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Proposing or modifying a course for the TTU General Education core

Courses to be added to the TTU General Education core follow a special process within the university’s standard curriculum approval process, and are considered for approval annually by a TBR General Education committee. Any substantive changes to courses (e.g., new title, modified content, etc.) already in the core should also be approved by the GEC prior to the standard curricular process.

Routing

1. For new courses intended primarily for General Education credit, or existing courses to be added to the General Education core:

The proposal goes directly to the TTU General Education Committee (GEC), and is referred to the appropriate GEC subcommittee. If the proposal is approved by the subcommittee and the GEC, it is sent to the curriculum committee of the college in which the originating department is housed. Proposals that are not approved may be revised and resubmitted for later consideration by the GEC, but do not proceed to the college curriculum committee.

2. For new courses to be added to the General Education, but not primarily or exclusively for that purpose:

The proposal is sent to the curriculum committee of the college in which that department is housed, and to the GEC chair, who refers the proposal to the appropriate GEC subcommittee. Proposals approved by the college committee and the GEC are sent to the University Curriculum Committee and then, if approved, to TBR, which must approve any change in the TTU General Education Core. Proposals approved by the college committee but not by the GEC may be forwarded to the University Curriculum Committee but will not be sent to TBR.

Timing

Proposals must reach the GEC chair no later than two weeks before the next regularly scheduled meeting. Because the TBR General Education Committee considers such proposals once annually in October, to allow time for potential revisions, clarifications, etc., proposals to be considered at the September GEC meeting should be submitted before the end of the preceding academic year.

Format

Proposals will follow the standard format for curricular proposals at TTU. A proposal for a new course, in addition to a syllabus, must also include a checked list of outcomes (see under "General Education Learning Outcomes" to be met by the course, explaining in detail how each required outcome would be met. A rationale for adding the course to the Core list, or for modifying an existing Core course, is also required.

Effective Date for Courses Added to the Core

New and existing courses proposed for addition to the TTU General Education Core do not fulfill General Education requirements until fully approved at the TBR level, usually the fall semester following TBR approval. General Education requirements may not be met retroactively with credit earned in an existing course before its approval for addition to the core.