Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC)

From 2009-2010, the General Education Advisory Task Force developed a plan for the process of general education revision at UMKC, which included formation of a General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC). 


  • Based on the work of the General Education Advisory Task Force (2009-2010) and the UMKC AAC&U General Education Institute Team, the General Education Oversight Committee reviewed and recommended the UMKC general education program learning outcomes, and develoedp the general education program model and its assessment plan. Specifically, the charge of the committee was to develop a general education program (including an assessment plan) for UMKC that wouldl comply with the Higher Learning Commission expectations, wouldl be a signature UMKC program that emphasizes student success and built on faculty expertise and that strengthens UMKC’s degree programs and supports UMKC’s mission.
  • Establish a clear communication plan and implementation plan to ensure campus engagement in the process.

Work of the GEOC included:

  • Reviewing the reports on general education at UMKC from the General Education Task Force and from the AAC&U Institute Team
  • Reviewing current national perspectives regarding general education experiences for undergraduate students in higher education
  • Reviewing current practices in the state of Missouri regarding entrance and exit competencies and consider this work in the revision of the UMKC general education requirements
  • Reviewing any additional material to assist in the development of an outstanding general education program
  • Consulting with the Provost’s Office, the Office of Assessment, and unit advising offices
  • Engaging with the university campus in discussions regarding the revision of UMKC’s general education program
  • Placing student engagement at the forefront of general education plans
  • Integrating concerns for student recruitment and retention into the general education plans.


Executive sponsor(s): Provost

Purpose: The General Education Oversight Committee leads the initiative of reviewing and making recommendations for renewing the UMKC general education program.

Established: 2010

Time frame for group (or ongoing): ongoing (standing committee)

Membership criteria: Members should be committed to creating a strong general education program for all students.

Number of members: 13

Membership type: Faculty

Membership selection (ongoing): Nominated by the deans

Leadership: Chair

Leadership selection: Appointed by the executive sponsor

Role of the Chair: Convene and facilitate meetings of the committee. Chair will also ensure that nominations for new members are forwarded to the executive sponsors on an annual basis in May. Chair will meet with Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee.

Responsibilities of the members: Members should solicit input from colleagues as appropriate and be prepared to share information with colleagues as needed. Members should solicit input from their respective dean or vice chancellor early in the process and engage in an ongoing dialogue about task force activities.

  • Members should expect to contribute significantly to this institutional effort through their time and expertise.
  • Members will be expected to complete readings and other work outside regular committee meeting times.
  • Members will be expected to communicate regularly with faculty, staff and students from their respective academic units to ensure community engagement in this process.
  • Members will be expected to participate in university community discussions regarding general education.
Ex-officio members: Deputy Provost

Staffing: Self staffed

Term of appointment: Fall, 2010 through Spring, 2013


Kenneth Scott Baker, Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature
Melita Belgrave,  Assistant Professor, Music Education/Therapy
Kim Bray, Professor, Dental Hygiene
Wayne Brown, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Pharmacy
Andrea Drew, Assistant Dean of Curriculum, Medicine (George Harris Assistant Dean, sub)
Kara Flowers, Clinical Instructor, Nursing
Leah Gensheimer, Associate Professor, A&S Psychology
George Harris, Assistant Dean, Medicine
Brent Husher, Library Instruction Coordinator, University Libraries
Nathan Lindsay, Assistant Vice Provost – University Assessment
Clancy Martin, Professor, A&S Philosophy
Cindy Pemberton, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Ex-Officio member
Jerry Place, Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, SCE
Lynda Plamann (Co-Chair), Associate Professor, Biology
Monika Shealey, Associate Dean, Education
Leah Stanley, Clinical Instructor, Nursing
Tom Stroik (Co-Chair), Professor, A&S English
Kami Thomas, Assistant Dean, Bloch School of Business & Public Administration
Wayne Vaught, Interim Dean, A&S
Gerald Wyckoff, Associate Professor, Biology

Student Learning Outcomes

The General Education Program at UMKC is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their capacity for intellectual inquiry and discovery, critical reasoning, and effective communication. These abilities are essential to assisting all students to become life-long learners and providing them with the opportunity to be successful in their chosen fields. The following Student Learning Outcomes provide the foundation for this program and the fulfillment of the University mission. Upon completion of the program of general education, students will show evidence of learning in the following areas:

  • Communication Skills
      Students will develop effective written, oral, and visual/spatial communication competencies with the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences. They will develop their capacity to interpret information presented in a variety of formats. They will be able to evaluate the context of their message and use proper form and style to engage audiences using a variety of media. They will demonstrate their critical engagement with audiences through reading, listening, reflecting, and responding.
  • Technology and Information Literacy
      Students will demonstrate effective use of research resources and can incorporate the information obtained into their academic and creative endeavors. They will demonstrate their ability to locate, evaluate, organize and use research material from a broad range of sources. Students will be able to format and document source material in properly constructed papers, presentations, and a variety of visual formats.
  • Scientific Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis
      Students will apply principles and methods of science, math, statistics, and logic to solve problems and draw logical inferences. They will develop a level of quantitative literacy that enables them to comprehend and evaluate information in a broad range of contexts. Students will understand methods and principles of scientific discovery and their application to all areas of learning including the natural and social sciences.
  • Arts and Humanities
      Students will develop an understanding of the human condition by exploring the variety of creative works and methods in the humanities as well as the visual and performing arts. They will be able to explain the historical, cultural and social contexts of the humanities and fine arts. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections between the humanities and other areas of intellectual inquiry.
  • Interdisciplinary and Innovative Thinking
      Students will demonstrate the ability to contextualize information and use the proper methods and theories as modes of understanding. Focusing on specific problems and issues, students will demonstrate the ability to consider new modes of analysis drawn from a range of fields. Students will be able to see and understand how thinking beyond disciplinary boundaries leads to innovation in all fields.
  • Culture and Diversity
      Students will draw on a variety of disciplines to develop an understanding of the complexities of human cultures, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. Students will demonstrate an awareness of a global culture that may include economic, environmental, political and social issues facing all cultures. They will develop an understanding of the factors defining cultural identities.
  • Human Actions, Values, and Ethics
      Students will analyze, interpret and/or reconstruct human events, experiences, actions and interactions. Students will understand principles of value and civic duty in a wide range of settings and will demonstrate an understanding of personal values and the values of others. Students will be able to identify ethical problems using their understanding of ethical theory and moral reasoning.
  • Civic and Community Engagement
      Students will be able to identify the problems, challenges, and opportunities of an urban university. Students will also understand their relationship to both a local and global community and the social, political, and cultural issues therein. They will develop an appreciation for the meaning and global impact of urbanization. They will have an understanding of the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions and their impact on issues facing these various communities. They will engage with the UMKC community of learners.

Reports & Presentations

Quarterly Reports


October 2010 Campus Presentations