General Education Committee

Committee Support/Facilitation

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


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

Nancy Peterson, School of Education

Eugene Seeley, Committee Chair, Woodbury School of Business

Mike Shaw, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christine Walker, College of Science and Health

Jeb Wallace, School of the Arts

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:


  • 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 statewide discussions of general education issues.



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 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.


Committee Recommendations

Recommendations are made to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs-Academic Programs. Committee decisions and recommendations are generally made by committee consensus.


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.


Academic Affairs Strategic Plan

  • Examine the role of GE in providing a broad liberal arts education for students and meeting the educational mission of UVU.
  • Examine AAC&U best practices, and state and national models for general education.
  • Investigate applicability of general education tracks in meeting the goal of integrated and applied learning.


Regent’s Policy R470

  • Purpose of GE – prepare students for the 21st century; knowledge and proficiency in Intellectual & Practical Skills, Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World, Personal and Social Responsibility, Integrative Learning (synthesis across general & specialized; application of knowledge to new settings & complex problems).
  • Core areas – composition, mathematics, American Institutions (may be an integrated/interdisciplinary course or two-course sequence); required at all institutions; common numbering
  • Credits – 30-39 (18-27 credits beyond the core)
  • Encouraged to establish unique course requirements which reflect emphasis on institutional strengths, faculty, students.


Liberal Education

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

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.


GE Mission

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.