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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 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 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.

PROPOSAL DEADLINES

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.

FOCUS

Friday, September 11, 2020 is the deadline for Spring 2021 Focus proposals. Proposals whose approvals will result in a course having three or four designations must be submitted by this deadline. Proposals requesting one or two designations may be submitted as late as October 9. However, priority will be given to proposals submitted by the September 11 deadline. Proposals submitted between September 12 and October 9 will be reviewed thereafter, with the understanding that there may not be time for the negotiation that is sometimes necessary to secure approval.

FOUNDATIONS

Monday, September 28, 2020 is the deadline for Foundations proposals with a desired Summer or Fall 2021 effective term. New (but not renewal) Foundations requests also require a UHM form, which should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA) by their Thursday, October 15, 2020 deadline.

DIVERSIFICATION

Thursday, October 15, 2020 is the deadline to submit a UHM form to request a Diversification designation with a  Summer or Fall 2021 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 Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA) by the Oct. 15 deadline.

PROPOSAL PROCESS

STEP 1

Submit Proposal

STEP 2

Proposal is reviewed

Complete any necessary negotiations

STEP 3

Notification of decision

Approved designation added to Class Availability

Foundations

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.

Diversification

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

Focus

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.

Forms

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

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