General Education Committee Constitution

General Education Committee Constitution


A general education prepares individuals to engage the world as responsible citizens, members of the workforce, and participants in human culture. Snow College students who pursue Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees are required to complete a rigorous program of general education courses. To promote the college's tradition of excellence, the Faculty Senate and the Curriculum Committee, in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, approve the creation of a General Education Committee to oversee the General Education Program.

This document outlines the powers, responsibilities, and membership of the committee, as well as the steps that shall be taken to resolve conflicts and to amend the Constitution as necessary.

1. Powers of the General Education Committee 

1.1 Their Derivation

1.1.1 The Committee's powers are derived from the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Senate.

1.1.2 The Committee is a sub-committee of the Curriculum Committee.

1.2 The Powers and Their Limitations

1.2.1 The Committee is a legislative body with the power to make binding policy about General Education.

1.2.2 The Committee develops, reviews, assesses, improves, or suggests that improvements be made to the General Education Program's Outcomes and Curriculum.

1.2.3 The word "develop" in this context refers to (a) the power to create very general guidelines for the creation of new courses and (b) the power to require that such courses be developed.

1.2.4 Divisions and departments retain the authority to determine the exact content of their courses.

1.2.5 The Committee has the power to write its own bylaws.

2. Responsibilities of the General Education Committee 

2.1 The Committee works in close consultation with departments, divisions, and the Office of Academic Affairs.

2.2 The Committee reports new action to the Curriculum Committee.

2.3 The Committee publishes agenda and minutes conspicuously and in a timely manner.

2.4 The Committee holds open meetings.

3. Membership of the General Education Committee 

3.1 Voting membership of the Committee includes one faculty representative from every academic division and three at-large faculty representatives elected by the faculty.

3.2 The term of membership is two years.

3.3 Two of the division representatives, and two at large representatives, are elected in one year; the balance are elected in the following year.

3.4 There is no limit to the number of terms a representative may serve.

3.5 The Vice President for Academic Affairs is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Committee.

3.6 The Advisement Office appoints a non-voting, ex-officio representative.

3.7 The Committee Chair is elected by the voting members of the Committee.

3.8 The Committee Chair is a voting member of the Curriculum Committee.

4. Resolution of conflicts 

4.1 Any party who has a conflict with action taken by the Committee should address that conflict to the Committee itself, which shall attempt to resolve the conflict with all due speed.

4.2 A party who has addressed a conflict to the Committee but feels dissatisfied with the outcome should refer the conflict to the Curriculum Committee.

5. Amendments to the Constitution 

5.1 This constitution can be amended by a simple majority vote of the Curriculum Committee which is subsequently ratified by a simple majority vote of the Faculty Senate.

Approved by the Curriculum Committee September 28, 2012

Approved by the Faculty Senate October 11, 2012