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6.2.10 General Education Committee (F, S)

Approved (before 1980) by Academic Council; Revision approved by Academic Council on February 9, 2012

The General Education Committee is responsible for oversight of the University General Education Program. The General Education Committee is a committee of the Academic Council. The committee refers any major revisions in the General Education program to the Academic Council for approval and recommendation to the Provost. 

The oversight functions of the committee include:

  • Defining the curricular policies of the all-University General Education Program
  • Establishing University-wide minimum general education requirements
  • Establishing criteria for courses in the General Education Program
  • Certifying and decertifying courses in the General Education Program
  • Reviewing periodically courses in the General Education Program
  • Defining standards and policies for the Fundamental Skills Requirements of the General Education Program
  • Planning assessment approaches for the General Education Program
  • Selecting annually the Thomas J. Long Foundation General Education Scholars (students) and Fellows (faculty)

The membership of the Committee consists of faculty representatives elected by their schools and colleges for three year staggered terms as follows:

  • One representative each from the Benerd School of Education, Conservatory of Music, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Eberhardt School of Business, School of International Studies, and the Library.
  • Three representatives from the College of the Pacific, each from a different division.
  • One representative from each of the Pacific Seminars, appointed by the Director of General Education based on the recommendations from each of the Pacific Seminar Planning committees, with the approval of the General Education Committee for one year terms.
  • The Director of General Education is an ex-officio non-voting member of the committee.
  • One student also serves as a voting member of the committee. The student representative of the committee is appointed by ASUOP or the General Education Committee if ASUOP is not forthcoming in appointing a representative.

Unit coordinators for the General Education Committee are invited to attend the meetings of the General Education Committee as ex-officio, non-voting members.

The chair of the General Education Committee is selected by the members of the committee from among the faculty representing the Benerd School of Education, Conservatory of Music, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Eberhardt School of Business, School of International Studies, the Library and the College of the Pacific.

The three Pacific Seminar Planning Committees are advisory committees to the General Education Committee. The charge and membership of these committees are determined by the General Education Committee.

Administrative assistant support of the committee is provided by the College of the Pacific's Dean's Office.