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General Education Assessment Council

General Education Assessment Council

Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
Rev Sep 19, 2014
The General Education Assessment Council is responsible for ongoing review of the general education core curriculum and related outcomes assessment. The Council determines what courses should be certified for inclusion or removal from the core, establishes general education policies, and makes its recommendations to appropriate University curriculum committees and the Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Additionally, the Council reviews outcomes attainment with respect to general education learning, recommends changes to assessment methods as needed, and tracks student attainment of general education competencies for continuous improvement.

Annual Review of Curriculum

The General Education Advisory Council (GEAC) annually reviews general education curriculum courses to determine appropriateness for inclusion in the curriculum. This review includes, but is not limited to, a review of course enrollments, number of completers, and demand for the course by other programs. 

Criteria for Course Inclusion in Core Curriculum

The Council adheres to the following criteria for certifying and de-certifying courses as part of the General Education curriculum:
  1. With limited exception, all courses in the core-curriculum should be at the 200-level or below;
  2. Courses should be broad, general introductions to concepts, methods, and skills associated with the disciplinary area.
  3. Courses should be offered regularly.
  4. Average enrollment in a course should be high enough to justify ongoing inclusion in the curriculum.
  5. Courses should not be included based solely for support of one program.

Review of Assessment

The Council reviews course-level and other appropriate assessment data at least annually to determine the level of student attainment of competencies and to recommended action or policy, as appropriate, to facilitate improvement of student learning.


The Council consists of eight members. Each of the following areas should be represented: English composition; Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Humanities; Fine Arts; Social Behavioral Sciences; Institutional Effectiveness; and, one member at-large. At least one member should also be a representative of faculty senate.