GEC to GEF
The current General Education
Curriculum (GEC) has 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.
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.
Expectations of a GEF Course
Courses within the GEF provide opportunities for students to achieve the overall goals of the GEF and are available to all WVU students. The following guidelines will be used by the GEF Committee when reviewing courses for inclusion in the GEF.
- GEF courses must normally be open to all students. Specifically, a course cannot be restricted to majors, programs, or colleges unless a rationale for how the course meets the spirit of the GEF is provided and approved.
- All prerequisites for GEF courses must be open and available to all WVU students.
- Normally, GEF courses should be at the 100, 200, or 300 level. 400-level courses are allowed into the GEF only when these courses are BOTH:
- available/open to a large population of interested students
- provide appropriate academic and intellectual breadth
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
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):
Science and Technology
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
Society and Connections
Human Inquiry and the Past
Global and Diversity Studies
- Special Focus Area: See the Registrar's GEF page for an explanation of Focus Areas
- 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.
- 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.