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General Education

General Education Core Course Proposals 

Proposals to add courses to the general education core or remove courses from it require approval by ETSU’s General Education Advisory Council (GEAC) and the Tennessee Board of Regents’ general education committee.  The TBR reviews general education course proposals in October of each year, and approved proposals take effect at the beginning of the next academic year.  In light of this review cycle academic departments should observe the following guidelines:

  • The GEAC accepts general education proposals throughout the year.  To be able to review and approve a proposal and submit it to the TBR in October, the GEAC must receive the proposal no later than September 1st.  NOTE: This deadline does not allow time for departments to revise and resubmit proposals, should the GEAC request revisions.  Therefore, it may be wise to submit proposals in the spring term prior to the fall in which submission to the TBR will occur.
  • Before writing a proposal to add a course to the core, a department should meet with the GEAC to discuss the advisability of moving ahead with the proposal process.  Contact Bill Kirkwood ( or 423.439.5049) to schedule time on the GEAC agenda.

General Education Course Proposal Form


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