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General Education Council


CONSTITUTION

THE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL ON GENERAL EDUCATION


The University Council on General Education is a duly authorized, academic Council of Emporia State University with the following purpose, authority, responsibility, and composition:


I. PURPOSE AND AUTHORITY
The University Council on General Education is an all-University Council with membership representing all the undergraduate schools of the University, the student body, and the administration. It shall function within the broad framework of University administration, and the Kansas Board of Regents. General Education is the responsibility of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All actions pertaining to the governance of programs, standards, and policies for General Education shall be subject to review by Faculty Senate and the approval of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and/or the President of the University.

II. RESPONSIBILITY
The University Council on General Education is charged with the responsibility of formulation and continually reviewing all policies, procedures, and curricula pertaining to the general education program of Emporia State University. Any change in the general education program of the University must be approved by the General Education Council. However, if warranted, the Faculty Senate has the right to consider and override decisions made by the General Education Council. The Council shall be responsible for and have authority to:

A. Ensure fulfillment of institution-wide purposes by its approval of courses and      

programs for general education credit.
B. Establish policies relating to transfer credit, individual exemptions, and exemptions for groups participating in special programs.
C. Stimulate experimental programs in general education and evaluate the outcome of these programs.
D. Evaluate and, where necessary, recommend changes in the University general education programs.
E. Evaluate and, where necessary, recommend changes in the University Competency Testing Program.
F. Approve the divisional [departmental] recommendation for the level of competency and the means of measuring that competency in the Basic Skills Component.
G. Advise and assist the Director of General Education in the fulfillment of his/her responsibilities for the proper administration of the general education program.

III. COMPOSITION
Membership of the University Council on General Education shall be as follows:

A. The Director of General Education, who shall be designated by the Dean of the

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ex-officio and non-voting.
B. The Teachers College, the School of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts and

Sciences each shall have voting representation as follows:

      1. two members of the faculty elected by the College/School faculty. Faculty

         representatives shall serve a term of three years according to a rotational

         system established by the Council.

      2. one student [one student from each College/School] selected by ASG. The

          length of term of the student members shall be determined by the Student

          Senate.
      3. the Dean of the College/School or his/her designated representative.

C. The Director of Assessment, who shall serve in an ex-officio and non-voting

     capacity.

Leadership of the Council shall be provided for in the following manner:

A. The Director of General Education shall serve as the Executive Officer and will provide such secretarial, clerical, or staff assistance as may be needed.
B. The Council shall elect from among its members a Chair who shall preside at all meetings and who shall cooperate with the Director of General Education in the preparation of the agenda for all meetings.
C. The council shall also elect a vice-chair who shall perform the duties of the Chair in his/her absence.

IV. MEETINGS
The Council shall normally meet twice a month during the academic year and shall be subject to call for special meetings at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Director of General Education, or the Chair of the Council. All meetings shall be conducted under standard rules of order.

V. RULES OF PROCEDURE

A. Five faculty members or four faculty members and one student member constitute a quorum.
In order for the Council to maintain a quorum, it is expected that all members will attend full sessions of each meeting.
B. A member who must be absent may select a substitute who will have voting privileges.
C. All recommendations of the Council shall carry a recommended effective date for implementation.
D. Deans will be requested by the Director of General Education to replace Council members who do not attend regularly. In the case of student members, the President of Associated Student Government will be requested to replace members not attending. Three absences without a substitute are considered irregular attendance.
E. The usual practice of the Council is not to act upon proposed changes to the general education program upon first reading.

VI. COUNCIL ACTIONS
All formal actions of the Council shall be considered recommendations to the Director of General Education and to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Notices of such actions of the Council shall be transmitted promptly to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences along with the Dean's recommendation, a copy of which shall be distributed to each Council member. It shall also be the responsibility of the Dean to inform the Council of the disposition of its actions immediately after such disposition is made by the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and/or the President.

Minutes of all meetings and copies of all recommendations to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences shall be sent promptly to the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of Faculty Senate and to all others that the Faculty Senate deems appropriate.