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Standard Application for General Education status

New or Existing Permanent Courses

Curriculum approval and General Education certification are separate and parallel processes at Ferris.  The following steps are for a proposal to add one or more general education attributes to a new or existing permanent course.  For more information or additional contingencies, review the full proposal process.

STEP 1:  PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION. A proposer sends a proposal to the Director of General Education ("DGE", [email protected]) and copies [email protected].

A complete proposal includes:

1. A Form G

The Form G forms a “cover sheet” for the proposer as well as a record of decisions.

There should be one Form G for each complete proposal.  So if there is a single proposal that addresses multiple courses, a single Form G will be required.

The proposal will not be sent to Academic Affairs until decisions have been rendered on all courses covered by the proposal.  Proposers should consider that when deciding whether to submit one proposal or several.

2. A General Education Competency Implementation Plan (“CIP Form”) for each attribute.

The CIP Form is the substantive heart of the proposal.  It indicates in detail how the course will meet the operational definition and each Ferris Learning Outcome (“FLO”) for the competency and includes a description of how each FLO will be assessed.

3. A Sample Syllabus or Content Outline

A sample syllabus or course outline provides the decision-makers with an overall view of the course under consideration, and should provide enough detail to understand how the information in the CIP Form fits into the course as a whole.

For withdrawals of general education attribute, the Form G is all that is necessary.

STEP 1.5: RAM REVIEW. If the proposal only involves adding general education attributes, this step will be skipped.

If the proposal includes the deletion of any general education attributes, the proposal is reviewed by RAM (Registrar, Academic Affairs, MyDegree).  RAM will determine whether any checksheets are impacted and if any consultations are necessary.  If they are, RAM and the proposer will work together to complete that stage of the process. 

As a general rule, a consultation will be required for each checksheet containing one or more courses from which general education attributes are withdrawn.  RAM will provide the list of checksheets affected and all Form Bs required.

STEP 2: SUBCOMMITTEE REVIEW. Once RAM has addressed all checksheet and consultation needs, the proposal will be forwarded to the chair of the appropriate Competency Subcommittee(s). The subcommittee will have 15 working days from the date the proposal is received by the chair to render a decision and report back to the proposer.

Working days are any day in the fall or spring semester in which classes are held.  Final exam sessions do not count as working days.

Proposals received by the chair of a Competency Subcommittee during the last three weeks of classes of a semester will be deemed to have received the proposal on the first day of classes the following semester (not including summer semesters).

The Competency Subcommittee will vote to either approve the proposal, reject the proposal, or ask the proposer to revise and resubmit the proposal.  The Competency Subcommittee may only vote to revise and resubmit twice.

Decisions to reject a proposal can be appealed through the appeals process.

STEP 3: UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE REVIEW.  The role of the University General Education Committee (the “UGEC”) depends on the decision made by the Competency Subcommittee.  In each case, only one of the following will be followed.

  •  Competency Subcommittee Approved Proposal

    The UGEC will review the proposal and the Competency Subcommittee decisions. 

    If the UGEC votes to approve the proposal, the recommendation will be sent to Academic Affairs for approval and implementation.

    If the UGEC votes to reject the proposal, the recommendation will be sent to Academic Affairs for a final decision, and the chair of the Competency Subcommittee will be given 15 days to object.

    If the UGEC votes for the proposal to be revised and resubmitted, the revised proposal must be resubmitted to the Competency Subcommittee.  The UGEC may only vote to revise and resubmit once.

  •  Competency Subcommittee Rejected Proposal

    The UGEC will not review rejected proposals absent an appeal

  •  Competency Subcommittee Asked for Revisions

    The UGEC will not review proposals for which the Competency Subcommittee has voted revise and resubmit.

  •  No Subcommittee Decision

    If the Competency Subcommittee does not render a decision within the 15 working-day timeframe, the UGEC will review the proposal in full and vote to either approve, reject, or request revisions.