Dear returning EWU student with a General Education Catalog year of 2016-17,
We are pleased to inform you that at the end of the last academic year faculty passed new general education (GECR) requirements which decrease the number of courses that need to be taken from the breadth areas (i.e. humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and social sciences). Previously we required that you take three courses from two lists and two courses from another, now we require that you take only two from each. As a result, you may have the option of taking fewer general education courses in Fall 2017.
The way for you to determine whether you need all the classes for which you are currently registered is to check your SOAR audit. If you do not know how to complete your SOAR audit please make contact with your academic advisor or contact the Center for Academic Advising and Retention at 509.359.2345.
Please remember that some courses that are considered GECRs are also pre-requisites to courses in your major, so it is important to remain enrolled in those courses. Additionally, you may be a Running Start student who needs the courses to complete your high school graduation requirements. However, you may choose to add another course and drop a GECR if it is the third GECR in any single list. You should make sure to add a course before dropping a GECR, though, because some courses may already be full. If you are currently registered for a third GECR in any list that course will still count toward your 180 credits for graduation.
In sum, this is an option only. You may not be registered for a third GECR in any category or you may choose to remain in your third GECR and count those credits toward graduation so you can leave your Fall 2017 schedule as is. Or, if you are registered for the third GECR in a list, you can add a different class and drop the third GECR.
The revision of the general education system was done for the benefit of students. Even though these changes were recent we wish to insure that each student gains maximum benefit from this restructuring. Therefore we have chosen not to wait until next year to implement this change.
Lynn Briggs, Ph.D.
Dean, University College
Professor of English
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA 99004