Undergraduate General Education Requirements Committee (GERC)
2014-2015 Undergraduate General Education Objectives Courses - as Approved Dec. 6, 2013
SBOE-Mandated changes to statewide Gen Ed Program:
Feburary 3, 2014
Dear Deans, Directors and Chairs,
On behalf of the General Education Requirements Committee (GERC) I’m writing to extend our thanks for the hard work and forbearance of you and your faculties that culminated in last semester’s implementation of ISU’s revised General Education program in the 2014-15 course catalog. I wish I could also write with news that the revision process is now complete; instead, I want to give you an update about recent developments and where we stand now in the process.
Many of you may know that the SBOE began last year to convene task forces, comprised of representative faculty from each of Idaho’s higher education institutions, to draft a revised set of general education learning objectives, and accompanying rubrics for assessment, that will apply to all Idaho colleges and universities. It is my understanding that the work of these task forces is close to being completed, with a goal of finalizing the new objectives by the end of this spring 2014 semester. GERC members were given current task force drafts just last week, and along with them a charge to figure out a process for bringing our current ISU general education program into alignment with the new statewide one.
Call me a Pollyanna, but a first look at the work coming from the task forces suggests that what we’ve done already here at ISU to revise our general education program has brought us quite close to what the statewide program will look like. That is, I am optimistic that GERC will be able to devise a process for alignment that will build on the work already done last year without having to call for revised proposals for all general education courses. It’s also safe to say, however, that GERC will be requesting some revised course proposals for some courses; which ones I cannot now say, but I can say that those of you who had courses “grandfathered” again with a resubmit date of 1 March should not submit revised course proposals until further word from GERC.
There has been some discussion about hosting an informational forum later in the semester to provide more up-to-date news on the statewide general education revision and to answer questions. Whether or not that happens, we will present a plan for how GERC will manage the alignment process. Please look for future announcements; more details will be forthcoming as they become available.
Finally, something that should not go without saying: serving on GERC has only enhanced my appreciation of the quality of ISU’s general education program, and I see this ongoing process of revision, including the proposing and reviewing of general education courses, as a process of articulating the educational quality and value of what our general education has and will continue to provide. Thus, I hope you will extend my thanks to those members of your faculties who have articulated these values in their course proposals, along with my apologies for any awkwardness in the process so far.
I also ask for your continued forbearance as we all continue to play ball on running water.
Chair, General Educational Requirements Committee
All General Education courses MUST have formal proposals submitted and approved through this process before they will be counted as fulfilling General Education requirements. Proposal submissions are encouraged and accepted throughout the spring and summer for processing, and will be put in the pipeline for fall.
General Education Course Proposals Form - refer to Rubrics (below) when completing this form
General Education Objective Rubrics
Introduction: About the Objective Rubrics
General Rubric for Evaluating Proposals for all Objectives
Objective 1: Written English
Objective 2: Spoken English (revised)
Objective 3: Mathematics
Objective 4: Humanities, Fine Arts, and Foreign Languages
Objective 5: Natural Science
Objective 6: Behavioral and Social Science
Objective 7: Critical Thinking
Objective 8: Information Literacy
Objective 9: Cultural Diversity
All Objective Rubrics (in one document)
- Objective 1 Sample Proposal
- Objective 2 Sample Proposal
- Objective 3 Sample Proposal
- Objective 4 Sample Proposal
- Objective 5 Sample Proposal
- Objective 6 Sample Proposal
- Objective 7 Sample Proposal
- Objective 8 Sample Proposal
- Objective 9 Sample Proposal
List of General Education Requirements Committee (GERC) members 2013-14
- Cathy Peppers (Chair), College of Business -- term expires May 2015
- Erika Kuhlman, College of Arts & Letters -- term expires May 2014
- Jim Skidmore (replacing Angela Petit), College of Arts & Letters -- term expires May 2016
- Jerry Lyons, College of Education -- term expires May 2014
- seat vacant, Division of Health Sciences -- term expires May 2014
- Tara Johnson (Secretary), Division of Health Sciences -- term expires May 2015
- seat vacant, College of Science & Engineering -- term expires May 2014
- Andrew Holland (Vice-Chair), College of Science & Engineering -- term expires May 2016
- Mike Hansen, College of Technology -- term expires May 2016
- Sandra Shropshire, Library -- term expires May 2015
- Jim Bigelow, Undergraduate Curriculum Council Vice Chair (Ex Officio, non-voting) -- term expires May 2014
- Sarah Mead, Office of the Registrar (Ex Officio, non-voting) -- term expires May 2015
- Margaret Johnson, Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, (Ex Officio, non-voting)
- Lori Austill, Instructional Technology Research Center (Ex Officio, non-voting) -- term expires May 2016
- ASISU Student representative (seat vacant) (Ex Officio) -- term expires May 2014
- Catherine Read, Administrative Assistant