Experimental Application for General Education status

New or Existing Experimental 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 experimental course (course number ending in -90).

The process for adding general education attributes is the same as that for permanent courses, except that decisions and recommendations may be made by committee chairs. For more information or additional contingencies, review the full proposal process.

NOTE: Approval of a general education attribute for an experimental course in no way suggest that the attribute will be approved for a permanent course based on the experimental course.

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

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 2: RAM REVIEW. 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. 

STEP 3: SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR 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 chair will have 15 working days from the date the proposal is received to render a decision and report back to the proposer.  The subcommittee chair may decide to consult the full subcommittee if they choose.

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 chair will either approve the proposal, reject the proposal, or ask the proposer to revise and resubmit the proposal. The Competency Subcommittee chair may only select revise and resubmit two times.

Decisions to reject a proposal can be appealed through the appeals process. Appeals for experimental courses will follow the "APPEAL DIRECTLY TO UGEC" route.

STEP 4: DIRECTOR OF GENERAL EDUCATION REVIEW. The role of the Director of General Education (the “DGE”) depends on the decision made by the Competency Subcommittee chair.  In each case, only one of the following will be followed.

  • The DGE will review the proposal and the Competency Subcommittee decisions. 

    If the DGE approves the proposal, the recommendation will be sent to Academic Affairs for approval and implementation.

    If the DGE rejects 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 DGE asks for the proposal to be revised and resubmitted, the revised proposal must be resubmitted to the Competency Subcommittee chair.  The DGE may only ask to revise and resubmit once.

  • The DGE will not review rejected proposals absent an appeal (which can follow the "Appeal Directly to UGEC" route).

  • The DGE will not review proposals for which the Competency Subcommittee has has asked for revisions.
  • If the Competency Subcommittee chair does not render a decision within the 15 working-day timeframe, the DGE will review the proposal in full and either approve, reject, or request revisions.