Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning

General Education Council


Chair’s Welcome

Hello and welcome to the website for the General Education Council. The Council is charged with all curricular decisions related to Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC), UNCG’s General Education Program. General Education is the common curriculum of the university and consists of the foundational knowledge and skills the university values for its graduates. We strive to help students become critical and creative thinkers, ethical decision-makers, effective communicators, and collaborative and engaged global citizens.

The MAC is a new general education program, launched in Fall 2021. This program is the result of a yearslong process of self-study and input from students, faculty, staff, and community members. As we move through this transition, we will provide new and innovative course offerings in the MAC program for new students while providing existing students with the courses they need to graduate in a timely fashion. The MAC works best when faculty, staff, and students from across the university work together.

If you wish to know more about the new MAC program, the General Education Council (GEC), or the importance of general education for college graduates, please do not hesitate to contact any of the members of the General Education Council. You will also find useful information on GEC web pages.

On behalf of my fellow Council members, we look forward to working with you in the MAC program.

Amy Harris Houk
Chair, General Education Council

GEC Self-Study information can be accessed by clicking here.


The General Education Council is composed of faculty from across the University, representing
each of the Schools and Colleges (except the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering)
and each of the categories and markers within the General Education curriculum.

Council members are appointed by the Provost on the recommendation of the Deans of the various
Schools and Colleges. Ex-officio, non-voting members are appointed by the Provost as needed.

Council Members For 2022-23
Jessica McCall (Chair) CAS: Communication Studies (2021-2024)
Hunter Bacot CAS: Political Science (2022-2025)
Sarah Cervenak CAS: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2020-2023)
Jim Coleman CAS: Biology (2022-2025)
Maranda DeBusk CVPA: School of Theatre (2021-2024)
Indika Dissanayake BRY: Information Systems and Supply Chain Management (2020-2023)
Amy Harris Houk University Libraries (2019-2023)
Jeremy Ingraham Faculty Senate (2021-2023)
Lisa O’Connor SOE: Library and Information Science (2021-2024)
Gary Rosenkrantz CAS: Philosophy (2022-2025)
Jessica Obermeyer HHS: Communication Sciences and Disorders (2021-2024)
Terry Wicks School of Nursing (2021-2024)
Jonathan Zarecki CAS: Classical Studies (2021-2024)

Ex-Officio & Non-Voting Members
Angela Bolte Assistant Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College
Frances Bottenberg Assessment Coordinator
Lisa Henline University Registrar’s Office
Jodi Pettazzoni Director of the Office of Assessment and Accreditation
Dana Saunders Director, Students First Office
Jennifer Stephens University Teaching and Learning Commons


Welcome to the UNCG General Education Program.

The General Education Council is charged with the ongoing review and maintenance of the General
Education goals, assessment of student achievement of those goals, oversight of the General
Education requirements, and the approval of requests for GEC categories and markers. The faculty
and staff of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro embrace student learning as its highest
priority. Our General Education Program provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills,
and values necessary to be critical and creative thinkers, ethical decision-makers, effective
communicators, and collaborative and engaged global citizens. The breadth of General Education
empowers our students to thrive as life-long learners who lead personally fulfilling lives. The mandate
to foster an educated person belongs to the entire university, not to a single department, unit, or
co-curricular program. Thus, the General Education Program provides foundations and alternative
perspectives for the more specialized knowledge gained in one’s major.