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MISSION:  The general education program develops a foundation and motivation for the lifelong pursuit of learning in undergraduate students at Arkansas State University by introducing them to a broad range of essential areas of knowledge that will enable them to think critically and participate ethically in a democratic nation and a global society.


The purpose of the General Education Committee (GEC) is to provide guidance and direction to the VCAAR to improve the quality and relevance of the University's general education curriculum. The GEC considers proposals for modification of the general education curriculum and reviews each course in the general education program once every four years to determine its acceptability as a general education course. The GEC will review assessment data on the general education program provided by the Assessment Office and make recommendations to the VCAAR.

Membership on the GEC consists of one faculty representative from each of these Colleges: Agriculture, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Honors, Nursing and Health Professions, and University College. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be represented by three faculty representatives (from different departments) and the College of Sciences and Mathematics will be represented by two faculty representatives (from different departments). The Independent Department of Military Science will have one nonvoting, ex-officio faculty representative. The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Director of Assessment Services will serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members.

The chair, who must be tenured, will serve a three-year term and may not be reappointed to a consecutive three-year term. Members of the committee will be tenured faculty with a minimum of three-years of continuous service prior to serving on the committee. Each college will be responsible for determining the selection of its representative(s).

In those cases where there is an issue affecting a broad area of the general education core that is not represented by the composition of the current committee, a representative from the area not represented must be invited to attend the meeting and be afforded the opportunity to participate in the discussions before action is taken.

The committee reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research.


  • Bert Greenwalt
  • TBD
  • Sarah Scott
  • Maggie Hance
  • Zahid Hossain
  • Katherine Baker
  • TBD
  • Kristen Ruccio
  • David Harding
  • Gary Edwards
  • Kathryn Flannigan
  • Ferebee Tunno
  • Martin Huss
  • Lisa Ferrell

Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Members

  • LTC J. Morgan Weatherly
  • Will McLean
  • Melanie Wicinski


    Quadrennial Review Assessment Timetable 
    Review Year General Education Goal Student Learning Outcome Due for Submission
    2020 Communicating effectively

    Students will be able to: 
    Construct and deliver a well-organized, logical, and informative oral or written presentation, accurately documented, that demonstrates proficiency in standard American English

    Monday, October 5, 2020 
    2020 Using mathematics Students will be able to:
    (1) Interpret and analyze quantitative/mathematical information (such as, formulas, graphs, and tables)
    (2) Apply mathematical methods to solve problems
    Monday, October 5, 2020
    2021 Developing a life-long appreciation of the arts and humanities Students will be able to:
    (1) Recognize works of literature or fine arts and place them in their historical, cultural, and social contexts
    (2) Interpret works of fine arts or literature
    Monday, October 4, 2021
    2022 Developing a strong foundation in the social sciences Students will be able to: 
    (1) Explain the processes and effects of individual and group behavior
    (2) Analyze events in terms of the concepts and relational proposition generated by the social science tradition
    Monday, October 3, 2022
    2023 Using science to make informed decisions  Students will be able to: 
    Apply foundational knowledge of various sciences to make informed decisions. 
    Monday, October 2, 2023