University-Level Advisory Committee for General Education (ULAC-GE)

The University-Level Advisory Committee for General Education is a subcommittee of the Council on Academic Affairs.  The committee monitors general education university wide, provides annual reports to the Council on the status of general education, and advises the Council on proposals to revise the general education curriculum.

Its duties include analyzing trends in general education courses, reviewing actions on course proposals, studying the use of exceptions and substitutions, identifying advising issues, monitoring the national dialogue, assessing the efficacy of general education outcomes, and identifying whether changes are needed.  The committee shares information with related committees including the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee.

Membership

Chair

Kevin D. Evans

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Heather C. Allen

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Programs

Elliot Bendoly

Ex officio; Program Director, Ohio State Academy

Michele Brown

Ex officio; Associate Executive Dean for Curriculum and Instruction, College of Arts and Sciences

Steven Fink

Associate Professor of Architecture

Jacqueline J. Gargus

Ex officio; Assistant Executive Dean for Advising and Academic Services, College of Arts and Science

Mary Ellen Jenkins

Undergraduate Representative, At-Large

Vidhya Jeyadev

Ex officio; Director, Office of Enrollment Services Analysis and Reporting

Linda Katunich

Professor, Earth Sciences

Lawrence A. Krissek

Associate Professor of Geography

Jialin Lin

Professor of Design

Paul J. Nini

Ex officio; Vice Provost for Academic Programs

W. Randy Smith

Ex officio; Director of Learning Programs, Office of Distance Education and eLearning

Cory Tressler

Ex Officio; Program Director, Curriculum and Assessment Services, College of Arts and Sciences

Bernadette Vankeerbergen

Ex officio; Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

John D. Wanzer

Associate Professor of Education and Human Ecology

Christine D. Warner

Undergraduate Representative, Arts and Sciences

Michael Watson

Professor of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

M. Susie Whittington

University-Level Advisory Committee Charge

The University Senate’s Council on Academic Affairs establishes a University-Level Advisory Committee for the General Education (GE) program. The Council on Academic Affairs will evaluate the effectiveness of the Committee annually.

Membership

11 voting members and 2 non-voting ex officio members:

  • The Committee will be chaired by a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee Assessment Panel,
  • 4 Arts and Sciences faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee Assessment Panel or as designated by the College of Arts and Sciences Associate Executive Dean for curriculum and assessment,
  • 4 faculty members from other colleges with undergraduate programs, selected on a rotational basis from among those colleges,
  • 2 undergraduate students: one from the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences and one from the other colleges with undergraduate programs,
  • 1 professional adviser from the College of Arts and Sciences ex officio, and
  • the Vice Provost for Academic Programs ex officio.

Charge

The Committee will:

  • provide an annual report and recommendations to the Council on the status of the General Education program:  analyze and summarize annual trends in GE offerings and enrollments; monitor and evaluate open options for meeting GE requirements; review actions taken on GE course submission/approval; study the use of exceptions and  substitutions for GE; and identify and monitor advising issues related to GE,
  • advise the Council on proposals to revise the General Education program: monitor the national dialogue/literature on general education; review specific college proposals to revise GE; and assess the efficacy of curricular and GE learning goals and expected outcomes on student learning, and identify whether and how they need to be changed,
  • undertake special reviews and projects related to the GE program and outcomes as warranted, and
  • share information with related committees.