Thematic Pathways in General Education (TPGE) is an initiative to increase student engagement in General Education (Gen Ed) courses and to foster cross-disciplinary connections and co-curricular learning opportunities. Proposing a new TPGE as part of an organizing committee, or having courses included in one or more TPGEs, is entirely voluntary for UH Mānoa faculty. Similarly, students may opt to fulfill a subset of their Gen Ed Core (Foundations and Diversification) and Special Graduation (Focus and Hawaiian/Second Language) requirements within one or more TPGEs, but they are in no way required to do so.
The process for proposing a new TPGE is described below. This mirrors the sections of the online proposal form. If you have any questions, or want to discuss an idea for a new TPGE, don’t hesitate to contact us.
+ TPGE Oversight by the General Education Committee
The GEC will review annual reports produced by the Steering Committee for each existing pathway. The GEC will review proposals for new pathways to ensure that they meet the requirements defined in this document.
Annual report completed by Steering Committee, due April 1:
- How did your co-curricular learning opportunities go, and which do you have planned for next academic year? Provide details for each co-curricular learning opportunity such as the event’s relation to your TPGE theme, estimated attendance, etc.
- Which courses did you add and/or delete to your TPGE this past year?
- Are there any revisions to your theme?
- Which classes in your list were offered this past summer, fall, and spring (the current term) semester? For each, list subject code, course number, and final enrollment (e.g., ANTH 200, 35 students) Note that this information can be collected via Class Availability for all relevant courses.
After securing approval from the General Education Committee, each TPGE enters a cycle of five-year formal review. In the fourth year of active approval, the TPGE Steering Committee will present to the GEC requested materials that review the success of its history of co-curricular learning opportunities, document student learning and engagement, and as relevant, modify, discontinue, or renew that TPGE theme.