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Faculty Senate

General Education Committee

The Faculty Senate General Education Committee shall be concerned with the study, development and improvement of the general education program. The committee shall review and recommend programs and policies of general education in close cooperation with appropriate academic administrators. It shall perform other duties as may be requested by or approved by the Senate Executive Committee.


General Education Mission Statement

In alignment with Central Washington University's mission, the General Education Program helps to prepare graduates to become responsible citizens, to explore and understand the natural world, and to become independent learners toward the end of leading enlightened and productive lives. The responsibility of the General Education Program is to offer students multiple and varied opportunities to engage with, inquire about, and interrogate ideas in order to liberate and enrich our students' greatest potential as human beings. Through the General Education curriculum, students will be introduced to an intellectual legacy that includes the best ideas, methodologies, and accomplishments in the broad areas of the natural sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and the arts. In addition, students will develop through repeated praxis the habits of mind and modes of expression essential to leading enlightened and productive lives in their local and global communities.

General Education Goals

The General Education prepares students:

  1. to practice and apply the essential skills required to lead enlightened and productive lives;
  2. to observe and reason scientifically about the natural world;
  3. to understand social and behavioral dynamics in order to function as informed, responsible citizens in communities and relationships;
  4. to appreciate and give expression to beauty and truth through the arts;
  5. to share and critique historical and contemporary expression of human experiences presented in oral, written and visual accounts in order to develop a sense of continuity, change, empathy, and personal ethics;
  6. to understand the implications and requirements of cultural competence as it influences American ethnic and international/global interactions;
  7. to observe the interconnectedness of knowledge by employing multiple modes of inquiry across disciplines to address issues and solve problems.

2013-14 Faculty Senate General Education Committee

Meetings are held every other Monday at 3:00 p.m. in Barge 304. 


NameTermDepartmentPhone NumberE-mail
Anne Egger (COTS)06/14/16Geological
Phil Backlund (CAH)06/14/
Jay Ball (CAH)06/14/16Theatre
Stephen Chamberland(COTS)06/14/
Chet Claar(CEPS)06/14/
Kelly Benson(CEPS)06/14/
Chase Thiel(CB)06/14/
David Hedrick (CB)06/14/
Kyle French06/14/
Lori Braunstein(ex-officio, non-voting) Provost's Representative