General Education

Requirements and Student Resources

General Education Requirements
Resources for General Studies Students - Student Success Center
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Mission

The purpose of the Weber State University General Education program is to provide students with foundational knowledge and intellectual tools that enhance and transcend their academic program of study. The big questions posed by General Education courses address significant issues about the world. General Education courses help students apply their learning and develop personal and social responsibility, which is demonstrated through signature assignments.

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General Education Revitalization

 Beginning with the work of the Rollout Team to define Big Questions (BQ) and Signature Assignments (SA) in summer 2017, continuing with the work of the Pilot 1 Team to implement BQ and SA in Gen Ed courses during fall 2017, and then expanding across the Gen Ed curriculum by fall 2019, Gen Ed Revitalization is a faculty-developed and faculty-driven initiative to improve the student experience and learning in the Gen Ed program. Please refer to the Faculty Resources page for additional information about the revitalization process, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions and details about Big Questions and Signature Assignments.

Part of the revitalization has been the articulation of a set of outcomes that will be common to all General Education courses:

General Education Learning Outcomes (GELO)

GELO 1: Content Knowledge
This outcome addresses students' understanding of the worlds in which they live and disciplinary approaches for analyzing those worlds. The knowledge is well defined in R470 and further refined by Core and Breadth area committees.

GELO 2: Intellectual Tools
This outcome focuses on students' use of and facility with skills necessary for them to construct knowledge, evaluate claims, solve problems, and communicate effectively.

GELO 3: Responsibility to Self and Others
This outcome highlights students' relationship with, obligations to, and sustainable stewardship of themselves, others, and the world to promote diversity, social justice, and personal and community well-being.

GELO 4: Connected & Applied Learning
This outcome emphasizes how students' learning in general education classes can be connected and applied in meaningful ways to new settings and complex problems.

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Missions and Learning Outcomes by Area

The links in the following table provide the mission statements and learning outcomes for the eight areas of general education at Weber State University.
 

Core Requirements Breadth Requirements    
   Composition Humanities & Creative Arts  
   American Institutions Social Sciences
   Quantitative Literacy Physical & Life Sciences
   Computer & Information Literacy  
   Diversity  

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Assessment


GEIAC and the Area Committees work with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to ensure the regular assessment of all general education courses according to their respective student learning outcomes, and to make recommendations for the improvement of general education at Weber State University. Each spring, GEIAC submits a final report summarizing the status of general education assessment.

Final Reports:

Academic Year Link to Report Approved by Faculty Senate
2011/12 Findings April 19, 2013
2012/13 Findings April 17, 2014
2013/14 Findings  April 16, 2015
2014/15 Findings April 14, 2016
2015/16 Findings April 13, 2017

 

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Governance

The General Education program at Weber State University is supervised by the Faculty Senate General Education Improvement and Assessment Committee (GEIAC, formed in 2006), who crafted the general education objectives specific to Weber State University. The Utah System of Higher Education coordinates general efforts statewide. The latest comprehensive statement of statewide objectives was in 2011, with modifications in 2016.