Proposing a Course for GE CLAS Core Status

Faculty members from any UI college are  invited to participate in the CLAS Core by submitting proposals for GE status for courses with their administrative home in the instructor's college. 


The committee accepts proposals from all CLAS departments or programs and from any of the UI colleges and is especially eager to receive proposals for the new Diversity and Inclusion area and for the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area.

During the fall semester, GE CLAS Core proposals are due by September 3. Spring proposals are due by January 16. 

Late proposals may be submitted, and the committee makes every effort to review each proposal during the semester it is received. If proposals are received substantially after the deadline, they are held for the following semester.

Information about the current members of the committee is available on this page.

The committee does not meet in the summer or over winter break and generally begins meeting in fall or spring by the second week of the semester. 

Please read the checklist below carefully since it continues important information.

Checklist and Other Information for Proposing GE CLAS Core Status

  • This checklist gives the required components for the proposal and information on the approval process. The proposal should follow this checklist closely.
  • Before writing the proposal, please read about the General Education CLAS Core, including its policies, the required course attributes. and the comprehensive and area outcomes so that the proposal clearly addresses related requirements.
  • The proposal must give evidence that the course provides opportunities for students to master the GE comprehensive outcomes and the GE area outcomes; the course must also employ the required course attributes.
  • Please note that if a current GE course is proposed for status in Diversity and Inclusion, the pre-DI version of the course will need to be dropped, with a new course added (with a new number and a revised title) before the DI status is applied. Exceptions are not made to this policy because of transfer and related issues.
  • The committee uses a rubric to make decisions about each proposal in order to ensure clarity and consistency during the approval process. All of the rubrics contain the same required course attributes and the comprehensive outcomes; the rubrics differ only in the specific area outcomes for each GE area. 
  • Here is a sample rubric for the Diversity and Inclusion; Historical Perspectives; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; and International and Global Issues; and Values and Culture. (Please free feel to ask for additional rubrics; note that the first two sections of the rubrics are identical for each GE area; the last section lists the specific learning outcomes of that specific area.)
  • GE courses are assessed every four to five years, with the expectation that faculty and departments are continually assessing all GE courses.
  • ACE evaluations have special questions addressing the GE outcomes of each GE area. The questions reflect the comprehensive GE and the specific area outcomes and are important. 
  • Here are several sample proposals for courses approved for GE DI status: Cinema; American StudiesInternational Studies

If you have questions, please confer with Kathryn Hall