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In 2008, UWSP initiated a six-step process to review and revise our General Degree Requirements (GDRs) and to create a new General Education Program (GEP). A new subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee, the General Education Policy Review Committee (GEPRC), was formed and charged with following a six-step process. The GEPRC has worked with various units across campus to develop the new GEP. While the old GDR system specified different requirements for students (depending on their degree type), the new GEP is common to all students (regardless of degree types). Based on new Degree Type Requirements, each department will identify which majors will be offered for which degree type.
 
Beginning in the fall of 2011, a new standing committee of Faculty Senate, the General Education Committee (GEC) has assumed responsibility for managing the new GEP, including approving courses and facilitating assessment. 


Phase I: Grandfathering existing GDR courses into the new GEP

Throughout fall 2011, the GEC received grandfathering “worksheets” from departments listing the various courses with GDR designation. These worksheets allowed departments to indicate their preference for converting existing GDR courses into new GEP courses. In addition to this, the GEC has approved numerous courses for a variety of GEP categories.
 
Here is a list of approved GEP courses:

New: Sample GEP Advising Sheet ( PDF | Word ) (updated: December 12, 2014)

 

Phase II: Course Application and Approval

Recently, the General Education Committe approved procedures for submitting new course proposals. These guidelines will help expedite the application and approval process.
 
Here is a copy of the GEP Course Application Form:
Specific course application forms are available for Interdisciplinary Studies and Experiential Learning:
These Microsoft Word documents have fillable fields and drop-down selections. Users should be able to save this blank form to their computer with a new name (reflective of the department and course). Filling out this form will require that you are familiar with the approved learning outcomes for the GEP categories. A convenient 2-page summary of these learning outcomes is available here, and a cover page is available to provide additional guidance.
 
The GEP Experiential Learning requirement can be satisfied either by completing an approved course, practicum, or internship, or by completing an Experiential Learning Activity (ELA). For more information about this ELA option, please refer to the Experiential Learning guide.
 
The GEP Interdisciplinary Studies requirement can be satisfied either by completing an approved Interdisciplinary Studies course, or by completing an approved interdisciplinary Major, Minor, or Certificate Program. Here is an application form for seeking this approval:
The GEP Examples Page includes some examples of how these forms could be filled out. We provide these examples merely as illustration to help users get a sense of what’s expected when filling out the form.
 

Phase III: Updating Majors to Meet the "in the Major" Requirements
 
The new GEP includes two requirements that serve to integrate what students learn throughout the GEP and what students learn within their major. One is the Communication in the Major requirement, and the other is the Capstone Experience in the Major.
 
Departments will need to identify components of each major that meet these requirements. The GEC recently approved two application forms to guide Departments when making revisions to incorporate these "in the Major" requirements. 
Saving a copy of these forms on your computer will allow you to save your progress and return to the forms as needed.
 
Phase IV: Assessment

Step 6 includes an Assessment Plan for the new GEP (pp. 15-19). The Academic Affairs Committee and Faculty Senate have now approved this GEP Assessment Plan. Following the details specified, the GEC will create procedures to collect course portfolios and form faculty learning communities.
 
The GEP Assessment Plan calls for assessing all courses in the Foundation Level during the 2013-2014 academic year, and all courses in the Investigation Level during the 2014-2015 academic year. Additional details can be found on the GEP Assessment page.
 
For an example of the assessment process, please see the following: