Call for General Education CLAS Core Proposals in Sustainability

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Cornelia Lang, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
RE: Call for General Education CLAS Core Proposals in Sustainability

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As you know, a new General Education CLAS Core requirement in Sustainability was approved by CLAS and then by the Provost at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

Students entering UI during Summer 2022 and after will be held to the new requirement, with General Education CLAS Core courses in Sustainability first offered during Fall 2022.

Please submit General Education course proposals for Sustainability status by September 3 for a review by the General Education Curriculum Committee in Fall 2021 or by January 16 for Spring 2021.

  • Please see this essential background information about the General Education CLAS Core Sustainability requirement before writing the proposal.
  • Thank you for following these specific guidelines for writing a General Education CLAS Core Sustainability proposal. These guidelines differ from those used for General Education proposals in other General Education areas.
  • Be sure to review this information about the CLAS General Education CLAS Core before writing the proposal:

Goals and Course Attributes

Comprehensive Outcomes

Area Outcomes

Instructional Policies

Faculty Oversight


  • The Center for Teaching is happy to support consultation about course pedagogy related to the General Education Sustainability requirement.
    • There will be a special course design institute held during the fall semester with an emphasis on designing a Sustainability course for the CLAS Core requirement.
    • To schedule a consultation or workshop, contact the Center for Teaching at or call (319) 335-6048.

I am also happy to meet with you to discuss ideas and brainstorms potential topics and to connect you with others who are thinking of proposing for courses for this requirement.

Thank you for your help and for your interest in the General Education CLAS Core and for making the Sustainability requirement a reality for our students.