by keeping your current email address on our subscription list. From your primary email address, follow this link to subscribe, leaving the subject and body of the email blank. (Directions to unsubscribe are at the bottom of each message.)