Max Aeschbacher, University College
Todd Goddard, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Joe Jensen, College of Science and Health
Cyndi Krebs, College of Technology & Computing
Margaret Mittelman, College of Aviation and Public Services
Hong Pang, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Eugene Seeley, Committee Chair, Woodbury School of Business
Mike Shaw, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Margaret Bellon, Office of Senior Registrar
GE Committee Charge
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:
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:
Committee members serve a three-year appointment. Members are elected through the Faculty Senate. Candidates should ideally have familiarity with general education issues, knowledge of current practices, and a commitment to the philosophy of general education. The Chair of the Committee, appointed by the Associate Vice President, Academic Programs, 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.
Recommendations are made to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs-Academic Programs. Committee decisions and recommendations are generally made by committee consensus.
The GE Committee Chair is expected to:
The GE Committee typically meets twice per month; however, this can be adjusted as needed.
Academic Affairs Strategic Plan
Regent’s Policy R470
Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g., science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
General Education: The part of a liberal education curriculum shared by all students. It provides broad learning in liberal arts and science disciplines, and forms the basis for developing important intellectual, civic, and practical capacities. General education can take many forms, and increasingly includes introductory, advanced, and integrative forms of learning.
General education is a shared academic experience that provides students with the opportunity to explore new subjects, intellectual traditions, and perspectives; expands their awareness of the wider world; and prepares them with foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities that are expanded on in their disciplines of study in order to be successful learners and professionals positioned to contribute to their broader communities.