Faculty Oversight of the GE CLAS Core

Faculty Oversight
Role of the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee
Role of the General Education Curriculum Committee
Periodic Reviews of the General Education CLAS Core Requirements

Faculty Responsibility

The GE CLAS Core  has a special place in the College’s educational mission since every student must complete the program's requirements to receive a degree from the College.

Courses approved in the various required Core areas have a broader role than other courses in departments or programs, with responsibility for these courses extending beyond the departments in which they are taught. The program has special oversight  by the two committees, below. Careful attention is paid to all details of a proposal requesting GE Core status for a course to ensure that CLAS guidelines for the Program are met in every approved course.

Role of the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee

The Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (UEPCC) provides primary oversight for the GE CLAS Core as specified in the College’s Manual of Procedure, Article VI. In relation to the program, the UEPCC has responsibility for the following tasks.

Current membership on this committee may be found on the For Faculty>Faculty Governance page.

  • Appointment of members of the General Education Curriculum Committee (with the advice of the Dean).
  • Development of policies and procedures governing the program in consultation with the General Education Curriculum Committee.
  • Consideration of major changes to the program and recommendations of changes to the faculty of the college.
  • Final action on recommendations from the General Education Curriculum Committee.

Role of the General Education Curriculum Committee

Members of the General Education Curriculum Committee (GECC) are appointed by the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (UEPCC) with the advice of the Dean and serve in an advisory capacity to that committee and to the Dean.The committee has six faculty members, two appointed from each of the College’s three voting divisions. The term of appointment is for three years and these terms are adjusted so that two members are newly appointed every year. The committee includes a student member with a term of one year, which may be renewed. Others are invited to attend as appropriate in order to facilitate communication about the CLAS GE Program across offices and colleges. Faculty members wishing to serve on the committee are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean to see if a position is vacant.

Current membership on this committee may be found on the Faculty Governance page.

The General Education Curriculum Committee has as its principal duties the following:

  • To review and make recommendations on proposals requesting GE Core status for a course.
  • To make recommendations to the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (UEPCC) concerning courses that should be approved or removed as part of the program.
  • To educate instructors about the purpose, outcomes, and guidelines of the program.
  • To develop, review, and recommend modification to outcomes and guidelines that define the standards for courses to be approved in each requirement area.
  • To undertake special review tasks as requested by the Dean or the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee.
  • To advise the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee on possible improvements to the GE Core Program and to prepare an annual report on its work for the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee.
  • To help assess the outcomes of the program and related courses.

Periodic Reviews of the General Education CLAS Core 

Around every five years, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reviews the GE CLAS Core, asking how the Core requirements support the UI and CLAS strategic plans and how they can better serve undergraduate students. Past reviews have resulted in key changes to these requirements, including the addition of the Diversity and Inclusion requirement and the removal of the Distributed requirement. This periodic review is in addition to the assessment of student learning organized by the GE Curriculum Committee (GECC) each year unless a periodic review is  underway. 

Both the General Education Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee are central to this review process since these two faculty committees are charged with oversight of the General Education CLAS Core and are regularly consulted during any periodic review.

Questions and suggestions may be addressed to the Chair or to any member of the committee. The current proposal about adding a GE CLAS Core requirement in Sustainability as a result of the work of the Review Committee, below, may be found at this link.

GE CLAS Core Review Committee 2019-2020  Membership

Gary Christensen, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

James Cremer, Computer Science, CLAS

Helena Dettmer, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum, Chair of CCRC, Classics

Andrew Forbes, Biology, CLAS

Joseph Haggerty, Student member, CLAS

Matthew Hill, Anthropology, past Chair of the General Education Curriculum Committee, CLASKathryn Hall, GE Coordinator, CLAS

Alan Huckleberry, School of Music, CLAS

Cornelia Lang, Physics and Astronomy, Chair of the General Education Curriculum Committee, CLAS

Emily Manders, Student member, CLAS

Mark McDermott, Teaching and Learning, College of Education

Dhananjay Nayakankuppam, Marketing, Tippie College of Business

Amy Strathman, Chemistry, CLAS

Roland Racevskis, Associate Dean for Arts and the Humanities

Maggy Tomova, Associate Dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences

Charge to the Committee

What is the purpose of the review of the General Education CLAS Core?
The purpose is to explore the following questions:

  • In what ways could the General Education (GE) CLAS Core better provide a transformative educational experience relevant for the 21st Century that encourages the development of engaged students and citizens?

  • How can the GE CLAS Core better serve the UI strategic plan to create opportunities of student success?

What is the UI Strategic Plan Goal for Student Success?

  • “Provide a transformative educational experience that educates all UI students to be engaged citizens.”