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.