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Focus Proposals

Effective Fall 2022, only COURSE-Based Focus Proposals will be accepted to designate new Focus courses.  The only exceptions are Focus designations for variable topics courses and 399/499 courses, which will continue to be instructor-based.  Other courses with existing instructor-based approval will continue to be designated through the end of the current approval period, but must then be submitted for a course-based designation to continue the Focus.

COURSE-Based proposals should be submitted by the Department Chair or Faculty Course Coordinator to request or renew a Focus designation(s) for a course that inherently meets the Focus hallmarks, either because course content or department policy dictates it.  Upon approval, all sections of the course will be designated with the approved Focus for the duration of the approval period (3 years for new requests, 5 years for renewals), regardless of who the instructor is.  Approved course-based Focus designations cannot be removed for individual sections or terms.

Spring 2023 COURSE-Based Focus Proposal Form Deadline:  Friday, September 9, 2022

Instructors who would like to add a Focus to their section of a variable topics course may use this MS Word document or form-fillable PDF (please refer to the technical instructions above).  Instructors who would like to add a Focus to one of their 399 or 499 sections should use this MS Word document or form-fillable PDF (again, please refer to the technical instructions above).  Deadlines and other important details about these two exceptions may be found on the forms.  

To submit a Focus request:

  1. Download the form-fillable PDF or MS Word Doc version of the appropriate proposal form.  Do NOT fill it out in your browser.
  2. Complete all sections relevant to the Focus designation(s) you are seeking.
  3. Attach one or more syllabi as appropriate, and save as one file (preferably a PDF).
  4. Submit completed forms to gened@hawaii.edu.

The hallmarks, explanatory notes, and student learning outcomes for each of the four Focus areas can be found on our Teaching Focus Courses page. For the hybrid/online checkbox, please check the appropriate box if you are currently planning to teach the course in this modality, regardless of the possibility that the course may revert to all in-person instruction at some point in the approval period. Please refer to this link for more information about online and hybrid course modalities.

We also encourage you to take a look at exemplary proposals identified by the Boards and to explore the Teaching Resources available on our website for pedagogical resources relevant to many areas of the undergraduate curriculum, as well as distance education/online, hybrid, and classroom instructional modes. More information is available in our Faculty FAQs on specific proposal form-related questions. 

Diversification Proposals

To request a Diversification designation, departments should complete a UHM-1 form (for new courses) or a UHM-2 form (to modify an existing course).

For new courses (on a UHM-1 form), check the box in #7a to “Request Gen Ed designation indicated below” and indicate the requested Diversification designation (i.e., DA, DH, DL, DS, DB, DP, DY) in #7b. A course that has an embedded laboratory component may have DB+DY or DP+DY.

For existing courses (on a UHM-2 form), fill in the “Existing Gen Ed Diversification, Foundations, or HSL Designation” in #7a and indicate the requested designation in #7b.

Submit the UHM form as required by your School/College. For a Summer/Fall 2023 effective term, the form should be routed to the OVPAE by Saturday, October 15, 2022. 

Foundations Proposals

Summer/Fall 2023 Foundations Forms:  Due Monday, September 26, 2022

Requests to renew a Foundations designation that expires in Summer or Fall 2023 may be submitted through Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

When a Foundations designation is being requested for the first time, a UHM form is also required. Submit the form as required by your School/College. For a Summer/Fall 2023 effective term, the form should be routed to the OVPAE by Saturday, October 15, 2022. 

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