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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.



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 2021 Focus proposals deadline coming soon

Fall 2021 Focus proposals deadline coming soon


Deadline coming soon for Fall 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 Fall 2021 effective term, the UHM form should be routed to the General Education Office by the posted deadline (the deadline for forms will be posted here when available).


UHM Forms

Deadline coming soon for Fall 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 Student Learning Objectives to aid in proposal development.
Be sure to also submit a Course Action request (UHM form) using the link below.



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




Details about Focus courses, including Hallmarks and Student Learning Objectives for E, H, O, or W.
Have you already applied, or do you already have one or more approved Focus designations? Check the Focus Status List


Links to forms for submitting Focus or Foundations proposals. Both Microsoft Word and form-fillable PDF versions are posted.

What are you waiting for?
Propose your course today!

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