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Q & I Examined in Prestigious Journal

Q & I Examined in Prestigious Journal

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently highlighted CUI’s Q&I curriculum in a special 2018 publication titled Reforming Gen Ed: Strategies for success on your campus. The two-page institutional profile of Concordia was headlined, “A liberal-arts college sees student engagement increase with the creation of common-core courses.”

“This is a first for us,” says Scott Ashmon. “When we got the Core going, I had hoped we would get notice from the Chronicle, and we reached out a few times but nothing came of it. So we let it go for a long time.”

With the Q&I revamp, the publication decided to make CUI one of three institutional profiles in the special November publication. The Chronicle noted that “refreshing general-education courses required all faculty members to rethink what they were teaching. What big questions are you going to address? What great works are you going to use? What high-impact practices are you going to incorporate? And how does it all hold together?”

“I certainly view it as affirmation,” Ashmon says of the piece. “It puts us in the mix of thought leaders that other institutions should look at as at least food for thought, if not a model for general education. It puts us in the conversation of doing innovative work.”


Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a non-profit Lutheran Christian liberal arts four-year university that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and athletics administration. CUI’s undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. The university is part of the Concordia University System, the second largest education ministry system in the United States just behind the Catholic Church. The NCAA DII private university enrolls over 4,000 students annually.

Lizz Mishreki, APR
Director of Public Relation
Concordia University Irvine
[email protected]
(949) 214-3146

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