LEWISTON, Idaho - In April 2014, the Idaho State Board of Education approved a new policy that aligns General Education across the state through a common general education framework. At its October 2014 meeting at Lewis-Clark State College, the Board appointed eight members to the newly formed State General Education Committee, which is charged with reviewing competencies and rubrics for institutionally-designated General Education categories and ensuring transferability. The committee consists of a representative from each of the eight public postsecondary institutions.
Dean for Academic Programs Mary Flores is LCSC’s appointee to the statewide committee. Flores has been actively involved in general education reform at the state and local levels since the initiative was launched. She has participated in the creation of the common general education framework, co-led discipline-specific faculty subcommittees, and spearheaded efforts at the College to align LC general education courses with the state-approved competencies.
Flores came to LCSC in 1988 as an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center. Her career has spanned various teaching and administrative roles, including director of Writing and Writing Across the Curriculum, and division chair for Humanities.
“Few individuals at the College are more familiar with our general education core than Mary,” said LCSC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Stinson. “Her deep involvement as a teacher within the core has prepared her well to serve as LCSC’s representative in these important state level processes. Under Dean Flores’s leadership, the campus community is actively engaged in the core alignment processes and dialogue about our general education program.”
Photo: Mary Flores, Dean for Academic Programs