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Our Mission

To facilitate research-based documentation of and scholarly evidence for best strategies, practices, and policies which ensure environments of quality learning, especially for low-income students and students of color.



Contacts:

Dr. Hazel Arnett Ervin, President
HBCU - General Education Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 115037
Atlanta, GA 30310-8037
hervin@hbcugea.org
Dr. Hazel A. Ervin @ HBCUGEA
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Strategic Plan, 2015 – 2020
The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for the General Education Alliance is to foster

  • Research-based documentation of  (1) best strategies, practices, and policies for student-centered teaching, learning and assessment, especially at course and program levels; (2)  collaborative efforts with HBCUs and other institutions on pedagogy and assessment in general education (and in the majors), especially on behalf of disadvantaged students and students from low-income communities; and (3) reports, studies, and initiatives, especially on behalf of institutional, instructional, and student support.
    General Education Leadership Summit
    Ask The Scholars
    Blog
    Discussion Topics
    Headlines: Educational Reform & Policies
  • Commitments to student demonstrations of core and essential learning skills which are consistent, intentional, and integrative; and to “closing the gaps of preparation” before or in general education.
    Seminars  & Workshops
    General Education Leadership Summit
    "Three R’s Review" Workshop
    Foundations First Program

 

 

Historical Timeline

June 2009 – Founded is the Historically Black Colleges and Universities—General Education Alliance by Hazel Arnett Ervin and Lois Jamison Sheer, who in June of 2009 were director and assistant director of General Education at Morehouse College.

July, 2009 - Mailed to the Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a letter, proposing the concept of the General Education Alliance. Under a separate letter, randomly selected Provosts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are invited to nominate at least one faculty member to serve on the Alliance’s Planning Committee; Provosts at all Historically Black Colleges and Universities are invited to subscribe to the Alliance.

November 6-7, 2009 – Received at the Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, are administrators and faculty who had been appointed by their Provosts to serve on the Planning Committee of the General Education Alliance and to assist in drafting the Alliance’s mission, goals, outcomes, and by-laws. In attendance were the following: Dr. Estelle Terry from Bennett College; Dr. Antonio Holland from Lincoln University (Missouri); Dr. Hazel Arnett Ervin and Dr. Lois Jamison Sheer from Morehouse College; Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson for Dr. Carlton E. Wilson from North Carolina Central University; Dr. McLouis Clayton from Shaw University; Dr. Joyce Blackwell from South Carolina State University; Dr. James W. Ward from Texas Southern University; and Consultant of Technology, Mr. Anthony C. Arnett of Raleigh, NC. Unable to attend or to send a representative was the Provost from Fayetteville State University. On both days, the Committee met from 8:00am to 5:00pm to draft the mission, goals, outcomes, and by-laws of the Alliance.

May 31 – June 4, 2010 – Received in Miami, Florida, are members of the Planning Committee and members at large to the General Education Alliance’s working Conference. Present are Dr. Joyce Blackwell from South Carolina State University; Dr. McLouis Clayton from Shaw University; Dr. Phyllis Dawkins and Dr. Dorothy Smith from Dillard University; Dr. Ann Harris from Lincoln University (Missouri); Dr. Estelle Terry from Bennett College; Dr. Hazel Arnett Ervin and Dr. Lois Jamison Sheer from Morehouse College; and Consultant of Technology, Mr. Anthony C. Arnett from Raleigh, North Carolina. Other conference participants represented institutions of higher education in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. The Planning Committee finalized and approved the Alliance’s mission, goals, outcomes, and by-laws. Also, the Planning Committee drafted the Alliance’s Strategic Plan for 2010-2014.

July 7, 2010 – Meeting via a Teleconference Call to edit and approve the Alliance’s Strategic Plan for 2010-2014 were members of the Planning Committee and members at large from the May, 2010 Conference. Following this meeting, the Board of Directors for the General Education Alliance became official: Dr. Joyce Ann Blackwell, Provost at South Carolina State University; Dr. McLouis Clayton, Professor of Mathematics at Shaw University; Dr. Ann Harris, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lincoln University (Missouri); Dr. Dorothy Smith, Dean of History at Dillard University; Dr. Estelle Terry, Provost at Bennett College; and Dr. Jon Young, Provost at Fayetteville State University. Dr. Hazel Arnett Ervin and Dr. Lois Jamison Sheer become ex-officio members with full rights of the Board. The Board Members outside of the academy who were later appointed were as follows: Dr. Robert Adams, Program Director of the Fetzer Organization in Michigan; Dr. Geneva Smitherman, University Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University; and Dr. Margaret Beal Spencer, Comparative Human Development, and the College, University of Chicago.

August 9, 2010 – Granted consent by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission of Tucker, Georgia, for the name reservation “Historically Black Colleges and Universities—General Education Alliance.

August 19, 2010 – Incorporated in the State of Georgia as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities—General Education Alliance, Inc.

 

 

Board of Directors

Robert Adams, Ph.D.
Fetzer Organization

Joyce Ann Blackwell, Ph.D.
Bennett College

McLouis Clayton, Ph.D.,
Chair Shaw University

Ann Harris, Ph. D.
Lincoln University

Dorothy Smith, Ph.D.
Dillard University

Geneva Smitherman, Ph. D.
Michigan State University

Margaret Beale Spencer, Ph. D.
University of Chicago

Samuel Taylor, Ph.D.
Fulton County School System

Esther Terry, Ph.D.
Bennett College

Jon M. Young, Ph.D.
Fayetteville State University

Hazel Arnett Ervin, Ph.D.
Ex-Officio

Lois J. Sheer, Ph.D.
Ex-Officio

 


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Accolades

"On behalf of my department, I wish to extend my gratitude to you and Lois for the excellent Goals and Outcomes in a Model of Student Development Workshop that you conducted in January.  Faculty members are still talking about your useful exercises on how to write explicit and measurable goals and outcomes.  We know already that we want to have you back to extend our strategies and practices in encoding our pedagogy with measurable critical thinking skills. Thanks again!"


Department Chair of Sociology
Atlanta, GA

 

"Thanks a million GEA for helping me to help my faculty understand “hierarchical structuring” of skills-based student learning in the General Education curriculum."

A Provost
Columbia, SC

 

"GEA.  My many thanks for your excellent assessment seminar with our institutional effectiveness team."

A Provost
Columbia, SC

 

"Thanks a million! Tara feels good about her SAT Test coming up next weekend. Seeking GEA’s help with basic skills tutorials on paragraph and essay writing was a good decision."

A Parent
Alpharetta, GA

 

"Your Mathematics consultant deserves a big hug!  Malaunia is now able to identify the exact skills that she must work on for her Algebra class."

A Parent
Greensboro, NC

 

"Megan’s reading and writing grades have improved tremendously. We are grateful to GEA’s consultants who worked with her this past summer.  Sincere gratitude from…"

Pleased Parents
Stockbridge, GA

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