Gen Ed Revision

Proposal Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is with enthusiasm that we announce the initial call for course proposals for the first phase of the general education enhancement. As you know, the General Education Council – in consultation with faculty, advisors, associate deans, deans, and other stakeholders on the Tampa campus – has been hard at work developing curricular recommendations since July 2016. The General Education Council presented a framework for the new curriculum to the Provost, President, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies in May 2017. The Provost and President accepted a subsequent revision reflected in the attached framework. Since that time, the Council has worked to develop student learning outcomes and a rubric to evaluate course proposals for the new curriculum.

This process has been guided by key student success principles, including:
• Commitment to academic rigor
• Alignment with the university strategic plan
• Broad participation by colleges, departments, and faculty
• Focus on student needs
• Curricular coherence and relevance
• Attention to student learning outcomes

We are now ready to receive course proposals for the first phase of implementation, which covers B Session Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019.

Please note that courses approved as part of the Foundations of Knowledge & Learning (FKL) curriculum may be redesigned for inclusion in the new curriculum. The important exception are courses approved as part of the statewide general education core included in the "Knowledge" tier of the new curriculum, as no course may satisfy more than one category in the new General Education pyramid. A list of the statewide core courses can be found here:

Recognizing that this is a complex process, we ask that you focus on two immediate and concurrent deadlines for Phase 1 course proposals:

Dec 15 – Intellectual & Practical Skills Course Proposals for AY18-19

By this date, proposals to offer redesigned existing courses in the Creative Thinking, Information and Data Literacy, and Human & Cultural Diversity categories must be approved by college dean(s) and are due to the General Education Council. All proposals should be guided by the key principles articulated above and the guidelines in the attached documents.

In this initial phase, course proposals are limited to three (3) per college, per category. The maximum number of proposals for this tier is thus nine (9) per college. The exception is the College of Arts & Sciences, which may submit up to three (3) per school (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics), per category, for a possible total of up to twenty-seven (27) course proposals. Each proposal must be signed off on by the appropriate college dean and contain a commitment of seats/sections and resources for B Session Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019.

The following information may be helpful:

To assist faculty, departments, and colleges in developing successful course and grant proposals, the Academy of Teaching & Learning (ATLE) is offering consultations each week beginning November 8 and ending December 12. These sessions will share best practices, assist with student learning outcomes, and offer suggestions for how to meet criteria in the course proposal rubric. Please bring a draft proposal and a list of questions to your session. All workshops will take place in LIB 210 (inside the Office for Undergraduate Research). The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 9:30-11:00
Wednesday, Nov. 15: 2:00-3:30
Thursday, Nov. 16: 12:30-2:00
Monday, Nov. 20: 11:00-12:30
Monday, Nov. 27: 2:00-3:30
Tuesday, Nov. 28: 2:00-3:30
Wednesday, Nov. 29: 8:00-9:30
Thursday, Nov. 30: 8:00-9:30
Friday, Dec. 1: 11:00-12:30
Monday, Dec. 4: 3:30-5:00
Tuesday, Dec. 5: 12:30-2:00
Wednesday, Dec. 6: 11:00-12:30
Thursday, Dec. 7: 3:30-5:00
Friday, Dec. 8: 9:30-11:00
Monday, Dec. 11: 3:30-5:00
Tuesday, Dec. 12: 9:30-11:00

Dec 15 – Interdisciplinary Proposal Grants for Spring 2019 Courses

To promote cross-unit and cross-college collaboration, Undergraduate Studies will make available to selected faculty teams $1000 in professional development funds to develop interdisciplinary courses to be offered beginning Spring 2019. Grants will be announced Dec 22. The deadline for these course proposals to be submitted to the General Education Council is March 2, 2018. See the Undergraduate Studies Interdisciplinary Course Program document for more information.

Review Process

The GEC has created three review subcommittees, one for each course category. The review teams are as follows:

Once a course proposal is received the the Chair of GEC, she will send the proposal to the Chair of the appropriate subcommittee. Subcommittee Chairs will assign each course proposal to one member as lead reviewer and one as secondary reviewer. It will be the responsibility of both to provide other subcommittee members with the most meticulous report possible on each assigned proposal, scoring it in accordance with the GEC rubric and explaining shortcomings where necessary. Each report will be posted on a Canvas discussion board. Following online discussion, the subcommittee Chair will call for a vote on a final decision:

Decisions will be determined by a majority vote of subcommittee members as registered on the discussion forum for each proposal. Members may participate in discussion of proposals from their home units, but not vote on them. Failure to reach a majority decision will bring the proposal before the full GEC for separate discussion and action.

In the event the subcommittee marks a proposal for revision, the lead reviewer will send comments to the subcommittee Chair who will upload the comments into the course proposal system. The GEC Chair will then return the proposal to the faculty proposer. Once the proposal is resubmitted to GEC, the Chair of the subcommittee will disseminate the new course information to the review team. Proposals marked for final acceptance by each subcommittee will come before the full GEC on a consent agenda. A request by any two members of GEC will automatically remove any proposal from the consent agenda, triggering separate discussion and action by the full GEC.

Examples of Approved Courses

Below is a list of courses that have either been Approved (A) or Approved with Revisions (AWR) by the GEC. Faculty are encouraged to use these as examples of high quality course design. They are sorted by general education area (Creative Thinking, Information & Data Literacy, Human & Cultural Diversity)

Creative Thinking

Information & Data Literacy

Human & Cultural Diversity

Questions? Please contact: