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General Education Designation

Application Process

 

New Designation Reviews Due:

Thursday, August 5, 2021
*Please refer to step 4 (Approval)

Five Year Reviews Due:

Thursday, September 9, 2021


Application Process Timeline



Submit Application


Applications for General Education designations are submitted through the Kuali platform. We accept applications on a first-come, first-serve basis, up until the deadline, as we are limited in the number of courses we have the capacity to review each semester. If we receive more applications than can be reviewed, the most recently submitted applications are pushed to the following semester.

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Go Directly to the Kuali Application here.



General Education Curriculum Committee Review


After submission, the application will be reviewed by the General Education Curriculum Committee (GECC). The GECC, run by the Office of General Education, oversees the General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirements for the University of Utah. The Committee consists of faculty members from all the major colleges that contribute to the General Education and Bachelor Degree curriculum. The GECC meets monthly throughout the fall and spring semesters to review applications for new designations. The GECC also reviews each designation, on all courses carrying designations every five years. The actual placement of designations on courses is done by the Registrar upon the recommendation of the GECC and the Undergraduate Council. 

Upon review of the application, the GECC will recommend one of the following:

Approve the application -

• The application will be sent on the Undergraduate Council for final review.

Revise and Resubmit -

• The submitting department will have the opportunity to review and respond to the GECC’s request for revisions and the        application will be reviewed again. Please note the Revise and Resubmit process will add an additional semester to the timeline.

Deny the application -

• The designation will not be added to the course. The department may apply again in a future semester.

 

View the Committee Roster here.



Undergraduate Council Review


Upon approval from the GECC, the application will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Council (UGC). The UGC is responsible for coordinating and encouraging the development of undergraduate studies across the University and overseeing all university-wide undergraduate requirements. The UGC is charged with maintaining a program of General Education and other graduation requirements in cooperation with the academic departments and colleges.

After the UGC completes their review, they will recommend one of the following:

Approve the application -

• The designation is approved and will be added to the course effective the following semester.

Revise and Resubmit -

• The submitting department will have the opportunity to review and respond to the Council’s request for revisions and the application will be reviewed again. Please note the Revise and Resubmit process will add an additional semester to the timeline.

Deny the application -

• The designation will not be added to the course. The department may apply again in a future semester. Click here to learn more about the UGC.

 

Learn more about the UGC here.



Approval


New designations that are approved by the General Education Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Council will be added to the course the semester following approval. Please note that a request to Revise and Resubmit, will extend this timeline by one semester. If the application is reviewed and approved during fall semester, the designation will be effective spring semester. If the application is reviewed and approved during spring semester, the designation will be effective in the fall of the next academic year. We do not add designations to courses during summer semester.



Five-Year Review


Approval for General Education designations remains effective for five years. After five years, the department will be contacted by the Office of General Education when it is time to review the course. You do not need to initiate the review.  All courses carrying designations are reviewed by the General Education Curriculum Committee every five years. Designations will be removed from courses if departments do not participate in the review process.

Contact the Office of General Education for more information.

Last Updated: 2/18/21