General Education Revision Updates

On Monday, November 13, Faculty Senate passed a proposal for the re-envisioning of the Liberal Arts Core, UNI's General Education Program. Included in the proposal is a charge to the committee, as well as a list of committee members.


The Committee to Re-envision the GEP will be responsible for guiding the process of reimagining General Education at the University of Northern Iowa. The process for developing a new General Education Program will come in two phases and will be collaborative and inclusive. Phase I will include crafting a bold mission statement, developing student learning outcomes, and considering the naming of UNI’s GEP; the first phase will end with endorsement from the college senates, the Liberal Arts Core Committee, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC), and the Faculty Senate.

Phase II will include aligning current courses, and possibly new courses, within a structure that allows students to meet the learning goals; students must be able to complete the program within 36 credit hours and the program must be delivered using current resources and even work towards realizing efficiencies. The committee will also determine how the new GEP will be coordinated, including administrative and faculty oversight. The structure, courses, and oversight will be reviewed to make certain that student curricular needs will be met and then will be endorsed, again, by the college senates, the Liberal Arts Core Committee, and the UCC, before going to the Faculty Senate for final approval.


Phase I Committee Members

Brenda Bass, Dean, CSBS – Co-Chair, non-voting
John Fritch, Dean, CHAS – Co-Chair, non-voting
CJ (Carlos) Aldape, NISG
Heather Asmus, Advising
Tristan Bernhard, NISG
Adam Butler, CSBS
Jonathan Chenoweth, CHAS
Angie Cox, Library
Mary Donegan-Ritter, COE
Deedee Heistad, Director, Undergraduate Studies
Chuck Holcombe, CSBS
Ana Kogl, CSBS
Ken McCormick, CBA
Ryan McGeogh, CHAS
Jeff Morgan, UCC
Steve O’Kane, CHAS
John Ophus, LAC Fellow
Susan Roberts-Dobie, COE
Jeremy Schraffenberger, CHAS
Doug Shaw, CHAS

Phase II Committee Members

Brenda, Bass, Dean, CSBS – Co-Chair, non-voting
Mary Donegan-Ritter, COE, Curriculum & Instruction
Susan Hill, CHAS, Phil & World Religions
Charles Holcombe, CSBS, History
Lisa Jepsen, CBA, Economics
Ana Kogl, CSBS, Political Science – Co-Chair
Ryan McGeough, CHAS, Comm Studies
Jeff Morgan, CHAS, Physics
John Ophus, Undergraduate Studies
Jeremy Schraffenberger, CHAS, Lang & Lit

Liaisons (to be consulted as appropriate)
Library: Angela Pratesi
CETL: Jonathan Chenoweth
Advising: Heather Asmus


Update #1: General Education Revision Framework

Update #2:  Gen Ed Approval Process

Update #3:  Spring 2018 Update to Faculty and Staff

Update #4:  Spring 2018 Update to Students

Update #5: Fall 2018 - General Education Faculty and Staff Sessions

Update # 6: DRAFTS of Potential Learning Areas for Listening Sessions Sept 2018

Update #7: DRAFTS of Mission Statements for Listening Sessions Sept 2018

Update #8: Draft 2 learning areas (presented to Faculty Senate, October 8th)

Update #9: Draft 2 mission statements (presented to Faculty Senate, October 8th)

Update #10: Email sent to campus announcing online feedback opportunity

Update #11: Copy of the Online Input Survey (sent to faculty and staff, October 15th)

Update #12: Fall 2018 - Gen Ed Mission & Outcome Survey Results

Update #13: Fall 2018 - Gen Ed Consultations

Update #14: Updated Gen Ed Consultations F'18 & Jan 2019

Update #15: GERC Notes from Campus Consultation Visits through 1-25-19

Update #16: Updated draft mission statement, Feb 1, 2019

Update #17: Updated draft learning areas and outcomes, Feb 1, 2019

Update #18: Survey feedback 2-8-19 on drafts of mission statement and learning outcomes

Update #19: Mission Statement for Senate Consideration Feb 2-22-19

Update #20: Learning Outcomes for Senate Consideration Feb 2-22-19

Update #21: Gen Ed Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes Approved by Faculty Senate on March 11

Update #22: Survey Email Sent to Campus on May 1, 2019

Update #23: Online Survey on Structure Elements of Gen Ed Sent to Campus on May 1, 2019

Update #24: Structural Elements Results from online survey to campus

Update #25: Email for the drafted revised liberal arts core model, September 2019

Update #26: Draft Gen Ed Structure Proposal, September 2019

Update #27: Approved General Education Learning Outcomes Approved by Faculty Senate, March 2019

Update #28: Email on Feedback Sessions

Update #29: Email on Feedback Sessions Updated

Update #30: Overall Feedback Report

Update #31: Revised General Education Structure Proposal

Update #32: Revised General Education Model Explained

Update #33: Full Final Structure Survey Results, February 28, 2020

Update #34: Gen Ed Structure Proposal for Faculty Senate, March 9, 2020

Update #35: Responses on Creativity Structure from Faculty 

Update #36: Updated Numbered Learning Areas & Outcomes

Update #37: Updated Numbered Learning Outcomes (short)

Update #38: Senate approved (April 10, 2020) General Education Structure

Update #39: Phase 2 Senate Charge and Approved Committee Membership

Update #40: Draft Course Guidelines presented to Senate 11-9-20

Update #41: Draft Outline for Course Applications presented to Senate 11-9-20

Update #42: F20 Survey Results on Draft Guidelines

Update #43: Final Senate Approved GER Course and Certificate Guidelines

Update #44: Email - General Education Re-envisioning Update

Update #45: Email - Call for Courses in New Gen Ed Program 3-25-21

Update #46: Course Application Packet 3-25-21

Update #47: New Gen Ed Course Proposal FORM

Update #48: Email - First Call for Gen Ed Certificate Proposals 4-6-21

Update #49: Final Spr21 Certificate Application GERC

Update #50: Multidisciplinary Certificates in UNI's Gen Ed Program

Update #51: GERC: Faculty Summer Institute Opportunities 4-15-21

Update #52: GERC Summer 2021 Institute Applications

Update #53 Email - Webinar Signups, Director of General Education 5-6-21

Update #54 Email - Second Call for GERC Proposals 8-27-21

Update #55 - Second Round GERC Course Proposal Application

Update #56 - Second Round GERC Certificate Proposal Application

Update #57: Email - POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Co-Coordinators of UNI Foundational Inquiry (UNIFI) 10-13-21

Update #58: Email - UNIFI Co-Coordinator Search Update 11-17-21

Update #59: Email - Presentation for UNIFI Curriculum Co-Coordinator Candidate, Dr. Jeremy Schraffenberger 11-30-21

Update #60: Email - Faculty Winter Break Certificate Institute – January 2022

Update #61: January 2022 Certificate Application

Update #62: Email - List of approved UNIFI courses for Fall 2022 12-10-21

Update #63: Fall 2022 UNIFI Courses

Update #64: Fall 2022 UNIFI courses by Learning Area

Update #65: Email - Third Call for Course and Certificate Proposals 1-28-22

Update #66: Third Round UNIFI Course Application

Update #67: Third Round UNIFI Certificate Application

Update #68: Email - POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assessment Co-Coordinator of UNI Foundational Inquiry (UNIFI) 2-25-22

Update #69: Email - UNIFI Assessment Update 4-8-22

Update #70: Email - UNIFIed Academy: Faculty Professional Development Opportunity 4-22-22

Update #71: Email - UNIFI Assessment Rubrics 5-17-22

Update #72: UNI Foundational Inquiry Assessment Rubrics