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Faculty Proposal Process

Adding a new General Education (Gen Ed) designation to a course, or renewing an existing Gen Ed designation, provides valuable opportunities for faculty to revisit their pedagogical approaches. Through the Gen Ed proposal process, faculty and departments are asked to consider the requested designation’s hallmarks (and explanatory notes) and student 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 Gen Ed designation are reviewed periodically by the members of six 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 Gen Ed program, please visit Governance. Foundations and Focus Board members work to ensure that all courses granted Gen Ed 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 Gen Ed 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.


Spring 2023 Focus Proposal Form Deadline:  FRIDAY,SEPTEMBER 9, 2022Proposals whose approvals will result in three or four designations must be submitted by this deadline. Proposals requesting one or two designations may be submitted as late as October 7. However, priority will be given to proposals submitted by the September 9 deadline. Proposals submitted between September 10 and October 7 will be reviewed thereafter, with the understanding that there may not be time for the negotiation that is sometimes necessary to secure approval. Due to their more individualized nature, 399/499 courses have a later deadline. Please refer to the 399/499 Focus form for more details.


Monday, September 26, 2022 is the deadline to submit a Foundations proposal with a desired Summer or Fall 2023 effective term. New (but not renewal) Foundations requests also require a UHM form, which should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Excellence (OVPAE) at by their Friday, October 14, 2022 deadline.


Friday, October 14, 2022 is the deadline to submit a UHM form to request a Diversification designation with a Summer or Fall 2023 effective term. All Diversification requests are made via a UHM form, which should be routed for approval/signatures and then submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Excellence (OVPAE) at by the October 14 deadline.



Submit Proposal


Proposal is reviewed

Complete any necessary negotiations


Notification of decision

Approved designation added to Class Availability


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


Learn about Hallmarks and Student Learning Objectives for Diversification Arts, Humanities, Literature, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences designations.


Find details about Focus courses, including Hallmarks and Student Learning Objectives for E, H, O, or W.
Check the Focus Status List if you applied in the past and want to see if your approval is still active.


Links to forms to request a Focus or Foundations designation. Both Microsoft Word and form-fillable PDF versions are posted.

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