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GEF Areas 3 and 5 Workshops

September 11th, Downtown Library, 10am - 11am, Research Services 136

September 14th, Evansdale Library, 2pm - 3pm, Room 130

September 29th, Downtown Library, 3pm - 4pm, Research Services 136

Timeline for transition at WVU
  • GEC courses have been moved into the GEF.
  • GEF courses have been harmonized across the WVU system.
  • There is a hold on the submission of any new courses seeking entrance into the GEF for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Beginning in the Spring 2017 semester, the Senate GEF Committee began working with faculty teaching GEF courses to bring all courses into alignment with the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. Departments will be contacted and faculty may participate in a short transition seminar where they can work with WVU’s Teaching and Learning Commons and the Senate GEF Committee.
  • Individual faculty may continue to transition their courses both before and after an Area’s deadline for submission. However, courses not submitted through CIM by December 31, 2017 will be removed from the GEF and then have to reapply as a new GEF course to be added back in.

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
November 2017
GEF 6 and all other GEF courses still remaining
December 2017

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.


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
  • The GEF has adopted the following areas in which its courses are arranged (a full list of the courses in the GEF and the areas to which they have been tentatively assigned is available here):
  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
  • The GEF incorporates important skills for 21st-century graduates by taking the AACU's Liberal Education America's Promise (or LEAP) learning outcomes as its organizing principles. The GEF is designed to involve innovative teaching and engage students in a challenging and diverse academic environment. The LEAP initiative's Essential Learning Outcomes and accompanying Value rubrics are the basis for the assessment tools by which the GEF guarantees its students the best contemporary liberal education.
  • The new system reduces the number of hours required to complete the WVU General Education plan from 128 to 120 hours.
  • The GEF has improved clarity for students and advisers as each course only counts for one GEF area.
  • By eliminating the University-wide Writing Requirement, programs can now tailor communications curriculum, skills, and learning outcomes to those needed by their graduates to succeed.