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.

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
Adrienne Lamberti, CHAS
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


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