Standard Application for General Education status

New or Existing Permanent Courses

Curriculum approval and General Education certification are separate and parallel processes at Ferris. An application for General Education status must be submitted to the Senate Secretary at the same time as course materials are being forwarded to the college curriculum committee.  This application should contain the following for each course in which General Education status is requested:

For example, if a course were requesting General Education status in both Culture and Diversity, the initiator would submit a separate CIP for each of these competencies. The CIP forms for all eight competencies are available as fillable PDF forms.

The Senate Secretary will then forward the course materials to the appropriate General Education competency subcommittee and enter the application into the online application log. The subcommittee will have 21 days to review the course. After 21 days, any outstanding applications will be assumed to be approved and will be forwarded to the University General Education Committee.  Each member of the subcommittee will complete an anonymous decision form. This form will be used to record any comments, suggestions, or concerns as well as the committee member's vote (approve, do not approve, or revise and resubmit). Passage by the subcommittee is decided by a simple majority of 'approve' votes. The subcommittee will forward the results of the vote along with the completed decision forms to back to the Senate Secretary, who will forward the package to the Director of General Education. These results will be posted in the online application log. 

The University General Education committee (UGEC) will also review the application and the comments of the subcommittee. The UGEC will also complete a decision form and note their comments, concerns, and suggestions. Passage by the UGEC will also be decided by a simple majority of 'approve' votes. If both the subcommittee and UGEC both approve General Education status, the University Curriculum Committee form G will be completed and forwarded to the Associate Provost for Academic Operations. From there, the course will be cleared for entry into the university catalog as a General Education course. If the UGEC disagrees with the subcommittee's decision to approve, the application will be passed back to the subcommittee for further discussion, clarification, and justification.

If the majority of the subcommittee vote 'do not approve', the application will be rejected and returned to the UGEC along with the completed decision forms. These results will be posted in the online application log. The UGEC will review the application and the comments of the subcommittee. The UGEC will also complete a decision form and note their comments, concerns, and suggestions. If the majority of the UGEC agree with the subcommittee and vote 'do not approve', the application will be rejected. The applicant may then choose to appeal the decision using the process described elsewhere. If the UGEC disagrees with the subcommittee's decision to reject the application, the application will be passed back to the subcommittee for further discussion, clarification, and justification.

If the subcommittee vote does not result in a majority of 'approve' or 'do not approve', the result will be interpreted as 'revise and resubmit'. These results will be posted in the online application log. The UGEC will review the application and the comments of the subcommittee. The UGEC will also complete a decision form and note their comments, concerns, and suggestions. If the majority of the UGEC agree with the subcommittee and vote 'revise and resubmit', the application will be returned to the applicant along with all decision forms. The applicant should then address the concerns of the committees and resubmit their course for consideration. If the UGEC disagrees with the subcommittee's decision to request revision, the application will be passed back to the subcommittee for further discussion, clarification, and justification.

NOTE:  A course will not be eligible for General Education status if it has prerequisites that fully satisfy the General Education requirements for that outcome area.