The General Education Design Committee has worked tirelessly to help develop an improved general education program. Committee members reveal their unique insights into their experience in creating a new program through a series of “Dear Faculty” letters. Each member shares how they feel an updated GE program will help make a difference in building the University and help students be more prepared for their majors and to enter the world.
Learn what each faculty member has to say in their letter.
- Vince Wilding (Chemical Engineering) addresses what it means to fix a general education program.
- Rex Nielson (Spanish and Portuguese) answers questions on why it is a good time to redesign GE.
- Phillip D. Rash (First-Year Experience) addresses the important role the first-year seminar will play in the new GE program.
- Jenny Hale Pulsipher (History) discusses the centrality of developing citizenship in the new GE proposal.
- Jennifer Bown (Russian) discusses how the Language and Culture requirement helps students to think differently.
- David-James Gonzales (History) and Lori Spruance (Public Health) explain how the new GE program diversity, equity, and belonging components will help students become more engaged citizens.
- Brian Jackson (English and University Writing) addresses how GE helps students learn, a necessary skill for the unpredictable world.
- BYU Committee on Race, Equity, and Belonging applaud the efforts of the GE redesign committee to be more inclusive.
- BYU Faculty Advisory Council Diversity & Inclusion Committee provides two recommendations to help improve the Diversity, Equity, & Belonging and the Languages & Cultures requirements.
All of the letters can be found here: Why Are We Designing a New GE.