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General Education Course Approval Guidelines

Instructors seeking to have courses approved for general education designation must apply to the Senate General Education Committee.   If the proposed course is a new course for the campus or a matching IU course, it must  be submitted through CARMin and approved for use on this campus.

To ensure that your course is approved and available for scheduling, please begin the course approval process at least a full semester or earlier prior to the semester you plan to offer the course.    This is especially important if you need to gain approval for a new course number through the CARMin process in which case, we would recommend a year’s lead time for getting a new course approved.

The Senate General Education Committee meets during the academic year to review course proposals.  This process usually takes a month but can take longer if the Committee requests further information or clarification of application materials.

Proposals to the General Education Committee must include the relevant General Education course form and a sample syllabus.   All information and questions on the course proposal form must be filled out in detail so that the Committee can make a judgment about the proposal.   

 Applicaton Deadlines:   During the regular academic year, proposals for general education courses are due on the 10th of each of the following months:  August, Sept. October, November,  December, January, February, March, April, May.  (Note:  Course proposals submitted after May 10th will be reviewed after August 10th.)

For specific information with guidelines and forms for course approvals, click the relevant link:

Fundamental Literacies or Contemporary Social Values Courses

COMMON CORE - List of Approved Course Number Designations

Common Core Courses in Arts, Aesthetics, and Creativity

Essential Characteristics for AAC courses             AAC Proposal Form

Instructions for a New AAC Course Requiring a New Common Core Designation

Common Core Courses in Human Behavior and Social Institutions

Essential Characteristics for HBSI courses           HBSI Proposal Form

Instructions for a New HBSI Course Requiring a New Common Core Designation

Common Core Courses in the Natural World

Essential Characteristics for NW courses            NW Proposal Form

Instructions for a New NW Course Requiring a New Common Core Designation

Common Core Courses in Literary and Intellectual Traditions

Essential Characteristics for LIT courses           LIT Proposal Form

Instructions for a New LIT Course Requiring a New Common Core Designation

Questions can be directed to Linda Chen, Assistant VCAA or the Faculty chair of the General Education Committee at  gened@iusb.edu