Proposing a New Gen Ed Course
If you have an existing course for which you would like to seek Gen Ed attributes, or you seek to develop a new course with Gen Ed attributes, including WSU courses, please follow these instructions.
1) Develop your course syllabus and ensure that it includes the following information:
- the Gen Ed Area Learning Outcomes (ALOs, e.g., HU, PS, QL)
- the four GELOs
- the Big Question (BQ) that frames the course
- the Signature Assignment (SA) that explores the BQ and aligns with the GELOs
- clear alignments between each course assessment (e.g., exams, papers, quizzes) and the ALOs
2) Complete Curriculog form 3.1 Gen Ed Attribute Request
- New courses will also need to submit Curriculog form 1.1 New Course Proposal.
- These forms require the course syllabus as an attachment.
3) Course proposals must be approved by the Department Chair, College Dean, GEIAC Committee, University Curriculum Committee (UCC), and the Faculty Senate. New WSU course proposals are also reviewed by the two Gen Ed Area Committees addressed by the course for their adequacy in assessing and achieving the respective ALOs prior to review at GEIAC. It is common practice for course proposals to be reviewed by the GEIAC Chair during the development process to facilitate a successful approval. Questions about this process should be directed to the GEIAC Chair.
4) For inclusion in the next University Catalog, all course proposals must be approved by the UCC at the January meeting and then passed by the Faculty Senate at the February meeting. To meet these deadlines, all courses seeking Gen Ed designation for the 2024-25 University Catalog must be on the GEIAC step in Curriculog no later than November 15, 2023. This deadline ensures time for area committees to provide feedback and for GEIAC to vote on the course proposal by December and to move it forward to UCC. For inclusion of course and program proposals in the 2024-25 University Catalog, items will need to be passed by UCC at the 1/9/2024 meeting and then passed by the Faculty Senate at the 2/8/2023 meeting. For more detail, see the UCC Curriculum Calendar 2023-2024.