ad hoc General Education Committee


Libby Metcalf, Chair (Society & Conservation/ FCFC, gen ed, UDT)
Keith Graham co-Chair (Journalism/CAM, current gen ed member)

Linda EagleHeart-Thomas (Missoula College, current gen ed member)
Ethan Hanley (ASUM, UDT, gen ed)
Hilary Martens (Geosciences/H&S, UDT, DHC)
Kimber McKay (Public Health/College of Health, ECOS, FS Chair-elect)
Paul Muench (Philosophy/H&S, current gen ed member)
James Randall (Music/CAM, former gen ed chair: Core Pilot Program)
Steve Schwartz (Communication Studies/H&S, former gen ed member, APASP)
Kelly Webster (Administration, SPCC, writing) 

Troy Morgan (Office of the Registrar, non-voting ex-officio)

Focus Groups


The University of Montana is committed to providing a broad-based Liberal Arts education.  The General Education Committee is a subcommittee that reports directly to ASCRC. The purpose of this committee is “ongoing evaluation and assessment of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the general education requirements and criteria. The subcommittee shall advocate for general education, propose revisions to the requirements and criteria, review proposals, and ensure that all general education requirements are feasible within campus, Board of Regents and legislative constraints.” 

The General Education Ad Hoc Committee (GEAHC) is charged by the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECOS) with developing and proposing a re-envisioned general education curriculum at UM. Faculty, students, and the larger campus community should be consulted and given the opportunity to help shape this project. GEAHC should review and build upon the AY 2018-19 Core Pilot program developed by the General Education Committee. The GEAHC has three principal tasks for 2021:

  • Develop guiding principles for the general education program at UM;
  • Develop revised/streamlined general education perspectives/competencies;
  • Develop curriculum pathways within the revised/streamlined general education perspectives/competencies. 



Spring 2021
January & February Conduct Focus Group (Administration, Deans, GLI-Honors-Student Success, Faculty Governance, Students, and Campus Community-open) and Survey
February or March Faculty Senate Update - Feedback opportunity 
March or April Deliver Statement of Guiding Principles and Objectives for the General Education Curriculum to the Faculty Senate
Summer 2021
May - August  Refine draft model and sample pathways
Fall 2021
September- October Continue to refine draft model and pathways; collect feedback; provide update to Faculty Senate
October - November Present draft model and sample pathways to the Faculty Senate for vote
Spring 2022
January & February  Request proprosals from campus for pathways; create implementation plan for revised model

Meetings and Minutes

    • The ad hoc General Education Committee meets every other Thursday from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. via Zoom 


Background Information

UM General Education Comparison (comparison of current  Gen Ed Program, MUS Core, & 2018-2019 draft UM Core model)
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