General Education

White Paper

White paper on possible study and revision of Western's GUR Program


Viking Landing

Viking Landing: Making the Most of Your GURs

The Landing is a quarterly opportunity for students who are looking for guidance on choosing GURs (General University Requirements) to talk with Academic Advising Center staff, as well as faculty teaching GURS.  While not intended primarily for individual advisement, students can gain more information for approaches, strategies, and tools for selecting GURs and can also find out more about the Open Labs when they can get more individual advising.

Faculty teaching GURs are urged both to participate and to tell their students about it. 




Committee on Undergraduate Education



Gallery of Practices

This gallery represents an ongoing effort to compile some promising practices for:  1) teaching our general education learning outcomes (competencies) and 2) communicating the purpose and value of the General University Requirements (GURs) to students.  These resources are offered by faculty who are teaching our GURs.


Examples from LIB 201, Elizabeth Stephens:

Examples from Psychology (non-GUR classes), Todd Haskell:

  • GUR PowerPoint Presentation Presented during first class.
  • Course Goals Excerpt from a “goals and assessment plan”. I create one of these for each of my classes as a supplement to a regular syllabus. This one explicitly references the GUR competencies and the LEAP essential learning outcomes. It’s intended to communicate how this particular course fits into the larger college curriculum.
  • Goals Assignment Assignment about goal setting. Doesn’t mention the GUR competencies in particular, but encourages thinking in those terms, i.e., students routinely end up talking about things like communication skills, organizational skills, problem solving skills, creativity, etc.


Communicating the Value of Liberal Arts Education



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