GE Overview

In response to the 2014-2015 academic program review of UC Merced’s General Education Program, the General Education Subcommittee (GESC) of Undergraduate Council (UGC) began redesigning General Education (GE) at UC Merced. The process was guided by the outcomes of the program review and a parallel process that has engaged community members in discussions related to the mission, outcomes, and curriculum for GE at UC Merced. 

A brief description of activities related to the redesign follow immediately below. Please visit "Key Steps" in the Table of Contents to see a more detailed account.

The General Education Program Redesign Proposal engaged both campus stakeholders and external reviewers in a two-year process including:

· A GE Campus Retreat 2014 that engaged faculty and staff in establishing expectations for a baccalaureate degree at UC Merced and the role of general education in serving those expectations. This work served as the basis for the Program Review Self-Study as well as the Hallmarks of the UCM Baccalaureate Degree;

· An Academic Program Review including a GE Self-Study and an External Review. The Academic Program Review provided the GESC with recommendations and guidelines for creating a GE Program at UCM;

· Consultation and adoption of the Hallmarks of the UCM Baccalaureate Degree as a representation of the goals, purposes, and intended outcomes of a UC Merced undergraduate degree; and

· A second GE Campus Retreat 2015 that developed a mission and program learning outcomes for UC Merced General Education.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, the GESC used this information to take steps towards finalizing a framework for a new GE curriculum by creating:

· A GE Program Proposal and Action Plan -- circulated for feedback to the Undergraduate Council (UGC) and the Periodic Review Oversight Committee (PROC); and

· A draft GE Curriculum Proposal -- circulated for feedback in summer 2016 to UGC, faculty, staff participants in the 2014 and 2015 GE retreats, and the Dean’s Council.

​In the fall of 2016, the penultimate draft of the GE program was created.  It was then circulated to campus faculty for another round of commentary during the following March and April 2017.  The GESC took careful consideration of the faculty comments and amended the plan accordingly (see Final GE Proposal 04-27-17).  In late spring 2017, the new GE Program Proposal was submitted to the Senate faculty for a vote, and it was affirmed.  After the vote, the proposal proceeded through the Senate approval process in May 2017.  

In the 2017- 2018 academic year, the GESC will engage campus stakeholders in the implementation of the new program, which is scheduled to receive its first cohort of students in the fall of 2018.  

The General Education Subcommittee can be contacted at ge@ucmerced.edu.