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The General Education Committee



Under Article X of the SUNY Geneseo College Senate Constitution, the General Education Committee is a standing committee of the College.

The functions of the General Education Committee shall be (1) to oversee the General Education Curriculum, (2) to continuously assess the effectiveness of that curriculum, and (3) to consider innovations that might further strengthen the congruence of that curriculum with best practices in higher education and the mission and goals of the College. In its oversight role, the Committee shall communicate its concerns directly to the General Education Area Committees and to the Dean of the College. In its assessment role, the Committee shall work in conjunction with the Assessment Planning Committee. In its development role, the Committee shall forward recommendations both to appropriate committees of the Senate and to the Provost and President.

General Education Committee

a. Membership:

1. A member designated by the Provost who will Chair the General Education Committee

2. The Chairs of the nine General Education Area committees: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, The Arts, Western Civilization / Humanities, Basic Communication, Mathematics, Other World Civilizations, American History, and Foreign Language.

3. Five elected members of the teaching faculty who will serve staggered two-year terms.

4. One member from the Student Affairs Professional Staff who is appointed by the President for a two-year term.

5. One student member from the Academic Affairs Committee of the Student Association who will serve a one-year term.

6. One student member (sophomore or junior) appointed by the Provost from a list of nominees submitted by the faculty and staff. Appointment term is two years.

b. Election of Five Teaching Faculty Members:  There will be five elected teaching faculty: One member from Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences with Mathematics, Professional Programs, and Social Sciences. The term of office will be two years. In the spring of even years representatives from Natural Science with Mathematics and Professional Programs will be elected. In the Spring of odd years representatives from Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Science will be elected. The slate of nominees for these elections will be prepared by members of the academic groupings in the manner of their choice.

c. Functions: The functions of the General Education Committee shall be (1) to oversee the General Education Curriculum, (2) to continuously assess the effectiveness of that curriculum, and (3) to consider innovations that might further strengthen the congruence of that curriculum with best practices in higher education and the mission and goals of the College. In its oversight role, the Committee shall communicate its concerns directly to the General Education Area Committees and to the Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment. In its assessment role, the Committee shall work in conjunction with the Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment. In its development role, the Committee shall forward recommendations both to appropriate committees of the Senate and to the Provost and President.

d. General Education Area Committees:

1. Each General Education Area committee comprises 3 to 4 teaching faculty appointed by the Provost from those departments offering courses that satisfy the corresponding general education requirement.

2. In order for a course to come before the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee with a General Education designation, the course proposal must first be approved by the corresponding General Education Area Committee.

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