General Education Committee and Governance

Foundation of Knowledge is a "University Program".  It is not the province of a single college, rather, it is "owned" by the university at large and serves all NKU students.  In 2012 The General Education Committee was established by Faculty Senate to partner with the Office of General Education in governing Foundation of Knowledge.  The partnership of faculty and administration ensures that the intellectual integrity of NKU's General Education Program is maintained and provides faculty leadership and administrative support for the continuing evolution of Foundation of Knowledge.

The General Education Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate with membership representative of all Colleges with undergraduate programs has primary oversight of the General Education Program and courses meeting required competencies. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences serve as ex-officio members of this committee. (See General Education bylaws here.)

New courses proposed to the General Education curriculum go through a rigorous review process conducted by the General Education Committee, to ensure that they support the goals of the General Education program. Courses approved by the General Education Committee require additional approval of the University Curriculum Committee, also a standing committee of the Faculty Senate. All proposed changes and additions to the General Education Program require departmental, chair, dean, and provost approval. Changes to the structure/nature of the General Education Program must be approved by The Faculty Senate and NKU’s Board of Regents. The current version of the General Education Program was approved in 2009, with additional Senate and Board approval given in 2012 to cap the courses in the program at 125. The rationale for the cap was two-fold: to assure quality in the program that could be assessed; and to provide as much common intellectual experience as can be achieved in a distributive model of general education.

UCC and GEC clearly spell out the criteria and procedures for approval of new courses and, preclude courses that are narrow, i.e. those that do not contribute to a breadth of skills or knowledge.