The simplest explanation for why Sacred Heart University began a review for creating a new general education curriculum is that the last university strategic plan (1989-94) called for it and a faculty survey showed strong support for it.
A process so long and intense as curriculum revision must finally teach us many things.
Curran, T., Curtis, D., & Grodzinsky, F. (1994). The process of general education reform: An impossible dream ... almost!. In R. Kelder (Ed.). Interdisciplinary curricula, general education, and liberal learning: Selected papers from the third annual Conference of the Institute for the Study of Postsecondary Pedagogy (pp. 44-50). New Paltz, N.Y.: Institute for the Study of Postsecondary Pedagogy.