Clemson University

The Purpose and Promise of General Education

Keynote: The Purpose and Promise of General Education - Dr. Kate McConnell. 11 am-12:15 pm, Auditorium of Watt Family Innovation Center.

This keynote will cover an overview of general education: why it exists, how it can help students, and how the outcomes of general education should work together. The General Education Task Force at Clemson has worked over the past two years to organize faculty conversations around general education at Clemson, and this keynote will help us continue those conversations.

All faculty and staff who work with undergraduate students are especially encouraged to attend, but all are invited.

Lunch provided 12:15-1:15 pm for those attending keynote. (RSVP requested -

This event is hosted by the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation.

About our consultant:

Dr. Kate McConnell is Senior Director for Research and Assessment in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment at AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities).

Dr. McConnell’s areas of expertise include faculty development, leveraging the learning sciences in the classroom, course-embedded assessment, and aligning pedagogy with assessment and student success. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in History from Providence College. At Virginia Tech, she taught courses on cognition, college teaching, and information processing, and worked with faculty on evidence-based teaching and learning throughout academic and advising programs. She worked with Virginia Tech’s Quality Enhancement Plan and has both evaluated STEM education projects and served as a co-PI on an NSF STEP grant. As an AAC&U Senior Director, Dr. McConnell focuses on using course-embedded assessment to improve teaching and learning while also addressing accountability and accreditation requirements.   

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:00am to 1:15pm

Watt Family Innovation Center, Auditorium
Sigma Drive, Clemson, SC 29634

Event Type

Lectures / Seminars / Speakers, Seminars, Workshops


Office of Provost

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff


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Associate Dean Bridget Trogden

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Recent Activity

Janice Comfort

Janice Comfort left a positive review 4/16/2018

Dr. McConnell is an engaging speaker, and she provided a lot of information that will be very helpful as we go forward.

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis left a positive review 4/12/2018

The speaker was a wonderful presenter and had great information! I loved the statistics that she worked in and walking us through her education narrative!