General Education Reform at Rice

In 2020, the Rice University Faculty Senate created a Working Group on General Education to evaluate the state of Rice’s general education and propose a path forward. The Working Group diagnosed a number of limitations with the current distribution system of general education and proposed a set of recommendations for reform.

In December 2021, those recommendations were passed by the Faculty Senate. They included:

  1. Reaffirming a “one gen ed for all” approach for Rice’s gen ed curriculum
  2. Creating an “owner” of general education at Rice who would lead the reform process
  3. Developing an action plan and inclusive gen ed reform process

In 2022, Rice selected the Dean of Undergraduates as the “owner” of general education at Rice and appointed an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (ADUE) and a General Education Committee (GEC) to support that work. The process of reforming general education at Rice is now underway. This website is devoted to sharing information about general education and the reform process with the Rice community.