Is there a blank version of the application I can look at before I fill it out?
Yes. We have made a blank version of the application so you can look at the questions before applying.
This PDF contains every possible question that could appear based on your responses. When it's time to fill out the actual application, you will not see all of these questions; just the ones that pertain specifically to your particular course.
Can I use this application to apply for a new or one-time course?
No. This application is for existing courses and approval for General Education credit under the new designations. You will first need to fill out a Course Proposal Form.
Can I upload an old syllabus with my application?
No, unless your syllabus already explicitly addresses the learning goals of the Area of Inquiry and Perspective(s). You are providing this information in the application, but it's important for students to understand how courses incorporate the Areas of Inquiry and helps to bring together the various different Perspectives they are encountering as a part of their General Education program. If a syllabus does not address the learning goals in the new curriculum, the proposal will be returned for revision.
What if multiple people teach the same course? Do we each need to submit a form?
No. Approvals are being done at the course level, not section/instructor level. If multiple faculty members teach the same course, they should consult with one another about applying for new Gen Ed credit for their course. Although courses may differ in readings, assessments, etc., they should have common learning goals that incorporate the Area of Inquiry. When asked to submit a syllabus, faculty can submit a representative syllabus or a PDF that contains multiple syllabi to illustrate the varying approaches of faculty.
I have a general question about the changes to the General Education curriculum. Who should I contact?
Please contact Holli Frey at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a question about one or more of the Perspectives. Who should I contact?
Please contact the Implementation Committee members responsible for a specific Perspective. You will find them listed on the Implementation Committee Contacts page.
My course is already approved for General Education designation under the old system. Can I add the new designations to my class?
Yes. You may keep your current designations but will need to fill out the General Education Approval Form in order to apply for the new designations.
My course has no General Education designations. Can I apply for General Education designation under both the new and old systems?
Yes but you will need to apply twice using two different applications. For the old designations, apply using the Course Proposal Form. For the new designations, apply using the General Education Approval Form.
Please note that the General Education designations under the old system will be discontinued after academic year 2024-25.
Do I really have to fill out two different forms to have my existing course granted General Education designation under both the old and the new curriculum?
Unfortunately, yes. We are working as quickly as possible on building a new application form as part of the transition process.
To apply for the old General Education designations, use the Course Proposal Form.
To apply for the new General Education designations, use the General Education Approval Form.
Proposed new and one-time courses will need to fill out the Course Proposal Form prior to applying for the new General Education designations.
I used the "Save and Resume Later" feature but it didn't save my syllabus. Is that supposed to happen?
Yes. Unfortunately the "Save and Resume Later" feature does not save uploaded files.
I've been teaching FYP. Do I need to fill out a new form for an FYI course?
No, but there are some new guiding principles and more details will be forthcoming. The FYI is designed to introduce (and showcase) critical inquiry across the liberal arts disciplines, so that problems, questions, or issues are the point of entry into the course subject and a source of motivation for sustained inquiry.
Faculty will continue to choose their own subject, or topic for FYI, but it will be important to encourage FYI faculty to frame their course around essential questions, also sometimes referred to as ill-structured problems, namely, open-ended questions that do not have a clear right answer and must be responded to with a claim (or proposition) supported by reasons and evidence.
I have questions about the new form. Who should contact?
If you have questions about the form, are having a problem filling out the form, or have found an error in the form, contact Sara Garrand email@example.com.
Applying for the New General Education Designations
- Where can I find a description of the new Areas of Inquiry and Perspectives?
Can a faculty member apply for both Areas of Inquiry for a single course?
No. Each course may be approved for only one Area of Inquiry - Justice, Equity, Identity, and Difference (JEID) or Global Challenges (GC).
Can a faculty member apply for multiple Perspectives for a single course?
Yes. There is no restriction on the number of Perspectives designations for a single course. However, regardless of how many Perspectives a course has been approved for, a student may only count a course towards one Perspective.
How many Perspectives per course can a student count toward their General Education requirements?
Regardless of how many Perspectives a course has been approved for, a course may only count toward one Perspective. Students are not able to double-count courses. Students entering in Fall 2022 must take 6 unique courses; students entering in Fall 2023 must take 7 unique courses; students entering in Fall 2024 must take 8 unique courses.
Can I apply for Gen Ed designation outside of my field of expertise?
Yes! We encourage faculty from all divisions to read the descriptions and learning goals of the various Perspectives to determine if their course fulfills the stated goals. Each proposal is read by multiple faculty members from different disciplines and discussed to ensure that the learning goals are explicitly demonstrated in the syllabus and application. If a course does not initially meet all learning goals, a member of the Implementation Committee will reach out for further discussion. The faculty member may choose to re-envision or augment parts of the course to align with learning goals and re-submit a proposal or decide to withdraw their course from consideration of that Perspective.
Where can I find information about what supports are available to faculty for professional and course development puposes?
The Learning Design and Digital Innovations Team (formerly ITS Learning Technologies) offers support to faculty in the areas of professional development, individual and team based coaching, and technology development.
Will some courses be automatically accepted for certain Perspectives based on the home department of the faculty member?
No. Each course will be evaluated by multiple faculty members from different disciplines and approval will be based on whether the course demonstrates that it incorporates the Area of Inquiry and fulfills the Perspective learning goals in a meaningful way, as elucidated by the syllabus, course description, and application.
What happens after I complete my submission?
Each proposal is read by multiple faculty members from different disciplines and discussed to ensure that the learning goals are explicitly demonstrated in the syllabus and application. If it is not initially clear to the evaluators that the course meets all learning goals, a member of the Implementation Committee will reach out for clarification. While in many cases the faculty member may simply need to clarify their submission, they may choose to re-envision or augment parts of the course to better align with learning goals and re-submit a proposal or withdraw their course from consideration of that Perspective.
When should I submit my proposal?
We have been accepting proposals since January 2022 and will continue to accept and review submissions on a rolling basis. Submit your course proposal at any time! Proposals received before the end of the academic year will be reviewed by the Implementation Committee. Proposals received over the summer will be reviewed Fall 2022 by the Gen Ed board.
Applying for Common Curriculum Designations
- Where can I find a description of the Common Curriculum designations?
Are the General Education designations under the old system being discontinued?
Yes. The current designations of HUL, HUM, LCC, QMR, SCLB, SET, and SOCS will be discontinued after academic year 2024-25.