General Education Committee

Committee Support/Facilitation

David Connelly, AVPAA, Academic Programs


Jacqueline Preston, University College

Chris Weigel, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mark Lentz, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Chris Alldrege, Office of Senior Registrar

Jennifer Hooper, College of Science

Heath Ogden, College of Science

Ross Hagen, School of the Arts

Susan Thackeray, College of Engineering & Technology

Matthew Duffin, College of Health and Public Service

Makenzie Selland, School of Education

Eugene Seeley, Committee Chair, Woodbury School of Business


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 Health and Public Service, College of Engineering and Technology, Woodbury School of Business, and University College; and two from the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The representatives from the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences must be from different departments within their respective Colleges. 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. The Associate Vice President – Academic Programs may nominate faculty members for service on the Committee or petition the Faculty Senate for names of faculty members willing to serve. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee shall act as the ratifying body for faculty service on the Committee. 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 at the beginning of fall semester in the year of their appointment.

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.