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Faculty Proposal Process

Adding a new General Education (GenEd) designation to a course, or renewing an existing GenEd designation, provides valuable opportunities for faculty to revisit their pedagogical approaches. Through the GenEd proposal process, faculty and departments are asked to consider the requested designation’s hallmarks (and explanatory notes) and learning objectives. Hallmarks and learning objectives are critical components, developed and revisited periodically by faculty, of how UH Mānoa and the UH System ensure that all of our undergraduate students progressively acquire core skills, are exposed to multiple ways of knowing, and develop the habits of mind of an engaged citizen of our community and the world.

Proposals to add or renew a GenEd designation are reviewed periodically by the members of five faculty Boards, and sometimes the General Education Committee (GEC). For more information about these important faculty committees, and their role in ensuring faculty ownership of our GenEd program, please visit Governance. Foundations and Focus Board members work to ensure that all courses granted GenEd designations adhere to the hallmarks and learning objectives adopted by the Mānoa Faculty Senate and its GEC. Occasionally, negotiations with faculty or departments submitting proposals are necessary during the review process. The goal of the Boards is always to foster the development of a richly diverse GenEd curriculum for our undergraduate students that achieves our shared learning goals. If faculty have any questions or would like assistance in preparing a proposal, please contact us.



Important Note: Proposals will not be accepted after the final deadlines below except under extraordinary circumstances (for example, an unforeseen medical emergency requiring the reassignment of a course to another faculty member). Be sure to check the Focus status list and read all emails sent by the General Education Office to all departments who participate in the General Education program.



Summer 2020 Focus proposals are due on Friday, January 17, 2020

Fall 2020 Focus Forms are due on Friday, February 7, 2020


Tuesday, February 18, 2020 for Spring 2021 effective term

When a Foundations designation is being requested, a UHM form is also required. Submit the form as required by your School/College. For a Spring 2021 effective term, the UHM form should be routed to the General Education Office by Monday, March 16, 2020.


UHM Forms

Monday, March 16, 2020 for Spring 2021 effective term



Submit Proposal


Proposal is reviewed

Complete any necessary negotiations


Notification of decision

Approved designation added to Class Availability


Explore Foundations Hallmarks and Learning Objectives to aid in proposal development.
Be sure to also submit a Course Action request using the link below.


Hallmarks and Learning Objectives for Arts, Humanities, Literature, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences designations.


Details about Focus courses, including Hallmarks and Learning Objectives for E, H, O, or W.
Already applied? Check Focus Status List

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