General Education Committee

Committee Support/Facilitation

Maureen Andrade, AVPAA, Academic Programs
Jo Scofield, Administrative Assistant to Committee


Cyndi Krebs, Committee Chair, College of Technology & Computing

Margaret Bellon, Graduation and Transfer Services

Vacant, University College

Vacant, College of Aviation and Public Services

Jeff Calderwood, UVUSA Senator for University College

Todd Goddard, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Joe Jensen, College of Science and Health

Hong Pang, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Eugene Seeley, Woodbury School of Business

Mike Shaw, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jeb Wallace, School of the Arts


The General Education (GE) Committee is established under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs – Academic Programs. The Committee serves in an advisory capacity to Academic Affairs and the Academic Affairs Council. The Committee is tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee the General Education program at UVU within the guidelines of Regent’s Policy R470.
  • Conduct a regular review of core and distribution requirements and courses that fulfill these requirements. This should include an audit of syllabi, course objectives, and assignments. Courses should be reviewed on a rotating basis with each course being reviewed every 3-5 years.
  • Review proposals for the addition or deletion of General Education courses and make recommendations to Academic Affairs through the Associate Vice President of Academic Programs.
  • Review practices and policies and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Promote the role of General Education on campus.
  • Represent Utah Valley University in state-wide discussions of general education issues.
  • Support the Academic Affairs Council and the Academic Effectiveness Committee on assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Collaborate on Global Intercultural requirement issues by providing one or more members for the Global Intercultural Committee, which reports directly to the Associate Vice-Presidents of Academic Programs and Engaged Learning.


The Committee is comprised of one faculty representative from the School of the Arts, School of Education, College of Aviation and Public Services, College of Technology and Computing, Woodbury School of Business, and University College; and two from the College Science and Health and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Staff members and other faculty may be invited to consult with the committee on an as-needed basis or serve on the committee as on-going advisors to provide expertise about institutional processes and policies or current projects.

Committee Member Responsibilities

Committee members are expected to:

  • Attend and participate in all meetings or find a substitute if unable to attend.
  • Review materials related to discussion topics.
  • Fulfill assignments related to the GE Committee charge.
  • Advocate for and increase understanding of the role of general education across campus.
  • Have an institution-wide perspective.

Committee members serve a three-year appointment. Members are nominated by their deans who consult with their departments and submit 1-2 names to the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and the Chair of the GE Committee. Candidates should ideally have familiarity with general education issues, knowledge of current practices, and a commitment to the philosophy of general education. Appointments will be made by the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs. The Chair of the Committee is selected by the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and serves for a period of five years. New chairs and committee members begin their duties in the annual retreat. Outgoing chairs and members will conclude their terms after the retreat.

Committee Recommendations

Recommendations should be made to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs-Academic Programs. These recommendations are ideally made by committee consensus, but when needed, a formal vote can occur. In these cases, voting privileges will be limited to faculty members.

Chair Responsibilities

The GE Committee Chair is expected to:

  • Meet regularly with the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and the Vice President for Academic Affairs as needed to coordinate agendas and tasks.
  • Report to the Academic Affairs Council on GE issues as invited.
  • Conduct regular meetings and facilitate discussions.
  • Organize an annual retreat.
  • Serve as a liaison with departments regarding GE issues.
  • Make assignments to GE Committee members.

Meeting Schedule

The GE Committee typically meets twice per month; however, this can be adjusted as needed.