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Transitions

GEC to GEF workshops will resume in the fall of 2017 starting with GEF Area 5. This page will be updated in August will a full list of workshop offerings. Instructors may request assistance over the summer by contacting the Director of Academic Excellence and Assessment at louis.slimak@mail.wvu.edu.
GEF Area 5 Workshops: TBA in September 2017
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Timeline for transition at WVU

GEF Area

Target for CIM Submission

GEF 1 February 20th, 2017
GEF 2A     March 20th, 2017
GEF 2B   April 17th, 2017
GEF 4   May 19th, 2017
GEF 5       September 2017
GEF 3   October 2017
GEF 7
November 2017
GEF 6 and all other GEF courses still remaining
December 2017

Rationale

The WVU General Education Foundations Program recognizes the importance of preparing students for success in their personal and professional lives, encouraging them to explore a variety of disciplines beyond those in their major area of study. Higher education promotes precisely such openness to new fields, ideas, and courses. Similarly, our GEF Program is open to all instructors whose courses advance intellectual, personal, or academic growth; we are eager for all faculty to engage in teaching GEF courses to foster faculty-student contact and academic development, mentoring, and experimentation. We maintain a large number of courses within our GEF Program not only to enhance the options open to students and encourage them to take advantage of the wide range of offerings, but also to inspire faculty to think creatively and embrace academic innovation. The GEF can be a gateway to a minor or a second major, and can open us all to new ways of viewing our curricula.

Background

The General Education Curriculum (GEC) had been in effect since 2005, with no major revision.  Given the current push, external and internal, to reduce total hours to degree completion to 120 (down from 128 for most majors), decreasing the total number of hours in general education requirements is critical to student success.  The new set of areas is called the General Education Foundations (GEF), and was approved by the WVU Faculty Senate in May 2014 .

Description of new system
  1. English
  2. Science and Technology
  3. Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
  4. Society and Connections
  5. Human Inquiry and the Past
  6. Artistic Expression
  7. Global and Diversity Studies
  8. Special Focus Area: See the Registrar's GEF page for an explanation of Focus Areas