Faculty and the General Education Program

Faculty and the General Education Program

University of Maryland faculty members created and will continue to own the General Education program, which was launched in fall 2012. Faculty members teach the courses, propose and develop new courses, revise old courses, serve on department and college Programs, Courses, and Curricula committees, and, as members of the General Education Faculty Boards, take overall responsibility for the quality of General Education. They also serve on the Senate General Education Committee.

Faculty Boards are appointed by the Dean for Undergraduate Studies in consultation with the college deans. Faculty Board membership is primarily but not exclusively tenured/tenure-track faculty members. All colleges with undergraduate students are represented on these boards. Deans regularly review their College representation.

Faculty Boards evaluate proposals for new and existing courses for suitability in the General Education categories, an evaluation that considers the extent to which courses fulfill the learning outcome goals for each category, as well as overall quality and potential effectiveness. They also plan the assessment of each category. They develop and approve assessment rubrics, design the scope and timeline for assessment, and review results.