Implementing a New General Education Framework
Should the Faculty Senate approve a proposal to convert the General Education
program to a four-hour base a host of issues would have to be addressed
prior to implementing the revised program. The General Education Task Force
believes that adoption of the following four recommendations would facilitate
The General Education Task Force recommends Fall Quarter 2000 as
the effective date for implementing a revised General Education program.
This would provide sufficient time to resolve the many issues that must
be addressed prior to implementation without unnecessarily delaying the
The General Education Task Force recommends that the Faculty Senate
charge an ad hoc General Education Implementation Committee with overseeing
all as aspects of the transition. The voting membership of this Implementation
Committee should mirror that of the University Undergraduate Curriculum
and Academic Policy Committee. In addition, the Associate Provost for Academic
Affairs, the Chair of UUCAP, the Director of the University Division, and
the Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program s hould serve
as non-voting, ex-officio members.
While the General Education Implementation Committee should coordinate
its work with UUCAP, the Implementation Committee should have complete
responsibility for overseeing both the curricular and the administrative
aspects of the transition. However, the Faculty Senate should retain final
authority over the implementation process. The Implementation Committee
should be asked to submit all major decisions concerning curriculum and
policy to the Faculty Senate for ratification.
Specific Issues Related to Implementation
The General Education Task Force has identified the following list
of issues that it believes must be addressed in conjunction with the transition
to a four-hour General Education program.
Identify learning outcomes for each area of the General Education program
and criteria for assessing them.
Redesign the primary GE courses to reflect:
relevant learning outcomes.
emphasis on internationalism or American diversity where applicable.
Develop criteria and a process for approving courses proposed:
as alternatives to primary courses in various areas.
to satisfy college component.
Work with WAC Coordinator and WAC Oversight Committee to preserve the GE
component of WAC program.
Review the guidelines for evaluating the GE credits of transfer students.
Adopt transition policies setting out GE requirements for continuing students
who have partially completed the present General Education Program.
Revise college and departmental program requirements to reflect changes
in GE program.
Adopt a scheduling matrix for four-hour courses.
Develop new master schedules that reflect the change in the General Education
Develop a plan for informing the University community about the upcoming
changes in General Education.
Coordinate changes in General Education with publication of the University
Time Line for Transition Process
The General Education Task Force recommends that the following benchmarks
be adopted to ensure that the transition proceeds in a timely manner.
June 1, 1998 - December 30, 1998
Implementation Committee coordinates identification of the specific student
learning outcomes that the General education program seeks to develop.
Implementation Committee coordinates development of criteria for courses
satisfying the college component or serving as alternatives to the primary
Implementation Committee begins consideration of administrative issues.
January 1, 1999 - March 30, 1999
Departments and programs revises primary GE courses to reflect relevant
learning outcomes and emphasis on internationalism or American diversity
Colleges identify courses that will be proposed to satisfy the college
Implementation Committee completes planning for resolution of administrative
April 1, 1999 - May 30, 1999
Implementation Committee reviews syllabi for revised General Education
Implementation Committee reviews syllabi of courses proposed to satisfy
Departments and programs identify courses to serve as alternatives to primary
GE courses and submit them to the Implementation Committee for review.
Implementation Committee finalizes recommendations for revising GE program
and forwards them to Faculty Senate in time for consideration at Spring
1999 University Faculty Meeting.
September 1999 - June 2000
Implementation Committee coordinates development of plan for assessing
General Education program.
Implementation Committee reviews further proposals for alternative GE courses
or courses for inclusion in college component and forwards them to the
Implementation Committee formulates proposals for a General Education oversight
Implementation Committee completes its charge by forwarding recommendations
to the Faculty Senate for assessing the GE program and instituting a GE
oversight mechanism in time for consideration at Spring 2000 University
September 1999 - March 30, 2000
Colleges and departments revise program requirements to reflect
changes in GE program and submit revisions to UUCAP for approval.
Links to Other Portions of this Report
Gen Ed Task Force Report: Introductory Summary
Gen Ed Task Force Report: Recommendations - Overview
Gen Ed Task Force Report: Recommendations - Details
Gen Ed Task Force Report: Implementation [the
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Appendix: Charge to the General Education Task Force